JB Handley Writes Gaffe-Filled Book About The Autism Epidemic
***Correction: Verstraeten study was published in 2003, not 2013 as stated in the video.
“This is a complete waste of everyone’s time. Every person involved in the dust-up has been a champion of our kids and they all deserve our respect. This is a movement fraught with tension, stress, and confusion. Time for everyone to grab their toys, leave the playground, take a deep breath, and get back to the task at hand.” – JB Handley dismissing the revelation by Autism Investigated’s editor that false representation to congressional staff was committed by SafeMinds.
Years ago, Generation Rescue founder JB Handley accused the wife of a known vaccine shill of secretly operating a neurodiversity blog. So confident was Handley, he even promised her a website he created to expose her husband’s lies on condition that she wasn’t the blog’s operator. Six months later, JB Handley turned over PaulOffit.com to Bonnie Offit. Eight years later, Handley still hasn’t learned his lesson about the importance of knowing stuff. His book How To End The Autism Epidemic proves it. Filled with inaccuracies, it’s reflective of just how out of depth JB Handley is on an issue that’s preoccupied his life for two decades.
His book gives disproportionate importance to events that happened this year, even as the epidemic has been raging for decades. Reading it, one might get the sense that the most important events all happened in 2018. The most featured study, for example, was published nine months ago. That, however, may partially explain why Handley gets some key facts wrong. He has a personal stake in committing the gravest error, however. In his book, JB Handley pushed the damaging myth that a doctor gave two conflicting expert opinions for different children seeking vaccine injury compensation. Although Dr. Andrew Zimmerman had expressed an opinion that compensated child Hannah Poling’s autism was caused by vaccination, he was never her expert witness. His opinion was also given after the concession.
A congressional hearing was almost held in 2013 over the falsehood that was spread by Canary Party. The hearing was cancelled after the falsehood was corrected by the Hannah Poling’s mother in the comments of the Age of Autism blog that Handley’s group sponsors. Congressional council then announced the hearing’s cancellation for being “overly divisive.” That clearly meant it would pit parent against parent. Autism Investigated broke the news of the cancellation. Instead of stating the real reason for the cancellation, Handley wrongly blamed a vaccine front group.
JB Handley played a role in the failure. Prior to the 2012 hearing, a lobbyist working for Canary Party Chairman Mark Blaxill falsely represented parent-scientist Brian Hooker to congressional staff. Handley dismissed the news entirely, calling it “a complete waste of everyone’s time” in the comments of Age of Autism. He then demanded “everyone…get back to the task at hand,” indicating Hooker and Blaxill should work together.
Mark Blaxill was subsequently discovered to have turned the autism omnibus attorneys against their own expert witnesses. He brutally smeared Dr. Mark and David Geier and even disparaged Dr. Andrew Wakefield, who would never be invited to testify. This was revealed publicly for the first time in emails shared with Autism Investigated. Even after all that, Handley’s support of Blaxill never wavered. Handley has a lot to answer for in his role of pushing Mark Blaxill on the movement against toxic vaccinations, contributing to the congressional failure.
Yet JB Handley goes even further than the cancelled hearing would have gone by demanding the father Jon Poling testify and be cross-examined about his daughter’s case by politicians. Yet Handley also acknowledges that the parents were given a $20 million concession to stay quiet. Strangely, he says that he wouldn’t begrudge other parents for doing exactly what the parents of Hannah Poling had already done. So why is he channeling the vaccine people by hitting her parents up for their daughter’s confidential medical information?
Though Poling is the worst example, there are other key facts that Handley gets wrong. For example, the senior author John Walker-Smith did not stand by the interpretation of the 1998 study as Handley falsely writes. Walker-Smith cosigned the fraudulent interpretation retraction with nine other coauthors. CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer Thomas Verstraeten also did not say his 2003 study of the mercury-based vaccine preservative thimerosal was “neutral” with respect to autism, but rather with speech delays and tic disorders. He wanted to cover his autism findings up. These are not trivial errors to make, and both doctors are subsequently let off easy. The probable reason for the errors is simply that Handley did not give either study the attention it deserved when writing his book.
Finally, JB Handley has already taken criticism from many people because his book even recommends certain vaccines albeit far less than the current schedule. Handley later changed his position in a radio interview to say that you should have a right to get some vaccines if you want them. He obviously had not thought about that issue very hard. His below defense of the vaccine program on Facebook says it all, demanding of people vastly more knowledgeable than him: “unfriend me.”
It’s totally disingenuous of JB Handley to play the victim when he is trying to dictate the message of the movement with his ignorance. Why Handley demonstrates such poor knowledge of the issues surrounding the autism epidemic after apparently dedicating so many years to it is a mystery. He can’t think of effective policy solutions either. One explanation could be that he conflates ending the autism epidemic with ending his own son’s autism. Whatever the reason, his insistence on controlling the narrative of an issue he has so little understanding of is an unmitigated disaster.
One time Autism Investigated criticized him for saying the government studied “one vaccine and one ingredient” since it’s akin to saying the government ruled them out. He responded, “Don’t spread bullshit.”
Told that the government didn’t study them but rather lies about all vaccines, he grudgingly agreed with Autism Investigated.
“Yeah, no shit.”
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