Kevin Leitch, founder of the Autism Hub and owner of the blog Leftbrain/Rightbrain, has proven that he will rewrite history to support his views. Rewriting history concerning a reaction his daughter had to a vaccine is a sure way to discredit himself in the eyes of any rationally thinking person. (HERE)
This isn’t even Leftbrain/Rightbrain’s most ridiculous blunder.
When Age of Autism first reported on Poul Thorsen’s disappearance with $2 million – Poul Thorsen being the second highest ranking coauthor from the department that led the 2003 Danish Pediatrics study attempting to clear thimerosal, and second highest ranking coauthor from the university that led the 2002 Danish NEJM study attempting to clear the MMR vaccine of any autism link - Leftbrain/Rightbrain responded with the most bizarre array of now-deleted posts. You can see a series of screen shots at the end of this post.
In the first post on the topic, a blogger on Leftbrain/Rightbrain libeled Age of Autism, which he accused of circulating a “hoax” and of forging an official document regarding the scandal. This document was in fact released by Aarhus University - the Danish institution with which Thorsen was affiliated.
Shortly thereafter, on request from Age of Autism, the story was amended to that of a speculative rather than accusatory version, the title being renamed “Is Story Spread by Age of Autism True?” At the end of the post, Kevin Leitch apologized to Age of Autism for the original wording of the entry. He would later remove it completely.
Neither Kevin Leitch, nor his blog Leftbrain/Rightbrain, learned their lesson for very long. Within the week, a new post by the same blogger went up on Leftbrain/Rightbrain echoing the same sentiment from before, entitled:
Update: Dr. Poul Thorsen not Missing, NOT suspected in theft.
The post was yet another long, extended, accusatory rant. The blogger starts by referencing his previous post:
This Saturday, I wrote what is shaping up to be a controversial post, questioning whether a document used by Age of Autism to implicate Dr. Poul Thorsen in the theft of several million dollars was authentic.
He not only questioned it, he originally said flat-out it was a hoax. When readers told him he was wrong, he remained unrepentant, persisting with his stream of misinformation:
I was quite satisfied I had enough to blow the AoA story out of the water. The next day, helpful commenters sped my work by identifying a source from the Copenhagen Post, so that when Olmsted showed up to complain and even friendly correspondents suggested I take it down or make changes, I simply inserted a page worth of new evidence that the document does not represent what any actual university representative in his right mind would say in a statement to the public.
He then attempts to validate his absurd position by claiming that Age of Autism writers:
…are trying to back away from criminal accusations to more prosaic aspersions on [Thorsen’s] research. I am sure that representatives of Thorsen, his former employer and international law enforcement will be very amused.
Maybe they would if Poul Thorsen weren’t actually missing along with $2 million.
In his desperation, the blogger then posts a long list of references to studies with Poul Thorsen’s name on them from as recently as last month as “evidence” that Thorsen was not missing and was in fact “living a very public life.” Had the blogger even so much as looked at a research paper before, he’d know that it typically takes months for it to get published after being accepted by a medical journal. He could have saved himself a lot of wasted time and effort.
He then posts a spam email he received that he thought was from someone he cares “about deeply,” as analogous to his accusations against Age of Autism. You’d have to be completely detached from reality in order to think that’s an apt analogy.
To illustrate my point, I’ll ask my loyal readers: How many spam messages have you received? I’ve been sent tons. I must have received at least a dozen emails from Nigeria saying that a rich relative of mine has passed away and that I should claim his fortune by providing my financial information. Needless to say, I deleted all but the first of those messages as soon as I read the subject lines.
Now: How many public documents have you ever seen that were forged to look like they were from universities? I haven’t seen any, not a one.
With this piece of irrelevant spam apparently convincing the Leftbrain/Rightbrain blogger that the document from Aarhus is fake, he persists under the false assumption that it was forged. He goes into a whole new diatribe as to how Age of Autism is at fault, whether we were behind forging the document or just posted it not knowing it was forged, concluding:
The bottom line is, that even if a butcher doesn’t know where his meat came from, he should know when it stinks.
And that’s exactly why Kevin Leitch is every bit as responsible for running this hoax on his blog as the blogger who wrote it. He defended his post, stating, “Also note that what I am doing is standard procedure in fields like theology and folklore research(both active interests of mine).” Perhaps it is time for Kevin Leitch, Leftbrain/Rightbrain, and the rest of the neurodiversity sideshow to get out of theology and folklore and into something called reality.
Although that Leftbrain/Rightbrain thread has since been removed, here are the screenshots for anyone who wishes to read them. I wonder if Leftbrain/Rightbrain will accuse Age of Autism of forging those, too. Click each photo to enlarge.
Jake Crosby is a college student with Asperger Syndrome at Brandeis University who is double majoring in History and Health: Science, Society and Social Policy, and is a contributing editor to Age of Autism.