May 21, 2016, Parent Herald: Vaccines and Infant Death: 1-Year-Old Boy Died Three Days After Being Vaccinated
May 8, 2016, Sharyl Attkisson’s Full Measure on “Vaxxed,” Tribeca, and more.
"When a controversial film is pulled from a prestigious festival some claim censorship. Full Measure talks with some filmmakers about who controls what you see, or don't see, in theatres."
What "Speechless" really tells us......................
This trailer for the new ABC pilot "Speechless" hits home for so many parents in the autism community. This upcoming show is about a family with a severely disabled, nonverbal child.
The mom reminds me of so many tireless mothers who will do everything to get what their children need in life.
It stars Micah Fowler, a teen with cerebral palsy in real life.
On March 24, 2016, Variety covered the show in “Young Special Needs Actor Cast in Minnie Driver’s ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Speechless’.
Fowler — who has cerebral palsy in real life — will portray JJ, the family’s eldest child, who is nonverbal.
When I was growing up, I never heard about anyone who was “nonverbal.” When I was in college studying to be a teacher, I was never told about potential students who might be “nonverbal.”
May 18, 2016, Fox40 (video) Sacramento: Richard Pan Holds Forum on Hate Speech; Protesters Say Senator Doesn’t Moderate Hateful Comments on His Own Facebook Page
SACRAMENTO -- It was meant to be an evening all about words -- a forum on how hate speech damages society.
But, as host, Senator and Doctor Richard Pan couldn't have guessed he'd confront these words on a protester's sign: "Senator Pan encourages hate speech."
"It just seems extremely hypocritical," said Joshua Coleman.
It seems that the UK Guardian has their own Emily Willingham (Forbes). Tracey Brown is advocating for acceptance of corporations doing their own safety research, specifically, the vaccine makers.
Instead of calling for honest, unbiased, consumer-centered studies, Brown tells us to get used to industry doing the science. What she's really calling for is out and out fascism--corporate control of government. If that's inevitable, then let's abolish the CDC/FDA and let their employees go directly to work for the industries they regulate. Let's stop the pretense. It would save taxpayers a lot of money.
We all know the term "tobacco science"
Tobacco Science: "A generic term for biased reporting of scientific data, especially which favors a particular industry’s agenda."
I think it's time we all coined the phrase "vaccine science," I.e. easily flawed and manipulated population studies specifically designed to cover up evidence of vaccine side effects. Since we know the legitimate research that officials refuse to call for, all we're really left with is the junk stuff.
Corporate funding of multiple vaccine research was “exposed” again recently. This time it was in the latest round of MMR-causes-autism allegations, which we exported to the US....
May 11, 2016, Sacramento Bee: Vaccine tiff between Richard Pan, ‘Vaxxed’ producer roils Twitter, By Jeremy B. White
By Anne Dachel
May 9, 2016 JAMA Network | JAMA Pediatrics | Leveraging Behavioral Insights to Promote Vaccine Acceptance: One Year After Disneyland
By Anne Dachel
May 9, 2016, Inverse.com: A John Oliver Video a Week Reduces Risk of Being Uninformed
Benjy Sarlin of MSNBC went after Trump for lots of things in this May 3, 2016 piece, "Donald Trump is obsessed with race-baiting conspiracy theories."
If you want to see a good example of the mindset of the mainstream medical community, you'll find it here in this balanced coverage from Arizona.
April 27, 2016, Fox10 Phoenix: Harkins pulls controversial Vaxxed film
By Anne Dachel
Here are two stories published by the San Francisco Chronicle, a month apart. In the April 28th story about "Vaxxed," the reporter actually acknowledged who William Thompson is. In the story from March 30, also about "Vaxxed," the reporter didn't even mention that there is the CDC whistleblower, although he did compare Andrew Wakefield to a Nazi filmmaker.
April 28, 2016, SFGate (San Francisco Chronicle): ‘Vaxxed’: Vaccination critics take their case to film –By Mick LaSalle
March 30, 2016, San Francisco Chronicle: Medical community is fighting a new germ: celebrities, By Jake Coyle
-Dr. Stephen Scherer, director, Centre for Applied Genomics, Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children
April 26, 2016, CNBC: Gene mapping is now unlocking the mysteries of autism
By Annetta Miller
Scientists are one step closer in harnessing the power of whole-genome sequencing to solve the mysteries of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a condition that is affecting more than 3 million individuals in the United States and costing our economy an estimated $268 billion annually. In April the advocacy organization Autism Speaks announced that its project to create the world's largest genomic database on autism is more than halfway complete.
April 19, 2016, Doctor Reveals Secrets Behind Vaccine-Autism Cover-up
Dr. Andrew Wakefield, director of the new bombshell documentary “Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe,” joins the show to break down why the film was pulled from the Tribeca Film Festival.
Andy: “They are saying, and this is the pharmaceutical industry as well as the government,…telling us what we can say, what we can see, what we can think, and ultimately what we will inject into our children’s bodies and our own. There is something gone horribly wrong with democracy in this country….”
"This film is about MMR and autism, that does not mean that other vaccines are safe or other vaccine components are not linked to autism. This is based on the information provided to us by the whistleblower. ..."
Imagine being told that your child would never give you a hug or say, “I love you.” Imagine that your child would never live independently. Many parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities face these realities every day. ASD is used to describe a group of developmental disorders which range in severity, symptoms and level of disability. These include autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and other disorders which affect a child’s ability to communicate and socialize.
Where is the name William Thompson in news reports on Tribeca and De Niro?
There is something is truly frightening here.
Consider that the controversial film "Vaxxed" is about a whistleblower, Dr. William Thompson, who works at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and who says that his agency knows there's a link between vaccines and autism. He has revealed that he himself was ordered to destroy data that showed this link, but his conscience has not allowed him to go along with the cover-up. In 2014 he shared this information with Dr. Brian Hooker, a biologist and father of an autistic child. Thompson is even willing to tell Congress about the corruption going on at the CDC, and he is certainly a credible expert. Who better to talk about how the science is rigged than an agency insider?
