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Paul Offit; Fear, Intimidation and Astroturf

Astroturf
By Lou Conte and Wayne Rohde

On Thursday, February 5, 2015 Democracy Now featured a segmented debate with guests Dorit Reiss, Mary Holland and Dr. Paul Offit. Following Mary Holland’s segment, Offit derided her as being a “conspiracy theorist” who had falsely claimed that “there’s a guy who’s a fraud (Holland’s reference to Poul Thorsen)” and “There’s whistle blower at the CDC (Holland’s reference to William Thompson).” He added that Mary Holland believes that there is a “massive international conspiracy to hide the truth.”

Paul Offit continues to launch ad hominem attacks against those who question vaccine safety while the mainstream media fails to address Paul Offit’s ludicrous statements and track record. His statements about Mary Holland’s comments are false and misleading and were done, as Holland pointed out before Offit appeared, to marginalize people who are for health choice and informed consent.

We commend Democracy Now for the courage to engage in a discussion regarding vaccination policies. We note that one of the hosts indicated that Offit refused to appear with Holland and directly debate her.

Let’s break down the claims that Offit says are false:
 
Poul Thorsen really is charged with fraud and is indeed a fugitive from justice. See his mug shot below as well as the link to Office of Inspector General below:

Thorsen mug

OIG Fugitive: Poul Thorsen

  • From approximately February 2004 until February 2010, Poul Thorsen executed a scheme to steal grant money awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC had awarded grant money to Denmark for research involving infant disabilities, autism, genetic disorders, and fetal alcohol syndrome. CDC awarded the grant to fund studies of the relationship between autism and the exposure to vaccines, the relationship between cerebral palsy and infection during pregnancy, and the relationship between developmental outcomes and fetal alcohol exposure.

  • Thorsen worked as a visiting scientist at CDC, Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, before the grant was awarded.
  • The initial grant was awarded to the Danish Medical Research Council. In approximately 2007, a second grant was awarded to the Danish Agency for Science, Technology, and Innovation. Both agencies are governmental agencies in Denmark. The research was done by the Aarhaus University and Odense University Hospital in Denmark.

  • Thorsen allegedly diverted over $1 million of the CDC grant money to his own personal bank account. Thorsen submitted fraudulent invoices on CDC letterhead to medical facilities assisting in the research for reimbursement of work allegedly covered by the grants. The invoices were addressed to Aarhaus University and Sahlgrenska University Hospital. The fact that the invoices were on CDC letterhead made it appear that CDC was requesting the money from Aarhaus University and Sahlgrenska University Hospital although the bank account listed on the invoices belonged to Thorsen.

  • In April 2011, Thorsen was indicted on 22 counts of Wire Fraud and Money Laundering.

  • According to bank account records, Thorsen purchased a home in Atlanta, a Harley Davidson motorcycle, an Audi automobile, and a Honda SUV with funds that he received from the CDC grants.

  • Thorsen is currently in Denmark and is awaiting extradition to the United States.

Poul Thorsen’s studies have been used to deny the link between autism and vaccines. They are likely some of the most important of the studies that Paul Offit hangs his hat on.

Here is a photograph of the indicted Poul Thorsen smiling next to Marshalyn Yeargin-Alisopp, Diana Schindel and other CDC’s staff. Jose Cordero, who serves on the Federal autism Inter-Agency Coordinating Committee is also in the photograph.

  Thorsen Allsopp

Poul Thorsen was delivered to the CDC by Marshalyn Yeargin-Alisopp, as this email to Jose Cordero shows:

From: Yeargin-Alisopp, Marshalyn -
Sent: Tuesday, May 30, 2000 2:36 PM
To: Cordero, Jose
Cc: Schende~, Diana; Murphy, Catherine; Boyle, Coleen; Decoufle, Pierre; Thorsen, Poul; Yeargin-Allsopp, Marshalyn; Sinks, Tom
Subject: Proposal for study of MMR vaccine and autism in Denmark

