This quick story is about a man who likes to call himself a “health reporter” or “health advocate” or some such nonsense. His “reports” consist of rambling blog posts in which he follows every “I” with his own name in a foolish attempt at winning the search engine optimization wars because, when you Google his name, you get a video of him making a fool out of himself during a deposition. Go watch the video. It’s hilarious.
Yet, this man who doesn’t remember what kind of education he had, wants us to believe that vaccines cause autism. Shocking, I know. He wants to promote the idea during a meeting of anti-vaccine and alternative medicine people in Chicago this summer. But he made one crucial mistake: He pissed off the people running the show.
How did he piss them off? He published another rambling blog post by an anti-vaccine activist who accuses the people running that meeting of some improper — in their view — some improper actions. This led to infighting which you can read about here, here, and here. Get out the popcorn, indeed.
Anyway, the “health advocate” writes that he doesn’t want to get into a controversy in Chicago, so he’s not going to speak there anymore. (This guy not speak? Good question.) More than likely, he probably got asked not to speak because of the internecine war he triggered by hosting that other blogger. Not to be “neutral” about it, he wrote this (redacted by me to remove names, replaced with Persons A, B, etc.):
“Throughout the discussions with Autism people about what I call the “Autism leadership problem” one other situation kept coming up – the relationship between [Person A] and [Person B]. Both [Person A] and [Person B] have children with Autism – and both seem to be married to someone else – that someone else who takes care of the autistic children while [Person A] and [Person B]… travel together, endlessly, running, and/or influencing, various organizations (SafeMinds, Facing Autism, the Canary Party, Age of Autism), all of which claim to speak for the Autism community.
I’m told that the night before the infamous Congressional Committee on Oversight and Government Reform committee hearing on November 29th, 2012, the one [Person C] talks about in his article, that [Person A’s Wife], [Person A]’s wife, confronted [Person A] and [Person B] about their “relationship.” [Person A] was quoted as saying “that was the worst night of my life.” I’m told that Capitol Police were notified to be on alert that [Person A]’s wife might try to disrupt the televised hearing.
While I was at the private meeting in Washington DC I received a message from [Person D] (AutismOne) that [Person A] and [Person B] were going to pull the Canary Party’s $9,000 sponsorship of AutismOne if I, [“health advocate”], remained on the AutismOne Speaker Schedule. They were reacting to me having made [Person C]’s article available to Autism leadership. They said I was “destructive.” [Person D] and [Person E] refused to remove me, so they lost that sponsorship.
I have since removed myself from those speaking engagements. I need to stay neutral.”
Neutral? Accusing someone of adultery is being “neutral” in the anti-vaccine book, I guess. It sure as heck isn’t neutral in the real world.
Look, it’s one thing to have a beef with someone and maybe even call them names like “Pharma Shill” or “Vaccine Industrialist” or “Son of a Bitch”. It’s a completely different thing to make accusations as serious as infidelity and adultery. Those kind of unfounded accusations can tear apart families and end marriages. And what about the children of the people being accused?
These anti-vaccine activists want to convince us that they care about the children. They don’t. They’ll bring down whomever they need to bring down in order to… to… to what? Speak at a conference?
That was a dirty trick, and — as much as I love seeing them fight with each other — I totally despise that trick.