I promise you, everything you read here is true and not contaminated by any politics. Nobody controls or influences what I print.
There was one attempt to compromise me by psychiatrist Dr. Peter Breggin and his wife and administrator, Ginger Breggin, for their Center for Study of Empathic Therapy, Education & Living. The Breggin’s had discovered my blog, “Behind the Locked Doors of Inpatient Psychiatry,” and publicly declared me to be wonderful. So wonderful, in fact, that they invited me to come and work with them. I was to produce and direct a page on their website that would tell the stories of people damaged by psychiatry, and I would be covered by their tax-free status and have other benefits, although no income from my work–just association with their great name.
Then Ginger directed me to not accept the Wikipedia link to Peter Breggin but link to his web site when I mentioned him in my blog. We are all self-serving little beasts when we write about ourselves and I thought that Wikipedia was more impartial and objective, which is what I wanted to give my readers, so I did not link to Peter’s web site. Then Peter called me and directed me to change something I’d written in my blog. I was powerfully offended. This was me, writing in my own blog, as I had been doing since before I’d ever heard of the Breggins. This was me doing what had attracted the Breggins in the first place.
If I had been writing on Peter Breggin’s web site then arguably he would have had the right to direct me to change something but this was me, writing on my own blog. I proposed to Peter that if he disagreed with something I had written then he should send a comment and I would post it, in the same manner that he would write a letter to the editor of the New York Times if they published something with which he disagreed. He did not do this.
Consequently, the Breggins decided not to anoint me as director of survivors’ services. They needed to control me and I was not willing to trade my integrity for a place in their organization. I write the truth as I see it, without influence from any source. You can trust that.