By J.B. Handley
I thought I'd seen everything.
I work in corporate America, and I have never before seen an employee with a managed termination (a nice word for getting fired) issue their own press release announcing their "resignation" from a job, five minutes before their employer does the same thing.
And yet, that's what Alison Singer did – she issued her own press release announcing her termination (in so many words). Go figure.
Worse, Ms. Singer characterized her separation from Autism Speaks as a philosophical disagreement on the issue of vaccines and autism. Doesn't she realize she effectively is saying, "The rest of the largest autism organization in the world feels one way, but I, singularly, feel differently"?
So, thank you for that--you certainly help make our case.
And, as if on cue, Ms. Singer, in her own press release, feeds the ever-hungrier lie when she writes:
"Dozens of credible scientific studies have exonerated vaccines as a cause of autism."
Alison, if you haven't read my post, FEEDING A HUNGRY LIE, now would be a good time to do it before you go and talk to…Newsweek?
Yup, Ms. Singer has already found her way into Newsweek, at least the online edition. In seeing what she had to say, it struck me that maybe she had read my post, and just chose to lie anyway. How else to explain this nearly unbelievable quote:
"There are more than a dozen studies that show no causal link between the MMR [measles-mumps-rubella] vaccine and autism, and thimerosal [a mercury-containing vaccine preservative] and autism. Over and over, the science has shown no causal link between vaccines and autism."
Amazing. We looked at MMR, we looked at one ingredient, we compared vaccinated kids to vaccinated kids, never considered the other 11 vaccines on the schedule, time to move on.
To backtrack for a moment, Every Child By Two ran Ms. Singer's personal press release announcing her termination. A nonprofit funded by a vaccine company (with Paul Offit on their board) runs a press release about a leader of an autism organization being fired? That's just weird.
Perhaps weirder is this email I got from a super mom today, she writes:
"I knew that title sounded familiar. Say hello to Alison's new partner in crime, as if we didn't know already.
From Newsweek: 'This Question has been Asked and Answered'
Alison Singer: At some point, you have to say, "This question has been asked and answered and it's time to move on." We need to be able to say, "Yes, we are now satisfied that the earth is round."
From NY Times, AP, Reuters June 12, 2007:
"From my standpoint, this question has been asked and answered," Dr Paul Offit, of the Philadelphia Children's Hospital, who helped invent a rotavirus vaccine, told reporters.
From CNN April 2, 2008: Vaccine-autism question divides parents, scientists.
Paul Offit: "It's been asked and answered: Vaccines don't cause autism," Offit says.
The hungry lie lives. Alison Singer, the mother of a child with autism, tells it shamelessly. This same mother has ECBT, a nonprofit funded by Wyeth, issue her press release announcing her termination. And, this same Mom parrots Paul Offit in her interviews.
Did Autism Speaks do the right thing? The question has been asked and answered: Hell, yes!!
J.B. Handley is co-founder of Generation Rescue and a contributor to Age of Autism.