Death threats against Dr Paul Offit and family published on NVIC Facebook page

Barbara Loe Fisher and her cronies at the US National Vaccine Information Center know how to get a rise out of their panting whackaloons: mention the name “Paul Offit”; make sure it’s mentioned in a Strawman; make sure it’s a dog whistle. The pack of dogs come in numbers, and they never disappoint. Fisher has trained them well.

I’ve covered this sort of thing from Fisher and her bed-wetting, illiterate minions before here and here.

The Forbes article in question is a great one. In it Dr Offit calls for an end to false balance in medical reporting. It is a noble call. The community does much better when fully informed by those who are qualified to speak in their field. Putting these qualified people up against a bubble-blowing conspiracy theorist in news stories does the community a disservice. It needs to end.

This time the NVIC have upped the ante into full-blown death threats against Dr Offit and his family. All because of a dog-whistling Strawman from the master puppeteer, Fisher. It pays the bills, folks.

I won’t say any more. They really do speak for themselves.

NVIC 37 OffitNVIC 38 Offit turd Kim Jong

We’ve met the deranged Vazquez before, here. He’s a supporter of the Australian (anti) Vaccination Network.

NVIC 40 Offit Vazquez threats

Vazquez is in charge of a small child. Think about that for a while.

NVIC 41 Offit should be in gaol damn naziNVIC 42 Offit douche bag horses ass feel sick prisonNVIC 43 Offit pussy protecting his millionsNVIC 44 Offit belongs in gaol sickAnti-vaccine pride.

Let your friends and family know what really lurks behind the fraudulent veil of decency which is portrayed by these violent organisations. This is why Dr Offit has required a heightened security presence in the past.

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17 Responses to Death threats against Dr Paul Offit and family published on NVIC Facebook page

  1. Greybeard says:

    But everyone knows that autism is caused by vaccines. In fact, they’re so deadly that they can affect children still in the womb and long before they are ever vaccinated!
    Is it just me or is there a great deal of cult-like behaviour in the AVN crowd?

  2. wzrd1 says:

    The call for censorship is as old as the anus is in humans.
    OK, not *quite* that old, only as old as writing, organized religion and repressive regimes. In short, as old as recorded history.
    What matters is, if said censorship could occur.
    In the US, not really. The only censorship of note in the US is corporate censorship, where a voice may be silenced if the corporation carrying a media message finds said message harmful to their business model.
    Antivaxers aren’t really good for the business model, but the corporate media has yet to learn how few dimes they really can wield. Until they finally realize that the false messages of “balance” are an imbalance that viewers and readers reject in the largest majority and that majority begin to turn off programs and cease purchasing the offending media, the lesson will be slow to be learned.

    Now, as for actual threats of violence, advocacy of causing harm to another, in civilized society, we have laws against such things. It is one thing to say that “I really wish that X would just drop dead”, it is another thing to actively court the assassination of another human being.
    One is free speech, the latter is conspiracy to commit murder.
    Regrettably, we have some people who insist upon being uncivilized. They eventually become well known to law enforcement and some even get to meet military forces (see terrorism and the war on terror).

    One of my goals in life is to get to meet Doctor Offit. That isn’t quite as daunting a task for me as it could be for many, as I live quite close to Philadelphia. Indeed, my grandchildren have been to CHOP more than a few times in their young lives and one grandchild is alive today because of the treatments received at CHOP.
    My intention is to buy him, at a minimum, a fine lunch and if finances permit, a fine dinner for him and his entire family. My attendance would not be required.
    It would be a simple gesture of thanks for his fine, hard work in the past, present and in the future.

  3. Narad says:

    The impressive part is that Vazquez actually edited that rehash of his trademark empty threat.

  4. KS says:

    I believe in this sort of balanced reporting “Vaccines work and save lives with very little or no risk relative to the advantage. Some loonies will tell you this isn’t true. They are stupid.”

    • wzrd1 says:

      I don’t, KS. I firmly believe in reporting quite balanced and fairly. With precise numbers of efficacy and deleterious effects.
      We’ll suffice it to say that even the most ignorant would accept that “risk” over the immense risk of unvaccinated status.

      The *only* vaccine I ever had heartburn over was over the smallpox vaccine, as it *is* the most hazardous vaccine in the current and past inventory.
      But, at the time it was in common use, the vaccine had a far less number of deleterious effects than the disease did with its 33% mortality and morbidity rate.
      My only argument is for its use today.

      But then, I also consider the occasional infection of monkeypox, camelpox, etc.
      And still consider it hazardous.

      That is the *only* real argument beyond the usual medical exceptions to vaccination.
      Farking period.

  5. You can be an ass, you can get upset and call names…. But the frank vasquez comment crossed the line…. Death threats of that nature are a punishable crime, and if I were Dr. Offit I would press charges

    • wzrd1 says:

      In the United States, a person does not press charges. The district attorney presses charges and in this case, as it’s a threat by computer, it would be under the US Attorney General and the FBI to investigate.
      That said, civil suit could be registered against the idiot, for recovery of costs associated with increased security.

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  7. wzrd1 says:

    One always has to love a page that *starts* with argumentum ad Hitlerum and loses ground quickly!
    I typically invoke Goodwin’s Law, Usenet style and conclude that they lost immediately.

    Though one can invoke another law that the antivax types prefer to use, the Big Lie.
    Note the absence of reductio ad Hitlerum, whilst still demonstrating their mastery of such an ancient tactic. 😉

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