Fired scientist back to peddling anti-vaxx COVID-19 conspiracy theories - 2020-05-08

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F0.png Fired scientist back to peddling anti-vaxx COVID-19 conspiracy theories May 8, 2020, Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica

Retraction Watch has a useful list of its many posts following the Mikovits case, including the retractions, her arrest, and her unsuccessful lawsuit against her former employer. Noted health journalist Tara Haelle has a helpful list of science-based sources over at Forbes, debunking the specific claims made in the Plandemic clip, as well as tips for how to deal with friends or family members who share the video on social media. There's an ongoing debate about how best to deal with this kind of harmful misinformation: ignore it or try to debunk it? The jury is still out on the most effective defense. Haelle falls firmly on the latter side:

If you don't push back on them, even to those you love or don't want to upset, you're enabling them. You're allowing people to spew harmful, dangerous nonsense that kills people and demoralizes the millions of health care providers trying to save lives. Many people try to avoid drama or debates on their social media accounts, and I respect that. But this video is not a time to "agree to disagree" because the stakes are too high. It's a matter of life and death. The false statements in this video can cause deaths.

Zubin Damania, a physician who hosts a YouTube channel as ZDoggMD, opted to forego the kinder, gentler approach Haelle advocates. He reluctantly addressed the Plandemic video at the request of viewers, expressing shock that anyone would be taken in by its easily debunked assertions, and that somehow the clip has racked up over one million views. "The first five seconds of that video reeks of crazy sauce and no one can recognize that?" he ranted. "Don't waste your time watching it. Don't waste your time sharing it. Don't waste your time talking about it. I can't believe I'm wasting my time doing this. But I just want to stop getting messages about it."

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{{cite news | first = Jennifer | last = Ouellette | title = Fired scientist back to peddling anti-vaxx COVID-19 conspiracy theories | url = https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/05/fired-scientist-back-to-peddling-anti-vaxx-covid-19-conspiracy-theories/ | work = Ars Technica | date = May 8, 2020 | accessdate = May 10, 2020 }}