It’s hard to know anymore what’s real and what isn’t on the internet. Literally anybody can pass themselves off as an expert or a media outlet. Hell, I do! And who am I? Nobody. I’m one of the weird ones who does this for free, because it’s the right thing to do. Most people just want to make money, and don’t mind seeing the world burn as long as their pockets are full. That’s why there is SO much bad information on the web. People publish what draws a crowd. Hey, were talking about it, aren’t we? That’s why I refuse to propagate this stupid game of creating lies and passing it off as news by sharing with you the link to this garbage. If you want to read it, you can google it.
The only reason I’m writing about it so that you can share this post with your friends and family. Vaccines don’t cause autism. However, not getting vaccinated causes things like whooping cough, measles, mumps, and polio to come back. This money making misinformation campaign that’s stirring up all this debate, while good for cash flow, is actually making babies sick. The tabloids are literally profiting off information that could kill your child. Share this blog post!
Consider this a public service announcement. I’ll reveal a few ways to spot fake news articles, and debunk this one specifically.
First, here’s how to spot fake news a mile away:
#1. The article doesn’t have an author and doesn’t have any attributed source. If you look at the article in question on any one of the hundreds of sites who posted it (and don’t believe in fact checking) there’s no author! When there’s no credit given, break out your skeptic’s hat.
#2. It’s a huge breakthrough; it’s world changing, life altering… and it’s being carried by a website you’ve never even heard of. I’m not talking Huffington Post or The Atlantic, I’m talking some truly unknown rag. Whiteout Press? Who?! Undergroundhealth.com? If it’s “BREAKING NEWS!” and it’s not plastered all over the major networks… it’s not breaking news.
#3. I can hear some of you now! “Of course the major networks don’t carry it, it’s an air tight media blackout! It’s a conspiracy!” This is a circular argument which can be a doozy to try and think your way out of if you’re Glenn Beck. Proof isn’t the absence or proof. What the absence of proof is, is not a “media blackout,” but instead it’s a lack of validation that this story is in any way real. The same type of argument is seen in conspiracy theories about 9/11, Flight 800, the boston bombings and well… just watch Glenn Beck if you like circular arguments that are self feeding, yet completely outside of all reason.
#4. The main claim or headline makes no sense, if you take a second and think about it. Vaccines, Autism, this is medical stuff doctor types do as a hobby on the weekends or something, right? So why would a civil court decide whether or not there was scientific evidence? Uhm… Don’t scientists do that, in uh, peer reviewed journals?
#5. Here’s the biggest clue of all (related to #4): EVERYTHING THE ARTICLE SAYS IS WRONG!!!
Oh, where to begin? Let’s just get down to brass tacks, shall we?
Ryab B. Mojabi never actually showed any signs of autism, none what so ever. The court rulings this article is talking about are being egregiously and willfully misrepresented. I think the word is… They’re lying! The courts never confirmed any link between vaccines and autism, and even if a civil court were to do such a thing, courts get science wrong all the time. The title of this article is alarmist, but devoid of anything real.
Nonetheless, there were unfortunately signs of neurological damage in Ryab’s case. As unfortunate as that is, the entire premise of this article is incorrect. Should be enough said, right?
But this article isn’t brazenly filled with lies. That would imply there’s actually some facts in here, which there aren’t. This entire article is one bold faced lie after another! (And all with the deep, genuine concern of trying to expose something evil and help us all… Sickening.)
The article claims Dr. Wakefield was publicly humiliated for his MMR -> Autism link and even prosecuted for it, while having lost his license to practice medicine, he has heroically soldiered on to be rich, famous, and save millions of lives with his sheer awesomeness. Or something like that. I’m not sure who’s fellatiating the former doctor here, but there’s a few things I need to address.
This article says, “Dr. Andrew Wakefield of Austin, Texas…”
Dafuq did I just read?
Dr. Andrew Wakefield is from England! Where he lost his license to practice medicine because he actually “misrepresented or altered the medical histories of all 12 of the patients whose cases formed the basis of the 1998 study.” Yeah, that’s also called lying. Which isn’t scientific. Actually, it’s kind of a dick move.
The “grass roots outcry” section is likely entire all fabricated. Since there’s no author and no last name of the supposed citizen journalist who’s deeply concerned, yet is entirely objective, it must be concluded that this is all smoke and mirrors. Disagree? Prove me wrong. Find the author, find me “Kathleen,” and find me this grass roots outcry from people with proof.
The whole thing is just made up.
This so called “news” is literally all lies.
So please guys, STOP sharing that crap. The websites that carry this banal drivel and tabloid hackery are only in it to get paid – at the expense of misinforming us to the point we may inadvertently harm our children.
Thanks for reading,
Read some more,
And stay healthy.