Nope. It doesn't. It's not the claim that matters, but the arguments behind the claim.
The quoted statement is the definition of conspiracy theories: trying to explain that an issue (autism rates in this case) is due to some group that is intentionally causing harm for a profit.
WOW!!!!! Did you guys catch that neat little trick???
Orangeorchids is truly an expert.
I NEVER said that there is any group intentionally causing harm for a profit. But orangeorchids was clever enough to make it appear as though I had.
Reread what I wrote.
Let's see. The pharmaceutical industry does not report many of the adverse reactions during their own testing. The package inserts say, "Reactions include..." without listing some of the worst reactions, even when they are not uncommon reactions. The CDC agencies involved with safety checks on pharmaceuticals look the other way when there are problems; the Department of Health and Human Services issues gag orders whenever it compensates someone for a vaccine injury. Kathleen Sibelius, the secretary of Health and Human Services, has asked that the media not quote anyone criticizing vaccine safety.
Yep, that sounds like the best efforts of both pharmaceutical industry and government.
Anybody see where I said that "autism is due to some group that is intentionally causing harm for a profit?"
Yeah, I don't see it either. Because I didn't say it.
Now let's reread the rest of orangeorchids' post:
This claim is done besides experts determining that there is no link between vaccines and autism. And since these experts have not confirmed the argument, the conclusion is that they must be part of the conspiracy as well (and probably so am I).
- fear of persecution. A lot of the members give an indication that they fear they are being singled out in this study. That argument is not exactly true. The study is about how some people are skeptical about science, and how the cognitive 'workings' seem to be independent of political ideology. The national geographic video had experts arguing that conspiracy theorists experience some form of paranoia when it comes to say, the government.
- a need for an EASY explanation. Also the NG video, it explains that one of the lures of conspiracy theories it that it provides an easy explanation to things, it gives them meaning. One doesn't have to think about it, simply point the finger. All things happen for a reason according to conspiracy theorists (although not all people that think that 'all things happen for a reason' are conspiracy theorists) and this helps explains many 'things' in life. There not being a group controlling events out there is a fearful thought for conspiracy theorists.
More putting words into the mouths of vaccine critics, more painting vaccine critics as paranoid delusionals who are desperate to believe in an easy explanation, more skillful diverting the focus to the opposition.