Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Just Loves “Science”

I wrote before that RFK, Jr. is a cynical, hypocritical tool.  But he is so much more than that. 

Among other pursuits, such as weaving false narratives about his family history to smear conservatives, Kennedy is a weekend warrior in the field of vaccine research.  As it turns out, he’s not very good at that, either. 

After just 6 years, Salon has figured that out:

In 2005, Salon published online an exclusive story by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. that offered an explosive premise: that the mercury-based thimerosal compound present in vaccines until 2001 was dangerous, and that he was “convinced that the link between thimerosal and the epidemic of childhood neurological disorders is real.”

The piece was co-published with Rolling Stone magazine — they fact-checked it and published it in print; we posted it online. In the days after running “Deadly Immunity,” we amended the story with five corrections (which can still be found logged here) that went far in undermining Kennedy’s exposé. At the time, we felt that correcting the piece — and keeping it on the site, in the spirit of transparency — was the best way to operate. But subsequent critics, including most recently, Seth Mnookin in his book “The Panic Virus,” further eroded any faith we had in the story’s value. We’ve grown to believe the best reader service is to delete the piece entirely.

“I regret we didn’t move on this more quickly, as evidence continued to emerge debunking the vaccines and autism link,” says former Salon editor in chief Joan Walsh, now editor at large. “But continued revelations of the flaws and even fraud tainting the science behind the connection make taking down the story the right thing to do.” The story’s original URL now links to our autism topics page, which we believe now offers a strong record of clear thinking and skeptical coverage we’re proud of — including the critical pursuit of others who continue to propagate the debunked, and dangerous, autism-vaccine link.

I patiently await Salon’s clear thinking on and skeptical coverage of the climate change debate, especially the critical pursuit of those, such as RFK, Jr., who continue to propagate the debunked, and dangerous, climate change alarmism theory religion.  Shouldn’t a history of fear mongering generate some skepticism about Kennedy’s thinking and motives?  The guy seems to see black helicopters outside his window wherever he goes.

And by the way, the vaccine hysterics generated by “pro-science” types such as Kennedy have likely killed or maimed quite a few young children, certainly far more than any harsh language used by Tea Partiers.  Where is the media outrage?

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Published in: on January 17, 2011 at 11:15 am  Leave a Comment  

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