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Monkeys_assBy J.B. Handley

If Every Child By Two and Paul Offit were hoping to get a Hollywood spokesperson who was the anti-Jenny, they got their wish and more. Where Jenny evokes immediate sympathy from millions for her story of a beautiful son who literally died in her arms, descended into autism, and then climbed from the abyss to resume life as the beautiful, articulate, loving child he was meant to be, Ms. Peet's public debut was a PR disaster that ended yesterday in her public apology to the hundreds of thousands of parents she outraged by calling them "parasites" for their decision to shun vaccination for fear they may cause their children neurological harm.

If her debut weren't good enough news for those of us interested in truth, Ms. Peet's explicit affection for Dr. Paul Offit, whom she characterizes as a mentor and guide, raised his profile to heights never before seen, and to a microscope that he has never before been subjected. As the famous Polynesian saying goes, "the higher up a tree a monkey climbs, the more of his ass you see." Truer words were never spoken.

Paul Offit defending vaccines is like Charles Manson arguing the merits of religious cults, and reporters and gossip columnists across the country are Googling away and learning about the extreme conflicts, Congressional reprimands, vaccine patents, paid spokesperson gigs, and underhanded book deals that characterize Offit's dealings.

Ms. Peet's "apology" began innocently enough:

"I wanted to address my COMMENT in Cookie magazine that "parents who don't vaccinate their children are parasites." I believe in my heart that my use of the word "parasites" was mean and divisive; I completely understand why it offended some parents, and in particular, parents of children with autism who feel that vaccines caused their illness. For this I am truly sorry. Since my mom has Parkinson's Disease, I know what it feels like to want a concrete cause, and a concrete cure, as soon as possible."

As I read the last sentence of her first paragraph above, I thought to myself, "here it comes." That patronizing tone we have all grown so tired of was settling in, and Ms. Peet didn't disappoint. Turns out her apology was actually a non-apology after all, and she used this opportunity to parrot the party line of Paul Offit and the AAP. If Offit and his cronies didn't ghostwrite the rest of her statement themselves, they at least hovered over Ms. Peet's keyboard and moved her hands to type the proper letters.

Ms. Peet writes:

"Fourteen studies have been conducted (both here in the US and abroad), and these tests are reproducible; no matter where they are administered, or who is funding them, the conclusion is the same: there is no association between autism and vaccines."

Paul Offit, in the Boston Globe wrote:

"Certainly there is plenty of evidence to refute the notion that vaccines cause autism. Fourteen epidemiological studies have shown that the risk of autism is the same whether children received the MMR vaccine or not, and five have shown that thimerosal-containing vaccines also do not cause autism."

Ms. Peet writes:

"In fact, although there are many more vaccine doses given today, the entire vaccine schedule contains far fewer antigens components of viruses or bacteria”than vaccines of the past. (In other words, it's more shots, but less vaccine.) Why doesn't anyone talk about this?"

Renee Jenkins, President of the AAP, wrote last month:

"The fact is, today's vaccines are safer than any in history. Current vaccines are more refined than older versions, so children receive fewer immune-challenging antigens overall even though they get a larger number of immunizations."

And, finally, to ensure a place in every parent's Hall of Shame, Ms. Peet writes:

"The real question is why the media and journalists are still presenting vaccine safety as a controversy. There are a few fringe medical groups and parent advocacy groups who claim that vaccines cause autism, or that they have too many "toxins," or "viral challenges" for our tiny babies' bodies to handle. Hopefully children do not have to die before people start to realize the cost of withholding vaccines."

Ms. Peet does us all a favor. Her insensitive language, her parroting of party-lines crafted by the Vaccine Industry's henchmen, her lack of any legitimate dog in the fight, they all serve as a microcosm for the battle we are all fighting today: hundreds of thousands of parents, emboldened by truth and steadfast in honoring their fallen children, fighting the Pharma whores, slick lawyers, and bureaucrats trying to save their own skin. Our mission is truth, our goals are clear, and our message is unwavering.

