A low, quiet chuckle filters out of the laptop as the screen fitfully flickers back to life. On the screen, four words shed an ominous, baleful glow:
The Wakefraud had struck.
|Robin Redcap, by Curiomira|
Like the redcap of old, or the bogeyman, stories of the Wakefraud will be told around flickering computer screens to frighten young bloggers. But like the bogeyman, the Wakefraud is a (near) fiction with no real power.
Further reading on the Wakefraud origins and sightings:
ABC News - Doctor Who Claimed Vaccine-Autism Sues Critic
BMJ - Texas judge throws out Wakefield's libel action against BMJ
BMJ - Wakefield's article linking MMR vaccine and autism was fraudulent
Boing Boing - Read the journalism that exposed MMR vaccine/autism fraud
briandeer.com - Disgraced ex-doctor launches fourth attempt to gag media
CBS News - Dr. Sanjay Gupta Confronts Autism Study Doctor
CBS News - Measles uptick in Britain: Blame Andrew Wakefield's autism-vaccine study?
CNN - Retracted autism study an 'elaborate fraud,' British journal finds
Columbia Journalism Review - Sticking with the truth
The Daily Beast - MMR Vaccine Scare: Andrew Wakefield's Fraudulent Study
Forbes - Blame Wakefield for Missed Autism-Gut Connection
Forbes - Discredited Autism Researcher Chills Future Research
Forbes - Extradite Andrew Wakefield to Face Fraud Charges in the UK
The Guardian - Andrew Wakefield: autism inc
Herald Sun - Deadly immunisation brawl reignites
How Stuff Works - Andrew Wakefield's Autism-Vaccine Hoax
Immunization Action Coalition - The Fraud Behind the MMR Scare
Just the Vax - Wakefield Attempts (yet again) to Silence a Critic
Left Brain Right Brain - Andrew Wakefield takes to the courts again
Little Green Footballs - Wakefield's Anti-Vaccination Fraud: Smoking Gun
Los Angeles Times - Wakefield's paper linking MMR vaccine and autism a fraud on the scale of Piltdown man, BMJ editorial says
Mayo Clinic Proceedings - MMR Vaccine and Autism: Vaccine Nihilism and Postmodern Science
The New York Times - Autism Fraud
The New York Times - The Crash and Burn of an Autism Guru
The New York Times - Study Linking Vaccine to Autism Is Called Fraud
NPR - As the Facts Win Out, Vaccinations May, Too
Penumbrage - Is Andrew Wakefield a fraud and a bully?
PNAS - Misconduct accounts for the majority of retracted scientific publications (PDF)
Popehat - Andrew Wakefield Sues BMJ and Brian Deer: Time to Test Out the New Texas Anti-SLAPP Statute
The Poxes Blog - Andrew Jeremy Wakefield, Litigious Bully
Respectful Insolence - Legal thuggery, antivaccine edition: Andrew Wakefield sues Brian Deer, the BMJ, and Fiona Godlee
Respectful Insolence - "Piltdown" medicine: Andrew Wakefield's scientifice fraud was worse than previously thought
Retraction Watch - Some quick thoughts and links on Andrew Wakefield, the BMJ, autism, vaccines, and fraud
Science-based Medicine - Antivaccine hero Andrew Wakefield: Scientific fraud?
The Skeptic's Dictionary - Andrew Wakefield
The Skeptical Lawyer - Quickie News: Wakefield sues British authors and publishers for libel - in Texas
Skeptical Raptor - Andrew Wakefield sues BMJ for claiming MMR study was fraudulent
Time Magazine - Great Science Frauds: Andrew Wakefield
The Washington Times - Will autism fraud report be a vaccine booster?
WebMD - Autism/MMR Vaccine Study Faked: FAQ