By Kim Stagliano
ABC is running a drama called "Eli Stone" at 10pm (EDT) on January 31st. The story line takes on autism and vaccines. On prime time, network TV! And it doesn't portray autism mothers in straight jackets or delusional fathers waving swords like Don Quixote.
From the New York Times article, "(Eli Stone) centers on a lawyer who begins having visions that cause him to question his life’s work defending large corporations, including a pharmaceutical company that makes vaccines.
The issue is a potentially delicate one for ABC. Eli Lilly & Company, which developed thimerosal, and the two companies that now make the bulk of childhood vaccines used in the United States, GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi-Aventis, spent an estimated $138 million for advertising on ABC last year, according to Nielsen Monitor-Plus, though little to none of it was spent advertising vaccines."
My, my, do you smell that scent of change in the air? The pharmaceutical shield is being penetrated. Perhaps the litany of drugs pulled from the market recently, the exposes on drug trial results as skewed and/or withheld to produce the "right" (meaning marketable) results and the constant drumbeat of parents demanding answers for their kids with autism is making a dent in the media? Not to mention the crumbling economy, skyrocketing healthcare and drug costs and general feeling of malaise that is morphing into a death rattle during this political year.
It's not often I get to tell my horrendously bad jokes to an audience outside of my poor husband. So here goes:
A woman named Lilly is talking to her friend Kate, mother of a child with autism who hails from the tough side of London. Lilly says, "Kate, I asked my pediatrician if any of the 6 shots baby Jane got today could cause autism and he assured me that there's no evidence of harm. Kate turns to her friend and says, 'E lie Lilly.'
Yeah, I know. Don't quit your day job(s), Kim. You can contact ABC HERE.
Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor of Age of Autism.