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Bill Nemitz and the Portland Press Herald’s disregard for reality poses a threat for all of us

Bill MenitzBy Ginger Taylor

The Portland Press Herald has been an Offit Outlet since 2014 when their "health" writer wrote his first hit piece on vaccine injury families, then three weeks later shared the stage with Paul Offit at the National Press Club as an example of what a great vaccine writer looks like.  Again, he wrote ONE ARTICLE on vaccination.

Their propaganda campaign continues with a new op ed by a popular Maine writer, speaking arrogantly and from a place of profound ignorance about the vaccine program, who opens his article with, "A small but growing number of parents think inoculations carry risks, but the biggest risk for their kids – and the rest of us – is not getting vaccinated at all."

For the record, it's a growing number of parents, four federal agencies, The US Congress, The US Court of Federal Claims, The Supreme Court of the United States of America, and all vaccine makers, that think vaccines carry risk... the last of which lists hundreds of those risks on the package inserts, after agreeing with all listed above that all FDA approved vaccines are, "Unavoidably Unsafe."  

In this piece, Nemitz says parents are "self-centered" for believing all three branches of the US Government, and product manufactures because... and I am not kidding... when the writer was young there was a place called Polio Pond, where people were afraid of getting polio, even though no one ever contracted polio there.  This in an article where he exclaims that, "Anti-vaccine movement’s disregard for reality poses a threat for all of us."  (Also... MEASLES! PERTUSSIS! WAKEFIELD! SCIENCE!  Did you know that you don't wanna vaccinate, "Because a crusading quack made claims 20 years ago that have never, not once, been backed up by real science?"  Perhaps some day a piece of science will show vaccines are associated with autism.)

Mr Nemitz diversions from reality in this op ed are many.  I started writing a piece to combat all the fiction and fantasy here, but I gave up at eight pages and just sent him this email.   No response.  

Also for the record, Nemitz reports that, "Here in Maine, the first measles case in 20 years was reported last month in Farmington – a female who contracted the virus during overseas travel."  The case was reported internationally as a dangerous measles outbreak, caused by "anti-vaxxers", as if the black death had come to Maine.  In fact, no outbreak occurred, no transmission took place, and from what I understand, no Mainer has actually had the measles.  

Maine CDC reports that there was a "travel related" case of measles that visited several places in Maine and Canada June 15th to 18th.  They will not confirm anything about the case, but Maine is a small town, so it is my understanding that this was an adult male Canadian citizen who visited Maine after being infected, went back to Canada, then returned to Maine where he was diagnosed.  It is also my understanding that the symptoms were very mild.  It is not unusual for Canadians just north of the border to drive a few hours south to Farmington, Maine to go to the hospital, as it is actually closer than driving to the nearest facility north of them.

It would have been nice if Maine CDC actually told us if the person involved was a Mainer, being influenced by Maine vaccine policy, or a Canadian, not subject to vaccine mandates, before the case was used to try to influence vaccine policy in Maine. 

What we can know for sure now is that Maine CDC has confirmed that no measles transmission took place, there was no outbreak, and the time for any transmitted cases to appear expired two weeks ago.  This is the second time in the past three years someone has come to Maine with measles, without a single transmission.  Which means Maine's current vaccine policy, with all three vaccine exemptions, works to prevent outbreaks of measles, while respecting the rights of families to have their children attend school regardless of vaccine status.  

However, I doubt that this will be the last we hear of this non-event from PPH, as they continue their fictitious fear campaign to keep all eyes off the current scandals that plague the vaccine program.

The Portland Press Herald does love its fantasy.


Subject: Your op ed on vaccination
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:38:40 -0400
From: Ginger Taylor <ginger@mainevaxchoice.org>
To: bnemitz@mainetoday.com <bnemitz@mainetoday.com>

Mr. Nemitz,

It was difficult to read your piece from last week. It is full of misinformation, the most important of which are the "whys" of parents choices to decline one or more CDC recommended vaccines. It is understandable that you know so little about the problems in the vaccine program, as the media does not report them, rather merely repeating the false claim that a 20 year old retracted paper is to blame for vaccine rejection.

This January, the Johns Hopkins journal, Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics dedicated their issue to discussions on vaccine choices, and published my piece on why we no longer participate in the National Immunization Program. I hope you will read it carefully and with fresh eyes, so you can understand that vaccine skepticism is not based on unfounded fears, and are because families ARE dealing in reality, while those espousing your views are not.

The full article is behind a pay wall, so I have attached it here, or you can read it on our web site so that you can have easy access to the links provided for the supports for the arguments.

I have made the point repeatedly to the media both in and outside of Maine, that the failure to take vaccine injury seriously, and calling vaccine injury families "anti-vaccine" merely drives down vaccine uptake, as pieces like this one only prove our assertion that the vaccine program is broken and will not address its myriad of safety and credibility problems. I hope that if you truly want a functional vaccine program, you will stop insulting families who know more than you do about the program, investigate their concerns, and join them in reality.

