Seth Mnookin No Longer Blogging At PLoS After Libelous Remarks


By Jake Crosby

On July 21st, “Panic Virus” author and MIT assistant professor Seth Mnookin wrote on his personal website: “From mid-2011 through the end of 2013, I was blogging at the Public Library of Science; those archives can be found here. In the summer of 2014, I began blogging again on this site.”

He no longer links to his PLoS blog from his Twitter bio either. The announcement came only 10 days after I wrote the post PLoS Enables Seth Mnookin to Violate Community Guidelines Unchallenged, calling out PLoS for allowing him to blog there despite the fact that he wrote a libelous post about me one year prior.

The month after Mnookin’s last PLoS blog post, PLoS’s attorney received and acknowledged the evidence that was provided showing Mnookin fabricated the claim that I “crashed” his “invitation only event” at the Public Responsibility in Medicine and Resesarch (PRIMR) conference in December, 2011. In Mnookin’s same libelous blog post, he claimed I “jabbed” him “in the chest” even though I did no such thing. This accusation of jabbing him came two years after the event, and Mnookin provided zero evidence of it ever taking place. That, combined with his provably false allegation above likely led to his expulsion from PLoS.

Mnookin wasn’t nearly as excited about returning to his old blog as he was when he first joined PLoS blogs three years ago, having written:

“…this blog is being relocated to the PLoS Blog Network, which has been built up by the indefatigable Brian Mossop, another #SciO11′er. At  PLoS, I’ll be joining #SciO11 superstars Misha Angrist (Genomeboy), David Kroll (Take As Directed),  Hillary Rosner (Tooth and Claw) and the inimitable Steve Silberman (NeuroTribes), as well as Deborah Blum (Speakeasy Science)…

…so head on over, check out some of the other offerings, and enjoy!”

It is quite amusing to compare that to his terse, two-sentence departure announcement from PLoS. There is not even a farewell post to rave about what a supposedly great experience it was blogging alongside all those “indefatigable” and “inimitable” “superstars.”

Like Mnookin, I never wrote any farewell posts either when I was banished from contributing to Age of Autism. Unlike Mnookin, however, I was still up front about why I was no longer writing for AoA. That did not stop Mnookin from seizing on my ouster in his libelous post about me, concluding:

“Now he’s wandering in the wilderness, hoping that by including my name in the titles to his posts, someone will notice him throwing a tantrum in the corner.”

Looks like my “tantrum” was noticed by someone.

Welcome To The Jungle, Seth.

Jake Crosby is editor of Autism Investigated. He is a 2011 graduate of Brandeis University with a Bachelor of Arts in both History and Health: Science, Society and Policy and a 2013 graduate of The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services with a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology. He currently attends the University of Texas School of Public Health where he is studying for a Ph.D. in Epidemiology.

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31 Thoughts on “Seth Mnookin No Longer Blogging At PLoS After Libelous Remarks

  1. John Gilmore on October 30, 2014 at 10:06 am said:

    Well done.

  2. Media Scholar on October 30, 2014 at 5:52 pm said:

    The guy never got it. He called his book ‘Panic Virus’ as a way of derogatorily implying legitimate doubts about vaccine efficacy and poor safety voiced not only by the medical profession, but by families of vaccine-injured children were off-base in relationship to a public meltdown of vaccine industry integrity.

    For it was the vaccine industrial complex, so to speak, which continually hammered(s) panic viruses into the heads of US citizens. The only ‘panic’ viruses there are consist of mass media scams like the $7.1 billion dollar Bird Flu scamdemic, and the recent $1.4 billion dollar Swine Flu II scamdemic, which included the low, slow Air Force One fly-by over Manhattan raising the over-all fear in New Yorkers just hit with the Swine Flu nightly news scare. It was like a skeleton on a line being drawn through a crowded dark theater full of unsuspecting monster movie viewers.

    People in Bronx are still feeling the symptoms. Sniffling. Watery eyes. Throat closing up. Oink.

    Smnookin apparently missed the flap Julie Gerberdingbat, M.D. caused when a reporter confused asked the head of the CDC if we should still be concerned about Bird Flu since there hadn’t been a Avian Flu headline in two weeks after Congress gave the drug giants $7.1 billion. “Yeah, if you’re a bird,” she replied.

    • I disagree, I think Mnookin knows he’s in the wrong. If he would libel me as publicly as he has, he would have no problem backing the lies of a federal agency.

      • Media Scholar on November 6, 2014 at 7:25 pm said:

        You mean he actually called his book “Panic Virus” understanding the term relates directly to the numerous vaccine-manufacturing drug giant scamdemics?

        I agree that Mr. Moonbird knows he is wrong and libelous, but I do think he is numb-skulled enough to not see calling his book “Panic Virus” is a instant insider joke, especially when it was launched around the time of several drug company boondoggles were hatched.

