Parapsychology Journalism: The People, The Theory, The Science, The Skeptics
Celia Farber, who is covering the CDC whistleblower story over on her blog, (here) challenged my statement from my previous blog post that I don’t really care about this story by suggesting that perhaps I do. I have to admit, she’s right. I do care. The vaccine whistleblower story is one that I can’t really stomach. People have been deliberately causing harm and misery for profit. I do care about that. And I want to help put an end to it.
You can read the full story on the Epoch Times, which is the first large media outlet to cover the story. (Here.)
Here’s the short version of what’s going on: On August 19th, Focus Autism, an advocacy group, sent out a press release stating that a whistleblower had led Dr. Brian Hooker to evidence that a major CDC paper commonly used to show that there is no link between vaccines and autism was based on fraudulent data. (here)
Thompson guided Hooker until he finally got to a document, secured through a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request that demonstrated that the data had been fudged. Hooker published a peer reviewed paper using the newly obtained correct data.
UPDATE 9-13-14: The original link to the peer reviewed paper was removed with this note:
This article has been removed from the public domain because of serious concerns about the validity of its conclusions. The journal and publisher believe that its continued availability may not be in the public interest.
I found a new link to it.
A woman who goes by “Bobby Dee” online published the story on CNN’s iReport, a non vetted outlet for reader submitted stories. From there the story has been removed and re-instated several times. (Here.) The story is making the rounds of the alternate press, but has been ignored by major media outlets. Whistleblowers and government fraud generally make the news, so what gives?
Stories about skeptic misbehavior and psi research are legitimately obscure topics, but not this one. This is a topic of national interest that’s frequently been in the news over several years. And this breaking news story deals with the very heart of the issue. In short, there is absolutely no excuse for media silence. For my part, I sent in a tip to sfgate, a local news source. We’ll see what happens.
I am suggesting that everyone submit tips about this story to your regional newspaper. Maybe if enough regional news sources carry the story, the national news sources will be forced to deal with it.
Let’s do this . . .
For the children.
P.S. Speaking of autism, there was an amazing telepathy experiment that was presented at the Parapsychology Association conference earlier this month. I just haven’t had time to follow up on it yet. More later.