Congress is aware of the charge of fraud since US Rep Bill Posey (FL) took to the House floor and pleaded with members of Congress to do something back in October, 2015, but our legislators seem to be overwhelmingly not interested in hearing what Thompson has to say.
Posey: "Considering the nature of the whistleblower’s documents, as well as the involvement of the CDC, a hearing and a thorough investigation is warranted. So I ask Mr. Speaker, I beg, I implore my colleagues on the Appropriations committees to please, please take such action,"
This is the background of the documentary "Vaxxed," but you'd never know it from the way the media reported on how the movie was pulled from the Tribeca Film Festival.
Excerpted from TRUTH BARRIER.com.
Lance Simmens, author, whistleblower, political veteran, fracking activist, and more, went to see Vaxxed: From Coverup To Catastrophe at one of the California screenings, and was moved, enraged, awakened. He wrote a column for The Huffington Post about it, and it went up, as per the usual protocol–he has been a contributor for 8 years and written almost 200 articles without incident.
Shortly thereafter, without warning or explanation, the piece was taken down, and his account was blocked.
The Truth Barrier reached out to Simmens via an email interview:
TTB: Give us if you would, a brief history of your writing for Huff Po. How many years, how many pieces, what topics…
LS: I have been writing on Huffington Post for nearly eight years and during that time they have published something close to 180 articles. I am a political writer and have written articles over the years about events as they unfold, which is the nice feature of blogging. I have a decidedly liberal bent to my politics but have striven to write thoughtful, provocative pieces that try to define a rationale and logic to the policy prescriptions being offered.
TTB: What happened exactly when you posted your review of VAXXED to HuffPo?
LS: I saw a premier of VAXXED the other evening and was so moved by the presentation and discussion that followed that I felt compelled to write a piece asking that we at least begin a serious national dialogue on the allegations contained in the documentary. I also drew attention to the spate of events that have unfolded over the past several years, where there has been a massive governmental failure to do its essential job which is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens. I sent it to Huffington Post as I normally do–I have an account there–and they published the article. About a half hour later as I was sending it out to my network I was alerted by some folks that when they went to access it it was not coming up. It turns out that they pulled down the original piece and when I tried to rewrite it I was alerted that permission was denied to my account. I have made at least a half dozen attempts to reach someone at HuffPo to alert them that there was a malfunction and over the course of the last two days have not received one response. I even went so far as to email Arianna herself.
Dr Andrew Wakefield, MB, BS, FRCS, FRCPath, is an academic gastroenterologist. He received his medical degree from St. Mary's Hospital Medical School (part of the University of London) in 1981, one of the third generation of his family to have studied medicine at that teaching hospital.
He pursued a career in gastrointestinal surgery with a particular interest in inflammatory bowel disease. He qualified as Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1985 and in 1996 was awarded a Wellcome Trust Traveling Fellowship to study small-intestinal transplantation in Toronto, Canada. He was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists in 2001. He has published over 130 original scientific articles, book chapters, and invited scientific commentaries.
In the pursuit of possible links between childhood vaccines, intestinal inflammation, and neurologic injury in children, Dr. Wakefield lost his job in the Department of Medicine at London's Royal Free Hospital, his country, his career, and his medical license.
WHAT WAS SAID ON DON IMUS TUES.
Andrew Wakefield stated we cannot trust any study coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention....
Andy said that he and others involved with the film were told nothing about why "Vaxxed" was pulled from Tribeca. He said that a film festival that censors certain films then becomes "a propaganda machine.
From Seattle PI
Last night at the West Coast debut of “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe,” GMO Free News host Kathleen Hallal live streamed her interviews using Facebook Live with the film director Andrew Wakefield and producer Del Bigtree.
The 91 minute film is an investigation into how the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) destroyed data on their 2004 study that showed a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. April is National Autism Awareness Month.
Watch the videos here - Unedited Live Stream Interview With Vaxxed Filmmakers At LA Screening.
I wrote this after looking at the pathetic, one-sided reports on the "Vaxxed" premiere in New York City by the New York Times and others.
After fifteen years following how the press covers autism and vaccines, I can tell you what they're really saying:
We've been helping to cover up the link between an ever-increasing vaccine schedule and autism for so long, we can't suddenly start to legitimately report on this topic.
We've been helping to cover up the link between an ever-increasing vaccine schedule and autism for so long, we can't suddenly start to legitimately report on this topic.
We're so dependent on advertising revenue from the pharmaceutical industry that we won't say anything that could jeopardize that income.
For these reasons and others....
We won't look into the conflicts of interest of the experts we cite who deny a link between autism and vaccines.
We won't interview Dr. Wakefield and let him defend himself regarding the charges that have been made against him. Instead, we'll constantly talk ABOUT him, never WITH him.
We will never interview any of the parents of the study that Wakefield wrote about in his 1998 Lancet piece.
We won't talk to any of the experts mentioned in the film "Vaxxed." That includes Dr. Rachel Ross, former U.S. Representative Dr. Dave Weldon, Noble Prize winner Dr. Luc Montagnier, Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh, MIT professor Dr. Stephanie Seneff, or Dr. Jim Sears.
We won't ask the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention why they've never called for a simple study of fully vaccinated and never vaccinated kids to compare their autism rates, even though we all know it could settle the controversy instantly.
We will absolutely never talk about the independent science out there that challenges all the pharma-funded studies we constantly cite in our stories.
We will continue to blame actress Jenny McCarthy for stirring up concern over vaccines and autism.
We will universally label a film about a scientist at the CDC who says his agency destroyed critical research data as merely "anti-vaccine."
What Robert De Niro said on the TODAY Show on Wednesday was addressed by NBC on Thursday's show, and what was done was a huge attempt at damage control using industry-backed sources. The network had to dispel the idea that De Niro put forth, that vaccines can cause autism.
In typical mainstream media style, NBC cited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a doctor from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Ari Brown, in support of the safety of vaccines and in opposition to the possibility of any link to autism. (The vast web of pharmaceutical industry ties to the AAP were, of course, not included.)
