Cancer Quack v. WordPress #1February 22, 2010
Cancer Quack 1 : WordPress 0
Cancer quack Andreas Moritz seems to have threatened WordPress with a “hefty lawsuit” for hosting a blogpost criticial of naturopathy. Like most woos, he sees any criticism as a personal attack, rather than an opportunity for assessment, refelection and reasoned response.
Updated 22 Feb, 23 Feb….
It seems there is a bit of history to the dispute, and WordPress offered Mike Hawkins, the offending blogger, the chance to alter his post. The matter was not resolved to the satisfaction of WordPress, resulting in the blog being shut down, and the gloating quack romping all around the internet claiming some kind of victory.
While I’m waiting for WordPress to get back to my request for clarification of their position and deciding whether or not I should move to another host, I’ll post a collection of links evaluating the value of Moritz’s work.
Andreas Moritz is a cancer quack by PZ Myers
The “wisdom” of cancer cells? – earlier post by Orac
Dangerous idiot with bogus medical advice – earlier post by PZ Myers
Naturopaths Can Silence Critics Too – about the incident, and see comments from the naturopath, criticism of whom started all this. By Steve Novella
Andreas Moritz Cancer Cures Quack by Skeptico
Andreas Moritz, medical quack, finds a victim from The Daily Kos
And a collection of articles from Mike Hawkins’ current blog.
UPDATE 22 Feb:
Still waiting to hear back from WordPress. Meanwhile here’s a good short article:
Alternative Cancer Quack Andreas Moritz Gets WordPress.com Blog Shuttered
The larger shame here goes to WordPress.com for silencing Hawkins in the first place. Its silence is revolting. If you’re a blogger doing anything remotely controversial, you’d be better off hosting WordPress on a site like Dreamhost. If someone challenges you on your WordPress.com content, make sure you have your files backed up, because the company will not have your back.