Found on Twitter (note: all images enlarge if clicked)
Text: Dr.Peter Fletcher, former Chief Scientific Officer @ Dept. of Health: "It is proven that the jab causes #autism" #MMR #vaccines #SB277 NEW! Another #CDCwhistleblower. (link)
Becky Johnson was prompted to tweet this thanks to Jon Rappoport's article:
The text reads in part:
Boom: another vaccine whistleblower steps out of the shadows (link)
by Jon Rappoport April 7 2016
MMR vaccine dangerous
Vaccine Empire wobbles on its foundations
The new film Vaxxed (trailer) highlights one whistleblower, researcher William Thompson, who publicly admitted he and his CDC colleagues lied, cheated, and committed gross fraud in exonerating the MMR vaccine and pretending it had no connection to autism.
Now we have another: Dr. Peter Fletcher. The Daily Mail has the story (3/29/16): “Former [British] science chief: ‘MMR fears coming true’”.
Johnson and Rappoport are referring to this article by Sue Corrigan in the Daily Mail (link)
Johnson and Rappoport have been taken in by the Daily Mail's perverse habit of not date-stamping articles and scrubbing comments. A casual reader may not realize that the article is 10 years old. The article was actually published on published February 4, 2006. Rappoport, however, bills himself as a "free-lance investigative reporter". One would expect better...but it is Rappoport, after all.
If Rappoport had investigated, he would have found Kev Leitch's post from February 9 2006, Peter Fletcher, Melanie Phillips and the Daily Mail – A Cracked Facade
Kev's article reads in part:
The Daily Mail published another MMR piece earlier this week. As usual it had the predicted results in that it stirred up the usual frenzy of illogic and fallacy.
Why do I say that?
In order to explain we need to fast-forward a couple of days to where Melanie Phillips, Andrew Wakefield’s staunchest media supporter in the UK, published her own follow up to the Mail story. I urge you to go read both pieces now before you read the rest of this.
OK, done? Good.
So lets talk about what was said. Basically, the gist of both articles is now the medical community in the UK _have_ to take the MMR link seriously because Dr Peter Fletcher, ex-Chief Scientific Officer at the Department of Health has said a few things about it.
On the face of it thats pretty impressive – this isn’t some no-nothing from nowhere – this is an *ex CSO*. But once you get past the fact of who he _is_ and start to isolate what he’s actually _saying_ then, to borrow a phrase, the facade starts to crack.
First is the fact that this sort of argument – based on his good standing in the past – is a sort of reverse Argumentum Ad Hominem in that it is argued that it is equally or of more importance regarding who Dr Gordon _is_ as oppose to what he _says_. This is, of course, a fallacious position from which to start.
So what does he (and the original article) actually say?
[Dr Fletcher]…..said if it is proven that the jab causes autism, _”the refusal by governments to evaluate the risks properly will make this one of the greatest scandals in medical history”_.
Well, d’uh. How is that news? Its obviously true and equally obvious entirely irrelevant to establishing a case for believing MMR has a role in causing autism. Its a tactical appeal to emotion – nothing more.
He added that after agreeing to be an expert witness on drug-safety trials for parents’ lawyers, he had received and studied thousands of documents relating to the case which he believed the public had a right to see. He said he has seen a “steady accumulation of evidence” from scientists worldwide that the measles, mumps and rubella jab is causing brain damage in certain children.
This is at the heart of the two articles. Dr Fletcher however simply invokes the spirit of these ‘thousands of documents’ and doesn’t discuss them or what they contain at all. It may well be that he’s hampered by the legal constraints of the case(s) in question but thats really besides the point. What we need to know is – what can Dr Fletcher _add_ to the debate? Both the epidemiology and the hard science have refuted the MMR link on more than one occasion. If Dr Fletcher has peer reviewed journal based evidence that contradicts or invalidates the science done so far then he should state it. At the moment he is simply repeating a fallacy of intuition, magical thinking and an argument to the future. None of these lend any scientific credence to making a case that supports the idea that the MMR jab caused or contributed to anyones autism. If there’s evidence lets get it peer reviewed and published in a respected journal – anything else is simply hearsay.
But wait, there is more. If Rappoport had investigated even further he would have found Michael Fitzpatrick's Spiked article from January 12, 2007,
The anti-MMR gravy train derailed. Revealed: How more than £15million of legal aid funding was spent by lawyers trying and failing to prove that the MMR vaccination causes autism.
You should read the whole article, but here is the gist:
Five years ago, supporters of Dr Andrew Wakefield’s claim of a link between the MMR vaccine and autism used to argue that ‘the evidence was stacking up’ in support of this theory. In fact, the only evidence that was stacking up was evidence against the link: more recently a series of robust epidemiological studies showing no reason to suspect that MMR caused autism has been supplemented by rigorous virological investigations failing to demonstrate any link (1, 2). Meanwhile, another stack of evidence has emerged, revealing how legal aid funding bankrolled the campaign against MMR.
The LSC provides a detailed account of how a further £4.2million was claimed in ‘fees and expenses’ by more than 60 experts retained by the lawyers in the quest to justify their claim for damages against the vaccine manufacturers by proving a link between MMR and autism.
But that is not all. Fletcher took money.
Dr Peter Fletcher (£40,000) was head of the committee on safety of medicines in the 1970s and emerged from retirement to endorse Dr Wakefield’s critique of MMR safety in 2001. He is regularly quoted by anti-MMR journalists, but refuses to speak to anybody critical of the Wakefield campaign.
Fletcher was paid about $71,000 (in 1992 pounds-to-dollar conversion).That's about $128,000 in 2016 dollars.
Published Previously Here
- Wednesday, September 02, 2009 Index to Michael Fitzpatrick's 2002-2009 autism & MMR articles at Spiked!
- Wednesday January 26, 2011 The Daily Mail (UK) continuing sorry contribution to fear, uncertainty, doubt, and vaccine fears
- Wednesday April 13, 2012 Another Patsy of The Daily Mail's Sorry Continuing Contribution to Vaccine, Autism Fear