Craig Kelly awarded Australian Skeptics Bent Spoon gong for spreading misinformation about Covid | Health
This year’s award for “Promoter of the Most Absurd Pseudo-Scientific or Paranormal Whistle Piece” went to United Australia Party MP Craig Kelly.
Australian skeptics gave Kelly the ‘unwanted’ Bent Spoon gong for spreading misinformation about Covid and vaccinations.
In January, Australia’s Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly berated Kelly for advocating the use of an ivermectin pest control drug against Covid, saying there was “no evidence” of it. worked. Australian Medical Association Vice President Dr Chris Moy called on Prime Minister Scott Morrison and other government leaders to counter disinformation from politicians such as Kelly.
In February, the president of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Dr Karen Price, condemned Kelly for promoting unproven Covid treatments, including hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin.
Also in February, Kelly was banned from Facebook for a week after posting links mentioning the treatments.
In September, the Therapeutic Goods Administration demanded that the MP stop releasing what he believed to be “seriously misleading” information after texting “incomplete snippets” of adverse events after the vaccinations. (Kelly, in turn, said the TGA’s statements were “misleading”.)
Australian Skeptics Managing Director Tim Mendham said Kelly was the “highly” chosen winner unanimously by Skeptics groups across Australia.
“Politician Craig Kelly has been spreading – or more likely shouting – misinformation about Covid and vaccinations for quite some time, offering questionable cures, conspiracy theories and an interesting medium with statistics,” Mendham said.
Also on Monday, at the Skepticon 2021 conference, Guardian Australia reporter Melissa Davey was named the recipient of the Barry Williams Award for Skeptical Journalism. Williams was the chairman of the company until 1997, and passed away in 2018.
Davey was declared a winner for her work exposing false claims about ivermectin and its promotion.
She revealed serious flaws in ivermectin research and separately revealed that Australian professor Thomas Borody had been promoting an unapproved Covid treatment including ivermectin. Davey revealed that Borody had filed for a patent for a drug combination that included ivermectin. He had not widely stated that he was seeking a patent, which would potentially allow him to manufacture, market and profit from the treatment.
In a statement to the Guardian sent through lawyers, Borody denied any wrongdoing and said: “My client has never hidden the fact that he filed for a patent on his. [Covid-19] processing. It’s been a matter of common knowledge for some time now.
Professor Kristine Macartney, Executive Director of the National Center for Immunization Research and Surveillance, won the Fred Thornett Prize for the Advancement of Science and Reason.
“Both winners, like apparently anyone stepping up and supporting scientific evidence in the public arena of vaccination and Covid, have faced legal, online and personal threats from Keyboard Warriors,” Mendham said .
“We congratulate the two winners for their bravery and perseverance. “