Dr. Brown suggested things that have been linked to the development of autism, including older parents (an obvious reference to De Niro who would have been 54 when his son was born). (Brown left out all the other official findings that lay the blame for autism on the doorstep of the parents, usually the mother: fat moms, drinking moms, smoking moms, moms on anti-depressants, moms who have babies too close together, moms who live too close to freeways, and the lists goes on. We are not far removed from the days when “refrigerator mothers” were the culprits.)
Brown dismissed the idea that children can suddenly regress into autism (after a round of vaccinations), claiming that those parents just didn’t notice the signs until their child got to be a toddler. NBC and Brown also made the claim that children who receive vaccines according to the CDC schedule are just as healthy as kids who don’t, which was the bizarre attempt to convince the audience that comparing vaccinated kids with vaccinated kids is the same as a study of fully vaxxed vs fully unvaxxed children when it comes to autism.
I would like to point out that Wednesday and Thursday’s TODAY Shows were because of De Niro's actions with the documentary “Vaxxed.” “Vaxxed” is about the revelation by Dr. William Thompson, a senior scientist at the CDC, that his agency destroyed critical findings that showed a connection between the MMR vaccine and the development of autism in African American boys.
I did not hear one word about what the film revealed. Instead, NBC cited the CDC, the agency that allegedly covered up a link, as the expert source on vaccine safety.
When is anyone going to cover what "Vaxxed" is really about?
Robert De Niro’s TODAY interview reignites debate over autism and vaccines
During an interview on TODAY Wednesday, actor Robert De Niro said that he is not anti-vaccine, but he did raise a number of his own questions about the discredited connection between vaccines and autism while discussing the anti-vaccine movie “Vaxxed” that was pulled from the Tribeca Film Festival. NBC’s Joe Fryer reports for TODAY.
Clip of De Niro saying, "I'm not anti-vaccine, I want safe vaccines."
NBC's Joe Fryer: "De Niro may have pulled the controversial documentary, 'Vaxxed,' from the Tribeca Film Fesival, but the award-winning actor still has questions.
De Niro said that certain people have a susceptibility to vaccine injury, "but nobody seems to want to address that."
Fryer: "The medical community says research has addressed that question and vaccines don't cause autism in any population."
Dr. Ari Brown: "What we know is that there are certain children who are susceptible to autism, and those children who are born prematurely, whose parents are older."
Fryer: "De Niro is not convinced."
Clip of De Niro from Wed: "There is a link, and they're saying there isn't, but there are certain things. The obvious one is thimerosal, which is a mercury-based preservative."
Fryer: "But the Centers for Disease Control says 'Reputable scientific studies have shown that mercury in vaccines given to young children is not a cause of autism.' And since 2001, childhood vaccines have been thimerosal-free."
(As Fryer talked about thimerosal, vials of the MMR vaccine, which never contained mercury, are shown.)
"For De Niro, this issue is personal, his 18 year old son has autism."
Voiceover of De Niro's comment about parents who reported their children changed overnight after being vaccinated.
Fryer: "Pediatrician Ari Brown says she's had this conversation with families, some of whom realized the change is not overnight."
Brown appeared saying, "A lot of times it's not seeing the signs until it becomes increasingly apparent when the child is a toddler."
Fryer continued talking about how some parents just aren't convinced and they want to space out vaccines.
Brown: "There are studies that show that children who receive vaccinations on time versus those that don't for whatever reason, have exactly the same developmental outcomes."
Fryer added that not vaccinating leads to outbreaks of diseases in unvaccinated populations. He also said that there is difference in autism rates in those who get the MMR and those who get a separate measles vaccination, according to one study. (He also said that there's not single measles shot available in the U.S.)
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.
By Anne Dachel
Why so many people don't want you to know about Dr. William Thompson's recorded statements on the CDC cover-up.
Why so many people don't want you to know about Dr. William Thompson's recorded statements on the CDC cover-up.
In this radio interview, Vaccine Court lawyer Patti Finn explains why Thompson's admission of covering up research data is so important. "We're hoping to crack this open, at which time I would subpoena Dr. Thompson. . . ."
March 30, 2016, (UK) Richie Allen Show: NYC Attorney Patricia Finn On Suing Vaccine Makers & Andy Wakefield's Film "Vaxxed!"
Attorney Patti Finn gave listeners the rundown on the movie "Vaxxed" and its impact. Host Richie Allen asked her about what's being said in the media by people like Donald Trump and other politicians. Furthermore she described how the
Vaccine Injury Act puts roadblocks in front of parents of vaccine injured children. She also brought up her cases in Vaccine Court, and she noted that the MMR whistleblower story will figure into the actions of the court.
Patti talked about how Robert Kennedy, Jr. is involved in this fight. She made a stunning statement that vaccine makers who were prosecuted for experimenting on children for the Nazis in World War II, ended up here. "These companies came out of Germany after the war, that's where they got their start vaccinating, and even some of the doctors that began these pharmaceutical companies here in New York and New Jersey were prosecuted, and then they were released...
"You have these same companies that were experimenting in Europe during the war on children...."
Patti's personal objections to vaccination are based on her religious convictions, as she explained. She feels strongly that things are changing.
"I'm about to take on Merck with Dr. Thompson's studies ...for that young kid in New York City who was denied compensation. His case was replaced for Hannah Poling [in the Omnibus Proceedings]."
Patti said that the drug industry isn't necessarily involved in some conspiracy with their vaccines; "I think this is all purely profit."
There were some encouraging statements made:
"We sent a notice of intent to sue to Health and Human Services about two months ago. I had to give them sixty days notice, and I notified them that we'd be bringing a lawsuit on behalf of "Baby Doe" vs. Merck.
On March 31, 2016, independent investigative journalist Jefferey Jaxen published the video: Special Report: VAXXED [UNCENSORED] The Real Story,
about the media uproar that began over the announcement by Robert De Niro that the Tribeca Film Festival would include that movie "Vaxxed" about William Thompson, the whistleblower at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Jaxen's video focuses on the role of the media in covering up the real message of the film. Instead of reporting on a story about official fraud involving a major study on vaccine safety, the press labeled "Vaxxed" "anti-vaccine" and vilified its director, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, as a discredited doctor who had lost his medical license for linking vaccines and autism.
