You know the response is coming.
For anyone watching the news for the last two months, the “other side” (aka, The Vaccine Lobby) has been getting annihilated in the press, online, in the coffee shops, schools, watercoolers, and, of course, on Larry King Live.
There’s too much power, profits, and prestige at stake for the other side not to fight back, at least a little.
With that as backdrop I was delighted to get an email from a friend with a link to a new, curious website called Voices4Vaccines.
The website is under construction, but the home page opens with this noble goal:
“Voices for Vaccines has only one goal to provide science-based, accessible, and clear information about the benefits and risks of vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases. Our leadership consists of scientists and concerned individuals who are totally committed to supporting continued efforts to eradicate vaccine-preventable diseases.”
This new organization also makes a veiled reference to you-know-who and our movement in general:
“But we also know that the loud voices and famous faces are not necessarily giving the best information.”
Most curiously, the site appears to take an entirely new approach, perhaps building on Harvey Karp’s “Which disease would you like to have?” strategy by actually showing color photos of each disease vaccines are supposed to protect. And I don’t mean just providing access to photos, I mean the pictures of these microbes are streaming, in full color, all over the top of the homepage! It’d be like Trojans trying to sell more condoms by showing full-color photos of late-stage syphilis patients…
Like all of us, I instantly wondered, “Who is behind this weak attempt to compete with our side’s presence on the web?”
A group of concerned parents?
You know there’s no chance of that.
Some independent doctors who wanted a voice?
Come on, you know that’s not it, either.
A quick look at the registry showed an Atlanta (yes, that Atlanta) based non-profit called, get ready for this… Task Force for Child Survival.
Unfortunately, you just missed their annual conference, “The 42nd National Immunization Conference.” If you had wanted more information on this conference, their website directs you to…you guessed, our favorite acronym: CDC.
Some more detail, in case you’re not quite cynical enough:
“The Task Force was formed in 1984 as a collaboration between the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the United Nations Development Program, the World Bank, and the Rockefeller Foundation to achieve the goal of universal child immunization by 1990.”
Is this the last will hear of the other side? Not a chance. But, it’s a great example of the pickle our health authorities find themselves in. The reason our side’s position is so compelling is because it’s being spoken by parents who are justifiably outraged and trying to save other parents and children from a similar fate.
We are believable to the outside world because we are telling the truth.
When the other side tries to mimic what we are doing by creating a “Generation Rescue for Vaccinators” website, it comes across as fake and pathetic. And, in every case I have ever seen, it can always be traced back to vested interests.
We’re standing on a mountain of truth. When the pretenders try to rush the mountain, we will pull out our trusty truth hammers and bop them on the head.
If you want, you can let the Executive Director of the Taskforce for Child Survival, Mark Rosenberg, know how you feel about their sneaky new website at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ask him if he feels confident standing behind this false claim made on the website to try and trick parents (see my email below):
“Our leadership consists of scientists and concerned individuals who are totally committed to supporting continued efforts to eradicate vaccine-preventable diseases. And to earn and keep your trust, although we are a non-profit organization supported by donations, we will not accept donations or funding from government or companies that manufacture or distribute vaccines.”
From: J.B. Handley
Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2008 10:21 AM
Subject: New website: Voices 4 Vaccines
The following will appear on the Age of Autism blog shortly. Perhaps next time you can just put color photos up of dead children to try and make your point?
I also noticed the “Task Force for Child Survival” makes no mention of autism on the entire website, despite the fact that it impacts 1 in 84 boys. What’s it take for autism to be a priority when thinking about the survival of our children?
J.B. Handley is Editor at Large for Age of Autism and Co-Founder of Generation Rescue.