By J.B. Handley
I hadn't really been paying attention, until an alert AoA reader pointed out a sentence buried in the VaccinateYourBaby website (that features Amanda Peet as the campaign spokesperson):
"Every Child By Two's Vaccinate Your Baby campaign is made possible through an unrestricted, educational grant from sanofi pasteur."
For those of you new to this debate, "sanofi pasteur" (why did they put it in small caps?) is a vaccine company. I guess "educational grant" is intended to throw people of the scent that Sanofi is paying someone to endorse a product from which they profit immensely. We already know that Every Child By Two is largely funded by Wyeth, another vaccine company. (Read "ECBT: A Front Group for Wyeth" HERE.)
Sanofi Pasteur, according to their own website, is a division of Sanofi Aventis Group, and is "the largest company in the world devoted entirely to human vaccines." Sanofi Aventis' Market Cap (total value of the stock) is $85.2 Billion dollars. In 2007, they had revenues of $43 Billion dollars and made $8.4 billion in net profits. Their vaccine division is responsible for about $5 billion of their revenues and grew almost 15% between 2006 and 2007.
Which leads me to a simple question: Is Amanda Peet a spokesperson for VaccinateYourBaby out of the goodness of her heart?
While Sanofi seeks to protect its annual $5 billion in revenues from the greatest threat to vaccine growth – autism – is Amanda Peet just playing good Samaritan? Does she tell her friends she is involved in a nonprofit venture?
There is no doubt in the world that Amanda Peet is a paid spokesperson for a vaccine maker. There is also no doubt that in her interactions with the press she will do her best to pretend her work is humanitarian and to somehow equate what she is doing with what Jenny is doing.
Jenny has an "angry mob" of tens of thousands of parents who agree with everything she says and does. Amanda Peet has an Italian-suited army of vaccine makers standing behind her.
So, I just want to know: How much, Amanda Peet, did they pay you to sell your soul?
JB Handley is co-founder of Generation Rescue and a contributor to Age of Autism.