Here, as promised, are the videos of my two Zoom exchanges with Mark Dery, as well as transcripts of both sessions—done for me by my good friend Colleen McGuire, who found several errors in Dery’s own transcriptions, including some significant misspellings (indicating that he’d never heard of noted epidemiologists John Ioannidis and Knut Wittkowski, or Mark Lane, author of the seminal Rush to Judgment).
This brief email will be followed by a much longer critique of Dery’s piece, by way of introduction to our full email correspondence, up to, and including, the final week, when he submitted his ms. to his editor at Chronicle Review. (He’s been emailing me since, but I won’t quote those missives.) As I explain at some length there, my purpose isn’t merely to defend myself from (further) slanders, but to use this latest strike against me as a “teaching moment,” showing how hit-pieces are constructed. There are many things to say about what Dery did, and what may be most important is what he knew, and yet left out of his snide take on my “trajectory” from being someone (he thinks) much like him to being what he has labored mightily to portray as a howling crackpot.
One last point about these videos: As our email correspondence will confirm, I was feeling quite unwell the second day we spoke—a state that helps explain the moment when, in answering his question as to what I personally think Sandy Hook was all about, based on what I’ve read and watched about it (research that he doesn’t mention in his article), I seemed “subdued,” my tone “faltering.” The fact is that I was blanking out just then, as happens during flare-ups of Lyme symptoms; so I was having trouble focusing, or recalling what I’d read, some years ago, in any detail.
In any case, I leave all this to you for your perusal, if you’re interested; and I look forward to your thoughts about my back-and-forth with someone clearly quite intent on getting me to say things he could use, and did use, to take me down, maybe to exalt himself, or maybe to suit somebody else’s purposes.