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Judith Newman Uses Her Powerful Influence Network to Silence Autistics, Dehumanize and Smear | Sarah Harrison Smith, Tracy Locke, Kathleen Shannon Olmsted Helped?

Judith Newman uses her influence and power to silence, smear and dehumanize Autistics — and pulls in some damn powerful people to do her bidding.

Also, Judith coordinated an attack on Autistic reviews on Amazon, unleashed a hate wave across social media towards Autistics (and encouraged it) and minimized the civil rights movement to Trollgorhtymn. She also did some circular logic to distance her stance on eugenics.

Judith Newman was instructed and coordinated friends to report autistic reviews on Amazon. At the same time Judith was gaslighting the Autistic community on The Thinking Person’s Guide To Autism Facebook page.

While she was there, I asked her for her support on the real autistic crisis.

Judith offered to help Autistics as much as her platform would allow.

Instead , below, this is what we got Judith Newman’s HateBrigade aimed right at us — and silencing us. Even with threats to burn us to the ground, for leaving 1-star reviews on Judith’s book, “To Siri With Love.”

Below are the are the actions, words and receipts from Judith’s campaign.

Adding more soon.


Eve Reiland


Here’s what Judith Said About

Sarah Smith?” – Victoria C. Rowan

Sarah is wonderful and has told me what to do.” – Judith Newman


judithnewman2013-300x2251“Heather Shamsai you’d kind of think Amazon would be on to this, what with all the one-star reviews being on there in the last 3 days. And before that, I think, one 3 star and the rest 5 star.” – Judith Newman

“They do say they’re going to get rid of unverified reviews, and they see what this is. They just haven’t done anything yet.” — Judith Newman

judithnewman2013-300x2252“They took action. Thank god. Though people can still just buy it and comment.” – Judith Newman

“Judith Newman what did they do? I still see that whole bunch of nutty ‘reviews.’” – Peter Bloch



judithnewman2013-300x2251“They haven’t removed them yet but they have stopped unverified purchasers from posting — thanks to all of you who reported abuse.” – Judith Newman


“Pretty sure you can contact Amazon yourself, no?” — David Handelman


judithnewman2013-300x2252“I can and have. But we’ll see what happens.” – Judith Newman


“I’m tagging a friend at GoodReads so she can see this. Libby Rain.” – Robin Wolaner


judithnewman2013-300x225“Robin, thank you. I’m sure they’re doing the same thing at Goodreads. I haven’t even looked. all i ask is that anyone giving me one star today and for the next few days be, um, questioned as to their veracity.” — Judith Newman


“Oh! That reminded me to paste my Goodreads review onto Amazon for you. There’s 5 stars to help counter the trolls.” – Alexandra Robbins

Judith Puts Out A Plea To Her Powerful Friends


“Talk to Katherine. Our rep can help.” — Tracy Locke


katherineshannonlinked1judithnewman2013-300x225“Tracy, I just wrote to her and Stephanie, etc. xx.” – Judith Newman


Sarah Smith?” – Victoria C. Rowan

judithnewman2013-300x2252Sarah is wonderful and has told me what to do.” – Judith Newman

Here’s Judith Manipulating And Instructing 5-Star Reviews

“I will have to figure how to do this.” — Friend

judithnewman2013-300x2251“it’s easy. just go to the one star reviews and you will see something next to them that say ‘report abuse”— Judith Newman

“Very easy, I just did it.” — Friend

“I just did it — up to page 6. It took all of 12 minutes. Once you see the negative review you will see REPORT ABUSE as a click-able option. Ckicj and then click the NOT APPROPRIATE. Amazon thanks you for your feedback and asks you to close the window. (Right, Judith xo)” — Shiela W.


judithnewman2013-300x2252“perfect!” – Judith Newman

“Done. I mentioned that I am a clinical psychologist and that an organized group with a negative agenda is trying dismiss this wonderful take on raising an autistic child.” — Dean Parker, Clinical Psychologist.


