“Rumors are carried by haters, spread by idiots and believed by fools.”
– Source unknown
“A lie can travel halfway round the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”
– Mark Twain
Once a news media lying campaign gets started, it’s a full time job to document and counter it.
Lacking its own PR department, the molecule chlorine dioxide will have to settle for what follows.
First, the science of what chlorine dioxide is – and what it isn’t – is transparent and obvious and available online to any honest person willing to spend 10 minutes or less researching.
“Journalists” who persist in calling chlorine dioxide an “industrial strength toxic bleach”, or some variation of that, in contradiction to the American Chemical Council’s ChemicalSafetyFacts.org website are either lazy or liars – or a combination of both.
But something far more sinister is afoot in this case.
Not content with misrepresenting the plain facts of chemistry, many press outlets have made the conscious decision to attack health care practitioners and the families of autistic children who use chlorine dioxide therapeutically by repeating without legitimate sources or evidence the most vile of slanders and false accusations.
To document every instance and every player involved in this public disinformation campaign is beyond the scope of this document, so we will instead focus on one specificallly egregious case.
From the gutter to the Daily Mirror to Wikipedia and back again
Most people are familiar with the phenomenon of Wikipedia, called a “non-profit, open source, encyclopedia.”
It was founded and funded originally as a for-profit venture by financial markets trader and online pornographer Jimmy Wales (see “Bomis”), a fact Wales has tried to conceal by making 18 separate alterations to his Wikipedia bio.
By Wikipedia’s own admission, Wikipedia is not a reliable source.
That said, the online publication usually does a credible job in the areas of mathematics, physics, and the sciences, including chemistry – except in the case of chlorine dioxide.
The Wikipedia article on chlorine dioxide starts well and is up to the publication’s usual standard for science entries, but then veers off in a section entitled Pseudomedicine.
The claim is made that the substance is responsible for a ghastly injury to a child.
This claim is duly footnoted twice by articles appearing in the Daily Mirror (UK) and The Metro (UK).
The author of the Daily Mirror article is Sophie Norris.
She is famous for such breakthrough reporting as “Top Five Thing to do in Bolton this Week” “Girl’s attempt to fake chicken pox to miss spelling test backfires spectacularly” and “A record-breaking beer fan says he had his best pint EVER in Manchester last week – but there’s one problem.”
Behold the handiwork of the British tabloid press
The article was supervised and bylined by Lucy Clark-Billings, a deputy editor at the Daily Mirror.
When reading the Norris/ Clark-Billings article, you will see that her source for the claim of ghastly injury to a child is a woman identified as “autism campaigner” Emma Dalmayne. Dalmayne is a close associate of another “autism campaigner” Fiona O’Leary.
Together, Dalmayne and O’Leary have mounted harassing attacks, both online and off, on groups including REGRET, an advocacy group in Ireland for girls and young women injured by Merck’s Gardasil vaccine; advocates for the legalization of CBD oil; Caudwell Children’s Charity; the Autism Trust UK Charity; Irish Autism Action; and the National Autistic Society of the UK. She accuses them all of “injuring autistic children.”
The guiding principles of the pair include: 1) vaccinations are not a contributing factor to autism and 2) in the name of neurodiversity, autism should not be treated and cures for autism should not be sought.
Everything described above can easily be verified by any person or news outlet who has access to the Internet and cares to learn the facts of the matter.
What follows is an account that will, of course, need independent verification beyond Internet surfing (assuming there are journalists capable of that.)
An independent investigator, hired by a concerned party to track down the source of this injury claim, contacted Dalmayne for the source of her statement in the Daily Mirror article.
Dalmayne’s reply was: “I don’t know the name and even if I did I couldn’t disclose it.” When pressed she admitted that she didn’t know if the story is true and it didn’t matter to her if it was true or not.
So, there we have it
From the gutter to a nationally circulated newspaper to Wikipedia and back again…that’s how the news about chlorine dioxide is made.
For more detailed information about the people involved in this and other operations to mislead the public.