Robert De Niro appeared on the Today Show Wednesday morning to talk about the Tribeca Film Festival. When the discussion turned to the controversy over the decision to pull the film, Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe, De Niro said that he felt that the film should be seen. And then he said much more.
Almost immediately, pro-vaccine not-for-profit groups such as Voices for Vaccines tweeted a post telling main stream media outlet NBC News to get their act together and not to allow these interviews to be conducted.
To which Wayne Rohde responded with a question.
There was no return response.
“What’s going on?” sort of sounds like “How can this be happening?”
As the tweet reveals, the expectation of network compliance with not discussing autism and vaccines is fairly obvious. NBC was not doing what was expected of them. One can only wonder what the rest of the day was like down at NBC News.
As one would expect, main stream media outlets unleashed a torrent a “De Niro is wrong”. One that struck me as ironic was this one by Maggie Fox of Today called “De Niro Says ‘Find the Truth’ But Scientists Already did”.
What Ms. Fox doesn’t represent in her article is that scientists at the CDC did find the truth.
Then they threw the truth in the garbage.
In August of 2014, one of the scientists and co-authors of the 2004 Pediatrics study, Dr. William Thompson, stepped forward in and released this statement through his whistle-blower attorney:
CDC data showed that the MMR vaccine was associated with autism in the original data of a study ultimately published by the CDC Vaccine Safety Division staff in 2004 in the journal Pediatrics. However, that data was manipulated to bury the connection between the vaccine and autism in African American children. Some of the data regarding a subset of children with “Isolated Autism” – children with autism who didn’t have other health complications - was so damning that the researchers got together and dumped it in the garbage. Congressman William Posey reported this on the floor of Congress in 2015.
Ms. Fox states that the “independent Institute of Medicine (IOM)” reviewed the science and determined that science has proven that vaccines don’t cause autism.
According to documents released by William Thompson and the statements he made to Dr. Brian Hooker in four legally taped conversations, the IOM was lied to. The IOM reviewed and considered the fraudulent science that the CDC Vaccine Safety Division gave them in coming to their decision about autism and the MMR vaccine. The CDC even removed Thompson from presenting the study to the IOM to make sure that the conflicted scientist didn’t reveal what he knew.
Vaxxed reveals a CDC where data is manipulated and destroyed, where employees who try to do the right thing are ostracized and where science is a tool of policy interests.
Even worse, Vaxed alleges that the CDC scientists obstructed justice in a federal judicial proceeding.
At the time the study was published, the Secretary of Health and Human Services was being sued by thousands of families alleging that the MMR vaccine caused autism in the Omnibus Autism Proceedings (OAP) held in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. The federal department that runs the CDC was on the hook for billions of dollars in compensation awards to victims of vaccine injuries. When the Special Masters dismissed thousands of cases in the OAP, their rulings relied heavily on the same fraudulent study.
What Dr. William Thompson is alleging is nothing short of a cover-up of a criminal conspiracy that may have resulted in a shocking amount of harm to children and the nation. If true, none of the science produced by the CDC can be trusted.
That is what Vaxxed is about.
This is why Robert De Niro feels everyone should see Vaxxed and also see the film
Trace Amounts, which is about the mercury based vaccines preservative, Thimerosal. De Niro feels that people should see these films and discuss them openly.
Robert De Niro spoke about what his wife feels happened to his son. Like so many other families, De Niro’s son is reported to have regressed after vaccination. Thousands of families report these horrible regressions.
Science has avoided studying parental reports of vaccine induced regression, typically claiming that parents simply missed early signs of autism in their children. Instead, the scientific community has conducted epidemiological studies.
Despite what the press often reports, there has never been a study of health outcomes comparing vaccinated and un-vaccinated people.
There is – children compensated by the United States government for vaccine induced regressions that resulted in encephalopathy (brain damage) and autism in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
And from other vaccines, like this one:
In Unanswered Questions From the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, 83 cases of vaccine-induced brain damage that included autism were identified from a small sample of cases the government compensated for vaccine injury. These cases are very similar to what Mr. De Niro says happened to his son. A significant number are MMR cases.
De Niro will now get pounded as being “anti-vaccine” in article after article claiming that “science proves him wrong” even though it is the CDC’s version of science – and not his statements – that ought to be in question.
Wayne Rohde and I have been looking into the people who will deliver that pounding in our previous reports. We noted that Alison Singer of the Autism Science Foundation proudly announced in a Guardian article in late March that a select group of Vaccinologists are members of a public relations response team called the “IAC Listserv.” This Listserv acts as a sort “anti-vaccine” community monitoring and response team. The IAC is the Immunization Action Committee, a not-for-profit that relies heavily on funding from the CDC and the pharmaceutical industry.
Singer admitted in the Guardian that it was the IAC Listserv that pressured De Niro and the Tribeca Film Festival to pull Vaxxed. De Niro indicated that he now regrets that decision.
Mr. Rohde and I have reached out to Ms. Singer and the IAC for information. It is our assumption that the members of the IAC Listserv would be readily willing to reveal their identities and talk about their work, like Singer did. If you are willing to instigate censorship, you should be willing to say who you are.
None of our emails or phone calls have been answered. Other than Alison Singer, no one has admitted that they are on the IAC Listserv.
Members of the IAC Listserv who pressured De Niro and the Tribeca Film Festival may also have pressured the Worldfest Film Festival in Houston, Texas to censor Vaxxed as well.
The members of the IAC Listserv remain anonymous. They will continue to exert pressure to censor films, books, scholarly articles, other work products and even art deemed “anti-vaccine.”
It is assumed that IAC Listserv members identify themselves when they call film festival directors, journalists and others to exert influence. It would be wise for those contacted to ask if the callers are CDC employees, CDC contracted employees, receive CDC grants or if the university or not-for-profit they work for receives CDC funding. Given the vast number of organizations receiving CDC funding, it is unlikely that these unidentified but influential people are free of CDC influence.
Robert De Niro spoke out on the Today Show. He has questions about what happened to his son and wants an open dialogue about vaccines and autism because he saw Vaxxed and Trace Amounts and knows that something is wrong with what the public has been told.
Those now attacking him want silence. They will not reveal who they are. They will rely on the media to label De Niro as “anti-vaccine” even though he is asking reasonable questions.
Like so many, Robert De Niro wants the truth.
Those now attacking him are pro-silence and anti-truth.
Louis Conte and Wayne Rohde
* Louis Conte discloses that he was a co-author on the Unanswered Questions paper noted in the article.
Louis Conte, author of The Autism War and co-author of Vaccine Injuries
Wayne Rohde, author of The Vaccine Court – Dark Truth of America’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
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