Ms. Peet, you are a worthy spokesperson for their side, welcome to our fight.

J.B. Handley is co-founder of Generation Rescue and Editor at Large for Age of Autism.



So, I try to unwind after writing a long letter to the NVPO by doing the USA Today crossword puzzle and I get this...

60 Across. Amanda of "The Whole Nine Yards"



While Jenny McArthur looks like a real honest concerned parent doing the right thing, Ms Peet looks a uncaring propaganda big pharma pimp in my opinion.

Terri Yaekel

How very sad it is to me that some people speak ignorantly injuring many. I am a mother of an autistic son. I am college degreed, went to Bible college and my parenting skills are fine. Those who haven't walked a mile in our shoes would do best to be silent until they have. The majority of the ignorant comments don't even dignify comment. Autism is a very real medical condition. I feel sorry for those who haven't experienced the joy we have of simple pleasures. I support every parent of disablilty and normalcy alike. In the end, every loving parent is doing the best that they can with what they've been given. My dad has a saying that fits " it is what it is and work what you've got".

Jordans Mom

Their ignorance disgusts me. Why is it that people that have no firsthand knowledge of something think they know everything about it? Granted, it is everyones right to believe what they want but when you choose the words that they have, it goes beyond some personal belief. Parasites? Brats? Inept parenting? Those are "personal attack" words. You can give your opinion without using words like that. Until they live the "autism life", they should keep their "personal attacks" to themselves. There is a way to discuss this controversy between Vaccines & Autism, or Discipline & Autism for that matter, in an adult manner without using denegrating language.


To the person who wrote we should boycott Amanda Peet's next movie, it is out on July 25,2008, The XFiles I want to believe.


Here's what I wrote on my own blog to that idiot of a Mike Savage (yup, I'll be emailing it to him and the station/sponsors etc later today)

"I hereby invite you to spend a week in my house, preferably during a period when it's incredibly hot and muggy and preferably with a Full Moon during that same time period. Then you'll get to see how much of *autism* is due to inept parenting. You'll get to see what it takes to parent a 10 year old boy with ASD, NLD, several LDs, a slew of medical problems, an anxiety disorder, bipolar tendencies, who's entering puberty (want any fries with that?). My bet is that you'll be running from this house screaming within less than 24 hours (like most *men*), as it takes *balls* (which you obviously don't have) to be in the *war zone* 24/7/365/20+.

And then there are also several families with completely neurotypical children I'd like to introduce you, so you can really see what inept parenting looks like.

Mike, you're a donkey's behind."

I am 100% sure he won't take me up on the invitation.. as I said, it takes balls to take care of these kids...

Hilary Butler

What a wonderful strategic move by Amanda Peet's brother in law. Imaginary conversation might go like this. He rings his fave mentor, Dr Paul Offit and says:

"Hey Paul, I've got a fantastic idea for you. My sister in law is Amanda Peet, who admits she's totally neurotic. She also cries when she doesn't get a part. But look, she's REALLY neurotic about diseases and vaccines. Because her mother had polio at 6, here's your big opportunity.

"You know how we've been talking about how Hollywood is becoming so anti-vaccine?

"Well, here's my suggestion Paul. Have a series of phone calls with her, because you are SO PERSUASIVE with your voice. Hypnotise her with your words. Make her feel very SPESHUL. Make her believe she's so much more intelligent than her misinformed colleagues. Take your time, but hand all the answers to her on a plate, and make sure that she thinks she knows enough, not to go off on her own and look at studies you don't give her, or talk to people like Jenny.

"Make her feel VERY IMPORTANT, and to seal the deal and make sure she never thinks of reneging on the brainwashing, make sure you sign her up for the All Children By Two campaign.

"That way, like us, she'll be so deep in it, and have so much pride invested and repeating our mantra, we will have a convert for life.

"I'll see you on Monday Paul, and we can go over the details, okay"


Nepotistic game set and match.

I bet Dr Paul Offit was absolutely over the moon, and jumping out of his skin at such a dead easy roll-over coup as this one.


