Alas, despite the increasing evidence that there's no link between autism and vaccines, the documentation that those who've promoted the link have used poor reasoning skills, misinformation and at times, apparently outright fabrications, Dr. Jay continues to accept the bad info over the good.
The Salon (and the Rolling Stones) have pulled Robert F. Kennedy's crappy "Deadly Immunity" article. In 2006, Orac wrote on just how bad a piece this was. Dr. Jay has had plenty of opportunity to reflect on this, to consider whether some of his beliefs might cause his patients harm.
But no, it's 2011, and despite Dr. Jay's penchant for claiming he reads Orac and the band of snarky, sciency commenters to learn from them, it's apparent he's missed some key lessons:
RFK's piece was badly flawed. Thanks to a comment by Orac at Mnookin's blog, I can direct readers to Skeptico's 2005 analysis of the RFK piece.
Dr. Jay, one of my kids' favorite book set and kids show is Todd's World, where they learn that it's okay. It's okay to be different.
It's okay to be wrong, Dr. Jay, and admit it. It really is. Continuing to hold fast to a sinking ship is not a sign of bravery, of character, and certainly not a demonstration of clear thinking.
RFK was wrong. David Kirby was wrong. Your buddies at AoA are wrong. Dr. Bob's wrong, too. I get it, you're in the middle of all the Hollywood elites, but even Jenny's backing away from the vaccine-autism thing, Dr. Jay. You can, too, you know. We'll let you.
And because I just can't resist it, this was Dr. Jay's response to Kathleen and me in June 2009 when he wasn't wishing us the best:
Sometimes I get the feeling that Dr. Jay doesn't think much of women.