Huffington Post piece warps vaccine court ruling

A deliberate attempt by author of this piece to skew the story. Contrary to what the headline suggests, the awards were NOT for autism. It was for something different.

David Kirby: Vaccine Court Awards Millions to Two Children With Autism.

The federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, better known as “vaccine court,” has just awarded millions of dollars to two children with autism for “pain and suffering” and lifelong care of their injuries, which together could cost tens of millions of dollars.

The government did not admit that vaccines caused autism, at least in one of the children. Both cases were “unpublished,” meaning information is limited, and access to medical records and other exhibits is blocked.

David Kirby is well known for doing this. Note his own words:“The government did not admit that vaccines caused autism” Because it doesn’t. Don’t just read and buy into this story, consider this response by Orac:

David Kirby’s back, and this time his anti-vaccine fear mongering induces…ennui – Respectful Insolence.

He begins with what is, in essence, a bait and switch that is apparent in the title. You can see right there that what Kirby is going to try to convince people is that the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) through the Vaccine Court has “admitted” that vaccines cause autism by compensating children for vaccine injuries that include autism. We’ve heard this ploy time and time again. The routine is well-established and trotted out every so often to convince the credulous that somehow the government is “hiding” the “truth” that vaccines cause autism while paying off the parents of vaccine-injured autistic children.

Orac responds to Kirby’s long history:

Back in 2005, when I first encountered Kirby, I actually had to think a bit in order to deconstruct the various twists and turns of tortuous logic strung together by cherry picked facts mixed with misinformation. In 2013, all I feel is ennui, because it’s so easy to pick Kirby’s latest apart. But I do it because it has to be done. If I and other bloggers can keep even just a few parents on the fence from falling for Kirby’s spin, it’s worth it.

Check out how the public receives this information. Look at the comments to this piece at HuffPo and look at the thread here at ATS. This headline, which distorts the piece, completely obliterates any nuance and chance of understanding in this piece. The view of people who read it are colored by it and see nothing but vaccines=autism. They are ready to march into their pediatrician’s office with the piece.

One biased piece in a popular media source does NOT negate the huge body of scientific information that shows vaccines DO NOT cause autism.

Medical issues are highly specific and complicated. Yet, people take stories like this and warped them to suit their agenda. It’s wrong. If you visit a forum where this topic is being discussed, please post a link to Orac’s piece and challenge people to consider what Kirby did with this news.

  1 comment for “Huffington Post piece warps vaccine court ruling

  1. Peter Robinson
    January 17, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Contact the Huffington Post and tell them to stop publishing garbage. Just sent my complaint.

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