When I was a kid, I accused an uncle of being a thief. I was eleven or twelve, and I had seen him take money from a cash register at the store where he worked. I told the store owner what my uncle did. I don’t know why I did it. I just did it. The owner confronted my uncle and fired him when it was confirmed that he had stolen the money. Sure enough, I caught all sorts of hell from my family. They claimed that I should have protected my uncle instead of the store. Besides, they said, the owner has plenty of money to spare. What’s $100 here and there?
Well, $100 here and there is $100 here and there, and they were not my uncle’s $100. I had witnessed a crime, and I wasn’t going to turn my back on that. Soon thereafter, my uncle cornered me alone in his house when I came to visit. He yelled at me and called me a “little girl.” I told him that at least I wasn’t a thief. He said that I was to recant my story to the family or he would beat me. So I told my mom, dad, and everyone who would listen to me. And listen they did. As my uncle sank more and more into trouble with the law and with the family, he kept trying to get me to recant my story. His threats flew left and right, and I didn’t recant. I couldn’t. I saw what I saw, and the owner confirmed it. It was all in the hands of the police and prosecutors. What? The money was going to magically disappear from my uncle’s checking account and appear back in the cash register of the store if I recanted what I saw? Of course not. He made the mistake of stealing, then the mistake of depositing the same exact amount he stole into his banking account.
I stood by my words. I said what I said because it was the truth, and nothing was going to change it.
This is not the case with the “daily web newspaper of the autism epidemic.” That I know of, they have now twice retracted blog posts. First, it was a ridiculously stupid post about how pro-vaccine advocates and scientists were eating a baby at Thanksgiving. Their managing editor even commented:
“Dr. Nancy is under the table servicing Dr. Offit’s RotaDick. Wait, can you hear her? “Fere If doh bontrobersy!!” Someone should tell her it’s not polite to talk with your mouth full.”
I know, right? Needless to say, some people on their own blog disagreed with the blog post, even as the author of the post defended it as “satire.” In a matter of days, they took the post down.
And now, they took down a post whose title was, “RFK Jr., Nazi Death Camps and the Battle For Our Future.” Here is the cached version of the post. Here is Orac’s take on that post. Basically, RFK Jr. equated children with autism to the Holocaust. I’m not joking. Children with a neurodevelopmental condition, in the opinion of RFK Jr., are like the death camps in Nazi occupied Europe.
I wish I was joking. But, because they can’t or won’t stand by their word, the editors at the “daily web newspaper of the autism epidemic” removed this post. I wonder if they won’t stand by what they write because what they write is the truth. Or because it’s garbage? That’s not a trick question, by the way.