Jaxen said, “A dangerously polarized mainstream media in the United States was spotlighted and exposed for all to see. The public endured what can only be called a coordinated attack of widely accusatory and inaccurate news stories attacking De Niro, the Tribeca Film Festival, and the documentary film producers Dr. Andrew Wakefield and Del Bigtree. What was alarming is that not one journalist or media outlet churning out the prejudice content had ever viewed the unreleased film."
Jaxen continued, reminding the public that the cancelation of Vaxxed "once again showed a dangerously controlled and regulated media with an agenda.” Dr. Wakefield was included in Jaxen's video saying that the massive media call to remove "Vaxxed" from Tribeca was unprecedented, making it a First Amendment issue.
By Anne Dachel
Imagine a controversial story everywhere for days on social media, covered by many mainstream news outlets, and this story being the source of heated reactions from both sides of the issue. That was what happened when first, the Tribeca Film Festival announced that they would show the controversial film “Vaxxed,” about a scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. William Thompson, who revealed that his agency had covered up data that linked vaccines to the development of autism, and then after enormous pressure, Tribeca cancelled the film.
This of course is serious. We are constantly told by the press that “studies show no link” between the government’s ever-increasing vaccine schedule and autism. This begs the questions, What if the studies are fraudulent? What if findings are falsified to make it look like vaccines are safe, when instead there are known risks?
For years many experts and parents have challenged the government’s constant use of population studies as proof that vaccines don’t cause autism. Researchers universally know that this is the weakest kind of science since the results are easily manipulated or just plain wrong. No matter, the media unfailingly reports the latest study showing vaccines are safe, although despite years of study after study, they have never settled anything.
The film “Vaxxed” addressed this
Reporters, after more than two decades of unfailing endorsement of the government’s studies on vaccine safety are now faced with the possibility of a cover-up in the official research.
The next big task: Distorting the message of “Vaxxed.”
Just so we can't say the New York Times isn't doing their job, they did report on the early showing of "Vaxxed" on April 1st at the Angelika theatre, sort of.
What's typical of the Times is HOW they covered this film.
By Anne Dachel
Cliff Kincaid wrote about what former NBC head Bob Wright wrote about in his new book, The Wright Stuff, and two presidential administrations that fought efforts by Wright to improve the safety of vaccines. Kincaid wrote about a recent interview of Wright by Alisyn Camerota at CNN.
April 4, 2016, Accuracy in Media: Former Media Power Player Sounds Alarm Over Vaccines
By Cliff Kincaid
...One of the important voices in this controversy is Bob Wright, whose new book,The Wright Stuff: From NBC to Autism Speaks, is getting some important press attention. He ran NBC Universal for more than 20 years and started the organization Autism Speaks, after his first grandchild was diagnosed with autism back in 2004. In his book, he says that President Obama’s key adviser, Valerie Jarrett, killed a proposal to improve the safety of vaccines, so that parental fears about the link between vaccines and autism could be addressed.
The Bush administration killed a similar proposal, he says. In that case, the explanation was that “the White House was afraid of press reaction.”
Wright argues convincingly that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) methodology for identifying and addressing vaccine problems is ineffective and that it must be improved....
As a result of government mandating vaccines—and the manufacturers being given immunity from prosecution for financial damages—they have become a cash cow for Big Pharma. There is a vested financial interest in increasing the number of vaccines, and making them mandatory at earlier ages.
All of this has come at a terrible cost, according to critics of vaccines.
April is National Autism Awareness Month, and the link between vaccines and autism is once again up for debate. Interestingly, Alisyn Camerota interviewed Bob Wright on the topic last week on CNN. The discussion was informative, but didn’t go far enough in ascertaining who in the federal government is stopping much-needed research into the safety of vaccines.
April 1, 2016, CNN: Alisyn Camerota's interview with Bob Wright
Bob, I can't tell you how many parents, dozens, I have interviewed who had the exact same experience that you did. After the children got their standard vaccinations, that night the child had a high fever, they were clearly in distress, they were screaming in mortal pain, they called the doctor and the doctor said you're having a vaccine reaction. I know this is very controversial. Are you satisfied that enough research and studies have been done to prove that there is no link?
WRIGHT: Well, I'm satisfied to date from what has been done, that we can't establish directly that link. And -- but it's -- you know, as we get smarter and we're able to do better research, it's very difficult to do research on vaccines when you're talking about vaccines that go to tens of millions of people, because you need a large sample to make any conclusions about something like this. And that's part of the difficulty. I would also say that, that you -- that we all know without any controversy that a lot of children have very different reactions to vaccines, period.
WRIGHT: And all vaccines essentially are the same, of the same type of vaccine, and the children are all different, and they have different immune systems. So their responses are going to be like this and pediatricians are too quick to say, oh, you fall in a normal category. Well, that normal category is like this wide, and that's where vaccine safety comes in, and that's an area I did spend a lot of time in trying to understand the CDC's vaccine safety program.
2:45 Matt Lauer: "Please help me with this controversy that's come up again in the last couple of days, about autism and childhood vaccines. There's a film out now, one of the people behind it is Dr. Andrew Wakefield, who's been widely discredited by scientific studies. But it has people asking the question again, do childhood vaccines cause autism?
"As a man who's done so much to educate people, what's the definitive answer?"
"As a man who's done so much to educate people, what's the definitive answer?"
Bob Wright: "There is no definitive answer, but we have not been able to determine that autism is caused by vaccines. However, there are lots of issues having to do with the vaccine safety program that I got into very deeply with no agenda early on in autism. We proposed, along with a series of doctors, some changes that could be made. If vaccine safety, it's a passive program, and if you made it an active program, I think that would make it better for everybody.
"There is no direct tie to autism, but there's a $100 million a year that the Vaccine Court pays out to people for damages with vaccines, not specifically autism. ...There's always going to be an issue with vaccines because all vaccines are the same, and all people receiving them are different."