judithnewman2013-300x2252“Oh, Dean. Now I’m verklempt.” – Judith Newman

“Well, in fact I’ve been asked to write an article about it, though I don’t think I will. But I’m curious to see if Amazon is as good as its word.” — Judith Newman

“Done. A few days ago.” – Lynn Addison

“On it first thing. and will leave a 5-star! gnite.” – Kathleen

“done — and countered with 5 star review.” – Elisa Petrini

“Done!!” – Fran Shapiro

“I’ll do this. Sorry that you’re having to deal with this!” – Ashley Joan Walters

“You got it!” – Eric Poole

judithnewman2013-300x225“OK, well, because there is a massive twitter attack and Amazon may take down reviews where the people have clearly not read the book and are using the site as a weapon … i will make it clear to them that you have indeed read it and should say what you damn please. — Judith Newman

amazonreviewJohnElderRobison“My own amazon review should say “verified purchase” because I bought it there.” — John Elder Robison

judithnewman2013-300x225“John Elder Robison great.” — Judith Newman

judithnewman2013-300x225“Yes, Laura Marmor, but the thing that’s most upsetting to me are the Amazon reviews. Thanks to all who have put in reviews.

You know what would be great — just to go on there and click ‘unhelpful’ next to the recent one star reviews, and also ‘report Abuse.’

Amazon is aware of what’s going on, but I need to fight this fight over the next week.” – Judith Newman

“I love this, Judith. What a woman you are. What a family you have. Good for you for pursuing this. If more of these bastards got held accountable, maybe things would be different. (But probably not . ..)” – Beth Howard

“How awful! I’ll leave a five-star review right away.” – Maggie Robertson

judithnewman2013-300x2252“awww, thank you. !” – Judith Newman

“I’m so sorry, Judith. I just left a glowing and heartfelt five-star review.” — Hilda M.

“The best thing to do is counter it with a lot of positive reviews. This makes me hate people.” – Nicole Dewey

“I have no idea what to do about trolls but I just gave you a five-star under my Amazon nom de plume.” – Dawn Raffel

amazonreviewKatherineMHeavers“Just left a glowing five star review, Judith. The reviews on Amazon are five starts and beautiful! My advice is to trust they will burn themselves out.
They’re not wise enough to even realize who and what you are. You are a freaking amazing human being … ” – Kate Heavera

“Ugh so angry for you. I can’t help with the trolls but I did just leave you a 5-star amazon review 9my kindle app says it will post within 48 hrs — are the trolls subject to this limbo too?)” – Rennie Dyball

“I am posting a positive review!” — Phyllis Greenberg

Judith Coordinates An Campaign Against the #ActuallyAutistic

“Reported every single one. Every. Single. One. I wrote, ‘Clearly a coordinated attack on this book” for each one, while also marking the reviews as not helpful. Crazy people!” – Heather S.

“Heather, me too. That was even more fun than I expected.” — A Rosenthal

“Working my way through. Am at 5. I can’t believe how many people came after you. Im reporting it as SPAM, part of an organized downvoting campaign by (Autistic) ppl in a FB group who didn’t read/buy the book.” — Lena Katz

“I did a bunch, as well. Sorry this is happening.” — Leslie Torres-Bryant.

I wrote on all of them, ‘This is an abusive, trolling comment. It is spreading false information and should be removed from Amazon immediately.” — Aimee Lee Ball

“There’s only one of these reviews on Barnes & Noble. I reported that one too.” – Heather Shamsai

“I’ll do this. Sorry that you’re having to deal with this!” – Ashley Joan Walters

amazonreviewEricPoole“You got it!” – Eric Poole

“Did a bunch.” – Helen Rogan

“I don’t, but adding my review to counter some of theirs can’t hurt…” – Jessica Potts Lahey

“Review is posted!” – Jessica Potts Lahey

judithnewman2013-300x2252“I’m so touched. Someone told me it works to also click “not helpful” next to the one star reviews. I want to reiterate, I don’t mind people not liking my book. I mind people leaving one star reviews when they haven’t even looked at it.” — Judith Newman

