Matt Carey Owns Leftbrain/Rightbrain! Well, almost...
Hours after my videotaped public comment to the federal Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) was posted on Age of Autism – calling out Leftbrain/Rightbrain blogger Matt Carey for qualifying for his US federal committee appointment by contributing to a UK blog - I and others here at Age of Autism received the following email from Leftbrain/Rightbrain's owner and founder, Kevin Leitch:
LB/RB is not a British blog. It is now owned and controlled solely by Matt Carey. It is now hosted on US servers. Similarly, control of the domain name leftbrainrightbrain.co.uk is now under the total control of Matt Carey and when I get around to sorting it out, it will be owned by him too.
I don't write about autism/vaccines/bad science any more because there's no point. You lot have become parodies of yourselves and you don't even know it.
Kev Leitch. (The photo was included with the email.)
In other words, LBRB is still a British blog because its URL is still a UK domain name which remains under the ownership of UK citizen Kevin Leitch – until he gets around to sorting it out.
Weeks after Matt Carey was first criticized for his appointment to IACC here on Age of Autism, Carey announced to readers that Kev's blog would be moving to the US-based blog host, Wordpress. The reasons cited by Carey were primarily technical, and the blog also acquired a Wordpress URL. What was never explained, however, was why the domain name remains a UK one. Typing in the Wordpress URL brings you to the old UK domain name as soon as the site uploads.
If Matt Carey wants to legitimize his IACC representation after the fact by Americanizing Kev's blog, taking ownership of a UK web domain name is not the way to do it. Carey also ought to stop hiding behind the pseudonym “Sullivan” and start authoring blog posts under his real name.
Matt Carey is not just a blogger anymore, he is now a civil servant in our federal government. Civil servants don't gain legitimacy by blogging under fake names while taking ownership of foreign domain names for websites. In fact, that's a sure way to lose legitimacy, not that Carey has any.
Jake Crosby has Asperger Syndrome and is a contributing editor to Age of Autism. Jake is a 2011 graduate of Brandeis University with a BA in both History and Health: Science, Society and Policy. He currently attends The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services where he is studying for an MPH in epidemiology.