Jose, As we discussed on Friday, we have become aware through Poul Thorsen of an exciting opportunity to study the role of MMR vaccine and autism using several registries/existing studies and the repository of biologic specimens and laboratory capabilities in Denmark. Attached below is a proposal for such a study. Poul will be leaving on Thursday to travel to Denmark where he will be meeting with the PIs for the proposed study on June 6th. We would like to be able to have Poul say whether it is likely that CDC(NIP) can fund the study, if NIP is interested. The proposed budget is included; there may be additional sources of funding (in addition to NIP) but we are not certain at this time. Unfortunately, the DD Branch does not have much (if any) $$ to fund the study, but we do have the expertise that we have developed due to the autism surveillance in Atlanta and the MMR/autism case-control study. I will be out of the office tomorrow, but you may contact Diana or Poul if you have questions. Thank you so much for considering this proposal.
Marshalyn

Marshalyn Yeargin-Alisopp and Coleen Boyle (copied on the email) are two of the authors on the MMR paper that Dr. William Thompson – the Whistle Blower in the CDC that Offit dismisses – has distanced himself from with this statement:

“I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism. Decisions were made regarding which findings to report after the data were collected, and I believe that the final study protocol was not followed.”

The “massive international conspiracy” Offit claims would have to exist was never needed. The greatest fraud in the history of medicine – covering up the real cause of the autism epidemic – was perpetrated by a small group of CDC insiders. The fraudulent MMR study that William Thompson so regrets was delivered by the same people who retained Poul Thorsen, a man who played with data and then played with CDC grant money. Poul Thorsen’s Denmark population studies have been widely criticized for data manipulation to make it appear as though vaccines had no association with autism. Thorsen manipulated data and then manipulated the CDC out of millions of dollars.

Poul Thorsen – the man behind Paul Offit’s sacred science – is an indicted criminal and fugitive from justice. Thorsen lives openly in Denmark – he’s not hiding in a cave in Afghanistan. Why has he not been arrested in Denmark and returned to the US to stand trial?

The marvelous science that Paul Offit cloaks himself in is built on lies, deceptions and fraud perpetrated by a small group of people who did what they had to do to protect the vaccine program. An excellent review of some of the other studies Offit is likely referring to can be found at FourteenStudies.org..

Congress doesn’t have to subpoena people from around the world. They merely need to drag this crew out of their offices. And it is important to note that not-for-profits such as Every Child by Two have derailed previous Congressional hearings. Offit is on the board of this organization.

Offit’s role has been to make it all seem reasonable in the eyes of the press by marginalizing those who question the safety of his drugs. That’s what he tried, but failed, to do to Mary Holland.

And speaking of Congressional hearings, it is important for the media to re-familiarize themselves with a Congressional report on a hearing before the House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform from 2000 that cited Paul Offit for conflicts of interests in the approval process of the rotavirus vaccine he helped develop.

“At our April 6th autism hearing, Dr. Paul Offit disclosed that he holds a patent on a rotavirus vaccine and receives grant money from Merck to develop this vaccine. He also disclosed that he is paid by the pharmaceutical industry to travel around the country and teach doctors that vaccines are safe. Dr. Offit is a member of the CDC’s advisory committee and voted on three rotavirus issues, including making the recommendation of adding the rotavirus vaccine to the Vaccines for Children program.”1

The Vaccine Adverse Event Reactions System (VAERS) reports that the vaccine Paul Offit pushed through has resulted in 303 several reported deaths. VAERS is a passive monitoring system and captures anywhere from 2 to 10% of adverse vaccine reactions.

The lack of objective reporting and investigative journalism into the conflict of interests of the people pushing a radical agenda is shocking.

How radical?

Art Caplan, a medical ethicist, wants the medical licenses of doctors who oppose vaccination revoked.  Caplan criticizes those who have claimed that vaccine injuries have resulted in “profound mental disorders” even though the Vaccine Injury Table in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) lists MMR encephalopathy. Further, many cases, such as Mojabi v HHS (No. 06-227V), were compensated by the federal government and show that vaccine injuries that have caused exactly that:

“Petitioners allege that Ryan suffered injuries resulting from all of the vaccinations administered to him between March 25, 2003 and February 22, 2005, and in particular, the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination administered to him first on December 19, 2003 and again five months later, on May 10, 2004.  Petition at 1.  Petitioners allege that the MMR vaccination that Ryan received on December 19, 2003 (the first MMR vaccination), resulted in a Vaccine Table Injury, specifically an encephalopathy that produced “a severe and debilitating injury to his brain, described as Autism Spectrum Disorder (‘ASD’).”