“yep. totally get it.” – Jessica Potts Lahey

“Reported every one star review. I’m so sorry this happened to you. It’s so brave to lay yourself bare. The book is outstanding.” — Pari Change

judithnewman2013-300x225“Wow, Pari, you are quite the overachiever! Thank you so very much.” – Judith Newman

“I hit ‘report’ – it didn’t ask me for an explanation for some reason. What ridiculous thing for you to have to endure.” – Sara Geist Rosen

“I did one. Then my computer gave me the spinning beach ball. ARGH, I’ll do morek tomorrow. Hang in there, Judith. — Bari Nan Cohen Rothchild

judithnewman2013-300x225“Hate the beach ball!” – Judith Newman

“Reported them all and will send a separate email to Amazon tomorrow.” – Lisa Church

“I reported abuse on all 46 reviews saying ‘Use your Amazon powers for good and do not let the talented, funny, honest Judith Newman be targeted by a certain streak of lebelous abusive activists intent on ruining worthy book’s success and her personal life. This is wrong.” — Victoria C Rowan

judithnewman2013-300x225“Wow. I am both grateful AND impressed.” — Judith Newman

“Hey Judith Newman, I did a bunch. Just think though, being notorious is better than not being known at all! You’ve really made a mark.” — Dena Matthews

judithnewman2013-300x225“Hi, I’m pretty sure I don’t want to be known as a eugenicist thought.” — Judith Newman

“True that, but being notorious improves notoriety, any press is good press, according to “Selling the Invisible.” — Dena Matthews

judithnewman2013-300x225“It’s an interesting question. Does mob warfare on the internet work, or does it ultimately backfire on the mob? I’ve no idea. I’ll have to look at that book.” — Judith Newman

“I did a bunch also. It’s easy to do. Almost addictive! Also satisfying, after reporting the abuse, is to go to the positive reviews and click ‘yes’ on ‘Was this review useful to you.’

Yeah, the positive reviews were useful to me! They lowered my blood pressure a little.

I’m so sorry this happened to you, Judith.” — Barbara Jone

judithnewman2013-300x225“I know! And truly, when I think of it, all for a book that is pretty damn innocuous.” – Judith Newman

“I did a bunch. Amazon should really only allow people who purchase the book through them to review it.” — Moira Lawson

“Done. This is just so awful.” — Jenny Douglas

“I did it the other day to all the 1star reviews. Hope it helps.” — Nola Devitt

judithnewman2013-300x225“It will definitely help, I think.” – Judith Newman

“I’m in the middle of doing this now, painstakingly explaining why each of these single stars is a form of abuse … ” — Katie Hefner

“I did it on iphone app, but it only let me ‘report’ without giving me an option to comment. But I reported as many as I could find that were one star. I hope that helps!” – Adrianne W.

“Done. if i were on twitter I would expect to be attacked.” – Jennifer Lupo

amazonreviewGayEdelman“I did a bunch, with this in the comments: Part of an organized attack on the author, the book and art itself. Will do more.” – Guy Norton Edelman

“Done.” – Andrew Corsalio

“I did this a few days ago for all 15 reviews that were posted at the time. Also did the same for some of them on Goodreads. So sorry you’re having to deal with this. I will try to do more ASAP.” – Davina Morgan-Witts

amazonreviewRobinWolaner“I also submitted a review and reported the two that hadn’t purchased or even read the book.” – Robin Wolaner

judithnewman2013-300x225“I am now in love with you!” — Judith Newman

“sic the publisher on amazon — they’ll get them taken down.” – Elisa Petrini

“I just reported ever one of the negative review. the more people who do this the better. It is worth create a new post asking people to do this.” — Andrea Hoag

“I went through each of the negative reviews posted on Amazon in the past couple of days. and after reading each, reported those that clearly were by people who hadn’t read the book.

