The following post was written by a group of LBRB authors
LBRB is produced by team of writers who do not always agree on everything. But we each expect the others to ensure that statements of fact can be corroborated. Mostly this works. But once in while these expectations are not met and one of us is so certain of their opinion that it is presented as fact. This happened recently with a story about Danish scientist Poul Thorsen, who is at the centre of investigations into the disappearance of $2 million in research grants. Because he was one of the authors on two studies that showed no evidence of a vaccine autism link anti-vaccine campaigners at The Age of Autism blog seized on this story as soon as it emerged and argued that Thorsen’s alleged dishonesty regarding the missing funds meant that these studies were tainted.
At the time, coming soon after Wakefield’s disgrace at the GMC and the withdrawal of his now discredited Lancet paper, this seemed a little too convenient. Was the story a fabrication? Were Age of Autism the willing victims of an elaborate hoax? One of our authors thought so and wrote a post which proved to his satisfaction that it was so. A second post by him compounded the error. Both posts were removed (as they were incorrect) and this one https://leftbrainrightbrain.co.uk/2010/03/autism-study-doctor-facing-grant-probe/ stands in their place.
Age of Autism is now trying to use this to attack LBRB founder Kev Leitch, saying he is to blame for allowing the now withdrawn posts to appear in the first place. And the rest of us are guilty by association. We are in good company.
Age of Autism regularly lies about those it sees as opponents. It famously exaggerated Paul Offit’s earnings from the vaccine, Rotateq, stated that he voted for its inclusion in the vaccine schedule and was reprimanded by a congressional committee. All false. None withdrawn.
Another bete noir for AoA is Richard Roy Grinker, whom they regard as an “epidemic denialist.” GRINKER’S STINKER: HIS WIFE RUNS THE IACC was their response to the news that Joyce Chung was the new executive secretary of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. Apparently being married to someone AoA disagrees with makes you open to corruption.
They accused Simon Baron-Cohen of lacking humanity because he wrote about the positive aspects of autism. Eric Fombonne, Catherine Lord and Bennet Leventhal were called parasites because they gave evidence against the vaccine autism connection. They have campaigned against Julie Geberding when she was director of the CDC because, like Simon Baron-Cohen she “lacked humanity” for failing to agree that there was a vaccine induced autism epidemic.
None of these posts have been taken down. No corrections have been published. No apologies have been made. LBRB will continue to make mistakes and when they are pointed out we will correct them. We will continue to allow open debate in the comments to our posts. But we will not be lectured by the anti-vaccine fanatics and autism haters that infest The Age of Autism.