Seth Mnookin Shows How Much He Loves Autistic People

Panic Virus author and vaccine pusher Seth Mnookin has been having some PR problems, lately.

During his December PRIMR lecture, after I asked him a question during Q/A, he lied that I’d disrupted and interrupted past events of his which caused me– a person with autism – to be booted out. He later told a neurodiversity blog how upsetting that was to him – claiming he would have preferred that I’d stayed. He’s been desperately trying to show autistic people how much he loves them ever since.

For the first time in the four years that he’s been writing about autism, (and shortly after ousting me), Seth Mnookin gushed over an article about adults with autism, even though it was the second in a series – the first of which Seth paid no attention to. But that wasn’t good enough; he had to find some real-life autistic people to bond with.

So Mnookin called John Elder Robison and Ari Ne’eman, who happily gave him the opportunity to bond that he was so desperately seeking. While Ne’eman was tied up with work, Mnookin invited Robison to his blog to participate in the first virtual roundtable discussion about “Angry parents, disability rights and living in a neurotypical world.”

In that discussion, John dubbed the very parents to whom he pitched his latest book at the AutismOne Conference “Angry parents,” and whom Seth Mnookin previously called “total assholes.”

Of course, John Robison knows that Seth Mnookin booted me out of a conference last December – I told him so in an email before he had the virtual roundtable discussion. But John didn’t care. In fact he told me he didn’t have the interest or the time to worry about the vaccine controversy. He wouldn’t even condemn Mnookin for kicking me out of his discussion for asking a question.

Yet, somehow John Elder Robison felt he had the knowledge to tell me what really matters to us autistic people, or rather what doesn’t:

“For us, the vaccine question really does not matter.”

What does matter then, John?

“But there are a hundred - a thousand - equally or more pressing issues, and someone needs to tackle them.”

In other words: anything but vaccines. And John Elder Robison – with no college degree or even a high school diploma – is on Autism Speaks’ Science Advisory Board reviewing research while directing millions in funding opportunities. Then again, Autism Speaks “loves” autistic people about as much as Seth Mnookin does. Of course, none of my warnings about Mnookin stopped Robison from joining Mnookin in his belittling of parents of vaccine-injured children.

In his mocking characterization of “angry parents,” Robison said:

“The idea that autism is “something someone did to my kid” is very compelling to a portion of the parent population and I expect that will remain true, even if vaccine ceases to be the means through which the villainous deed was supposedly done.”

The next day, Ari Ne’eman joined in for Part 2, which was posted in the vaccine industry’s newly usurped outlet for propaganda dissemination – The Huffington Post. The title of this discussion was, “Cross-Disability Solidarity, Goals for the Future, and What it Means to "Fit in."”

Ari felt bad about his belated arrival:

“Please do excuse my delay, Seth - I've just finished attending the National Disability Leadership Alliance's Annual Planning Retreat.”

That’s okay, Ari, Seth won’t mind; you’re helping him prove he “loves” autistic people.

“As my own time in the special education system taught me, possessing only conditional rights can be a very dangerous existence.”

Actually Ari, conditional rights you object to like the CDC’s new wandering code are preventing those with the kind of autism that is far more severe than yours from drowning in lakes or getting hit by cars. Dangerous conditional rights is getting thrown out of a talk by people like Seth Mnookin for asking questions he can’t answer.

So, does Seth Mnookin really love autistic people? What do you think, autism community?

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Seth Mnookin

You're a brave soul Jake, and just exactly the kind of person who Mnookin is unprepared to deal with.