First of all, on Monday, Mar 28, on the Today Show, the news team discussed the film in question, "Vaxxed,"
This was the conversation:
NBC's Hoda Kotb: "The trailer includes the suggestion that a whistleblower spoke out from the CDC alleging the organization committed fraud, and knew that 'vaccines were actually causing autism.'"
A three second clip of Andrew Wakefield: "The CDC had known all along."
A slide with a quote from the film makers: "We have just witnessed yet another example of the power of corporate interests censoring free speech, art, truth.".
Thank you to Mary Kelly Godley for her incredible reporting on HubPages. It should be happening everywhere. Instead, all the major news outlets are telling us how Robert De Niro has redeemed himself by cancelling the showing of “Vaxxed” at Tribeca. Stories that applaud the censoring of the film are everywhere on Google News at the moment.
In this article on HubPages, Mary Kelly Godley gives us the background on “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe.” (It may be that she’s so well-informed because, as she tells us, her own son is affected.)
Godley wrote: “While the title in itself may be considered controversial in many quarters the real issue that had everyone up in arms is the fact that the co-writer and director of this documentary is none other than the infamous Dr Andrew Wakefield.”
Godley explained about Wakefield’s research on the novel form of bowel disease he and “the other researchers” found in their study of 12 children, and about how the media has misrepresented everything about their work for years.
The article talked about how the actions of Robert De Niro, first endorsing, then cancelling the presentation, set off a firestorm in the media and in the medical community. By even bringing up the subject, De Niro was now in league with the anti-vaccination movement, according to every major news source.
Godley reported on the details left out of news stories.
Apparently De Niro had met with Congressman Posey on Friday before making the announcement. Bill Posey is a politician who has been actively trying to get the CDC prosecuted for this fraudulent activity. He advocates very strongly that there needs to be a proper investigation carried out with regards to practices within the CDC especially with regards to this scientific study into the MMR and autism.
Godley said that De Niro should have expected the immediate backlash that happened after he publicly said he was allowing the film to be shown. (Those of us who are very involved in this controversy are well-aware that there is no tolerance for any dissent when the subject is vaccine safety.)
However in summary it was very brave of Robert De Niro to endorse the film to begin with and in doing so it has ensured that Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catasrophe, is now receiving unprecedented publicity on a scale that it would not have otherwise received. To use the words of Oscar Wilde seem appropriate here:
‘The only thing worse than being talked about, is not being talked about.’
Godley also looked at all this publicity from a slightly different angle than the rest of us.
There have also been some so far unsubstantiated and speculative statements being made on the Social Media that perhaps Robert De Niro already knew that the other members of the festival committee and/or their corporate sponsors would not ultimately allow ‘Vaxxed-From Controversy to Cover-Up,’ to be part of the Tribeca Film Festival’s programme. That the purpose of this scandal was to garner a huge amount of publicity for the documentary and to highlight the fact that free speech and the right to an opposing view are just not applicable when it comes to discussing the issue of vaccination. That the real purpose of his statements were in fact to highlight the lack of freedom to speak surrounding this issue.
Very interesting perspective.
I can’t imagine that any of the vaccine defenders who’ve attacked De Niro and Tribeca would ever have wanted the media storm we’ve seen over the past weekend.
…At present all involved are giving no indication that this might be the case. Instead it seems likely pressure from the Tribeca Film Festival Committee, its sponsors and political interests led to Robert De Niro to removing the documentary from the Tribeca Festival programme. Yet nothing gets people interested in something more than if it has been banned censored or is viewed as too controversial for general viewing. Yet why a documentary produced by a such a well-respected Producer as Del Bigtree would be considered too controversial for general viewing remains rather a dubious theory.
Godley also included video of Congressman Bill Posey’s appeal for a hearing on the whistleblower on the floor of the House of Representatives, along with the official trailer for “Vaxxed.”
In addition, she posted the fascinating uncut version of a 13 minute interview of the film’s producer, Del Bigtree, by ABC News. (ABC News used only 5 seconds of Bigtree’s comments in their coverage.)
In addition, Godley included a statement by Mike Adams of NaturalNews.com:
This is the first time in the history of film and media that the totality of the media establishment has condemned a film that none of them have ever viewed, desperately trying to make sure no American ever witnesses the hour and a half of film footage that is now "forbidden" to be viewed in a nation founded on free speech.
Emotions have run very high this past week. Countless parents in the autism community were cautiously excited that your festival would include a film that presented the truth about what an unchecked, unsafe vaccine schedule is doing to our children.
Now it seems that even you have given in to forces desperate to censor what "Vaxxed" has to say.
As more and more of our children fall victim to the nightmare of autism, you are now complicit in the cover-up. Our health officials give us an ever-increasing rate of disabled children, all the while calling it "better diagnosing."
Doctors are mystified every time a healthy, normally developing toddler stops talking, develops seizures, and descends into autism. The one thing they're sure of is that the round of vaccines the child just received wasn't the cause, and they have lots of industry-connected studies to prove it.
Half a million young adults with autism will be aging out of our schools in the next 10 years with nowhere to go. There are no services for them because we have never had a significant population of autistic adults before. The parents of these children are desperate about their future. Still the government refuses to recognize the problem. No U.S. health official has ever called autism a "crisis," despite the fact that it now affects two percent of children, with no known cause, prevention, or cure.
You and others may try to cover up the truth about what's happening, but it won't make these children disappear. And when autism finally becomes an economic disaster for our county as we have to support and care for the victims of this epidemic, you will be among those remembered for refusing to tell the truth.
Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism
March 25, 2016, Glamour: Tribeca Film Festival Will Screen Controversial Anti-Vaccine Film
Maggie Mallon From Glamour Magazine:
For those who may be unfamiliar with Wakefield, here's a little background on the British ex-physician. Formerly a gastroenterologist, Wakefield rose to prominence in the late 1990s after publishing a paper linking vaccines to autism—essentially single-handedly inciting the anti-vaccine movement. In a case study of only eight children, Wakefield suggested a connection between inflammatory bowl disease in children who had recently received the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine and the development of autism. ...
More recently, a 2015 study published by the American Medical Association found no link between vaccines and autism. ...