Ditto for some of the ones on Goodreads.” — Davina Morgan-Witts

judithnewman2013-300x225“Thank you guys. Yes, only the ones in the past couple of days. Earlier people are allowed to hate the book. ” – Judith Newman

Judith Newman Incites Anger, Hate and Cheers Smear Tactics Towards Autistics

I wrote on all of them, ‘This is an abusive, trolling comment. It is spreading false information and should be removed from Amazon immediately.” — Aimee Lee Ball

“Judith Newman I haven’t k own a single parent with a child wit disabilities who hasn’t been traumatized by the reproduction issue.

These people — who would object to the term disabilities – are just cruel.” — Melanie Howard

“I’ll do some more – I was worried that I would look like part of a calculated campaign if I did too many, lol.” – Melanie Howard

“Honestly, these (Autistic) people are so jargony, they sound like Scientologists.

I have had them after me and they love acronyms and nonsense terms like “allistic” and “AWP.”

— Melanie Howard

amazonreviewEricPoole“You got it!” – Eric Poole

judithnewman2013-300x225“Yeah, Eric, seriously. You, who were insisting like a crazy person you needed to send me a gift card? This is your gift card to me. xo” — Judith Newman

“Everything funny. I want to say seems insensitive. I so want this to go away for you!” – Eric Poole

“Thank you. It was a pure pleasure to swat every one of these trolling nitwits. Happy to do it and keep doing it.” – Lesley Dorman

judithnewman2013-300x225“Lesley, so grateful.” — Judith Newman

“I was never really on twitter, just used it for news. But I made the mistake of responding to someone, and now there is a website saying I am encouraging throwing babies of bridges or something.” — Judith Newman

“Judith Newman I just googled you and didn’t find a renegade website. I did find a site that says you were born a decade earlier than you were!!!!! That’s a disaster.” — Jennifer Lupo

judithnewman2013-300x225“Jennifer Lupo yeah, that’s bad … then everyone is all, wait, she’s only x? She looks like shit.” — Judith Newman

“We should also do that when Trump tweets hate speech and incites violence on Twitter. Thanks for telling us how to protect each other.” — Estra Estrella B.


“Meanwhile, today’s love letter:

If you’re reading this, I am autistic an I will boycott that horrible book of yours, since it demonizes your son’s individuality as well as that of my other fellow autistic brothers and sisters.

I would hate to be your kid and I bet your son hates being your kid too. He is not your property; he’s an individual person and if he wants to eventually have sex with someone, then let him!

Sex is a natural thing and we don’t’ only have it in order to have kids. If you don’t really want to feed/change/care for your child past toddlerhood, then why did you become a parent?

By writing that awful book of yours, all you’re actually doing is violating your son’s privacy just because you can. Everyone’s going to have sex, eventually; get over it!

If you do claim power of attorney and then use that power to castrate him/forcibly sterilize him at age 18 without his consent, then he will not only hate you forever, but congratulations, you are an abusive tyrant of a parent;

therefore, you deserve to have him permanently taken away from you. I hope your son … ”

— Judith Newman (text is an email sent to Judith)

“I reported and said “no,” not a helpful review, to many of them and found myself getting very indignant on your behalf.

This ‘love letter’ is particularly hateful. I’m so sorry you’re dealing with this after writing a book that so clearly shows your deep love for Gus.” — Andrea Barbalch

“These are all bullshit. I hope you know we’d tell you there even a grain of truth in any of them. Find a way to stop reading them, and we’ll stay on the reviews for you. These people aren’t well, and HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK.

They’re all over my Facebook page now. I just block instantly — though one of them did give me the correct spelling of ‘apropos’ today, so that’s nice.
You can be literate and still batshit (holla, Philip K Dick).

And didn’t even think of apologizing for their sas asses. This isn’t you.
It’s them.” — A. Rosenthal

“Sorry if this has been explained already, but who are these people? They don’t appear to be bots . . . ?” – Adrianne W.

judithnewman2013-300x225“Hey, Adrianne. They are autism activists, and were set off by one woman.

