By Anne Dachel
On Sept 9, 2012, I found the news report, CARLSBAD: Award-winning broadcast class tackles documentary on vaccines, from the North County Times in Escondido, CA. HERE
Award-winning broadcast class tackles documentary on vaccines, from the North County Times in Escondido, CA. HERE
I was hopeful that a class in broadcast journalism might actually tackle this issue an ethical and balanced manner. Sadly, it was clear from what I read that these students were being taught to report on questions of vaccine safety in the same one-sided manner the mainstream media has for years. This class assignment was a HOW-TO GUIDE on how to deceive the public by covering up relevant facts about a major issue.
First of all, from the photos shown, these students are getting access to real broadcasting experience. We can see students with lights, cameras and sound equipment and newsroom settings.
Here was assignment:
“The 16-student crew tackled the issue of immunizations in North County, an area with the second lowest compliance rate for vaccinations in the state of California.
“We are looking at why,” said Camille Posard, who graduated in June from Carlsbad High and helped produce the documentary.”
‘”The whole point (of each documentary) is to educate the public about something,’ said Brad Streicher, 12th-grade lead reporter. ‘Our goal with this film is to make sure we are educating people on the reality of vaccinations.’”
Despite these statements, the class clearly wasn’t really interested in WHY PARENTS WEREN’T VACCINATING. They started with the premise that vaccines are safe and parents should vaccinate. In the end, they produced a documentary to support their viewpoint.
Just like the mainstream media, they put a parent up against doctors, they ignored the reality of what autism is doing to our children and they claimed to do it in the name ethical journalism.
Teacher Doug Green said, ‘I think the students see that film making is so powerful, because you have a potential to move people and affect change. And I think that’s really fantastic.’
Affect change? How about present the issue fairly from both sides and let people make up their own minds?
Actually, Green’s wrong. This documentary won’t change anyone’s thinking on this issue. What was produced here was propaganda. People everywhere (especially parents) will recognize the bias. They’ve heard it all before. There is too much information available on the Internet to challenge what was said by the vaccine promoters interviewed for this film.
Twenty comments were posted on this story. (Seven of them were mine.) I would hope that the teacher and the class looked into the criticism of their film. I cited legitimate news stories from CBS and included the links:
CBS News 2008, “How Independent Are Vaccine Defenders?” HERE
CBS News 2010: “Family to Receive $1.5M+ in First-Ever Vaccine-Autism Court Award.” HERE
CBS News 2008: “The ‘Open Question’ On Vaccines and Autism” Sharyl Attkisson interviews Dr. Bernadine Healy. HERE
I included the Pace Law School story on 83 cases of vaccine injury/autism compensated by the federal government as shown on HDNet TV.
I posted the trailer to the new international award-winning film, “The Greater Good” HERE where experts ON BOTH SIDES were included and an interview with the producer, Leslie Manookian, of The Greater Good by Darrin McBree. HERE.
Someone else put these links in their comment:
Andrew Wakefield’s interview on FOX with Alisyn Camerota in 2011 HERE
There was criticism in the comments about the failure of the class to
present a balanced report on the vaccine issue. I hope that the teacher and the
class learned something from this experience. Producing another generation of
broadcast journalists who do nothing but promote the interests of those
profiting from an unsafe, unchecked vaccine schedule won’t change anyone’s
viewpoint. What’s being covered up in films like this is well known by now.
When news people produce propaganda pieces like this it only serves to make the
mainstream press increasingly less credible and more irrelevant. It creates
public distrust of the media and that’s something that is hard to regain once it’s
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism. You can subscribe to her newsfeed at AnneDachel.com