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The New York Times Exposes “Science”Blogs

Emperor's%20new%20clothes By Jake Crosby

Nearly one year ago, I wrote about the blogosphere’s biggest online snake pit, “Science”Blogs, in an investigation for Age of Autism: Read Part I and Part II.

In Part I, I wrote of Seed Media:

“Perhaps the worst of the slogans is displayed right on the homepage of the website: “Science is culture.” Apparently, to Adam Bly, culture is business, especially since the views expressed by the 69 bloggers who post on SMG’s ‘Science’Blogs are in the best interest of sponsors.”

As expected, the “Science”Bloggers struck back, claiming that what I wrote was untrue, and that advertisers have nothing to do with the site content. Nearly one year later, however, my investigation has been validated by The New York Times Magazine of all sources. When even The New York Times can see through your deceptive blog activities, you know you’re in trouble. Well, that is exactly what happened to “Science”Blogs. They were panned in a piece, entitled “Unnatural Science,” (HERE)  by Virginia Heffernan that ran in The New York Times Magazine, August 1.

Some helpful background information to know before reading the article is that recently, “Science”Blogs started up a “nutrition” blog called “Food Frontiers,” paid for by PepsiCo., without any disclaimer – nothing -  that the blog was an advertisement. This caused a mass exodus of some 20 bloggers from the website.

Although The Times doesn’t highlight the fact that “Science”Blogs was heavily engaged in this kind of promotional activity with corporations before, which had finally become so obvious with the Pepsi blog that it was too embarrassing for many bloggers to handle, the article is still spot on. It also takes some well-deserved shots at certain “Science”Bloggers in particular, such as P.Z. Myers who posted an Islamophobic portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad that’s so vile, it would be inappropriate to quote it, but it’s referenced in the New York Times article. I wonder how our contributing editor, Abdulkadir Khalif, would feel about seeing that. For having his “sub-‘South Park’ blasphemy” pointed out to him, Myers called Heffernan an “atheist-hater.”

For an inside scoop of the New York Times piece, here is a select quote:

“What’s bothersome is that the site is misleading. It’s not science by scientists, not even remotely; it’s science blogging by science bloggers.” 

And that’s what I said a year ago, that they’ve been presenting themselves as a reliable scientific source when they’re not. Anyway, enough of my intro, here is the link to the article in full: HERE

There is more to come on “Science”Blogs, but for now: enjoy!

Jake Crosby is a college student with Asperger Syndrome at Brandeis University who is double majoring in History and Health: Science, Society and Policy. He is a contributing editor to Age of Autism.

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This article brought me immense joy. I'm so happy to see someone exposing the huge fraud thats I call corporate science. Its not real science at all.

This is excellent! So many well put points, such as:
"Hammering away at an ideology, substituting stridency for contemplation, pummeling its enemies in absentia... It’s not science by scientists, not even remotely; it’s science blogging by science bloggers. And science blogging, apparently, is a form of redundant and effortfully incendiary rhetoric that draws bad-faith moral authority from the word 'science' and from occasional invocations of 'peer-reviewed' thises and thats."

I love it when people outside of the parents-of-vaccine-injured community see things clearly that we see too. Maybe we are not in a separate parallel universe.

Thanks for sharing this, Jake!

"Science"Blogs is all too often a bully pulpit for mean-spirited, posturing blowhards, providing an effluvious paddle pond for narcissistic misanthropes. A classic case of Blogorrhea.
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That's putting it lightly.

Wundebar Jake!

Jake Crosby gives me hope for our future. A citizen journalist and investigative reporter, all while being a full-time college student. Plus he's witty! ("When even The New York Times can see through your deceptive blog activities, you know you’re in trouble.")

I'm not the first to say it, but Jake, you're a hero.

PZ Myers has very clearly been more interesting in promoting his religion -- fundamentalist atheism -- than in science for quite a while.

Which sometimes takes some amusing turns.

At a debate two years ago at the University of Alberta, Myers refused to discuss the topic matter -- whether or not God exists -- and instead gave a speech about genetics that was labelled with the occasional insult aimed at Christians.

(The speech was actually rather informative, by the way -- it just wasn't the topic matter.)

When asked why he didn't discuss the subject matter in his opening statement, Myers said that he wasn't an expert on the subject, and that they should have gotten someone who is -- yet he still accepted the debate.

Simply put, he's a tool. And not even a useful tool. He's like a hammer without the hammer-thingy on the end of it.

I guess what I'm saying is he's a stick.

"Science"Blogs is all too often a bully pulpit for mean-spirited, posturing blowhards, providing an effluvious paddle pond for narcissistic misanthropes. A classic case of Blogorrhea.

A week of interesting and hopeful news in the news. Doctor's Data-- the lab that tests metals in a lot of our injured kids-- is suing Stephen Barrett of Quackbusters for $20 million for libel, defamation and conspiracy, among other things.

Thank you Jake. You're my hero.

Jake,

Excellent piece. I usually skim many posts, but this one, I read each and every word that was bringing real joy.

I have a suggestion for you. I urge you to submit this article to NaturalNews com . They fully support our position on Vaccines, Mercury, Chelation and Autism. It is one of most popular natural health sites, more than that, they are independant like AoA.

Jake - great post. You've identified a particularly vile form of direct to consumer advertising (DTC or DTCA). Physicians can also be thought of as consumers. Physicians have a VERY difficult time finding CME sites that are not totally conflicted, functional "mouthpieces" for everything pharma. You can often see reactive changes on the CME sites occurring in real time, in response to any perceived threats to the "franchise" [pharma].

"Hammering away at an ideology, substituting stridency for contemplation, pummeling its enemies in absentia: ScienceBlogs has become Fox News for the religion-baiting, peak-oil crowd. Though Myers and other science bloggers boast that they can be jerky in the service of anti-charlatanism, that’s not what’s bothersome about them. What’s bothersome is that the site is misleading. It’s not science by scientists, not even remotely; it’s science blogging by science bloggers. And science blogging, apparently, is a form of redundant and effortfully incendiary rhetoric that draws bad-faith moral authority from the word “science” and from occasional invocations of “peer-reviewed” thises and thats.

Under cover of intellectual rigor, the science bloggers — or many of the most visible ones, anyway — prosecute agendas so charged with bigotry that it doesn’t take a pun-happy French critic or a rapier-witted Cambridge atheist to call this whole ScienceBlogs enterprise what it is, or has become: class-war claptrap"

Sheer brilliance, that. Wow!

Keep up the great work Jake. You will go down in history as a shining knight on the quest for our Holy Grail. The honest reconciliation of what the truth is. One day the name of Parents will be cleared. I believe that you are the warrior that can do it. Thank you for your advocacy for our community.

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