Tuesday, 14 June 2011

John Stone's most feeble COI so far…

Anti-vaccine wingnut John Stone

John "Cock" Stone's favoured tactic to rehabilitate Andrew Wakefield in the eyes of his adoring public, and to reignite the long dead MMR - Autism "link" that he pulled out of his arse, is to find "undeclared conflicts of interest" involving anyone even remotely involved with any medium which, quite rightly, portrays Wakefield as a fraud, charlatan, liar, incompetent scientist, danger to the public and buffoon.

In March of this year, the BBC broadcast an excellent documentary series entitled "Science Betrayed", episode 2 of which dealt with well known fraud, charlatan, liar, incompetent scientist, danger to the public and buffoon, Andrew Wakefield.

John Stone has finally, three months down the line, managed to concoct an undeclared conflict of interest for one of the co-producers of the show. It goes like this:

Alexandra Feachem (the co-producer of the programme, along with many other excellent science programmes for BBC Radio) is the daughter of…

Sir Richard Feacham, who, as well as being Professor of Global Health at both the University of California, San Francisco, and the University of California, Berkeley, a Visiting Professor at the University of London and an Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland (Wikipedia) is the founder and director of an organisation called…

The Global Health Group, an organisation which, according to its website, has three main focus areas:
  • The Evidence-to-Policy Initiative (E2Pi)
  • The Malaria Elimination Initiative
  • The Health Systems Initiative
Of these, the Evidence-to-Policy Initiative is supported by three-year funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Evidence-To-Policy initiative doesn't have anything to do with vaccines, but…

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gives a large amount of money to support vaccination programmes worldwide, and, in addition…

Bill Gates once said something true about Andrew Wakefield.

"Well, Dr. Wakefield has been shown to use absolutely fraudulent data. He had a financial interest in some lawsuits. He created a fake paper. The journal allowed it to run."

So, the co-producer's father has (as one of his jobs) a post working for a non-vaccine related organisation which is, in part, funded by someone who once said something you didn't like (but was true) about Andrew Wakefield. And you think that's a conflict of interest that should be declared?

Fucking grow up, you cock.

1 comment:

Matt said...

Even by Mr Stone's dismally low standards that's a pretty far-fetched tale.