Would Caplan want the medical scalps of those who file VAERS reports? Would he demand the heads of doctors who testify on behalf of petitioners in the NVICP – a government program? This is a medical ethicist?

USA Today’s Alex Berezow wants “anti-vax” parents jailed because “Anti-vaccine parents are turning their children into little walking time bombs. They ought to be charged for endangering their children and others.”

Jailing parents who don’t make their children take a class of drugs that are described in as “unavoidably unsafe”? Jailing parents for not supporting vaccine manufacturers who pay people like Paul Offit?

The measles hysteria fueled by paid industry advocates like Paul Offit is designed to remove parental choice from the health care decisions involving their children. It is designed to terrorize the public into forfeiting the right to full disclosure and informed consent. It is designed to force people to surrender their rights to the government for the purposes of fueling drug company profits. Paul Offit wants to use corrupted science to have public policy exclusively determined by men like him.

Paul Offit is Vaccinology’s “Astroturfer in Chief”. What is Astroturf? Sharyl Attkisson reveals that powerfully in this recently released video.

America is being manipulated – “Astroturfed” - into believing that those who have made the connection between vaccine injury and autism are conspiracy nuts. Into believing that doctors should be intimidated into suspending their own judgment and that parents have to be jailed for not giving their children a drug.

People paid by the pharmaceutical industry should not be allowed to dictate public policy through fear, intimidation and Astroturf.

  1. FACA: CONFLICTS OF INTEREST AND VACCINE DEVELOPMENT—PRESERVING THE INTEGRITY OF THE PROCESS. HEARING BEFORE THE COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT REFORM HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ONE HUNDRED SIXTH CONGRESS, SECOND SESSION, JUNE 15, 2000, Serial No. 106–239

Written by Louis Conte, co-author of “Vaccine Injuries” and a novel, “The Autism War”, and by Wayne Rohde, author of “The Vaccine Court – The Dark Truth of America’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program”.

Books Lou and Wayne

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Carol

Just for the hell of it, I'd like to list Sharyl Attkisson's awards here. She's beautiful, poised and not weird so it's not too surprising that a certain non-journalist has his panties in a twist.

2013
Investigative Emmy Award for “Investigating Congress. ”Investigative Emmy nomination for “Benghazi: Dying for Security.”

Emmy Award nomination for “Green Energy Going Red.”

Daytime Emmy Award as part of CBS Sunday Morning team entry for Outstanding Morning Program for “Washington Lobbying: K-Street Behind Closed Doors”

Finalist in Gerald Loeb Business Awards for “The Business of Congress”

2012
Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for “Gunwalker: Fast and Furious.”

RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting for “Gunwalker: Fast and Furious.”

2011
Emmy Award Nomination for Investigations of Congress: “Follow the Money.”

Emmy Award Nomination for Investigating Aid to Haiti earthquake victims.

2010
Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Reporting of a Business News Story for series on the Bush Administration’s Bait-and-Switch on TARP and the Bank Bailout.

Investigative Reporter and Editors Finalist Award for “Investigating TARP.”

Loeb finalist for Television Breaking News for “Follow the Money: Bailout Investigation.”

2009
Emmy Award Nomination for “Follow the Money.”

2008
RTNDA-Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence (CBS team award)

2005
RTNDA-Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence (CBS team award)

2003
Emmy Award Nomination for Investigating Dangers of certain prescription drugs and vaccines; and conflicts of interest in medical industry.

2002
Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for series on mismanagement at the Red Cross: “Red Cross Under Fire.”

2001
Emmy Award Nomination for “Firestone Tire Fiasco.”

Civil Justice Foundation Special Commendation for Firestone Tire coverage.

2000
Investigative Reporter and Editors Finalist Award for series on the dangers of certain prescription drugs and vaccines.

Attkisson received several other awards for her reporting and producing, including a New York Black Journalists Association public service award, a Mature Media National Award, a Florida Emmy Award, a Sigma Delta Chi Award and a Florida Communicator’s Award.