One of the most ironic things about your article is that you quoted Mr. Michaud fretting over falling uptake, when he is directly responsible for some of the loss in confidence in the vaccine safety because of his public testimony in the vaccine hearings in 2015. [Age of Autism readers will remember the representative of the Maine chapter of the American Medical Association for his absurd testimony, from the video we ran two years ago.] Mr. Michaud testified against LD 1076, asserting that MMA physicians should not be required to be educated on the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, then when asked by a legislator about the program, he said he didn't know anything about the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Proving that the MMA must be forced to be educated on the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Why exactly should parents be confident in the safety of the program when medical professionals know nothing about vaccine risk, and yet are confident that they know everything about vaccine risk?

You should also know your claim that the film "Vaxxed" has being discredited is a false one. Dr. Thompson and a colleague at CDC were deposed by the House OGR Committee earlier this year, and Thompson has been subpoenaed by the judge in Hazelhurst v. Jackson Clinic (Jackson TN) to testify to his claim that CDC hid MMR autism links later this year. It is the first vaccine injury case to be heard in civil court, before a jury, in more than 30 years in the US, as well as THE first vaccine induced autism case heard in the US. CDC is currently trying to block him from testifying.

It does not serve the vaccine program, or children, to keep a corrupt and unnecessarily risky vaccine program in place. Reform needs to take place, up to date screening needs to become the norm, vaccine industry liability needs to be restored, and the longer the fraud and injuries are denied, the greater the harm to confidence in the program and vaccine uptake will be. Because the current claim of those in your corner is the surrealistic stance that the US vaccine program is the ONLY program in government or medicine that works perfectly and has no need of reform after 30 years of completely liability protection, and that the only problem with the program is that not 100% of Americans are fully participating by receiving approximately 170 doses of vaccine over their lifetimes, sometimes 8 at once.

If you are interested in learning more about the problems in your op ed, please let me know.

Sincerely,
Ginger Taylor, MS
Director
Maine Coalition for Vaccine Choice
207-200-8469

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Han Litten

More for NonnyMouse , "the disappearing male" 5 year old canadian documentary

https://vimeo.com/34176018

Walter

Press-titutes (n):
Whores disguised as journalists who publish vaccine-industry press releases and advertorials as "investigative journalism".

Vaccines don't work. Fear-based vaccine MARKETING is what works. There are literally THOUSANDS of diseases out there. Yet the only diseases we fear are the ones that a vaccine has been developed and marketed for.

Grace Green

I've noticed that the BBC are reporting minor protests in Poland and Italy, having ignored the recent mandatory vaccines protests in those countries. I think they are doing this deliberately to make people confuse the two. It's even possible that the issue over freedom of the judiciary in Poland, which they soon backed down from, was set up deliberately to create a diversion after the vaccine protests.

Hans Hitten

Posted by: Nonnymouse | July 27, 2017 at 12:34 AM

Wonder no more :

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/are-toxic-chemicals-turning-boys-girls-0

Are Toxic Chemicals Turning Boys Into Girls?
Male births have been in decline for decades, while researchers say developmental genital damage from chemical exposure can become hereditable.


Angus  Files

Seems he has the OCD trait Brain Jam,no doubt this will full fill his life until the next case of measels is engineered .Life can be bliss.


Pharma for Prison
MMR RIP

Leah

Very interesting report. I wonder if you should contact the newspaper and ask to write a rebuttal. After all you are a Maine resident, a writer and have a completely different take on it. Maybe they will bite. I think it is worth a try.

annie

Speaking of journalism....
Do Amy Goodman and Rachel Maddow and Laura Poitres, and Glen Greenwald and Jeremy Schahill and Matt Taiibi, and, and, and KNOW....that in the clip that John Oliver used to make fum of RFK Jr, Robert DeNiro was sitting right next to him?...

I think Steve Banon does...

Someone like Robert DeNiro is never going to let someone like me get punched in the face, i know it#standingupforthelittleguy/gal #:)

annie

Before any of you mal-informed heroes answer:
Hannah Polling
Poul Thornsen
William Thompson

annie

I want to know, from Jon Oliver, Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert.....yeah i have to throw Her in because i don't want to smear the glass into Her face, if VACCINE-induced AUTISM


is a real thing

Nonnymouse


The huge, huge numbers regarding autism make one wonder about the very large number of "transgender persons."

Tonight a television news story said there are some 15,000 in the military. How many can there be in the entire United States? In the UK, or (many more) throughout England-Scotland-Wales-Canada-Australia?

Same causes as autism, one wonders? Just differently expressed, perhaps, because maybe it all started before the child was even conceived?

So many questions, so little time.

Ginger Taylor

AnneS ... not a typo. Maine is a small town. Everyone knows everyone else. ;)

Nonnymouse


In April of 2016, Dan Olmsted was working on a concept. He did research which showed that enormously large amounts of arsenic-based pesticide being applied to sugar cane fields in Hawaii.

