I can’t think of a more deserving up-and-coming antivaccine activist to be inducted into this most “prestigious” of groups of American Loons! I’ve written about Stagliano’s science- and logic-challenged posts many times over the last few years, but it’s good to see that others have noticed as well. From the citation:
Diagnosis: Ignorant, ardent loon who are on the verge of taking the anti-vaxx movement well into TimeCube territory. The fact that she is unable to avoid a fallacy in every other sentence she writes should not be taken to indicate that she is anything less than extremely dangerous.
Part of the reasoning, besides Stagliano’s promotion of dangerous anti-vaccine propaganda:
Furthermore, Stagliano is famous for what amounts to a remarkable lack of self-awareness. One of Stagliano’s schticks is the “censorship of vaccine critics” by the media. Of course, Stagliano confuses censorship and criticism (the fact that everyone with actual competence completely disagree with her is not “censorship” even if Stagliano demands to call it so). The irony is that she herself deletes all dissenting comments on her blogposts: “we have made a conscious decision to moderate the site so that it does not become a cesspool of dissent.” Her persecution complex is well-developed, however.
(Personally, my favorite Stagliano gem was when she likened the “autism epidemic” to the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995 (i.e., the worst terrorist attack on US soil before the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon). Or maybe it was when she blamed Paul Offit for decreasing public confidence in vaccines. Certainly that fits into the lack of self-awareness mentioned in her “award.” Truly, “self-awareness” is not a term in her vocabulary, and she certainly deserves the recognition.