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Dachel Media: Protesters Debunk Dr. Richard Pan's Hate Speech Claims

Online newsMay 18, 2016, Fox40 (video) Sacramento: Richard Pan Holds Forum on Hate Speech; Protesters Say Senator Doesn’t Moderate Hateful Comments on His Own Facebook Page

SACRAMENTO -- It was meant to be an evening all about words -- a forum on how hate speech damages society.

But, as host, Senator and Doctor Richard Pan couldn't have guessed he'd confront these words on a protester's sign: "Senator Pan encourages hate speech."

"It just seems extremely hypocritical," said Joshua Coleman.

"When you talk about hate speech, it's a very interesting thing for him to be talking about because when you go to his Facebook page, um, you see really hateful comments, people saying they're going to kill our children in front of us," said Kim McCauley.

And these hateful comments have been up on Pan's Facebook page for months, according to protesters.

Fox40 didn't make this a debate over vaccines and autism. They made the issue the unfair and hateful comments made about parents who question forced vaccination in California.

Fox40 actually confronted the senator about his questionable actions for someone hosting a forum on hate speech.  

FOX40 asked Senator Pan about some of the comments living in threads on his page.

After a long pause he said, "Extremist speech is concerning."

"Trying to patrol the social media accounts, if you've ever tried doing that, is very challenging."

 What Fox40 also did here was wake up viewers to the reality of vaccine injury. Several children were mentioned in the coverage.

"My oldest daughter Ella was injured by the Prevnar vaccine," said McCauley, a mom who supports choice in vaccinations.

She's suing the federal government through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program about the reactive airway disease Ella has now.

"Vaccines are bad. They could get you paralyzed like I did," 7-year-old Otto Coleman shared from his wheelchair.

"My son at 17-months-old, he had a vaccine injury. He has vaccine-induced transverse myelitis. So, vaccines are reprogramming your immune system. Well his immune system got confused, attacked his spinal cord and did permanent damage," said Coleman, another parent for choice in vaccination.

 Senator Pan comes out of this looking like a hypocrite. In a related piece, also on May 18, "Senator Pan Hosts Forum on Hate Speech and Its Effects on Society,"  we read this about the discussion:

More than a hundred people came out to the California Railroad Museum Wednesday to discuss how speech that seeks to exclude and inflame could lead to punishing national policies.

Hate speech could lead to other things besides "punishing national policies. It would seem that allowing comments about killing the children of parents who want vaccine choice would fall under inflammatory speech. Pan should probably start on his own Facebook page. And while it may be "challenging" to moderate social media, Pan could pay someone to do that out of the nearly $100,000 in pharma money he received during 2013-2014, as reported in the Sacramento Bee in June, 2015.

Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.

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Grace Green

The answer is, those who are totally useless even at the thing they specialized in, go into politics. Pan? Classic case!

Mercky Business

It is hard to imagine how Pan could ever have qualified? Did money change hands? Is he being blackmailed?

david m burd

Pan apparently practices as a Board Certified pediatrician, though his patients' parents rate him about as low as it gets: Of a total of nineteen parents giving Pan a rating, he averages a rating of 1.6, with 5.0 being the best. I doubt any pediatrician across the U.S. can be found with a lower rating.

So his actual practice skill mimics his pathetic lack of understanding of vaccines' dangers.

May the great pediatrician Dr. Mayer Eisenstein rest in peace, and may Pan be stuck in Purgatory forever.

Reader

Watch this take by Milo Yiannoppoulis on the Liberal media and their use of political correctness to control discussion. In fact, look up anything g by Milo, he's a gay conservative; one who is interested in facts and truths- something in short supply these days.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eClLiuKqoQE

@False skeptics

That is too funny if they are trying to suggest they have been framed! They're tactics are looking more desperate and overblown by the day. I saw something about a school closure nearby a small peaceful protest in NY to do with a vaccine exemption matter. It was so "terrifying" and significant that no press even covered it. Do these people not know how moronic they look? One only has to see the hateful posts and directives (poll crashing, letter and comment campaigns against Jenny etc. that National Geographics "Science" Blogs promotes to know that they are the hateful ones.

False Skeptics Make Me Laugh

Oh, now he and his sycophants are trying to say that the comments mentioned in the article were people with vaccine concerns trying to make the Vaccine Freaks look bad by posting hateful rhetoric.

This is hilarious!! Of course, we all know that the Vaccine Freaks are never guilty of doing things like that (i.e. posting hateful rhetoric while pretending to be someone with vaccine concerns).

Reader

People have caught on to this trend of "hate speech," "micro-aggressions," "triggering" and calling it out as a tactic for avoidance, rightfully so. Big pharma is a little late to the party on this. It's about as stupid as their trolling and adverts to get paid for comments and their pathetic "marketing" jobs.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eClLiuKqoQE

Anonymous

So great that they protested like this! And so great that it made the news!

What a double standard - against hate speech unless it's against "anti-vaxxers"!

bob moffit

My profound compliments to Fox 40 for reporting on this scoundrel's (Pan) blatant hypocrisy regarding "hate speech" .. which .. judging by the evidence once posted on his very own facebook page .. provided clear examples of what vicious "hate speech" looks and sounds like.

Apparently .. Pan's definition of "hate speech" only applies to anyone who dares "disagree" with him .. those that do agree with him .. are free to express their HATRED on his facebook page.

