Mike Adams’ way – When you don’t have facts, threaten legal action

Here at Doubtful News, there are very few media personalities we really don’t like and consider a hazard to the public. But Mike Adams the Health Danger Ranger is one of them. When you don’t have facts to back up your claim, threaten to sue. Common tactic of quacks.

Adams operates Natural News, which is neither natural nor news but lots of nonsense, pseudoscience, hype and conspiracy mongering. This Discover blog calls the spade a spade. As Adams threatens Forbes, his nonsense is well documented and out there for all to see.

Notice Natural News is on our list of “No Go To” sites. It’s beyond doubtful. But, it’s popular and that’s a damn shame.

Mike Adams, the Alt Medicine Purveyor Who Calls himself the ‘Health Ranger,’ Threatens to Sue Forbes and Writer.

It is not unusual for public figures to be unhappy with how they are portrayed in the media. Sometimes their complaints are understandable, other times not so much. What is unusual is for a public figure to take legal action against a journalist.

This appears to be the tactic Mike Adams is using in an attempt to intimidate Forbes and muzzle one of their contributing writers/bloggers.

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Anyway, all the kooky things that Adams puts up on NaturalNews.com and says all over the internet are there for you to check out yourself. For some examples, just follow the links I provided above. Or you could read the recent profile of Adams by Jon Entine at his Genetic Literacy website. The piece was cross-posted at Forbes, where Entine is a contributor to their website. (He is not on the Forbes editorial masthead. Rather, Entine, a science writer, is part of a large “content” network at the website.) For his piece, Entine drew almost entirely on Adams’ own writings, the public records of his various companies, and what scientists and other science bloggers had to say about him.

Adams did not appreciate the piece, which characterized him as “anti-science” and focused on his crusade against GMOs and how that commingled with his various conspiracy theories. He immediately went after Forbes and Entine.

The odd thing about all this is that most everything in Entine’s piece that Adams objects to has already been reported and discussed elsewhere in multiple places in the science blogosphere. So is Adams just going after Forbes because it is a well-endowed, high profile media entity?

See Orac skewer Adams here. Far as I know, he’s not been sued.

Forbes did take down the piece, which is unfortunate.

  4 comments for “Mike Adams’ way – When you don’t have facts, threaten legal action

  1. spookyparadigm
    May 16, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Dear god, why did you make me look at Forbes’ facebook?

  2. May 16, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Does anyone have the URL of where the Forbes article was? I’m thinking it could be retrieved from http://archive.org.

    I really wish Forbes would show a little more testicular fortitude…

  3. Travis
    May 17, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    I hope Forbes would stand up for themselves. Backing down like this makes it looks to others like this guy is right and has grounds to sue

  4. Tom
    May 17, 2014 at 2:27 AM

    I wonder sometimes why science based Companies and Foundation do not do more to publicly challenge “anti science” they certainly have the scientific and legal expertise to put many quacks and charlatans out of business or better still tie them up in expensive litigation for years, yet they remain strangely silent. But if you or I were to infringe one of their patents we would quickly feel their wrath.
    Don’t they feel any civic responsibility?

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