Members of the media and their news outlets have long been the spineless minions controlled by a number of outside forces in the vaccine controversy, and there is no better example than what happened on KETV in Omaha over the last two weeks.
Polly: “Vaccines can and do cause harm. They can and do cause death. Get the inserts out, google side effects—because they’re real.
“Doctors will tell you vaccines are safe—they’re clearly not for some, for many. You clearly have to do your own research yourself.”
Polly and Del were asked about the claim that the MMR vaccine has been shown not to cause autism.
Del: “The very researcher that you’re referring to has now said that that is a lie. When we say that the MMR is safe, this is the study we’re talking about. It’s scientific fraud. He still works at the CDC…We’re asking the Congress of the United States to subpoena Dr. William Thompson, he’s a government employee. This is government corruption at the highest level. They’ve hidden a dangerous vaccine and protected the vaccine maker that’s making millions and millions of dollars off of this vaccine. They favored that company over the health of our children. We’ve got to get to the bottom of this. Everyone should be concerned, and everyone should be calling their congressman saying, I want you to subpoena Dr. William Thompson.”
Next Polly and Del were asked if they believed “all vaccines are bad.” This was Del’s stunning response:
Del: “I can tell you that all vaccines are not being tested appropriately. They’re not being tested the same way drugs are. Drugs are tested for ten years.
“HepatitisB, given to a day one old baby, got tested for five days. That’s criminal, that’s egregious. If we want to know vaccines are safe, more testing needs to be done.
One week later, on Nov 13, 2016, KETV ran a segment in defense of vaccines called, Disputing the link between autism and vaccines.
This time there was a different anchor doing the interview. Here two pro-vaccine people spoke:
Anchor: “Last week we were joined by the producers of the documentary Vaxxed who shared with us why they believe vaccines are harmful. This morning we’re joined by Dave Pantos and Dr. Cindy Ellis, UNMC, who have a different view on vaccines.
Pantos explained that he runs a non-profit, the Autism Action Partnership, that serves hundreds of children with autism, and that vaccines were in no way connected to autism.
Pantos: “We just want to assure [parents] that vaccines are super important, and there’s no actually scientifically determined link between autism and vaccines so the most important thing is kids’ health and taking care of kids. So we really, really support these vaccinations.”
Dr. Ellis:“There’s been many, many studies, and it’s conclusively known that autism is not caused by vaccines. There were some studies that were published 20 years ago that made an association between the MMR vaccine and autism, and it’s been since shown that those studies were false. They’ve been retracted from the journals, and actually the scientist who published those studies had his medical license revoked because of the fraudulent data that was presented in those papers. So we know that that is not true.”
Next the anchor brought up the 1998 Wakefield study, but Pantos only talked about Brian Hooker's work.
Anchor: “The study that anti-vaxxers often cite [has]actually been debunked. Do you know much about that?”
Pantos:“Sure, the most recent publication, a couple of years ago, from Brian Hooker, that they cite to—that journal that that was published in, just recently retracted that story. So even that most recent work that they were citing to has been debunked by the publishers of the actual work itself.”
Ellis:“That’s why it’s important when you’re looking at information—you know on the internet you can find anything, and people can publish anything—that’s why when we’re looking at scientifically based studies and scientific information, we want to look at things from peer-reviewed journals and from people who know how to evaluate the evidence. That’s why getting information from your pediatrician or your primary care doctor is so important. They’re able to look at the information that’s out there and know what is real and what isn’t.”
KETV/ABC7 and their guests are just more of the cover-up. The station was not interested in authentic coverage of this critical controversy. For KETV/ABC7, the first interview with Polly and Del was a major mistake and their sole aim with the second interview was to promote vaccines as safe and bury what the producers of Vaxxed said previously.
The second interviewer mentioned that the week earlier the producers of Vaxxed were on, but she said that they had merely given their opinion on why “they believe vaccines are harmful.”
What followed was a discussion that never addressed the charge of a criminal cover-up of official research that showed a direct link between the MMR vaccine and autism. Instead, Pantos and Ellis told us vaccines are save and we should trust the science.
What is clear is that William Thompson and his colleagues at the CDC are not alone in deceiving the public about vaccine safety. Every single news outlet that engages in this kind of underhanded reporting shares in the guilt.
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.