More On Savage

Please, use the "complaint" phone number at the end!!! We CAN NOT let people spew ignorance, and must continue to stand our ground!!

Parents of Children Diagnosed With Autism Demand Retraction and
Apology from Mike Savage

http://tinyurl. com/5t44kk

Radio talk show host calls autism a 'hoax,' refers to children
affected as 'brats'

NIXA, Mo., July 18 /PRNewswire- USNewswire/ -- The National Autism
Association (NAA) today joins thousands of parents around the country
in demanding an apology and retraction from radio talk show host Mike
Savage for his July 16 broadcast in which he stated that children
affected by autism are 'brats,' and that bad parenting is to blame for
a 'fraudulent' epidemic now affecting one in 150 children.

'Autism is a very serious condition that greatly impacts the lives of
those affected,' said NAA board member Lori McIlwain. 'Many children
with autism experience tremendous physical pain from underlying
pathologies, which accounts for the screaming this person callously
dismisses. To have an uneducated opinion about autism is perfectly
within one's right, but to earn a living by shock-value exploitation
of children's suffering, while suggesting they should be called
'idiots,' is disgraceful. '

While the symptoms of autism often include unusual or negative
behaviors, there are serious underlying medical issues that cause
these symptoms. 'To suggest that these kids and their parents are to
blame for autism is just plain ignorant,' said NAA vice president Ann
Brasher, who has a grandson diagnosed with autism. 'The devastating
emotional toll autism takes on families is unfathomable to those like
Mr. Savage who haven't lived with it. He owes an apology to children
and their parents for trivializing their pain.'

In addition to a public apology and retraction of his words regarding
children and families impacted by autism, NAA asks that time be
allowed on the Savage show for a truthful portrayal of autism, its
effect on families, and the advances in research that are offering
hope for recovery to those dealing with autism.

For more information on autism, visit

To lodge a complaint against Mike Savage, call Talk Radio Network at


JB...thank you!

i am thinking we should design a parasite's club t-shirt! i would buy one!!

Lin Wessels

LOVE IT!! Thank you, J.B.!

The Wessels


Thank you, JB, for representing us so well!

You did a fantastic job mirroring her statements into complete idiocracy.
The gal does not have an original thought in her pretty little air-head. Perhaps too much tooth whitening products?

She makes me laugh, sort of like watching an evil entitiy fall into quick sand.

She keeps harping on the standard party line that we don't like vaccines (her usage of telling her mother's heartbreaking story of polio etc etc) So I will say it ONE more time.

Too many, Too soon. Get the Crap out!

She also didn't refer to Mr Profit's association with the vaccine industry. Did you think we would miss that?

She does not know what she is dealing with. She is not only playing with fire but I would imagine a blow torch.
Toasted marshmellows anyone?

I would really like to start the ball rolling on her next premiere. How many of us are willing to write to the theatres demand them NOT to play her next movie. I would really like Hollywood to know that this chick is a liability. Maybe then she will realize the difficulty "autism" plays in household earnings. Lets hit this puppet in the wallet. That is the only way to "talk the language" of these people.

Sign Lady

This promises to be more fun than watching Tom Cruise's career take a nose dive after he bashed Brooke Shields for her choice in treatment for post partum depression. And just as Cruise made matters worse by treating us to more of his Scientology drivel, Peet is digging her hole deeper (or rather, climbing higher in the tree!) by regurgitating more Proffit-driven propaganda. Amanda Peet will be jumping on Oprah's couch before she's done cleaning up her mess! Let the outcry continue...


