What the heck happened to The BMJ? - 2021-11-08

From UmbraXenu
Jump to: navigation, search
F0.png What the heck happened to The BMJ? November 8, 2021, David Gorski, Science-Based Medicine

The British Medical Journal (now The BMJ) is one of the oldest and most respected medical journals in the world that also has a history of publishing some excellent investigative journalism. For instance, over a decade ago, it was The BMJ that published investigative journalist Brian Deer's articles recounting the strong evidence indicating that Wakefield's case series published in The Lancet that linked the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine to autism was based on fraud. That study launched the modern iteration of the antivaccine movement and is, as I like to say, the study that launched a thousand quackeries directed at autistic children to "cure" them of their "vaccine-induced autism." The headline of Deer's accompanying commentary after his account of how the "case against the MMR was fixed" even referred to Wakefield's study as "Piltdown medicine," after the infamous Piltdown Man fraud. He also regurgitated the same distortions he made about the clinical trials

Unfortunately, more recently the investigative journalism coming from The BMJ has left a lot to be desired, and I say this even though The BMJ recently published a commentary co-authored by Gavin Yamey and me about the Great Barrington Declaration and the new "merchants of doubt." Indeed, I almost felt a reluctance to write this post, as it felt a bit like biting the hand that feeds, but after seeing an article published by The BMJ last week I felt that I had no choice. The article was by investigative journalist turned anti-GMO muckraking crank Paul Thacker and was entitled Covid-19: Researcher blows the whistle on data integrity issues in Pfizer's vaccine trial. It's an article that, since its publication last Tuesday, has been widely cited and shared by a wide variety of antivaxxers in order to portray the clinical trial of the Pfizer vaccine that led to its emergency use authorization (EUA) in the US as hopelessly corrupt. Here are a few examples from Twitter:

Wait till everybody finds out about the vaxxes Pfizer are alleged to have given to a placebo group in the tests, to make it look like the adverse events were normal when they were suffered by both groups in the #RiggedTrials.https://t.co/Z2sVflFINY — Michael O'Bernicia (@TheBernician) November 2, 2021

Wikipedia cite:
{{cite news | first = David | last = Gorski | title = What the heck happened to The BMJ? | url = https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/what-the-heck-happened-to-the-bmj/ | work = Science-Based Medicine | date = November 8, 2021 | accessdate = November 12, 2021 }}