  3. White Rose on November 7, 2014 at 4:26 pm said:

    Msg for “just the stats”

    Looks like they are at it again buddy 2014 Uganda\Kenya – a repeat of 1995 (& oh sry , we’ll never be buddies):

    “Studies in primates have shown that immunization with anti-hCG vaccines will render the animals infertile without any detectable alteration to their menstrual cycle.”

    • justthestats on November 13, 2014 at 10:27 pm said:

      Your link seems to not mention the fact that the detected levels were ten million times lower than those needed to trigger an immune reaction, that they didn’t run a baseline to make sure that the tiny amount “detected” was really present, and that they had no proof at all that there was any presence of HCG proteins conjugated with TT as opposed to non-immunogenic regular TT. Other than that you have a real tight case there.

      There’s also the weird mixed signals about whether the alleged test was done on a vial of tetanus vaccine or on blood from someone who received the test. If it was a blood test it’s even less surprising because even adult men produce HCG, just in amounts much less than what’s present in the blood of a pregnant woman.

      Your anonymous study quote isn’t that surprising to me, given that we have anti-HCG vaccines now that don’t sensitize to LH. It’s just that we didn’t have them in 1995, so if they were surreptitiously giving the ones they had then out, it would have caused amenorrhea then.

  4. So how’s the libel case against Mnookin going?

  5. White Rose on November 10, 2014 at 1:01 pm said:

    ‘A mass sterilization exercise’? – Kenyan doctors find anti-fertility agent in UN tetanus vaccine
    From – November 9, 8:23 PM
    ‘This WHO campaign is not about eradicating neonatal tetanus but a well-coordinated forceful population control mass sterilization exercise using a proven fertility regulating vaccine.’
    Kenya’s Catholic bishops are charging two United Nations organizations with sterilizing millions of girls and women under cover of an anti-tetanus inoculation program sponsored by the Kenyan government.
    According to a statement released Tuesday by the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, the organization has found an antigen that causes miscarriages in a vaccine being administered to 2.3 million girls and women by the World Health Organization and UNICEF.
    Priests throughout Kenya reportedly are advising their congregations to refuse the vaccine.

  6. White Rose on November 11, 2014 at 6:29 am said:


    Modern medicine and the world community currently find themselves at a moral, ethical, and legal crossroads. The recent public admittance of Dr. William Thompson as well as other information being forced to the surface has brought to light very ugly truths that will never go away or be ignored. Communities have now been mobilized. Nurses and doctors are now free to come forward and speak of the vaccine induced damage they witnessed. It is unwritten protocol to fire or relieve such dissenters of their positions for showing a soul and voicing disagreement among the medical community. The flood gates have opened as mothers and fathers across the world are pouring endless videos of heartbreaking protests directly against the vaccine industry and the CDC for damage to their children. The silence of the vaccine damaged children has erupted into one solitary voice for justice that is not to be silenced until trials are underway. William Thompson, Dr. Colleen Boyle, Dr. Frank DeStefano, and all other CDC staff that willfully withheld information or simply said nothing and followed orders will face justice. History has served us a precedent to follow in the name of the Nuremberg Trials and there simply is no excuse for drawing this out any longer. During these trials that took place in 1948, the world tried and convicted many Nazi’s responsible for war crimes and unethical medical experiments. Out of those trials came the establishment of the Nuremberg Code and the Nuremberg Principles as a safeguard against any such future atrocities. Swift justice will be served and the people will not be silent until modern day Medical Nuremberg hearings are on every channel in the country/world.

    Although brave to come forward, let us not forget that Dr. William Thompson, Dr. Colleen Boyle, Dr. Frank DeStefano and others are now legitimate, international criminals awaiting hearing. It matters not what they say from here on out, humanity has enough evidence for proceedings to go forward with a Medical Nuremberg 2.0. The fact that Dr. William Thompson, Dr. Colleen Boyle, and Dr. Frank DeStefano are not in custody is another sad, historically documented example of the failure of our justice system to show teeth towards the crimes of the medical industry. Dr. William Thompson and perhaps the entire CDC have admitted to clear violations of the Nuremberg Principles laid out in 1948. To compound the urgency of this matter to be acted upon, many other international treatise and United Nations doctrines have been breached making this vaccine fraud prosecutable by any nation/country that wishes to side step the apathy of the United States for the good of the world. Sadly, by the lack of any action from medical oversight committees in the United States, we have sent a clear message to the world that we are the bad guys that either refuse to clean up our own back yard or willfully are criminals like the Nazi’s that sat on the stands in Nuremberg 66 years ago.

    Here is a short list of international violations to be further investigated in relation to the willful vaccine induced damages during the research conducted in 2004 by Dr. William Thompson:

    Nuremburg Principles:

    Principle I states, “Any person who commits an act which constitutes a crime under international law is responsible therefore and liable to punishment.”

    Principle III states, “The fact that a person who committed an act which constitutes a crime under international law acted as Head of State or responsible government official does not relieve him from responsibility under international law.”

    Principle IV states: “The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him”.

