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Thursday, February 12, 2009
Ok, here's the story. Olbermann does his "worst person in the world" stick.
It's Wakefield! For forging data. And deservedly so.
But noooo, that's so not fair, since according to David Kirby, (a man with a huge financial interest in maintaining vaccine paranoia) Brian Deer, the reporter who broke the Times story, was the original complainant in the medical review of Wakefield and this fact was not disclosed in the article.
Which prompted Olbermann to name Deer the next day:
Well, aside from the fact that I wouldn't be bothered by a reporter calling the police on a criminal and then later reporting more about the bad deeds of the criminal, it turns out that the accusation was flat out not true. Deer didn't make the complaint. As is easily shown with the power of a bit of Google-fu. Sheeesh.
And Kirby wrote Evidence of Harm, one of the reasons vaccine paranoia jumped to the US. I didn't see Kirby post this conflict of interest over at Huffpo. I just saw links to his book.
Oh, and in case you're not tired of Kirby and Olbermann smackdown, here's some more.