According to the Tribeca Film Festival website, Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe will "[dig] into the long-debated link between autism and vaccines" and include "revealing and emotional interviews with pharmaceutical insiders, doctors, politicians, parents, and one whistleblower to understand what's behind the skyrocketing increase of autism diagnoses today." One of the aforementioned doctors, pediatrician Jim Sears, insists he is pro-vaccination but does believe that the Center for Disease Control has engaged in widespread cover-up regarding links between MMR and autism. ...
The Tribeca Film Festival committee, however, stands by their choice. In a statement, a Tribeca spokeswoman said: "Tribeca, as most film festivals, are about dialogue and discussion. Over the years we have presented many films from opposing sides of an issue. We are a forum, not a judge."
Maggie Mallon, like most people reporting on the vaccine controversy, doesn't have her facts straight.
"...the British ex-physician. Formerly a gastroenterologist, ..."
And now another installment of the "NO NO YOU CAN'T TALK ABOUT VACCINES AS ANYTHING OTHER THAN LIFE SAVING FAIRY WATER" files.... Salon attacks a prestigious film festival for daring to include a film about vaccines. The censorship calls in the media toward the vaccine injured and their families and those who dare speak out is nothing short of North Korean in its approach. But Americans are wising up. Visit the National Coalition Against Censorship to learn more about the history of censorship in America. They need to do some updating...
By Anne Dachel
By Mary Elizabeth Williams
"There are not two sides to every story. Not every issue requires us to legitimize an opposing view. Like, for instance, when the other perspective is totally crackpot. For example, if you’re a disgraced fraud, maybe you’re really not the best source for information about vaccines."
If you look at Mary Elizabeth Williams's bio, you'll see she's written for the NY Times and the LA Times. And here in this Salon piece she epitomizes the attitude of the media when it comes to the vaccine controversy---THERE ISN'T ONE! ....Remember Nancy Snyderman telling Matt Lauer on NBC, it's "not controversial"?
NBC Oct 31, 2008 Dr. Nancy Snyderman
"Snyderman immediately shot back, 'Not controversial subject , Matt. ...It's time for kids to get vaccinated. The science is the science. It's not controversial.'"
Williams and Snyderman couldn't be more wrong. In fact what they've said is sheer nonsense.
Of course there are TWO SIDES and of course it's CONTROVERSIAL!
March 14, 2016, Miami Herald: Getting a grasp on autism
Two journalists chronicle the history of the disease and how treatment has improved over recent decades
‘In a Different Key’ took more than seven years to write
The authors will appear Wednesday at Books & Books in Coral Gables
Reporter Connie Ogle explained how difficult it was for John Donvan and Caren Zucker to come up with "a definitive history of autism." The definition is confusing. Even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can't tell exactly how many people have autism.
March 9, 2016, Palm Beach Post: Ex-NBC chief lives in Palm Beach; talks Trump, autism and port
...After Wright retired from NBC in 2007, he turned his attention toward autism research. Wright’s grandson, Christian, was diagnosed with autism, and Wright founded Autism Speaks, a New York-based nonprofit that has raised tens of millions of dollars.
Wright hasn’t been shy about weighing in on the contentious topic of vaccines and autism. While scientists unequivocally say that childhood vaccinations don’t cause autism, Wright’s daughter isn’t so sure. Her son’s symptoms suddenly emerged while he was receiving immunizations.
"Where there is risk, there is risk, there must be choice"
Interview with vaccine choice advocate Laura Hayes.
Jeanie asked Laura about her background with this issue. Laura is the mother of vaccine injured children. She has spent 20 years investigating this controversy, getting to know other parents, and she knows the truth about lack of safety behind the ever-increasing vaccine schedule. She has coined the term, "robotic vaccine givers" to describe doctors who vaccinate children yet have no real understanding of what's in a vaccine.
March 9, 2016, Scientific American: The Science of President Trump
Alter vaccination schedules to avoid autism: Trump says he favors vaccines, but giving children smaller doses over a longer period of time. He has blamed vaccines for causing autism in children.
Sizing up the science: “I remember wanting to throw something at the TV when I heard it,” Hotez says of Trump’s debate statement linking vaccinations and autism.
By Anne Dachel
New Book ‘In a Different Key’ Tells the History, Politics of Autism from Chicago Tonight: Another interview for John Donvan and Caren Zucker about their book, In a Different Key
Donvan recounts the life of Donald Triplett, the first person diagnosed with autism. Doctors at first advised his parents to institutionalize him, "which was very, very typical in that time period."
The support Donald got from his hometown is the reason he has been so successful.
The authors describe how ABA helps kids with autism. Nothing is said about any biomedical treatments or the concomitant disorders and illnesses these kids have.
The interview cited "refrigerator moms" as what was believed to be the cause of autism.
Host: "One thing that's been in the news so much is the story how the public has been misled to believe that vaccines cause autism. That's been scientifically debunked."
Donvan added that parents whose kids regressed following vaccination think there's a connection, but it's just coincidence. "The families say the child stopped speaking" shortly afterwards.
March 8, 2016, Empr.com: Here's Why Some Clinicians Consider Themselves "Vaccine Hesitant"
The researchers administered a one-page questionnaire regarding healthcare provider vaccine attitudes and practices to 680 attendees at American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)-sponsored vaccine conferences between June and November of 2013. Participants included physicians and nurses and encompassed practitioners in rural, suburban, and mixed geographical regions.
The researchers found that 99% of participants routinely recommended standard pediatric vaccines, but 5% stated that they did not routinely recommend influenza and/or human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines. The most often-stated concerns focused on vaccine efficacy (31%) and safety (13%). Providers demonstrated “misperceptions” regarding vaccines, including the belief that vaccines cause autism (5%).
On March 24 Tacoma audiences can hear from Silberman about NeuroTribes, and learn about the growing movement of “neurodiversity” activists, who see autism as a natural and celebrated human difference—a disability, rather than a disease or disorder of modern times.
