Falling for one manufactroversy

The other day I had a bit of fun deconstructing a shockingly bad post by a blogger at the anti-vaccine crank blog Age of Autism named Dan Olmsted. In his post, he criticized the progressive movement for not “getting” autism. It was one of the silliest bits of whining I had ever seen, in essence a crybaby crying because “his people” weren’t paying attention to his book.

Shockingly, yesterday Olmsted was able to find a post from a “progressive” who was willing to drink deeply of the anti-vax Kool Aid without realizing that he’s doing so and agree with him. For instance, let’s take a look at this quote from the “progressive” Critical Dune:

Personally, I’m (along with former head of the National Institute of Health, Dr. Bernadine Healy) in “the jury is still out” camp on this high decible debate within and outside the autism community.

This debate’s been going on at volume 10 for a long, long time now and, despite huge PR efforts on the part of government, trade organizations and the very public discreditation of a critical study by a British researcher suggesting a link between MMR immunizations and autism, it doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.

Let me rephrase that quote for ya, Critical Dune:

I’m (along with Ian Plimer) in the “jury is still out” camp on this high decible debate about anthropogenic global warming.

This debate’s been going on at volume 10 for a long, long, time now, and, despite huge PR efforts on the part of government, scientific organizations and the very public discreditation of a critical studies suggesting that global climate change is not due to human activity, it doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.

One wonders if Critical Dune would be so quick to accept an argument that, just because there is still a vocal “debate” about AGW, that means there must be a real scientific controversy. After all, there is a large and well-funded denialist contingent actively trying to produce the appearance of a real scientific controversy, even though there isn’t really one regarding whether human-produced CO2 is largely responsible for global climate change. My guess is that the answer is no. Yet CD accepts the same crappy argument from another denialist movement.

Denialist campaigns depend upon manufactroversies; i.e., “controversies” that are not really scientific controversies but rather are manufactured. The anti-vaccine movement is no different. Too bad Critical Dune fell for the manufactroversy.