Editor-in-Chief, Chicago Sun Times
Dear Mr. Kirk
I am writing in regard to “Every Child By Two’s” campaign asking “parent advocates” to write to you and request that actress/author Jenny McCarthy not be allowed to have a column in your newspaper.
Every Child By Two (ECBT) is primarily funded by vaccine makers whose products have fallen under criticism for inadequate safety by Ms. McCarthy. In 2010 (the most recent year for which funding information is available), Wyeth vaccines provided $307,000 to ECBT and Sanofi Vaccines provided ECBT with $245,171. Furthermore, ECBT’s board members include Dr. Paul Offit – vaccine industry spokesman and co-inventor of the Rotavirus vaccine that has been estimated to have earned him in excess of $10 million.
These funding sources were not disclosed in ECBT’s letter urging the media’s censorship of Ms. McCarthy. Instead, ECBT presents itself as an unbiased public service organization.
ECBT’s states on its home page:
“11,000 children are born every day. We must vaccinate all of them on time.”
This statement is an example of ECBT’s disregard of the established medical fact that all individuals are not tolerant of all pharmaceutical products. The federal government has compensated families over $2 billion for vaccine injuries and deaths, and thousands of Americans have reported serious adverse affects to VAERS (the government’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System).
In her letter, ECBT’s Amy Pisani misleads readers by attributing whooping cough outbreaks to unvaccinated children; however, the director for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the CDC stated in July “We know there are places around the country where there are large numbers of people who aren't vaccinated. However, we don't think those exemptors are driving this current wave." Her letter contained other errors of fact.
If Ms. McCarthy and others whose children have experienced
serious vaccine reactions are silenced in the media, then the pubic interest is
not being served. Thank you for inviting Ms. McCarthy to write for your
newspaper. If the $34 billion vaccine
industry has nothing to hide, then what’s written about its products will not
threaten industry revenues.