Yes, I promised to not write about the kid anymore, but it’s hard not to. He sets himself up for criticism. First, he becomes this rabid anti-vaccine activist that
stalks visits scientists at talks and asks nonsensical questions and launching what I see as libelous accusations. Then, he enrolls in a public health program in epidemiology, the very science he denies over and over again in all his writings. And then he sends a letter to a health department to ask that an epidemiologist friend and colleague of mine be summarily fired for, get this, recommending the seasonal flu vaccine at the beginning of the flu season. And then he gets into a huge fight with his own people, showing how little he knows about journalistic ethics by publishing private emails.
I’m not at all surprised that he is done at Age of Autism. (Facebook link. If he has you blocked, you won’t be able to read it… Until you log out.) A comment on Orac’s led me to this:
[AoA Editor]’s shifting rationale for throwing me off AoA while still falsely listing me as a contributor.My… fb.me/LQ8rTvug
— Jake Crosby (@JakeLCrosby) June 1, 2013
So what does he write in the Facebook post? Go read it, but this is what triggered it, an email from the editor, one of the kid’s (now former) handlers:
“i’m inclined to reject this without reading it since jake has been unwilling to commit to any degree of privacy in his dealings with me. if i say anything he doesn’t like, he may just post it five minutes later.”
Looks like Mr. Editor was right-on. The kid turned around and posted this to Facebook then tweeted it to all his followers. The Editor is such a bully, not letting the kid write falsehoods and publish private emails. The kid’s response?
“What we agreed to was to keep discussions about people from OUTSIDE AOA who comment on the site private – nothing pertaining to my own submitted comments. Regardless, the agreement was about whether or not I would moderate my own comments, nothing about whether or not AoA would run my posts. Plenty of people contribute to AoA without committing to “privacy” agreements.”
Could it be that you’re subject to privacy agreements because, oh, I don’t know, you publish people’s emails that were written to you in confidence? Because you give this information to others so they can write their own defamatory blog posts? Because, you know, you’re not acting like an adult?
Anyway, here’s the whole post for your enjoyment: