By Anne Dachel
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Managing Editor's Note: You'd think that Steven Colbert, given the tragedy he has faced, would have more empathy for families affected by vaccine injury. For OUR Pain. Apparently not. He mocks us and our kids while allowing Dr. Offit to further hijack a month that should be about helping people with autism, protecting an industry. Ah, but Colbert's father was a doctor and perhaps this colors his ability to see clearly? In 1974, when Colbert was 10, his father, a doctor, and his brothers Peter and Paul, the two closest to him in age, died in a plane crash while flying to a prep school in New England. “There’s a common explanation that profound sadness leads to someone’s becoming a comedian, but I’m not sure that’s a proven equation in my case,” he told me. “I’m not bitter about what happened to me as a child, and my mother was instrumental in keeping me from being so.” He added, in a tone so humble and sincere that his character would never have used it: “She taught me to be grateful for my life regardless of what that entailed, and that’s directly related to the image of Christ on the cross and the example of sacrifice that he gave us. What she taught me is that the deliverance God offers you from pain is not no pain — it’s that the pain is actually a gift. What’s the option? God doesn’t really give you another choice.”
Last night on the Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert turned his back on a generation of sick kids and joined the rest of the mainstream media promoting every lie about vaccines and autism.
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In the six and a half minute interview with Dr. Paul Offit, Colbert ignored the fact that officials are clueless when it comes to what causes autism, all that mattered was ridiculing anyone who dares to say it's linked to vaccines.
Amid all the sarcasm and kidding around, Offit described the lifesaving benefits of our ever-increasing vaccine schedule.
Offit got to cite 20 studies showing no link between vaccines and autism. The increase in the schedule and the explosion in autism was just a coincidence.
Colbert talked about thimerosal. He even said it's made from mercury. Viewers were shown an image of the skull and crossbones on the thimerosal container. It didn't matter.
Colbert said 29 percent of Americans don't believe Paul Offit. They think vaccines do cause autism. Celebrities and parents are the only ones who link the two, according Colbert.
Colbert forgot to mention that Offit has financial ties to pharma.
He never tells the audience that vaccine makers have no liability. Neither do doctors.
Colbert puts ignorant parents up against the medical community.
Offit: "It's perfectly reasonable for the parent to ask the question: My child was fine, They got a vaccine. Now they aren't fine. Could the vaccine have done it? It's an answerable question and it has been answered, The question has been answered again and again and again. The question is, Why does the 29 percent still think vaccines may be a problem when in fact, they've been shown not to be?"
Colbert noted that Offit is the head of the Vaccine Education Center at CHOP and he asked him why we still needed to be educated.
Offit: "We shouldn't be. Their record should stand on its own."
Colbert: "What if I were to tell you, you sound like you're in the pocket of Big Pharma. . . " Laughter and applause followed but no mention of his work for Merck.
Paul Offit must love coming on the Colbert Report. There was no pretense of balance here. This was an outrage and thousands of viewers felt it. Colbert and Offit have to hope that most people really are ignorant.
They're betting that viewers are impressed with an expert from CHOP who only wants to protect kids from dangerous diseases. The way they do it is by lying to us. It's that simple. This interview was a fraud.
There are now hundreds of peer-reviewed studies by well-credentialed experts linking vaccines to serious side effects--including autism. Colbert blamed celebrities.
There's the publicity of over 80 vaccine injury cases (most notably Hannah Poling) that included autism and were compensated by the federal government.
Offit has personally made millions of dollars from the development of a vaccine for rota virus. Colbert made a joke of Offit being in "the pocket of Big Pharma" without telling us why.
Offit described outbreaks of communicable diseases that he claimed were ended by vaccines. Colbert brought up autism only in denying any link to vaccines. Neither Stephen Colbert nor Paul Offit showed any interest in what autism is doing to our children.
Offit cited 20 studies showing disproving a link to autism. Colbert never asked about the pharma ties that exist for every one of those studies.
Offit can't figure out why 29 percent of Americans still believe in a link.
The answer to that is simple. We know every one of his lies. We've heard them all for years. What is really disgraceful here is that Stephen Colbert was willing to join him in the cover-up.
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Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which goes on sale this Fall from Skyhorse Publishing.