Autism News Beat

An evidence-based resource for journalists

Autism News Beat header image 2
comprar viagra contrareembolso viagra verpackung viagra pfizer rezeptfrei comprar cialis madrid viagra precio farmacia comprar viagra en farmacia vardenafil precio cialis 10 mg precio andorra viagra sin receta tadalafil tadalis pille 20mg levitra schweiz viagra generico contrareembolso viagra receta cialis 20 mg precio viagra foro cialis generika indien cialis 5 mg precio farmacia comprar cialis andorra kamagra pille 100mg viagra donde conseguir cialis generico en españa vendo viagra original firmel sildenafil kamagra gel kaufen viagra cialis kaufen vardenafil generico en mexico cialis foro compra cialis generico kamagra günstig viagra farmacias ahumada tadalafil generika tadalafil rezeptfrei cialis kaufen ohne rezept tadalafil apotheke viagra frau kaufen kamagra 100mg kaufen venta de sildenafil kamagra wo kaufen viagra original kaufen cialis rezept marcas viagra potenzmittel rezeptfrei viagra o similar tadalafil en chile cialis apothekenpreis viagra billig bestellen tadalafil uruguay magnus sildenafil 50 ersatz viagra sildenafil en bolivia levitra venta libre foro levitra precio cialis 20 mg super kamagra günstig kaufen viagra natural foro viagra bestellen erfahrung viagra ventas cialis generika online kaufen kamagra foro kamagra aus indien kamagra kaufen berlin viagra 100mg ohne rezept viagra nombre viagra bestellen paypal viagra farmacia ahumada cialis preise apotheke viagra medicamento vendo viagra antofagasta apotheke cialis viagra kaufen in deutschland viagra sin receta en farmacias kamagra precio tabletas cialis cialis sicher kaufen tadalafil diario potenzmittel cialis kaufen viagra original cialis 5mg kaufen comprar viagra españa comprar viagra a contrareembolso cialis rezeptpflicht viagra deutschland comprar viagra barcelona sildenafil peru comprar cialis 10 mg citrato de sildenafil viagra billig kaufen viagra frauen cialis generico en farmacias viagra online rezeptfrei viagra kaufen holland viagra receta medica cialis kaufen rezeptfrei sildenafil 50 mg magnus sildenafil precios cialis 5 mg rezeptfrei levitra pastilla cialis comprar online magnus sildenafil cialis lilly precio potenzstorungen viagra kaufen ohne rezept forum viagra 50 medikamente rezeptfrei tadalafil mexico viagra similar cialis generico en monterrey comprar levitra generico sildenafil comprar cialis precio oficial comprar levitra en españa kamagra eu comprar viagra online españa original viagra kaufen compro sildenafil viagra precio sin receta comprar levitra en andorra comprar levitra 10 mg rezeptfrei viagra viagra bestellen in deutschland sildenafil pastilla viagra gratis precio levitra 10 mg viagra precio viagra sicher kaufen billig kamagra sildenafil frauen comprar viagra andorra kamagra sobres viagra rezept cialis farmacias guadalajara foro viagra sildenafil mexico cialis generika rezeptfrei cialis farmacias del ahorro comprar sildenafil contrareembolso viagra billig online venta viagra farmacias cialis venta libre naturliche potenzmittel cialis generika kaufen viagra online apotheke bestellen cialis tadalafil kaufen sildenafil receta kamagra indien viagra rezeptfrei deutschland cialis farmacias similares viagra frankreich rezeptfrei viagra natural receta viagra generica españa viagra rezept bekommen kamagra generika comprar viagra internet viagra generika online bestellen super kamagra generika viagra autentica sildenafil 50 mg venta cialis ventajas online apotheke cialis contrareembolso cialis generika aus deutschland cialis generico venta sildenafil se vende sin receta kamagra oral jelly preisvergleich viagra precios magnus viagra venta cialis barcelona tadalafil dosis viagra barato versand apotheke cialis generico contrareembolso cialis rezeptfrei aus deutschland viagra rezeptfrei niederlande pastilla sildenafil cialis generika 20mg sildenafil bajo receta viagra nombres comerciales viagra 25 mg rezeptfrei viagra legal kaufen viagra nur auf rezept cialis compra kamagra österreich tadalafil en mexico levitra tabletas generic tadalafil viagra in holland kaufen marcas sildenafil generika kamagra cialis se vende en