I cannot understand how this hateful charlatan remains in office?????

False Skeptics Make Me Laugh

"Trying to patrol the social media accounts, if you've ever tried doing that, is very challenging."

And yet, he has all the time in the world to patrol and remove remarks on his FB page that are critical of him, his policies, and his actions.

Typical politician.

Jim Thompson

Nonnymouse

To your questions: yes; no; and the problem is that his Facebook page is apparently not moderated to remove hate speech comments from others.

Also his personal postings seem laced with irony. For example on May 15, 2016 he posted a comment and photo of the anthrax letter attack that is reported to be responsible for the murder of five people.

Dr. Pan's comment says “…“In the aftermath of the ‪#‎anthrax‬ attacks of 2001, the ‪#‎Ebola‬ outbreak of 2014 and now ‪#‎Zika‬, it is no longer a question of if but when the next biosecurity threat will occur.”

However, in the case of his example of Anthrax (2001 letter with anthrax addressed to US Senator Daschle), the heinous act was linked to a “…senior biodefense researcher at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Fort Detrick, Maryland.” See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Edwards_Ivins .

In a final report “The FBI, Department of Justice, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service formally conclude their investigations of the anthrax mailings. According to the DOJ report: "Evidence developed from [the] investigation established that Dr. [Bruce] Ivins, alone, mailed the anthrax letters."” See http://www.npr.org/2011/02/15/93170200/timeline-how-the-anthrax-terror-unfolded .

Benedetta

Nonnymouse If you go to the link at the top of the article - and it takes you to the actually article - it gives more details of the hateful things that was said and Pan has allowed - on his facebook. And they have been on his facebook for a good long time.

Which are we surprised?

Have we not had people on the internet - you tell them what happened to your child - or a series of bad things that happen and they could care less; they are way to interested in pushing what they believe and they believe in spite of us telling them what we witnessed that vaccines are safe.
And we that witnessed vaccine injuries are just beyond stupid.
Here is more that was said on the article to make it more clear:
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"When you talk about hate speech, it's a very interesting thing for him to be talking about because when you go to his Facebook page, um, you see really hateful comments, people saying they're going to kill our children in front of us," said Kim McCauley.

The "us" she's talking about are parents against SB 277 -- the mandatory childhood vaccination bill Pan pushed into law last year.

They came out to the California Railroad Museum on Wednesday to push back at Pan about the hostile remarks they say he's let live online for months.

"Your birth was an injury to society."

"I will be posting your home address, as well as personal info...enjoy."

Those are just some of the messages this group says they've seen go undeleted on Pan's page since the governor signed SB 277.

The debate over the bill brought in death threats to Pan then, now some posters on the senator's Facebook account say they're wishing the anti-vaxxers would die.

"My oldest daughter Ella was injured by the Prevnar vaccine," said McCauley, a mom who supports choice in vaccinations.

She's suing the federal government through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program about the reactive airway disease Ella has now.

"Vaccines are bad. They could get you paralyzed like I did," 7-year-old Otto Coleman shared from his wheelchair.

"My son at 17-months-old, he had a vaccine injury. He has vaccine-induced transverse myelitis. So, vaccines are reprogramming your immune system. Well his immune system got confused, attacked his spinal cord and did permanent damage," said Coleman, another parent for choice in vaccination.

Such parents agree to disagree with vaccine supporters, but say the debate shouldn't be threatening.

FOX40 asked Senator Pan about some of the comments living in threads on his page.

After a long pause he said, "Extremist speech is concerning."

"Trying to patrol the social media accounts, if you've ever tried doing that, is very challenging."

Pan went on to say he was unaware of any hate speech on his page, pointing out that his account is constantly monitored for issues

Kim McCauley maintains screen shots she's taken prove a death threat lobbed at anti-vaxxers was on the senator's page at 9:50 a.m. Tuesday.

Since FOX40 asked Pan about the comments on his page, she also says many of the comments she and other members of her group have screen captured have been deleted.
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He; Pan deleted it after a long time - after he got called on it, but he was enjoying it up to that point.

Nothing like having a child with autism, epilepsy, can't walk, or talk and people on facebook that would go all Green Hulk over a dog that is dragged by a car; is just plain over the top mean and snotty to you a parent of a vaccine injuried child.

Laura Hayes

I left the FOX reporter a complimentary voicemail earlier today thanking her for her coverage of the protesters of Pan last night (I have put her contact info below, should you want to do the same). I did, however, mention the painful irony that her colleague introduced the story with the line, "Dr. Pan has been the target of threats." I explained to her that the reality is that HE is the one doing the threatening as HE threatens the children and parents of CA...threatening them with the ultimatum of putting their children at lethal risk scores of times as extortion to attend school in CA. HE is the one making harmful and potentially fatal threats, and passing laws to enforce those threats. I said I hoped they would cover the story from that angle in the near future. Pan is not the victim as the news anchor portrayed...quite the opposite...as millions of California children and families are now the victims of his legislation.

Thank you to all who went to protest last night!

Reporter's contact info:
Sonseeahray.Tonsall@fox40.com
916-454-4548, ext. 9308

Nonnymouse

Am I missing something? Just saying that something is "concerning" or "challenging" does not seem like hate speech. Did he say something really ugly or unpleasant? If so, where do we go to see the quote?

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