The science of spin: targeted strategies to manufacture doubt with detrimental effects on environmental and public health
Published: March 26, 2021
Authors: Rebecca F. Goldberg, Laura N. Vandenberg
Numerous groups, such as the tobacco industry, have deliberately altered and misrepresented knowable facts and empirical evidence to promote an agenda, often for monetary benefit, with consequences for environmental and public health. Previous research has explored cases individually, but none have conducted an in-depth comparison between cases. The purpose of this study was to compile a comprehensive list of tactics used by disparate groups and provide a framework for identifying further instances of manufactured doubt.
How Telecom spins science, politics and safety guidelines to their advantage
Remember when they said asbestos, tobacco, and DDT were safe? Did you believe it then? Source
2. ICNIRP (the world’s most influential, political, industry-friendly safety guidelines decision makers group)
In the video, created by Environmental Health Trust, wireless radiation is presented as the new tobacco, asbestos, DDT. Wireless radiation is created by the interaction of Telecom devices with celltowers and satellites. Telecom is linked with the world’s leading safety guidelines decision makers group ICNIRP. This group has, from the start till the present, conflicts of interest with Telecom. ICNIRP states that wireless is safe, that 5G is safe. Not one industrial or independent study about the safety of 5G exists. there are thousands of documents with evidence based independent scientific research, that show the biological effects of wireless radiation on human health, on all life forms. Conclusion: ICNIRP spreads lies.
ICNIRP founder Michael Repacholi, who has conflicts of interest with Telecom, took up a position at WHO in Geneva, Switzerland in 1995, so in May 1996 he resigned from ICNIRP (conflict of interest working for both WHO and ICNIRP at the same time). During Repacholi’s chairmanship of ICNIRP, the Commission became a formally recognized Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in formal relations with the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Labour Office (ILO) and the European Commission (EC). Repacholi was during 1996–2006 the leader of the WHO department of electromagnetic radiation, the WHO EMF project. Mike Repacholi was inviting the electric, telecom and military industries to meetings. He also arranged for large part of the WHO EMF project to be financed by the telecommunication industry’s lobbying organisations; GSM Association and Mobile Manufacturers Forum, now called Mobile & Wireless Forum (MWF). More about the WHO, ICNIRP and Repacholi: Hardell L. World Health Organization, radiofrequency radiation and health – a hard nut to crack (Review)
WHO advises the ICNIRP guidelines, which means that Telecom is protected by even the WHO. This is how large corporations spin science to their advantage. ICNIRP is a solid dogmatic authoritarian group, that selects itself new members with the same opinion, and by invite only.
3. Self-referencing authorships behind the ICNIRP 2020 radiation protection guidelines
To keep all industry friendly and free from prying eyes, ICNIRP safety guidelines for wireless radiation are created by a very small ICNIRP network of with each other intertwined and each other referencing authors, co-authors, key-authors, first- authors, commissioners, vice-chair ICNIRP member, chair ICNIRP, ICNIRP affiliates, and even MOTOROLA’s Giorgi Bit-Babik. The psychologist in the group is ICNIRP’s chair Rodney Croft: ICNIRP states that EHS is a psychological error, caused by fear for wireless radiation, created by scaremongers. See the ICNIRP network list with names and activities, roles, here.
ICNIRP views are based on thermal effects only. ICNIRP rejects systematically the biological effects of wireless radiation. Thermal effects do not show harm. Biological research results do show alarming effects in thousands of scientific papers. More about ICNIRP: 55 chapters
And the book:
Doubt Is Their Product: How Industry’s Assault on Science Threatens Your Health
Author: David Michaels: (born October 11, 1954), American epidemiologist and professor in the Departments of Environmental and Occupational Health and Epidemiology.
Review of the book: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2685872/
By: Steven G. Gilbert
In this eye-opening expose, David Michaels reveals how unscrupulous product-defense consultants have increasingly shaped and skewed the scientific literature, manufactured and magnified scientific uncertainty, and influenced policy decisions to the advantage of polluters and the manufacturers of dangerous products.
He proves, beyond a doubt, that our regulatory system is broken and offers concrete, workable suggestions for how it can be restored by taking the politics out of science and ensuring that concern for public safety, rather than private profits, guides our regulatory policy.