Jenny Allan

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/02/06/mmr-vaccine-is-less-effective-for-mumps-than-measles-rubella
From the man himself! Perhaps Dr Offit would like to explain to us why fully MMR vaccinated young adults are now coming down with mumps in our colleges and universities, where transmission is inevitable. Mumps is benign in infancy, but can render adult males sterile. The disease is also nastier in adults.
Are you prepared to publicly debate this MMR mumps vaccine failure Dr Offit?

Extract:-
"MMR Vaccine Is Less Effective for Mumps
Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, says the mumps portion of the vaccine also becomes less effective after about 10 years.

"We’ve never eliminated mumps," he says. "It doesn’t induce as long-lasting of a response as measles and rubella."

no-vac

PETITION to the WH against vaccine mandates. They would not be tolerated.


https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/prohibit-any-laws-mandating-force-and-requirement-vaccinations-any-kind/HW1B3YKz

Terey

Why isn't anyone talking about the Measles vaccines in Syria that were tainted and KILLED children? Or the tetanus Vaccines in Uganda that were found to have abortive ingredients? I guess when it's in another country who cares? So if we can't even care about what happens in other countries with vaccines why should we care what happens here in USA, right? Right.

flahute

Reading the NPR exchange and listening Null/Holland's stunning, contextual takedown of Offit's abstract scientific sleight of hand stuff was refreshing.

Is anyone else remember Bagdhad Bob's endless 'all is well' press rants in the 1990's Gulf War I? This media scrum over the Dizzyland meazuls and "vaxxes is safe!" is eerily reminiscent. wait...Cue NPR, MTP & the prez! Put a sock in Rand's mouth!

I imagine some social media wunderkind gamed out the "irresponsible parent pariah and prevent daycare/school attendance unless fully uploaded with the latest multiantigen mix PR blitz". Cmon, really?
....Cue Dorit, Boxer & the 'bots!

For some reason, I keep thinking that there must be a billion or so doses of MMR vax out there and some GSK/Merck accountants are trying to figure out the best way(s) to unload them before the whole sheebang blows up. wait...Cue Offit, AS, & the prez!

Then, the only thing that will be missing is a Congressional hearing followed by an Armstrong-esque Oprah show with tearfully rendered Mea Culpas by Offit, Thorson, Geberding et al. Frankly, I'd rather some well pointed stakes be used, but I digress....

Victor

I'd hate to be in Offit's shoe's after the whistleblower comes forward and explains what has happened, the best case scenario is for him to go no comment.

Angus Files

Well I often think to myself what does evil look like and up pops that picture of Offit holding that baby.


Mary had him hog tied.

MMR RIP

Danchi

we petition the obama administration to:
PROHIBIT ANY LAWS MANDATING THE FORCE AND REQUIREMENT OF VACCINATIONS OF ANY KIND.
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/prohibit-any-laws-mandating-force-and-requirement-vaccinations-any-kind/HW1B3YKz

perhaps Rand

Seems like Sharyl could pick out a maybe not as charming running mate and seek an open office in 2016.

The truth spoken so well is easily worth more than those with tens of billions.

Adam Mortenson

That's as nervous as I've ever seen Offit. His mouth is going a hundred miles an hour and just spewing venom. He didn't actually explain anything he just dismissed and denied and attacked. I don't think any objective person would have felt any better about vaccines from listening to this pharma spokesman's rant. Thanks for the link to Sharyl. That's a great informative talk.

Carol

Yesterday I googled amazon on my phone (because I hadn't bothered to bookmark) and up popped a story about how an anti-vaxxer children's book was getting "hilariously" destroyed by amazon trolls. ("Hilarity" and its cousins are words I associate with astroturfing.) The book is _Melanie's Marvelous Measles_ by Stephanie Messenger and, boy, that story wasn't kidding.

So here's my plug for _Melanie's Marvelous Measles_. I haven't read it, but neither have the people giving those one-star reviews. Personally, I don't remember measles being marvelous; I don't remember it being much of anything at all. But as a result of that natural infection my county health department now considers me immune for life so that does seem sort of marvelous.

A Mom watching C-Span "vaccines"

Anyone watching "childhood vaccines" on C-Span? So far, all I've seen and heard is a bunch of liars lying.