It’s a game of Operator, really: one thing repeated, over and over, about thinking that Gus shouldn’t have children and thinking he should have a vasectomy — and now I just saw a website where it suggests I am advocating throwing autistic babies off bridges.

So, good times. (PS. I think every parent of a child with special needs needs to have a serious come-to-Jesus moment about what happens when they’re gone, and obviously children are a part of the mix.

I make no apologies for my THOUGHTS. On the other hand, I very much want to be a grandmother. xox)”
– Judith Newman

“I read some of the ‘comments’ and what amazed me is that people seem to ignore the fact that this isn’t a textbook but memoir, a personal story.

The experience and thoughts of one person. ‘m writing my first book and now I have a comfort thought for myself

.. if it never sees the light of day at least people won’t demonize me for being a person with a life and a experience in the real world.” — Beth Lee Segal

judithnewman2013-300x225Do you mind if I steal your line, ‘This isn’t a textbook’? — Judith Newman

“Judith Newman absolutely. Maybe in a less hostile political climate, people would be slightly less vindictive and insane.

I’m also always tempted to ask someone when their book n the topic is coming out if i hear them tearing a writer apart.” – Beth Lee Segal

judithnewman2013-300x225“In truth, I enjoy a good debate. I’m pretty thick-skinned. But not with people who are literally saying things that make no sense.” – Judith Newman

“What is an autism SJW?” – Bernard Yee

judithnewman2013-300x225“It’s just too exhausting … but think social justice warrior looking for “ableist” people who do not understand them.” — Judith Newman

Sorry so are these people autistic, or they just don’t like the way you write about autism?” — Lena Katz

judithnewman2013-300x225“Can I use the term asshole? How about that?” – Judith Newman

“Oh, god, are these those people that are aggressively MY CHAFF IS WHAT MAKES ME SPECIAL STOP TRYING TO FIX ME?

Because I will burn them to the ground. Just tell me what to do.” – A. Rosenthal


“Oh, sweetnesses! Well, it’s one of those things where you really can’t beat a troop of angry people.

And here’s the fun part, they are angry because I commented on the looks of a woman who does these good videos.

She is very pretty. And that’s what started it.
I was objectifying her for the abelist male gaze. 5000 tweets later, and it’s gone downhill.”

— Judith Newman

“I don’t think that’s true, actually. They will only take down review if they are libelous or false in a way that exposes them to legal actions. They wont take down negative opinions, regardless whether someone has or hasn’t read or bought the book.

So yes, let’s all write positive counter-reviews, and hope that controversy serves in the long run eve if it is a completely ridiculous and beside-the-point controversy.

I am so sorry you have to deal with this, Judith newman, you and your wonderful book deserve better. ” — Lisa Kaufman

“Well, this really sucks. And her’s the problem. We can all write well-deserved 5-star reviews, which I know most of us already have, but thee morons do not let up.

Amazon really needs to find one of those whatchamacalltis — algorithms? – to put an end to this bullshit. It has harmed so many authors. And worse than that, it harms readers.” – Lisa DePaulo


“Your publisher can help with the Goodreads trolls and have them investigate and removed. The Amazon ones … blahhhh, they will be seen for what they are. Stay strong, solider!” – Kimberly Burns


“Will review. Don’t’ really get the haters … ” — Wendy Lawless

judithnewman2013-300x2252“Debbie, you would say that because you, like the people online, haven’t read my book. Their points would be valid if they were true. They are not.

For example, they’re saying I want to sterilize my son. I do not want to sterilize my son. But I do want medical guardianship and I am very worried about his ability to care for a child if that were to happen anytime in the near future.

It would be impossible. And he doesn’t have the dexterity to button shirt, never mind put on a condom. What I want is the kind of temporary birth-control a woman can have that is never the less (sic) long lasting .

