Since the debate about the negative press on ME on other threads I would like to start a thread to examine the motives for this publicity campaign against us in more detail. I think it is important not to fall into the trap that is being prepared for us. I believe the real motive is to manipulate the perceptions of other doctors and researchers who otherwise might take an interest in researching this disease. The motive is to delay or prevent a proper examination of the biological underpinnings of ME. This is what we need to state in our response to these unpleasant articles - and not to fall into the never-ending debate about what ME is.