As you may have guessed, I’m tired of David Kirby. I’ve slapped down his nonsense so many times before, but, like the Energizer Bunny, he keeps going and going and going, spewing his pseudoscientific antivaccine nonsense, all the while asking that we really, truly believe that he isn’t “antivaccine.” He just repackages standard antivaccine tropes in clever and dense verbiage to make them somewhat less obvious–but not to those of us familiar with them.
Most recently, he attacked Dr. Rahul K. Parikh, a pediatrician who wrote an excellent and largely favorable review of Dr. Paul Offit’s latest book Autism’s False Prophets for Salon.com. His attack, on Age of Autism, was hilariously inept and disingenuous.
Now, Dr. Parikh has called Kirby out on his crap, firing back with a devastating salvo on his own Salon.com blog. Read it. Savor it. Enjoy it. It is indeed a joy to behold. I just wish I had some popcorn.
In the meantime, I can’t resist pointing out that David Kirby once again destroyed yet another of Orac’s irony circuits with this sentence in his attack on Dr. Parikh:
Misinformation is a dangerous thing.
I tell ya, I need to buy a warehouse full of these circuits if I’m going to stay in this fray. David Kirby, propagandist and master of antivaccine misinformation, pointing out that misinformation is dangerous?
No irony meter or circuit could withstand that.