Mar 5, 2016, KSTP Minneapolis: INTERVIEW: Steps of Hope Walk Benefiting Autism Society of Minnesota
Mar 5, 2016, Provo (UT) Daily Herald: Daily Herald: Book Buzz for March 6
Mar 4, 2016, WPTV West Palm Beach: Florida bill requires autism spectrum police training
Since California has now followed the lead of those progressive states, Mississippi and West Virginia, and refuses all philosophical and religious exemptions, are they also going to enforce their draconian rules for a medical exemption in California? In Mississippi it seems that it doesn't matter if a doctor says your child should be exempt from further vaccinations. The final say must come from the state health department. People who never have seen the child in question regularly override a physician's call for an exemption.
Congratulations California! You're right there with the forward thinking of Mississippi! Medical doctors don't know as much as state workers.
Feb 23, 2016, WLBT Jackson, MS: Mississippi vaccine requirements could be eased under bill
Once upon a time, our manifest destiny as Americans was to produce the newest and best innovations, along with the optimal health care possible. There was no problem we couldn't solve. The whole world looked to us for latest invention and technological improvement. Life in the U.S. was clearly the envy of many other countries.
But times have changed. We've gone from a "production-based economy" to "a service economy." At the same time, we've become a nation of the chronically ill and disabled, and this is especially true with regard to our children. Incredibly, all the sick Americans everywhere are now the backbone of this new economy. More and more patients mean more and more jobs for countless millions of people on all levels. Our super-vaccinated kids are also the ones with behavioral problems, seizure disorder, diabetes, autism, GI disease, arthritis, life-threatening allergies, and asthma. They're the lifeblood of the medical-pharmaceutical complex and once they're there, they're medicated for life. One wonders whether our doctors are so busy tending to the sick they don't have time to investigate the causes of these diseases, leaving them completely dependent on authorities such as the CDC for their understanding of what causes these conditions".
James Lyons-Weiler presents an excellent summary here of our current situation. He explains how much power drug companies have over our basic freedoms when it comes to vaccines--not just the right to choose to vaccinate or not, but also the freedom to even discuss the possibility of adverse events from vaccination. Powerful forces control the science we're allowed to see. Leading experts may be producing research that challenges vaccine safety claims, but what if we're never told about it? What if the media and health officials are so completely conflicted, that they willingly look the other way? What if doctors are educated to believe that vaccines can only do good and never have real side effects?
America today is in decline, as James reports. One in 5 have an auto-immune disorder and two percent of our children are on the autism spectrum. The future can't even be imagined.
"We have to ask ourselves, what kind of America do we want in 2020?"
(James Lyons-Weiler is the author of the upcoming book, The Environmental and Genetic Causes of Autism.)
Feb 17, 2016, The Commoditization of American Health
Little did we realize that major sideways shifts in our economy would obviate the need for mining of natural resources for ourselves; we could export a great deal more than we imported, including steel, copper, lumber, and other raw materials that could be transformed via cheap labor in other countries into consumables for us to want to have, to own, to use and dispose. While our factories lay silent, we spent more time and money on restaurants, entertainment, information, and travel, investing less and less in the foundation of a production-based economy. We valued our lives, our careers, our families, and our futures.
VIDEO: "Of course there's his false theory that vaccines can cause autism. ...There is simply no scientific evidence that links vaccines to autism. And it's not correct to call autism an epidemic, as Mr. Trump often seems to do."
By Anne Dachel
Melinda Gates was interviewed about Donald Trump's opinion on vaccines and autism. She's speaking out because he's so completely wrong. Notice that she talks about the controversy over vaccines and autism in the past tense. People used to believe that vaccines caused autism. Of course Gates is speaking to those who don't know about Hannah Poling or the dozens of cases of vaccine-induced autism that have been compensated by the federal government, Poul Thorsen or William Thompson, Simpsonwood or the Merck Memo.
This is the same thing John Donvan and Caren Zucker do when they talk about their book, In a Different Key.
It's interesting that everyone seems to have gotten the same talking point: Pretend that the issue is settled and no one makes the claim anymore. Interesting too that the NBC Today Show warned candidates not to talk about vaccines and now CNBC has the Gates twosome promoting vaccines as safe.
The Gates Foundation has over $40 billion to give away in endowments, according to CNBC.
February 3, 2016,
Matt Lauer talked to Chuck Todd, moderator of Meet the Press, about why vaccines are a political issue.
Todd: "It's a combination of a few things that have all come together. Number one, you have the issue of religious freedom... The second thing is the rise of social media. And you throw in the combination of the scare about ten years ago ...the thought that there might be a connection between vaccines and autism, and how that spread like wildfire in social media. ...This is the perfect storm of what happens when the credibility of politicians goes badly. You have the spread of misinformation so easily on the Internet. ..."
Lauer quoted the New York Times. 'The vaccination controversy is a twist on an old problem for the Republican Party: How to approach matters that have largely been settled among scientists but are not widely accepted among conservatives.'
Lauer: "There are pockets of affluent America where parents don't want their kids vaccinated."
Todd: "We've been politicizing science in the last decade. ...[Politicians] ought to stay out of this debate. ...If you're a political leader and you care about this issue, you ought to step back and push forward medical experts on this. Because at the end of the day, the more politicians weigh in, the more this ends up splitting along political lines, and that's going to solve nothing."
Lauer: "Good point. Thank you very much."
By Anne Dachel
The spin never stops. These stories are proof that as the autism population ages out of school, we're going to convince ourselves that it's nothing to worry about--we've just never recognized autism in adults. John Donvan and Caren Zucker, those two compassionate advocates for the autism community are spreading this message far and wide. We didn't hear about autism until parents started to demand services and education. (The discredited claim that the MMR vaccine caused autism also helped publicize the disorder.) Donvan/Zucker are everywhere telling people autism is genetic and we can't tell if there's really more autism out there.
February 22, 2016, Spectrum News: Adults with autism face old age without much support
February 20, 2016, Santa Fe New Mexican: Autism authors, documentary maker in Santa Fe (John Donvan, Caren Zucker)
February 19, 2016, Arizona Republic: We love autistic children - until they grow up, By John Donvan and Caren Zucker
Imagine someone outside the autism community watching this interview. They'd already heard a lot about autism, including that there's an epidemic, its cause is a mystery, and it's linked to vaccines. These two researchers, however, explain it all.