If you are not already aware, the ASD community is under fire again, this time on syndicated talk radio:

On the July 17, 2008 edition of his radio show, Savage labeled autism
a "fraud" and prescribed tough love for autistic children: "I'll tell
you what autism is. In 99% of the cases, it's a brat who hasn't been
told to cut the act out." He went on to say:

"That's what autism is. What do you mean they scream and they're
silent? They don't have a father around to tell them, `Don't act like
a moron. You'll get nowhere in life. Stop acting like a putz.
Straighten up. Act like a man. Don't sit there crying and screaming,

Savage concluded,

"[I]f I behaved like a fool, my father called me a fool. And he said
to me, `Don't behave like a fool.' The worst thing he said — `Don't
behave like a fool. Don't be anybody's dummy. Don't sound like an
idiot. Don't act like a girl. Don't cry.' That's what I was raised
with. That's what you should raise your children with. Stop with the
sensitivity training. You're turning your son into a girl, and you're
turning your nation into a nation of losers and beaten men."[50][51]

In response, the Autism Society of America issued a statement
addressing Savage's remarks: "We are dismayed that these grossly
inaccurate remarks would be aired in any platform, much less on a
nationally syndicated show. We will continue to work with families,
people with autism and the broader public to raise awareness of
autism spectrum disorders."

Here is how to hit Michael Savage in the wallet:

To show what a hypocrite the Savage Wiener is, he is hawking a book
on Natural Cures for such items as ADD, ADHD, Allergies,etc:

Gee, if he did his homework, he would know ADD, ADHD,etc are all on
the autistic spectrum...

If you really want to hurt him in the wallet, don't just boycott his
sponsors, boycott his kid's energy drink company: Rockstar

"Savage and his second wife have two children, a daughter and a son;
his son, Russell, is the founder of the company that produces the
Rockstar energy drink, where Janet serves as chief financial officer."

Feel free to forward onto the entire Autism community.

This investigative reporting was brought to you by:

Please feel free to donate, if you can.

Best Regards,



I don't know if anyone realized this or not, but in the article Amanda stated that she couldn't believe how much of Hollywood was "misinformed" on the subject. So, she didn't just call us parents parasites, but many of her past, present, and future co-workers. Not to mention directors, producers, etc. Good going Amanda! I hope your husband makes enough money to support your lifestyle!


Ummm, I'm sorry, was that an apology? How ridiculous she is. God, is this girl for real?
Great article btw, love the added "sites" for her info. Ms Peet's actions are like a character from a film and not like a living, breathing, THINKING person. She is playing whatever part is put to her here. OL, I'll bet she didn't really write the pseudo-apology. Maybe she aproved it:(

May Yang

I was so angry when I heard about Amanda Peets comments to the point where I was compelled to write a letter to the editor of Cookie. How dare someone tell me or imply I am a parasite when I stood helpless while my child was disappearing before my very eyes? I use to be just like her, not knowing, trusting, "ignorance is bliss" but I know better now. Thank you to all the mothers of autistic kids who know that it somehow started with a vaccine.


Ummm. yeah.. ummm.. ummm. ummm. ummm. you know... yeah.. like.. ummm.. Parasites.. like ahhhh...yeah... ummm.. I...ah... have no clue what I am talking about if I don't have my PUPPET MASTER pulling my strings....

Amanda you should have an epidemiological study done on how many of your movies have gone straight to video. Don't have someone else write your thoughtless apology for you when that letter sounds nothing like you from your interview.


This is more than she bargained for, I'm sure. So why does she continue? Is it the money? Or is she locked into a contract?


parasite peet has done a nice job of plagerizing the comments of pauly proffit,and the american association for pediatric poisoniners[AAP]. Perhaps she can be a spokesperson for merck.She can become one less on T.V.
She ought to be ashamed of herself for what she has done. She has not researched.[umless you consider a phone call to a vaccine inventor whom has never treated not even one single child with autism research] The parents of children with Autism have done much more research than she has ever though of doing. however dont worry parasite peet if your child becomes autistic due to the agressive,toxic vaccine scheduel I know when you run to these parents they will be there to help you because they are better people than you ever thought of being.


Ms Peets first comment; The Parasite thingy.
And then the Vaccine makers apology -or like someone else said Passive Aggressive retort
The Actress does well reading cue cards.......

