Today, I had the pleasure of listening to a pre-recorded conference call between Karen Ernst, the Director of Voices for Vaccines, and Matt Carey, PhD in physics, autism parent, autism advocate and blogger at Left Brain, Right Brain (LBRB). I have been reading LBRB for years, since back when it was run by Kevin Leitch. It is one of my favorite blogs.
Today’s conversation was recorded live and there was an opportunity to call in and ask questions about the film Vaxxed. For those of us who missed the live version, you can listen to the recorded version at this link. You will want to open it with music player for google or podcast app or something similar.
To remind you, Vaxxed is the film Andrew Wakefield, Polly Tommey, and Del Bigtree made about the “cdcwhistleblower” controversy. I saw it and wrote my own review, which you can read here. You can also read the full facts (or lack thereof) in Vaxxed at Harpocrates Speaks Blog.
I am not going to transcribe the whole conversation but here are some of my notes. It was definitely worth a listen.
Matt and Karen discussed the facts from the film and the controversy, including going in-depth into what William Thompson actually said and what he did not say. Matt also discussed the idea that the data was thrown away (it was not). Matt has written quite extensively about all of this, on LBRB. For example, herein he writes about how there was not really any whistle to blow.
ETA: For another look at this call and the output connected with it, here is a storification from @jkellyca of twitter responses using the hashtag, #vfvcall.
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Oh, is that the same Sherrie Saunders that the Vaxxed team has presented as some sort of “military vaccine whistleblower”? If I recall correctly, she is from Alabama – not sure if it is Huntsville or not.
Yes, that is her. My friend wrote about her here: https://vaxfencesitter.org/2016/10/29/vaxxed-tall-tales-from-the-road-army-edition/
Wow. Yes, Saunders seems to be quite the (fictional) storyteller. My husband and I were both active duty in the Navy for 5 years, and he went on to do another 5 or so in the USMC reserves. Not the same as Army, of course, but the holes in her story and in her logic are pretty apparent to any vet.
That was obvious to my friend who writes the fence sitter blog! Thanks for noticing.
Sherrie Saunders worked in the logistics division of Huntsville Hospital as a warehouse picker, until she was fired for drug use in 2013. She never worked in the ICU, or in any position where she had contact with patients. Her entire story is a fabrication.
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I know. I have a friend who completely ripped Sherrie’s story to shreds.
Why is Matt so seemingly ANTI helping kids pursue every avenue of becoming healthier and better functioning?
Matt is only against unproven and dangerous treatments. He is not against evidence-based treatments.
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