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Not long ago, Jake Crosby, one of our Contributing Editors, submitted an article about the background of the Congressional hearing on autism late last year. I rejected the article because, as I told Jake, it did not meet the standards that I try to apply to everything submitted to Age of Autism. Jake then submitted the piece to The Bolen Report, which, adding to the strangeness of this situation, posted it but did not technically "publish" it, according to Tim Bolen (see my "Tough Tim Bolen" satire below). Some of our worst critics have now had plenty of time to relish its attacks on our friends while the rest of us could only watch in distress.
Now Bolen says he will publish it, which is certainly his right. So, as a reader service, here is the link.
Jake is someone I have long admired for his autism advocacy and writing for Age of Autism. He remains a Contributing Editor. However, this article does not stand up to scrutiny on a number of levels. The invasion of privacy of a number of SafeMinds board members here is unconscionable and, really, inexplicable given the far less-than-critical issues involved. Furthermore, based on preliminary inquiries, the facts do not seem to be as described in this article; certainly, SafeMinds has denied them vigorously. It's bad journalism, glaringly unsourced and without giving the "targets" an opportunity to give their version of events. I stand by the choices I've made in dealing with this unfortunate situation, and will be following up in the near future. -- Dan Olmsted