As I read thru all of her commentary on Cookie magazine, and watched her video. It came to mind Amanda
is Narcissistic, "Its all about ME!!" Her traveling and by gosh little daughter better just adapt to
living in hotels/ flying back and forth coast to coast while I have my career!
And eating Micro waved foods! Amanda doesn't want to spend time on playgrounds watching other
children's development and being worried about language.
Doesn't read Medical material of any sort. Clueless that Vaccines are medicines/ drug/
harmful - "States I don't like giving my child medicine or using sunscreen on her".
Well, how about some Aluminum injected into her brain, with some
other junk -- formaldehyde too.

How about the Ding Ding award this year for Ms Peet. We could even give her cue cards to
read what we want her to say.


Thanks J.B. for the well-painted picture and the comparison of Ms. Peet's statements to those of her deranged tutors. More pods under the bed?---for any of you that follow my analogy--

Poor Amanda has no idea what she got into here but she seems to fit the personality type--no compassion, ignorant, bought($), narcissistic, devoid of reality--you get the picture.

Also, Tanner's Dad (and Mom)-

I saw your website and thought it was a beautiful message. I want to let you know of 2 groups that you might like--one being an IL biomedical list and another that I run. email me if you are interested-


Dana Read

JB, Thank you for representing our side so well. I am proud to be a Rescue Angel.

Angela S

Her "apology" is a headline on Yahoo today.

Her comments were insulting. How dare her comment about something she has not experienced. There were plenty of parents who felt the same way as she did at one time....then they watched it happen to their own kid!

Angela S

Her "apology" is a headline on Yahoo today.

Her comments were insulting. How dare her comment about something she has not experienced. There were plenty of parents who felt the same way as she did at one time....then they watched it happen to their own kid!

he he Amanda

She is a perfect spokesperson for the other side. She is a parrot with no real substance. She also demonstrated she cannot take the pressure. This is going to be fun!

Anne Dachel

Ms Peet has an interesting view of things. She said in Cookie Mag., "I buy 99 percent organic food for Frankie, and I don't like to give her medicine or put sunscreen on her. But now that I've done my research, vaccines do not concern me."

Really? You don't like toxins in your daughter's food, but shots with mercury, aluminum, MSG, formaldehyde and more, don't concern you?

It's hard to understand the logic here.
Anne Dachel
Media editor


Yes, Amanda Peet's faux apology is testament to the power of facilitated communication -- and ghost-written cheat sheets. Even if she ever turns sincere (hard to tell, with an actress) she will never be penitent enough for me.

This may surprise you, Amanda,
but vaccines are killing children, too. I have a photo button with one little girl's face on it. She's no longer with us. A few years ago her doctor said that the vaccines weren't causing her mitochondrial dysfunction. He said it was just a coincidence that every time she was vaccinated, she regressed badly. But since the Hannah Poling concession, some of us know better. Tragic that doesn't include the CDC. Yet.

When I read about Peet's mother having Parkinson's disease, I immediately thought of a person I know who successfully treats her PD with intraveneous glutathione. How sad for Peet's family that her mind is closed to possbility and reality. She'd rather believe the conflicted ramblings of someone who gives her what she wants to hear.

Kelli Ann Davis


Spot on. Check this out:

Yesterday I was at my computer and an e-mail pops up from someone I didn't know (no spam) and it was obvious it was a personal e-mail for another Kelli.

It contained a quick note with her name, occupation and phone number on the bottom. When I saw "Stormbreak Youth Program" I immediately thought....hmmmmm.

So, I called her up. Sure enough, she had forgot to put a number in the e-mail address and it got to me by *mistake* -- remember I don't believe in *chance encounters* :-)

We talked for a bit and she works with *at risk* kids and knows another counselor who works with children with autism.

Then she goes on to say, “Just last night, my husband and I were watching TV and the issue of autism came up, I don't remember exactly what it was about (hmmmm...maybe this issue??) And I told him I was scared and I wanted to know what is *really* going on here?"

Suffice to say, *now* she knows. I sent her GR and AoA's websites. (Hi Teresa!)

