Update April 9 2008: I very much appreciate the private e-mail from Messrs. Kirby and Olmstead, repudiating Shoemaker's actions, sent to Orac. However, neither man has published anything about the Seidel subpoena at the Huffington Post or Age of Autism, so the clock is still running. See below.
As most of you know, Kathleen Seidel was issued an invasive and intimidating subpoena in a vaccine-injury case. Ms. Seidel has no connection to that case.
In response, Orac issued an open letter to Messrs. Kirby and Olmstead:
I am urging you to speak out against legal intimidation and thuggery and for the First Amendment right of the media, including bloggers, of freedom of speech. Your speaking out against Mr. Shoemaker's despicable actions would carry even more force, because it is well known that you both strongly disagree with Kathleen's position regarding whether vaccines cause autism.
Ms. Seidel announced the subpoena on April 3 at 8:45 am. Orac posted his open letter on April 6, at 9:30 am.
I wish I had one of those blog widgets that shows how much time has elapsed since Orac posted his open letter. Karoli found it for me. I'll stop the clock when both have responded.
And yes, I am continuing to update my list of internet responses to the Seidel subpoena.
Update 4/9/08: Orac reports that he has had a private communication from Messrs. Kirby and Olmstead.
The SciBlog server is being cranky just now, and would not accept the following communication from me to Orac: . My comment:
Orac, my clock (represented at How Long Until Kirby and Olmstead Speak on the Seidel Subpoena?) is still ticking. What you wrote was an open letter. Neither Mr. Kirby nor Mr. Olmstead have publically repudiated Shoemaker's actions. In other words: Messrs. Kirby and Olmstead, until you use your customary internet platforms to repudiate Mr. Shoemaker's action, you are on the hook.