He said, "The raw sugar was loaded onto freighters bound for the continental U.S.. A portion went straight to a sugar refining plant in Crockett, California, but most – by rail, or through the Panama Canal, or across an isthmus in Mexico, or around Cape Horn – made its way to the great East Coast refineries in New York, Philadelphia and Boston.

Throughout the East Coast, according to his concept, the outflow from processing all of that arsenic-loaded raw sugar (n various locations) flowed into ponds, creeks, tributaries, etc.

And that delivered arsenic into drinking water, bathing water, swimming-in-the-creek water. And it delivered arsenic into any plants and crops that were grown using that water.

And Dan's concept -- which is exactly correct -- was that humans taking in that much arsenic (especially very small humans) will be much less able to fight off polio.

He was following the trail of evidence.

Beverly Stone

Someone else (not me) has begun to follow the "trail" of measles cases across the U.S. and cannot get any numbers to add up to what the CDC reports for numbers of cases in each state. If measles is so serious as the CDC wants us to believe, then we would see clear data on who got measles including age, gender, location, vaccination status and serotype.

Joy Metcalf

The only "evidence" that vaccines are safe is found on the CDC and Offit's websites. Both are involved in peddling vaccines for profit. The evidence for vaccine injury is attested to by the more than 3 billion dollars paid out to families of injured children. More evidence can be found in the growing body of evidence in peer-reviewed articles found in prestigious journas and PubMed. Unfortunately, Mr. Nemitz hasn't bothered to do his homework. Since many news outlets get their biggest share of advertising dollars from pharmaceutical companies, one must wonder if there's a connection between Mr. Nemitz's rants and the bottom line. In fact, I wonder if he came highly recommended by Big Pharma. Whether yea or nay, he's certainly doing their job for them, working hard to keep America in the dark.

AnneS

typo - "but Maine is a small town" should be state

susan welch

Great article and email, Ginger Taylor.

As a reader from the UK, I am watching everything going on in Australia, Italy and US with tremendous interest. It does appear to me that the 'David and Goliath' fight is getting fairly intense. I am hoping that it means we are winning, inasmuch as more and more people are joining our cause.

There is still a long way to go because those that have not yet been affected will not add their voice which, when they know the situation, I find incomprehensible. However, more and more people are becoming aware of the injuries, even if they cannot believe the extent of the corruption.

We keep fighting!

bob moffit

Ginger writes:

"The Portland Press Herald has been an Offit Outlet since 2014 when their "health" writer wrote his first hit piece on vaccine injury families, then three weeks later shared the stage with Paul Offit at the National Press Club as an example of what a great vaccine writer looks like. Again, he wrote ONE ARTICLE on vaccination."

Apparently .. as S. Attkisson records in her latest book identifying the vast army of influential "smear merchants" .. there are certain "perks" awarded to those who have identified themselves .. through their "journalistic screeds" .. ridiculing anyone questioning the "safety and efficiency" of ANY vaccine .. such as .. "serving as an example of what a great vaccine writer looks like .. by sharing the stage with Paul Offit at the National Press Club"

Proving oneself worthy of being inducted into the army of "smear merchants" guarantees the LAZY "journalist" entry into a world where all they have to do is post the latest "press release" from the likes of Offit .. under the pretense of being a "fair and balanced" voice.

Again, as Malcom X wrote decades ago:

'THE GREATEST POWER OF THE PRESS .. IS THEIR POWER TO IGNORE".

Therefore .. it should surprise no one that Nemitz remains "fixated" on ANY possible measles diagnosis .. while at the very same time IGNORES the wide-spread .. very troubling outbreak of MUMPS in perfectly healthy young men/women in their late teens-early twenties .. such as .. the outbreak of mumps on a professional National Hockey League team .. and .. various college campuses all over the country.

Obviously .. writing PRO-VACCINE columns are far more profitable .. both career wise and the personal contacts one can generate .. simply by enlisting in the "army of smear merchants".

Hans Hitten

Liam Scheff (& many others also) that the Polio problems of the past were due in large part to the widespread use of DDT . And the feared "iron lungs" still exist today but now called ventilators .

"You should also know your claim that the film "Vaxxed" has being discredited is a false one. Dr. Thompson and a colleague at CDC were deposed by the House OGR Committee earlier this year, and Thompson has been subpoenaed by the judge in Hazelhurst v. Jackson Clinic (Jackson TN) to testify to his claim that CDC hid MMR autism links later this year. It is the first vaccine injury case to be heard in civil court, before a jury, in more than 30 years in the US, as well as THE first vaccine induced autism case heard in the US. CDC is currently trying to block him from testifying."

Are we allowed to know who the "colleague" is ? Do we have a second whistleblower .
Please tell me we do . Please .
Thanks for all this new information GT.

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