Bottom Line: Yes, whenever this *story* gets coverage on the other side, if a reporter is doing his/her job then *our* message regarding safety will also get coverage.

(Hey Sullivan -- Chalk this one up to Exhibit One in the "kinda cool the way that works, isn't it?" department)

Fed Up

These people have no idea what they are doing. They walk into this battle with half-ass statements they copy and paste from the CDC website. After 7 years of dealing with 2 autistic sons I, like many parents, have done hundreds if not thousands of hours of research. I've attended lectures, read books, read government and court transcripts, and read peer reviewed research. I’ve got the motivation to stick with this fight, the people on the other side of this argument are motivated by money or their skewed sense of righteousness.

Angela Warner

Oh... JB... (insert big sigh) This is just perfect! I do hope you have already posted Ms. Peet on GR's Hall of Shame page right under Mr. (Pr)Offitt!

Oh and thanks for making me spew coffee all over my desk first thing in the morning with, "the higher up a tree a monkey climbs, the more of his ass you see." The belly laugh I got from that... especially first thing in the morning - PRICELESS!!!

Once again JB, WELL DONE!


I wonder whether Peet got her full hg-flu shot in pregnancy and began her daughter on them (not the hg-free) at the age of six months.

It's sad but the next spokeswoman gig that this entertainer might take could be on behalf of the drug front group NAMI-CAN, talking about the wonders of some Merck antipsychotic or glutamate modulator for pediatric bipolar disorder.



"As the famous Polynesian saying goes, "the higher up a tree a monkey climbs, the more of his ass you see." "

This comment just absolutely made my day, and I sorely needed a laugh (as I'm about to drag my own b u t t back into the basement to do yet another load of "I had an accident" laundry.. yup, both my beautiful boys are detoxing .. )

Peet is an idiot, plain and simple. And I'm done wasting energy on her (as I'll need my energy for the *fun and games* to come this weekend as I'll be starting L-carnitine supplementation for my mito kiddo).


Well, I was mad before. Now I'm really mad. Oh, I'm sorry I was "mean and divisive"... but all our "science" says you're wrong. Never mind that she made the same mistake virtually every media outlet has made in this regard: "Fourteen epidemiological studies have shown... that thimerosal-containing vaccines also do not cause autism." THIS IS A LIE!!! It is not a true statement. NONE of those studies say that. Not finding a connection is not the same as saying there is none (and there has been plenty of evidence to suggest that these studies weren't done very well anyway -- see recent CDC output). Jeez, what an idiot.


Brilliant piece, J.B.!! Couldn't have said it better myself. The way I see it is all of this exposure of the subject of vaccines and the comments from pseudo-experts such as Ms. Peete and Mr. Offitt, (always want to pronounce it 'awful') brings to the public a much needed awareness of how toxic vaccines truly are. Any news is good news in my book. At least it's getting people to think about 'what's in that vaccine and is it harmful to my child or myself?'


Speaking of monkey's asses, I knew austimnewsbeat's name wouldn't be too far around the corner.

The more that e-thug exposes himself and posts his hate and stupidity the more this will explode and get out of their hands.


hey Tanners Dad
autism news beat is run by Kenneth Reibel

Julie R.

Wow, JB!

I love both articles you wrote today. I especially love the "monkey's ass" comment. That made my day, and it sure is true.

I was watching the Veggie Tales movie the other day with my kids (The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything). The moral of the story was that heros aren't the biggest and strongest. Heros are those who ALWAYS do what is right. Maybe OFFIT and PEET need to go back to preschool, and relearn the basics. You tell it exactly how it is, and you tell the truth. That, my friend, makes you a hero!

Fielding J. Hurst

OK, this goes down as one of the worst apologies, I have ever seen. "Passive Aggressive" comes to mind.


Tanners Dad

Thank you... I knew I had read that all before.

It will be interesting to watch this cookie crumble.

Who is behind this Autism News Beat that keeps bashing every blog poster on the subject?

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