My Great-Grandmother Dvorak liked to say we’re related to the Czech composer Antonin Dvorak, but I seriously hope I am not related to the pharma-influenced Petula Dvorak, who writes a column for The Washington Post. She recently wrote a very unoriginal piece bashing Dr. Andrew Wakefield and alleging the reason people support him is because they are won over by Jenny McCarthy’s sexiness:
“That woman. With the swinging blond hair and spray tan. People listened to her. They still listen to her,”
Actually, they listened to the former chief science advisor for the UK’s Department of Health, Dr. Peter Fletcher, who said:
"There are very powerful people in positions of great authority in Britain and elsewhere who have staked their reputations and careers on the safety of MMR and they are willing to do almost anything to protect themselves."
People also listen to the US Government, which compensated many cases of children who developed autism as a result of their vaccinations. People listened to the previously suppressed CDC data showing mercury in vaccines multiplied the risk of autism. People listened to the studies showing vaccine-strain measles in the guts, blood and cerebrospinal fluid of children with autism. People listened to the scandal in Denmark where the team led by indicted fraudster Poul Thorsen used fudged statistics to argue that autism continued to rise after thimerosal was removed when just the opposite was the case. People listened to the fact that most of the tobacco science Dvorak invokes but probably only knows about through oft-repeated talking points actually found relationships between vaccines and autism but those findings were suppressed. People also listen to the side effects listed on vaccine package inserts. And finally, people listened to the increasing number of parents who reported eerily similar stories of their children regressing into autism following their vaccinations. Petula Dvorak didn’t listen to any of this; I guess she doesn’t have a very good ear.
She is a metro reporter who specializes in parenting issues and has also won praise from Lisa Belkin – the former writer of the “motherlode” blog for the ethically bankrupt and pharma-directed newspaper called The New York Times.
Belkin once loaned her blog out to a member of Alison Singer's pharma front group that pretends to be an autism charity, resulting in another long, bitter and obsessive screed against Jenny McCarthy, similar to Dvorak’s recent piece.
Belkin is also colleagues with a reporter named Susan Dominus - who added to the chorus of lies about Dr. Andrew Wakefield by writing a similar story for The New York Times Magazine earlier this year suggesting he wins support by engaging in some covert form of mind control. Dominus’ article was moderated by Belkin’s blog, which censored many critical comments (I’ve never seen a comment of mine successfully uploaded to The New York Times website – and I don’t think I ever will). Susan Dominus previously wrote a puff piece for Seth Mnookin's Uncle Bob.
Dvorak’s column appears to be in perfect harmony with Belkin’s blog and Dominus’ article. The former attacked Jenny McCarthy while the latter targeted Dr. Andrew Wakefield.
Dvorak’s piece is rife with contradictions:
Ordinarily, their kids would have to be immunized to attend school, that petri dish of boogers, drool and various germs that children produce.
She’s afraid of boogers and drool, but has no problem with mercury-based thimerosal:
The embrace of everything eco- and bio- and whole and organic also drove the rejection of stuff manufactured in a lab that is injected into your babies.
In an attempt to be clever, Dvorak suggests a “CDC Barbie” marketing strategy:
Barbie could put on a tiny labcoat and little white high heels to go with her pro-immunization message. That’s not a far-fetched idea, given the overwhelming data being ignored by parents.
Sorry Petula, but Saturday Night Live had a much better spoof.
Lack of original thinking seems to be a common theme at The Washington Post, which I fear will pollute my local newsstands for as long as I live here. The Gates Foundation continues to enjoy a powerful position on the newspaper’s board of directors. This is despite the chair of the Gates Foundation’s global development advisory panel, Rajat Gupta, being busted for insider trading. Gupta was Ian Davis's predecessor as Worldwide Managing Director of the global management consulting firm McKinsey, which recently threw millionaire vaccine industrialist and congressionally reprimanded former policymaker Paul Offit's book launch party.
The Gates Foundation’s founder, Bill Gates, relies on the vaccine industry to boost his philanthropic image. Last February Gates piled on the attacks against Dr. Wakefield, citing Brian Deer's fabricated allegations of fraud while invoking the vaccine industry’s tobacco science – taken fresh out of the playbook of Paul Offit.
Gates was summed up perfectly by the late Steve Jobs:
Bill is basically unimaginative and has never invented anything, which is why I think he's more comfortable now in philanthropy than technology. He just shamelessly ripped off other people's ideas.
Jobs could have just as easily said the last sentence about Petula Dvorak, who’s playing the same old song.
Jake Crosby has Asperger Syndrome and is a contributing editor to Age of Autism. He is a 2011 graduate of Brandeis University with a BA in both History and Health: Science, Society and Policy. He currently attends The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services where he is studying for an MPH in epidemiology.