Carol

That photo cracks me up because Offit looks like he's about to fly that baby off to his eyrie and disembowel him.

Offit also refuses to debate Andrew Wakefield. You'd think he'd be eager to demolish the evil Wakefield once and for all with his powerful mind grapes, but not so much.

Linda1

Sharyl Atkisson's talk was powerful. See John Oliver's:

http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/videos/john-oliver-laments-shady-drug-company-marketing-ethics-20150209

@False Skeptics

Does anyone know for sure whether he backs out of face to face meetings such as this? If so, that's quite telling. I think it must be getting very uncomfortable for any of them to get out there and lie like this, especially when children's health is on the line and more and more whistleblowers and doctors are speaking out. Hell even the majority of Congress would not admit to fully being behind this massive, unchecked vaccination schedule.

Danchi

I don't know about anyone else but seeing Offit holding that baby is just plain creepy. It's almost sinister.

Mary Holland

Thank you, Lou and Wayne, for tying this altogether and showing us what's really going on.

CT teacher

Bob Moffit, I am old enough to remember putting mercurochrome and merthiolate on cuts and scrapes....both mercury products I also remember playing with the mercury from broken thermometers...not to mention having a mouthful of teeth with mercury fillings. Medical science obviously had not yet alerted us to the dangers of mercury. I feel so much better that it only took them 60 or more years to admit that mercury was bad for us and only when they were under pressure to do so.
Yet mercury is still in vaccines? Oh, excuse me, my bad. Anderson Cooper just defended its use because it's a different kind of mercury, which is not toxic to the body...big difference he said, between ethyl mercury and methyl mercury. Do these people think Mother Nature is stupid? That the body doesn't recognize poison when confronted with it?
I am also old enough to remember getting the old smallpox vaccine where they scratched our arm with pus or God-knows-what before we could go to school. Everyone's arm got this ugly sore with a huge scab that left an ugly scar, but that supposedly meant you were safe. I had trouble because I never got a scar. So, did that mean I had natural immunity and was injected with that nasty crap for nothing? Yet,today we consider ludicrous that doctors once used leeches...AND bled sick patients to death and attended mothers giving birth after doing autopsies in the morgue without cleaning their hands, even fought against hand washing. Seems to me common medical practices have always been dangerous to humans, maybe animals,too.
And yes, I put my babies to sleep on their stomachs. It wasn't until SIDS became a problem that doctors changed that. SIDS couldn't be connected to vaccines, now, could it?
We have only begun to scratch the surface of the myriad ways that vaccines can harm the body. If only we could find a way to take away the power of the vaccine zealots! I am afraid for my children and grandchildren and in fact, afraid for all of us!

False Skeptics Make Me Laugh

He sounded completely unhinged in that interview...you guys should hear it. He didn't really address any of Mary's points, just calling her names and repeating the Science Has Spoken mantra.

Maurine Meleck

Excellent piece. Thank you!

Bob Moffitt

(Offit).. added that Mary Holland believes that there is a “massive international conspiracy to hide the truth"

EXCELLENT rebuttal to Offit's vicious verbal attack against Ms Holland.

If he were not so arrogantly dispicable .. the idea of Offit dismissing the possibility of the existance of a "massive international conspiracy to hide the truth" .. it would be funny .. as in the "pot calling the kettle black" funny.

Hopefully .. the media's raging .. all-out war .. against parents reluctant to vaccinate their children .. blaming them alone for the isolated measles cases in a country of millions .. is last resort of any tyrant .. when all else fails .. "put those damn parents in jail".

I am old enough to remember when we were advised to put our baby to sleep on it's stomach at night .. today .. that would be considered child abuse. In those days .. "milk" was "good" .. the best thing we could give our children .. today .. not so much. Nutrious peanut butter sandwiches in paper bags for school? Not so much today. At one time "coffee" was "bad" .. today .. not so much. Wine .. is it good or bad?

With a track record like that .. I have to question Hillary Clinton's statement .. "the science is clear .. the earth is round, the sky is blue and vaccines work"

Yes .. that maybe true today .. but .. as milk, peanuts, coffee and wine before them .. the "vaccines only work" .. until science says they don't.

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