    Principle VII states, “Complicity in the commission of a crime against peace, a war crime, or a crime against humanity as set forth in Principle VI is a crime under international law.”

    Nuremburg Code:

    5.) No experiment should be conducted where there is a prior reason to believe that death or disabling injury will occur; except, perhaps, in those experiments where the experimental physicians also serve as subjects.

    6.) The degree of risk to be taken should never exceed that determined by the humanitarian importance of the problem to be solved by the experiment.

    7.) Proper preparations should be made and adequate facilities provided to protect the experimental subject against even remote possibilities of injury, disability, or death.

    10.) During the course of the experiment the scientist in charge must be prepared to terminate the experiment at any stage, if he has probable cause to believe, in the exercise of the good faith, superior skill and careful judgment required of him that a continuation of the experiment is likely to result in injury, disability, or death to the experimental subject.

    Decleration of Geneva:

    The health of my patient will be my first consideration

    I will practice my profession with conscience and dignity

    I will not use my medical knowledge to violate human rights and civil liberties, even under threat

    I will maintain the utmost respect for human life

    I will not permit considerations of age, disease or disability, creed, ethnic origin, gender, nationality, political affiliation, race, sexual orientation, social standing or any other factor to intervene between my duty and my patient

    Declaration of Halsinki:-Operational Principles

    Article 13: subject to independent ethical review and oversight by a properly convened committee

    Article 17: Studies should be discontinued if the available information indicates that the original considerations are no longer satisfied

    Article 16: Information regarding the study should be publicly available

    Article 27: Ethical publications extend to publication of the results and consideration of any potential conflict of interest

    Article 30: The interests of the subject after the study is completed should be part of the overall ethical assessment, including assuring their access to the best proven care

    International Treatise under the United Nations United Nations Universal Doctrine of Human Rights Convention on the Rights of the Child

    Article 19: of the Convention states that state parties must “take all appropriate legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect the child from all forms of physical or mental violence”

    The system of Medical Ethics is purposely omitted due to its definition as a system of moral principles that apply values and judgements to the practice of medicine. This does not apply to the case of the CDC and others responsible because they have clearly shown by their actions that they have not morals and principles.

  7. Media Scholar on November 14, 2014 at 4:55 am said:

    You said that Mnookin’s statements were libelous. Has that been adjudicated in a court of law, or is that just your assertion?
    If that’s the case, then it would only be accurate to call it “alleged libel”.
    And if his statements, even if untrue, did not cause you any harm, then it isn’t even potential libel. Just untruths.
    I was standing in the forest once and a tree fell. I looked around and nobody was there to hear it, but it still made a sound.

    • justthestats on November 14, 2014 at 6:11 pm said:

      I think what he was trying to get at was that the actual definition of “libel” in the US encompasses much less than what people think that it does. In particular, given that his allegations didn’t match the definition of “libel per se” from what I’ve heard, there has to be provable damages to meet the definition of libel, regardless of whether he chooses to sue or not. No provable damages? It’s not libel.

      • I’d say his accusation I jabbed him in the chest is libel per se.

        • justthestats on November 17, 2014 at 7:46 pm said:

          Under which state’s definition of “libel per se”?

          • Under the general definition of libel per se of accusing someone of committing a crime.

            • justthestats on November 18, 2014 at 4:59 pm said:

              The problem is that “general definition” papers over a lot of state-by-state inconsistency. Most states say things like a “serious crime,” a “crime of moral turpitude,” or a “felony.” Other states that have other restrictions. In general you have to dive into case law in order to find out whether the accusation qualifies, so we have to be talking about a specific state here.

              But it does bring up another issue — what is the crime you’re accusing him of accusing you of? Nothing I could find in the appropriate section of New York state law seemed to apply.

                • justthestats on November 18, 2014 at 7:36 pm said:

                  Assault requires a physical injury in New York. No physical injury was alleged, and I certainly wouldn’t infer one from his wording. Would you?

                    • justthestats on November 21, 2014 at 6:34 pm said:

                      I’d have to dig into case law to know if harassment in the first degree really applies, since it’s worded kind of awkwardly. I’d say the second degree definitely counts, but it’s a violation, which doesn’t count as a crime under NY law.

                      But for the sake of conversation let’s say that he’s clearly accused you of embarrassment in the first degree, even though I’m not fully convinced. There’s still the issue that it’s only a class B misdemeanor, which is the least serious classification of crime in NY law. So we’ve circled around to which state’s definition of libel per say we’re working with, since most states probably wouldn’t consider that a crime serious enough to count.

                      There’s also the issue that to count under the definition of libel, the statement doesn’t just have to be false, but provably false. Do you have some way to substantiate that the claim is false?

                    • justthestats on November 22, 2014 at 3:17 pm said:

                      That should have been “harassment in the first degree,” not “embarrassment in the first degree,” of course. Yay autocorrect!

                    • When you publish a false statement that is damaging to a person’s reputation as Mnookin has, it’s libelous.

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