Andrew Wakefield’s pseudoscience can help us understand our modern post-truth crisis

The Sunday Times journalist Brian Deer did not come early to the disastrous MMR party. By the time in late 2003 that he and his commissioning editor decided that those at the heart of the “controversy” over the effects of the combined vaccination needed investigation, the business had been rumbling on for half a decade. …

The double agent who brought down the anti-vaccine fanatics: Wendy Stephen was the mother trusted by disgraced Andrew Wakefield – only to pass on his secrets to the journalist who exposed his lies

By BRIAN DEER FOR THE DAILY MAIL PUBLISHED: 17:51 EDT, 4 September 2020 | UPDATED: 03:11 EDT, 5 September 2020 Almost three years into my investigation of Andrew Wakefield, the now-disgraced former medical researcher who claimed that vaccines cause autism, Wendy Stephen stepped into my life. It was June 2006 and she introduced herself in a 600-word email as the …

Snapshot | Google alert – autism | Circa October 20, 2011

News10 new results for autism Autistic Teen Runs Away from Burbank Airport, Found in WeHo BarKTLABurbank police say a 15-year-old boy with autism who went missing from Burbank Airport Wednesday purposely ran away to avoid going back to school in Utah. Cameron James Smith was found unharmed around 6 pm in the 8900 block of Santa Monica Boulevard in ...See all stories …

Brian Deer on CNN, responds to Andrew Wakefield’s wild charges | LBRB | Circa January 6, 2011

Brian Deer is the investigative reporter who broke the story of the research fraud that Andrew Wakefield conducted in his autism/MMR studies. Andrew Wakefield made some serious charges against Mr. Deer yesterday, claiming ” He is a hit man. He’s been brought in to take me down because they are very, very concerned about the …

Fact checking Brian Deer on Andrew Wakefield | LBRB | Circa January 11, 2011

As Kev recently wrote here on LeftBrainRightBrain, the main defense of Andrew Wakefield is not a defense at all, but an attack on Brian Deer. Rather than look at the facts laid out in the BMJ article, people are claiming that Andrew Wakefield couldn’t possibly have “fixed” the data (lead authors can and have do this, see …

Brian Deer’s original 2004 Channel 4 report on Andrew Wakefield: MMR: What they didn’t tell you | LBRB | Circa October 5, 2014

When Andrew Wakefield presented his hypothesis linking autism to the MMR vaccine in 2014 1998, he fueled a vaccine scare that is still alive today. It wasn’t until 6 years later that specifics about Mr. Wakefield’s actions were to surface. First in a newspaper story by Brian Deer (Revealed: MMR research scandal). Later that year in a …

Snapshot | Google Alerts – autism | Circa January 26, 2011

Google Alert - autismgoogle alertsx Google Alerts googlealerts-noreply@google.comWed, Jan 26, 2011, 8:41 PM News 9 new results for autism 'We don't have to lock people in rooms'Cape Breton PostThat's the assessment of Michelle Gardiner, president of the Autism Society of Cape Breton and mother of an autistic son, about the 20-year-old who was …See all …