farmacias kamagra holland viagra ersatz cialis tadalafil preis precio levitra en farmacia viagra farmacia similares cialis sin receta medica levitra 20 mg precio viagra holland rezeptfrei viagra einzeln kaufen impotencia sexual kamagra in der apotheke viagra rezeptfrei rechnung comprar cialis barato cialis generico españa cialis precio andorra rezept cialis pastillas sildenafil sildenafil marcas tadalafil 10mg kamagra in apotheke viagra fiable sildenafil shop levitra precio viagra bestellen ohne rezept tadalafil frauen levitra venta sildenafil en las mujeres levitra sin receta viagra venta a domicilio kamagra deutschland medicamento levitra venta viagra madrid tadalafil precio viagra madrid cialis legal kaufen viagra aus indien viagra andorra sin receta viagra original ohne rezept precio viagra argentina online viagra und cialis kaufen viagra kaufen rezeptfrei cialis generika erfahrungen cialis necesita receta kamagra shop schweiz compra cialis viagra rezeptfrei aus deutschland kamagra lutschtabletten viagra kaufen erfahrungen levitra original levitra donde comprar comprar viagra paypal viagra bestellen per nachname online apotheke viagra viagra precio ecuador comprar levitra por internet viagra rezeptfrei ch comprar viagra en barcelona cialis nachnahme cialis rezeptfrei in deutschland kaufen magnus sildenafil 50 mg viagra es de venta libre levitra generico precio viagra verkauf foro cialis generico original cialis viagra 25 mg kaufen viagra rezeptfrei kaufen levitra genericos foro tadalafil cialis comprar madrid sildenafil sirve para mujeres viagra comprar sin receta magnus sildenafil 100mg comprar viagra farmacia compra cialis españa viagra bestellen forum holland viagra kaufen cialis se vende sin receta sildenafil genericos sildenafil venezuela conseguir viagra sildenafil laboratorio chile viagra generica online pastillas cialis viagra pfizer vardenafil generico mexico viagra für die frau bestellen vardenafil mexico vendo viagra viña del mar viagra kauf viagra nombre de la droga viagra niederlande rezeptfrei pfizer viagra precio rezept viagra kamagra preisvergleich venta viagra capital federal viagra generica billig viagra kamagra kautabletten disfuncion erectil pastillas comprar viagra sin receta en españa viagra generika bestellen kamagra 50 gel oral kamagra preise kamagra oral jelly preis medicamento sildenafil viagra online kaufen erfahrungen precio viagra andorra viagra kaufen billig internetapotheke viagra pfizer viagra 100mg viagra por correo viagra usa kaufen viagra 50 mg kaufen cialis medicamento levitra similares tadalafil shop viagra marcas comerciales precio de levitra cialis comprimidos venta viagra generico viagra nicht verschreibungspflichtig comprar viagra cialis comprar viagra natural levitra farmacias del ahorro sildenafil generico colombia comprar viagra seguro vendo viagra barcelona sildenafil nombres comerciales comprar tadalafil comprar sildenafil sin receta comprar viagra sin receta madrid cialis tschechien cialis rezeptfrei land viagra rezeptfrei wo vardenafil en mexico cialis generika erfahrung cialis 5mg rezeptfrei precios viagra cialis levitra cialis generico en peru cialis por internet levitra generico contrareembolso viagra necesita receta medica rezeptfrei viagra bestellen precios cialis comprar cialis en barcelona kamagra barato kamagra jelly kaufen comprar viagra por internet viagra online rezept viagra se necesita receta tadalafil 20mg preis comprar cialis en andorra cialis se vende con receta vendo viagra sevilla comprar cialis en sevilla kamagra 100 kautabletten comprar viagra 24 horas viagra telefonisch bestellen pfizer viagra comprar levitra sin receta

The man who wasn’t there

April 6th, 2010 · 7 Comments · Easy marks

Last night I saw upon the stair
A little man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
Oh, how I wish he’d go away*

JB Handley used to be the news and entertainment media’s go-t0 guy for acerbic quotes about vaccines and autism, or what editors call “balance”.  The founder of Generation Rescue, arguably the largest, best-funded anti-vaccine group in the world, was adept at playing reporters and credulous talk-show hosts.

