Leftbrain/Rightbrain, a pharma-friendly UK blog, has now been given as much representation on the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) as the world’s largest autism charity, Autism Speaks. The UK blog is actually cited on the HHS website as a leading reason Matt Carey (Click here for photo), who anonymously blogs on the site under a pseudonym - the cartoon character “Sullivan,” - was made a public member of the IACC, even though Leftbrain/Rightbrain is neither owned by a US citizen nor has a registered US domain name. Meanwhile, the following US autism organizations have no representation on the only federal committee that advises HHS solely on autism policy:
Carey was falsely cited by HHS as having blogged frequently for a U.S. autism organization when in fact he had only written one blog post for it prior to his nomination. He has written many hundreds of posts for the UK's LeftBrain/Rightbrain.
Despite the fact that the vaccine-autism controversy is a dominant issue in the autism community, the Obama Administration appointed numerous promoters of vaccine industry talking points and only one person sympathetic to the other side. This violates the HHS’ own policy for federal committees, as stated on the IACC Call for Nominations:
The Department strives to ensure that the membership of HHS Federal advisory committees is fairly balanced in terms of points of view represented and the committee’s function.
Of the total 15 public members, only two are known to have cited the role vaccines may play in causing autism. The remaining 13 members include a former Merck VP, a vaccine industry front group president, an academic colleague of a millionaire vaccine industrialist and a Simpsonwood attendee who wrote Pediatrics urging the journal to publish Poul Thorsen’s fraudulent thimerosal study. And of course, that list includes Matt Carey.
Years before Carey disclosed his identity as the lead writer on LeftBrain/RightBrain, he authored a post for the blog called:
Why Generation Rescue shouldn’t be on the IACC
Unlike any member of Generation Rescue however, Matt Carey does not even represent an American autism organization. He complained that Generation Rescue was “lobbying hard for a seat on the IACC.” and claimed that all groups representing the “’autism is caused by vaccines’ segment of the community” should be represented by IACC member Lyn Redwood. Carey blatantly advocates for tokenism on a federal committee - a violation of HHS policy cited above which calls for committees to be “balanced in terms of points of view.”
There are many other examples of Carey’s behavior that should have disqualified him from participating in a federal autism committee. Under another of Carey’s Leftbrain/Rightbrain posts, freelance writer Brian Deer left several comments blaming parents for their children’s autism:
And they wonder why their children have problems with their brains.
The festering nastiness, the creepy repetitiveness, the weasly, deceitful, obsessiveness, all signal pathology to me.
Despite being an autism parent, Matt Carey allowed the abhorrent, anti-science comments to remain on the blog without denouncing them.
And now, the Secretary of Health and Human Services - Kathleen Sebelius - appears to have rewarded Matt Carey for supporting her efforts to censor vaccine safety science in the media with public membership to the IACC – on the day the latest autism numbers were released no less. His bio on the IACC website reads thusly:
Dr. Matthew Carey is the father of a young child with multiple disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder, and is a frequent contributor to the Left Brain/Right Brain blog and the Autism Science Foundation Blog. His writing focuses on reviewing current autism research in an understandable way for the public and he is deeply committed to communicating the importance of getting the science right for autism.
The sole blog post Carey contributed to an American autism organization was to the Autism Science Foundation – a pharma front group already represented on the IACC by Alison Singer (Click here for photo) who runs ASF with vaccine developer Paul Offit. The only thing “frequent contributor” accurately describes is Carey’s blogging for Leftbrain/Rightbrain, owned by a British Web Designer named Kevin Leitch. What “communicating the importance of getting the science right” means to Matt Carey is obviously censoring of science.
"There are groups out there that insist that vaccines are responsible for a variety of problems despite all scientific evidence to the contrary. We have reached out to media outlets to try to get them to not give the views of these people equal weight in their reporting to what science has shown and continues to show about the safety of vaccines.”
Carey supported this cover-up and the silencing of thousands of people in the autism community:
“I agree with what Secretary Sebelius says—don’t give equal weight.”
He goes even further:
“I have to say, I even take issue with the idea that this is some suppression of the voices of the “Vaccine Safety Voices”. Really? Vaccine safety?”
Really, vaccine safety. Carey has openly supported Sebelius’ efforts to cover up vaccine injury, and now he has the IACC seat he’s earned.
In that same blog post, Carey also lied about Arthur Allen’s removal from the Washington D.C. Green Our Vaccines Rally:
“Mr. Allen was removed from the rally for no other reason than he disagrees.”
No, he was removed from the rally because he told NAA President Wendy Fournier:
“I want to talk to someone less full of shit.” And this was according to Arthur Allen’s own description of events.
Neither Fournier nor her organization possesses a public seat on IACC.
What is ironic though is that when pressed on Sebelius’ quote supporting censorship, her department replied:
“No one here can remember or determine that this quote is factual.”
However, Sebelius has never officially retracted or denied the quote attributed to her, leaving room for speculation that she might or might not have said it. I guess her appointment of Matt Carey answers this question.
Seth Mnookin has commented via twitter: "I would have preferred responding (& tried to), altho the person wanted to grandstand not talk"
If true, and I tend to give Seth Mnookin a lot more credibility than Jake Crosby, then this would be a reason to eject Mr. Crosby.
However, after Mnookin claimed to blogger Shannon Rosa (Click here for photo) that he played no role in my ouster and that he probably would have preferred that I stayed, Carey did a complete 180, commenting on Mnookin’s blog:
I think it was unfortunate that Mr. Crosby was asked to leave.
Carey later denied that Mnookin had me removed even though a security guard quoted Seth Mnookin’s false accusation as the reason for my removal: “You were being disruptive!”
When I exposed Seth Mnookin’s pharma ties, Leftbrain/Rightbrain’s owner Kevin Leitch retaliated by claiming that I “abused a man with a psychiatric disorder” because I had noted that Mnookin was a former drug dealer and burglar who bit a policeman, as Mnookin stated in his own article.
Running true to form, Carey showed up in the comments of Leftbrain/Rightbrain, pseudonymously endorsing Leitch’s obvious attempt to silence me:
Jake Crosby is an adult. He should be close to graduating college. He should be given the respect of being criticized for his mistakes as an adult.
No actual errors or “mistakes” were identified by either man.
Matt Carey has supported the lies of multiple writers on LeftBrain/Rightbrain while hiding behind his pseudonym. He even moderated a blog post alleging that an official university document posted by Age of Autism was fabricated; the university document implicated Poul Thorsen in fraud. Carey censored critical comments underneath the libelous, conspiracy-theorist rant, which ran for days before it was quietly removed altogether without comment or apology.
And the Obama Administration gave a man who writes under a pseudonym a public seat on a federal committee because of such fallacious writing on a blog neither owned by a US citizen nor registered under a US domain name?
It is time for a change – time for Barack Obama to get out of the White House. Contact your legislators to let them know the IACC is in violation of stated HHS policy that federal committees be “fairly balanced in terms of points of view represented,” Two vaccine safety voices out of 15 do not constitute balance, and a UK blog should not be represented on the IACC.
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. Jake was nominated for an IACC public position but did not expect to be appointed by Kathleen Sebelius.