May 11, 2016, Sacramento Bee: Vaccine tiff between Richard Pan, ‘Vaxxed’ producer roils Twitter, By Jeremy B. White
The latest flareup of a conflict between vaccine skeptics and an inoculation-championing state senator has moved from a Capitol corridor to the realm of hashtags.
On Monday, Vaxxed producer Del Bigtree arrived at Pan’s office without an appointment to talk. After Pan exited without granting an audience, Bigtree pursued him down a hallway.
Posts recounting the incident, including a video, have circulated among vaccine skeptics who have gleefully promoted the hashtag #PanRan (they’ve also leveled more threats; one wrote on Facebook she hopes Pan gets hit by a bus).
Not so fast, said Pan communications director Shannan (Velayas) Martinez. She started firing off tweets on Wednesday arguing that her boss simply strolled away and then Bigtree couldn’t keep up. Naturally, it comes with its own hashtag (#del2slow), and suggests Bigtree is unfit – “Appears #Vaxxed producer @delbigtree not used to stairs and displays poor fitness. #del2slow #SB277 @DrPanMD. Bigtree didn’t respond to requests for comment.
“It’s a film about CDC cover-up… information is being withheld from the American people. It’s not necessarily pro-vax, anti-vax. It’s just simply pro-choice for vaccinations or not.”
Matthew Beelman: “My son has autism. He didn’t have any symptoms until about 12 months. And he received the MMR around that time. I didn’t know anything about vaccines back then. I just trusted they were okay.
“After he became autistic, I started looking into his condition as far as what I could do to help. It’s amazing to see the different links I’ve found, other people’s experiences, other parents and the timelines involved. Things started lining up.
A mother: “My son, at four months, suffered severe vaccine reactions. He’s been able to recover from them. …”
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I think it's important to remember what the Sacramento Bee reported about Pan on June 18, 2015.
He personally received almost $100,000 in pharma donations during 2013-2014, and altogether the legislature took in nearly $3 million drug industry money.
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Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.