But those days are gone.  As an unrelenting stream of scientific and legal setbacks rocks the anti-vaccine movement, fewer journalists feel an obligation to balance the consensus of medical science with the unhinged rants of the nation’s number one vaccine rejectionist. A case in point: a Google News search of “World Autism  Awareness Day” and “vaccines” for the first three days of April yields zero hits. The old media narrative of “some people think vaccines might cause autism” has given way to “vaccine rejectionism puts children at risk.”

The purported vaccine-autism link is dead. Survivors include Big Foot, the Loch Ness Monster, and Alien Elvis. Interment will be held in Area 51. In lieu of flowers, mourners can send contributions to Unicorn Rescue.

But Handley isn’t going down without a fight, and in a fawning, two-part interview on a fringe “progressive” blog, he attacks the media for ignoring him. Progressive politics has a long, proud history in the US, and its accomplishments include a 40-hour work week, minimum wage laws, civil rights, and national parks. Absent from the list are measles, mumps, pertussis, and a other vaccine-preventable diseases.

Among the subjects that inflate Handley’s voice is the mainstream media and “how ignorant they are” when they report on vaccines and autism. They don’t even know how many shots kids get, he said, citing coverage of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccines as the classic case in point.

He tells his interviewer, Steven Higgs, an adjunct professor at Indiana University, of an “emerging consensus that the autism epidemic is real and caused by environmental toxins.” In fact, scientific consensus tells us there are no reliable data for or against an autism epidemic. The point apparently escapes Higgs.

Remarkably, Handley “repeatedly emphasized that he has no idea what causes autism,” and that he “couldn’t prove vaccines contributed to his son’s (autism)in a court of law.” But only a week ago Handley boasted that he would “bring the US vaccine program to its knees,” apparently over an unproven hunch.

* Antigonish, by Williams Hughes Mearns


7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Norwegian Shooter // Apr 6, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Hallelujah! But don’t get too complacent, Oprah and HuffPo are still lurking out there.

    As for the poem, which is great, I guess Auden.

  • 2 ebohlman // Apr 6, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Progressive politics has a long, proud history in the US, and its accomplishments include a 40-hour work week, minimum wage laws, civil rights, and national parks. Absent from the list are measles, mumps, pertussis, and a other vaccine-preventable diseases.

    Since public health infrastructure is also an accomplishment of progressive politics, you could make that statement even stronger.

  • 3 autblog // Apr 6, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Thanks. I added an attribution for the poem.

  • 4 livsparents // Apr 6, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Hey, just because he can’t prove it, his epidemic arguments have more holes in it than a wheel of Jarlsberg, his ‘cured’ kids are still autistic and the medical protocols that provide this ‘cure’ are hypothesis built on theory on top of conjecture, we should still allow him to present it all as irrefutable fact. It’s an unwritten Bill of Rights: The right to bear opinions as fact. And we bear it quite well thankyouverymuch.
    As Yakov Smirnoff says “WHAT A COUNTRY”

  • 5 Russel Twain // Apr 6, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    What kind of professor is Mr. Higgs? I hope it’s not journalism.

  • 6 Science-Based Medicine » Steven Higgs: Another antivaccine reporter like Dan Olmsted in the making? // Apr 12, 2010 at 3:50 am

    [...] year? Nothing. J.B. Handley seems to be the man who wasn’t there. Well, not quite: it turns out that J.B. Handley has managed to get a little bit of fawning media [...]

  • 7 Orange Lantern // Apr 12, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Even HuffPo has had a few (admittedly lower-profile) counter-attacks, such as:

    But if Oprah sets her benevolent gaze on the topic again, anything could happen.

Leave a Comment