Who picked Matt Carey of the UK blog Leftbrain/Rightbrain to serve on the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, commonly known as IACC? Answer: Alison Singer of Autism “Science” Foundation, the vaccine industry front group and so-called autism charity that was expressly formed to discourage vaccine/autism research.
It was not HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius who chose Carey; Sebelius reportedly said she did not pick the new members, she just confirmed their appointments. It was not NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins who chose Carey; when I spoke to Dr. Collins in person, he told me he played no role in selecting the committee members. And it was not NIMH Director and IACC Chair Dr. Thomas Insel who chose Carey, since Dr. Insel told me, after the meeting, that he does not even read blogs. Of course, all these people share some degree of responsibility for Carey's appointment, but none of them could have been the person who selected him for IACC.
So who could it be? Who on the IACC would appoint Leftbrain/Rightbrain's main blogger to the committee when he was not making any real contributions to the autism community?
Process of elimination: None of the federal members have ever left a comment on Leftbrain/Rightbrain, so that rules them out. If Ari Ne'eman had any say in the matter, he would have recommended more “autistic self-advocates” for the committee, as he probably did. In addition, this comment he left on Leftbrain/Rightbrain lambasting Kevin Leitch totally rules him out.
Public IACC members Lyn Redwood of SafeMinds and Geraldine Dawson of Autism Speaks would definitely not pick Matt Carey for IACC representation; the last time Carey commented on anything Dawson has done, it was in a blog post titled “Autism Speaks misleads the public on the IACC's stance on vaccine research.” The post was publicized by Alison Singer's front group on Facebook.
In fact, there is only one person who's ever served on IACC who has both commented on and hosted blog posts that Matt Carey wrote: Alison Singer.
She even commented on the Leftbrain/Rightbrain blog and made the following remark about my article, “Kevin Leitch's Jab in the Dark,”:
What a strange story. Many parents question whether vaccines are involved in autism because of the media coverage of the issue, but then they read the science and realize the studies are there and the science clearly indicates no causal role for vaccines. Kev, although I find your point of view refreshing and your posts unique, I dare say you are hardly alone at coming to this conclusion. Jake will have to try harder next time. -Alison
(Alison Singer is also a hypocrite since she split the MMR vaccine into three separate shots for her second daughter, who does not have autism, as opposed to her first. She admitted this to CNN months after AoA's JB Handley was tipped off by an anonymous Autism Speaks employee.)
Under a blog post authored by Matt Carey, a.k.a. “Sullivan,” Singer got a cheap laugh at the Washington Redskins cheerleader Desiree Jennings for her neurological disabilities that she developed after an influenza vaccination:
I’d love to comment but I am laughing too hard. The Australian accent is priceless.
Her comment was surrounded by comments from Carey, who seemed to take no issue with Singer's sadistic humor at someone else's expense.
The only blog post that Matt Carey contributed outside of Leftbrain/Rightbrain prior to his IACC appointment was to the blog of Autism “Science” Foundation - Alison Singer's front group. In addition to making no indication that Carey blogs under a pseudonym, his IACC bio lied that he was a frequent contributor to Singer's blog:
Dr. Matthew Carey [Ph.D. physicist] 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.
Her front group's blog re-posted the biographies of all the current IACC members, including Matt Carey's, repeating the above lie. That very same day, Singer's blog also posted Carey's second post to the blog, his first in almost a year. A week and a half later, Singer's blog posted a third blog entry by Carey. Suddenly, Matt Carey became a “frequent contributor” with his three blog posts, and Singer probably didn't think anyone would check and see that only one of them appeared prior to Carey's appointment. She sure was working hard to legitimize his appointment.
Alison Singer was not the only one who was glad about Carey's IACC appointment. The blog post by Singer's front group about the new IACC members was tweeted by vaccine industry front writer, Seth Mnookin:
I'll bet Seth Mnookin's uncle Bob was proud of Carey's appointment, too.
Matt Carey's permanent IACC bio embellished the lie:
Dr. Matt Carey joined the IACC as a public member in 2012. Dr. 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 other autism blogs.
Matt Carey is not a frequent contributor to “other autism blogs;” he is only a frequent contributor to one blog – a blog still owned and registered under a domain name in the UK. This vague claim portrays Carey as possessing qualifications he doesn't have.
But Alison Singer's appointment and promotion of Matt Carey goes beyond cronyism; it also proves Singer has no interest in curing or preventing autism. Matt Carey is ideologically opposed to autism cure and prevention. Singer's only reason for wanting him on IACC is that they share a common agenda of trying to cover up the fact that vaccines caused the autism epidemic.
Jake Crosby has Asperger Syndrome and is a contributing editor to Age of Autism. He is a 2011 graduate of Brandeis University with a BA in both History and Health: Science, Society and Policy and currently attends The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services where he is studying for an MPH in epidemiology.