Autism isn't new; we just never dealt with it before. We blamed mothers and neglected affected children.
KTVU TV in San Francisco said the pope gave the boy a vaccine and a hug. I hope he also said a prayer so that this child wouldn't have a reaction to the vaccine he gave him. What better proof could there be that vaccines are safe for every child? The Pope endorses them!
Beyond that, as a Catholic and the mother of two vaccine-injured children, this leaves me speechless. From the various accounts in the news, it seems that Pope Francis helped launch a vaccine campaign against polio. The Pope also visited a children's cancer ward. I wonder if he thought about why so many children today have cancer and a host of other life-threatening conditions. Did he ask why their immune systems are so weak?
Is there a chilling connection between the little boy getting the polio vaccine and the 15-year-old cancer patient who sang "Ave Maria" for him?
Feb 16, 2016, CNN: Don't screen all children for autism yet, task force says
Sparking strong reaction from doctors and child development experts, an influential task force says there's "insufficient evidence" to argue definitely that the benefits of screening all young children for autism outweigh the harms.
Feb 15, 2016, The (WI) Badger Herald: Bill would prevent child vaccination opt-outs for personal reasons
...Stephanie Schauer, Wisconsin Department of Health Services immunization program director, said vaccines are one of the most effective ways to prevent against diseases.
“Vaccines are among the safest ways to go ahead and prevent disease,” Schauer said. “Vaccines undergo very rigorous testing before licensure, as well as afterwards to make sure that they continue to remain safe.”
By Anne Dachel
(Dr. Suzanne Humphries has long been outspoken about her views on vaccines and the health of our children. And if you think that Disneyland and measles, SB277, and vilification of non-vaxxers are just random events, think again! There is a worldwide plan in play here and it's been around for decades.)
Informed consent. We’ve all heard about it. It’s the simple concept that with any medical product or procedure, an individual should have full knowledge of the possible risks and benefits.
Most people would readily acknowledge that it’s the only fair and ethical thing to do.
Webster’s Dictionary defines medical informed consent as: a formal agreement that a patient signs to give permission for a medical procedure (such as surgery) after having been told about the risks, benefits, etc.
The patient’s right of self-decision can be effectively exercised only if the patient possesses enough information to enable an informed choice. The patient should make his or her own determination about treatment. The physician's obligation is to present the medical facts accurately to the patient or to the individual responsible for the patient’s care and to make recommendations for management in accordance with good medical practice. The physician has an ethical obligation to help the patient make choices from among the therapeutic alternatives consistent with good medical practice. Informed consent is a basic policy in both ethics and law that physicians must honor, unless the patient is unconscious or otherwise incapable of consenting and harm from failure to treat is imminent.
So do we have real informed consent when it comes to vaccinating our children?
Dr. Suzanne Humphries explained the reality of this concept as it applies to vaccines in a talk in Copenhagen, Denmark called, “Manufactured Consent,” given in November, 2015.
Dr. Humphries began her presentation by describing how “the medical system attempts to get people to behave and conform." She continued, "You would think, as with other medical procedures, that solid science would be at the core of patient information consent. The reality is that the choices you make medically have never been on the basis of informed consent. In 2015, informed consent is even less likely to happen than it would have been 10 or even 30 years ago.
They're talking about it all over the news. The current whooping cough vaccine doesn't work long term. Vaccine industry insider, Dr. Paul Offit, was featured in CBS News and USA Today lamenting that the old version of the whooping cough vaccine was more effective, but there were fears about "possible, albeit rare, neurological effects." (Forbes declared that there were no "long-term" side effects.)
(And of course nothing is said about Offit's financial gains from a rota virus vaccine, which makes him nothing more than PR guy for pharma.)
The same reporters who regularly blame unvaxxed children for outbreaks of diseases such as whooping cough, like Liz Szabo at USA Today, make no mention of their backpedaling here.
Below are stories about Donvan and Zucker since the beginning of January. We can see how autism is being redefined right before our eyes.
Yes, there is a crisis. It's a crisis of awareness and services. People have universally ignored autism in the past. Autistic children were a source of shame; they were hidden away in institutions, that’s why people didn’t know about autism.
These authors are convinced that autism has always been a part of the human condition.
In story after story, this book is used as proof of no link to vaccines. Wakefield was just as wrong as Leo Kanner who said autism was rare. The vaccine controversy did publicize the existence of autism, which previously wasn't recognized.
Scroll down to the Atlantic video interview. Notice how they're calling for a survey of adults. We just haven't looked for autism in adults. They’re out there. We're going to be surprised to find out that there’s just as much as autism as in our kids! Donvan said that Hillary Clinton wants to find the adult population (and she's calling for a Cambridge-style survey to be done here).
And it'll be done, I'm sure. And I’m sure they’ll "find" autistic adults—just like the LA Times did five years ago.
Again and again I say, show us severe autism in adults, not geeky, nerdy people who could be labeled with Asperger's. And I don’t want to see “adults” in their 20s. Adults include 40, 60 and 80 year olds. If they have real autism, we need to provide for their needs. It’s only ethical to extend all the “better diagnosing” to more than just kids.
Here’s how the media and these authors are re-educating us about autism.
..."What we found was these repeated stories of families, particularly parents, driving so many of the things that got better, making them better because of their refusal to give up on their kids, their willingness to do anything for their kids, to try to change the world and make a place in their world for their kids," said Donvan, a correspondent for ABC News. "The people who emerge as main players in our story we had never heard of, and we're pretty sure that nobody else remembers them."
...In telling these stories of the past, though, they also had to write about arguably the most publicized aspect of autism — the vaccination controversy.
"We tried to take a scientific approach to anything we were reporting on," Zucker said. "We're journalists. So the vaccine issue, to a certain extent with all its complexity was somewhat clear, because the research has been done and we now know vaccines don't cause autism. As journalists, that's really the only way for us to tell the story."
Within the history, though, they validate the concerns of the parents of the time.