Gorski's latest hit piece about me: Epic fail
Gorski should really give up science. It's just not his thing.
David Gorski is a very reliable source of misinformation. In pretty much every case I am aware of, the truth is exactly the opposite of what he claims.
In Gorski’s latest hit piece, he attacks me and he tries to make me look like a very bad guy.
Translation: I’m doing great work!
Pseudonyms are not a shield from defamation lawsuits as DrCanuckMD found out.
You are free to comment anonymously about anything.
But when you break the law, don't expect people will not find out who you are.
Filing a defamation lawsuit is a public record and your identity will be there for all to see.
So if you want to remain anonymous, do not break the law.
The Gorski hit piece
Here’s his latest rant: “Steve Kirsch uses doxxing and the threat of a libel suit to silence Dr. Canuck.”
His key points are:
I threatened to dox and bring litigation unless DrCanuck stopped talking
I run away from debate challenges
I am a thug
I move the goalposts on my offers
I don’t pay when I lose
Vaccination is protective against SIDS
My surveys are garbage
Doxxing: In order to serve DrCanuck, I have to know who he is (there is a way to file a john doe lawsuit, but that takes more time and effort). The only thing I did was ask people to message me privately with information regarding Canuck so that I can serve him legally. That is not doxxing. And there was no “threat” issued to @DrCanuckMD, e.g., “if you don’t do X, I will dox you”. Furthermore, even Twitter rules aren’t violated by revealing someone’s name, location, and where they work. It’s right there in the Twitter rules that this is not a violation. And I checked with multiple lawyers just to be sure as well. Nothing I did was illegal. @DrCanuckMD was clearly a sketchy figure because he deleted his Twitter and Mastodon accounts right after I accused him of defamation. See this article for the details. I published his information on my website so that others who have been harmed can decide whether they want to take legal action against him like I am doing. That is not illegal. That is allowing people to enforce the law.
Running from debates: I have a simple open challenge available to any qualified person. I meet the “qualifications” set in the challenge and I expect the other person to meet the bar as well. For example, I require at least 1,000 followers, but I have around 1,000X that number. As of today, not a single person in the world has accepted my challenge, which they can do by posting on my Substack. So how Gorski characterizes my "open to all challenges” offer as running from debates is ridiculous. There are people who want me to sign 13-page detailed contracts to debate me which are filled with gotchas and no, I don’t do that. My rules are simple: 1 topic, no insults, don’t talk for more than 2 minutes, one-on-one, no moderator. He just can’t accept that.
Thug: I am not a thug. I do expose people who do bad things. I guess in his mind, I’m a thug.
Goalposts: People accuse me of moving the goalposts, but they NEVER provide any evidence of where I’ve done this. If an offer has not been formally accepted, I have modified terms of my outstanding offers in the past with minor improvements or clarifications. But this is rare and immaterial with respect to a challenger. There isn’t a single example where someone met the terms of an outstanding offer and was denied payment due to a “shifting the goalposts.” This is why they NEVER provide evidence of this.
Welching: I’ve been accused of not paying when someone meets my offer. But there are simply no examples of that happening. There are examples of people who CLAIM they met the offer, but these are all people who are very badly mistaken such as DrCanuckMD. This is why they NEVER provide evidence of this.
SIDS: I’ve seen the paper on vaccination being protective against SIDS. I think the paper is junk. If that paper were true, we’d be injecting kids every week and cutting the SIDS rate by 5X. And look how quickly the protection drops after vaccination!!! Amazing!
Surveys: Gorski is entitled to his opinion on my surveys. Other people take them very seriously. They also happen to match the results of other studies published in the peer-reviewed literature. They have embedded controls in them to test for bias. And the survey design was done in consultation with very respected epidemiologists. But Gorski never even looks at the details. What Gorski never does is his own surveys to prove there is bias. That’s because he knows I’m right.
Think I’m wrong? Let’s talk about it!
It’s just amazing that NOBODY qualified wants to challenge me on anything I’ve written or done. I outline the very simple qualifications and terms in this article.
No takers as of Jun 14, 2023. Everyone seems to be camera shy.
David Gorski is a reliable spreader of misinformation. His latest missive about me is no exception.