So far that exist for men, although now vasectomies are usually reversible. The thing is, it is very controversial to talk about these things openly. So now I’m a eugenistist.

I made the mistake of being honest about my worries, and I’m not going to apologize to a bunch of strangers for that.

Talk to me once you’ve actually read the book and not the opinions of an army of people trolling me. ” — Judith Newman

“This seems like the lamest and most generic thing to say, but a lot of them are really just jealous. That you have this big platform and they don’t .

They are couching their anger to look like something virtuous and righteous, but really they are just bitter and want to dim your light.

I have seen a lot of people like that, and they do hop around from one grievance to the next like flies. They’ll buzz off soon. I think if you stay on the trail of Amazon and Goodreads community moderators, you will eventually track them down and hopefully get the fake reviews removed.” – Lena Katz

“This is the sad downside to a culture that has embraced all social postings as equally neutral. It’s bad Yelp reviews, fake news websites, etc. Sadly the only way to fight it is to be louder and more prolific.

This is one thing Trump understands well. A slew of commentary to drown out other commentary.” – Kaye Teasley


Judith Newman Contributes to The Great Autistic Silence

judithnewman2013-300x225“I can’t block everyone. Too much time.” – Judith Newman

“Emily Willingham I have no idea — and really, I am almost never on Twitter, except now, with the thereats, etc.

But if it helps me get rid of trolls, I will. I’ve spent like an hour blocking people.” – Judith Newman


“I hope you’re planning to write about this.” – Carol M.

judithnewman2013-300x225“Was asked to. Prefer to hand it to someone else.” — Judith Newman

“I suppose doing so would just inflame them even more.” — Carol M

“Good story for The Times.” – Stuart Wilk

judithnewman2013-300x225“Ooh, Stewart, than’s an excellent point” – Judith Newman

“As Nora Ephron always said, ‘Everything is copy …” – Mark Frankel

“Absolutely great story for the Times that will get the book more publicity.” — Peter Bloch

judithnewman2013-300x225“Peter Bloch but will also perpetuate the insanity” – Judith Newman

“If you don’t want autistic people pissed off at you, maybe you shouldn’t have pissed them off.” — Sasha Rodriguez Kalodkin(sp?)

judithnewman2013-300x225“You know, Shasha, your timing is really bad. You have no idea what this was about, or why. Enough with you.” – Judith Newman

Judith Newman Lays Out The Threats & With Her Friends


“I’ve thought it’s a piece too, but not sure I want to do it. But this has also been a reminder of how lazy a lot of young journalists are, even if it’s because of the mad race to get things online.

So a woman is writing a story about the troll situation, and asks if I want to comment. I say I’m happy to, but has she read the book.

She says, No this is a news story. It’s unnecessary, someone else on her site will do a ‘feature’ [yeah,sure] and will read it. I say, ok, fine, call me now. (I was walking down the street at the time and didn’t have her number.) She doesn’t call.

Then I email an say, OK, I’ll be in my office, you can call or email me questions. I’m happy to talk to you. Nothing. Then the story is posted. with just like ten posts from the trolls who hadn’t read it, and the conclusion that the books is a ‘net loss’ to autistic people.

No checking of whether the things were saying wer ein any way what I’ve said. after an initial (decent) impulse to do it. I’m sure she told her editors,” Well, I tried.”

Not giving her or the website oxygen, but she is near the start of her career and I will remember her.” — Judith Neman


“And now she’s come back to me for commentary, once the piece is up because she wasn’t near her computer last night. Two minutes after asking for my commentary.

The piece is up. I’m not feeling inclined to say anything. But am I being too harsh?

(Now this has become an interesting journalistic question for me, apart from feelings treated unfairly. Does this make it right? Or is it still wrong? Curious to know what others think.) — Judith Newman

“No, this is … Not even laziness. Antithetical to the journalistic ethic in every way.

I’m going to write an article about civil rights, but ugh, I”m not near my computer right now s here’s some quotes from David Duke.” — A. Rosenthal


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