You might have noticed that I’m a bit late today. There’s a reason, and I bet you know what it is. Yep, yet another grant deadline. As usual, that means I didn’t have time to produce my usual dose of not-so-Respectful Insolence. That doesn’t mean I can’t do some good, though, as yesterday the Bat Signal went up with a call for help. Remember SANEVax? (Oh, no. Not them again!) In case you’ve forgotten, SANEVax is the anti-vaccine group that specializes in Gardasil fear mongering, having come to my attention with an incredibly silly variation of the toxin gambit in which they tried to scare people with visions of HPV DNA in Gardasil.
It turns out that one force behind SANEVax, a woman by the name of Leslie Botha, who is the Vice-President of Public Relations, has a radio show during drive time on 88.9 FM KRFC Fort Collins in Colorado. This radio show, called Holy Hormones Honey!, gives every appearance of being little more than an outlet for anti-vaccine and “complementary and alternative medicine” pseudoscience if Botha’s website is any indication. Brian asked my advice regarding whether to complain or not, and, as you might expect, I encouraged him to try to drum up some listener complaints to the radio station for promoting pseudoscience in drive time. He did, and issued a call to action.
In any case, yesterday (at the height of my grant finishing frenzy), I got an e-mail from Brian with the following appeal:
I started asking skeptics everywhere to write into KRFC to express any displeasure they may have. As I expected, a total of two skeptics, my boyfriend and Linda Rosa are the only people who have written in. However, scores of anti-vax proponents noticed my blog post and have called in to the station in droves to support the show. As usual, apathy in the skeptical community seems to be making the other side win. I am reminded of this by looking at the comments on your recent post asking skeptics to write in to support the decision to drop Dr. Lee. If Orac’s readers are more eager to be proactive than any I have been able to find I’m wondering if Orac may be able to work my request for KRFC to drop it’s SaneVax radio show into a post at some point.
So, my readers, there’s a weekend project for my readers, particularly anyone within range of KRFC. Let the station management know you do not appreciate its giving an outlet to anti-vaccine quackery. Brian has the details of how to do it. As I said to Brian, Botha certainly has freedom of speech, but that doesn’t mean a radio station is obligated to give her an outlet to spew her anti-vaccine nonsense hither, thither, and yon.