The Bad Business of Autism, Part I
CBS Covers Pedatric Seizure Increase Post Flu Vaccination

Lauer, Cooper and Stephanopoulos Adopt Skeptic Community/Science Media's Failing Tactics

Dunce boy Managing Editor's Note:  Below is an excerpt from Ginger Taylor's Adventures in Autism.

A year and a half ago, my patience ran out with those in this debate pretending to be earnest seekers of truth, but whose words and actions revealed them to be closed and biased. I published an extensive piece detailing the problems I saw in the Skeptic movement (which I really now see as just the Contrarian movement, as they don't seem to be skeptical of some assertions that someone from Missouri would demand proof of, but merely oppose anything our community says no matter how reasonable) and in "science writers" who act as mere functionaries of Pharma and their friends/sometime employees in public health. It was entitled:

Chris Mooney, Sheril Kirshenbaum, Lori Kozlowski, Rosie Mestel, Thomas Maugh, David Gorski, Virginia Hughes, Science Journalists, The Dying of the LA Times and an Angry Autism Mom*

It details my earnest attempts to get through to these skeptics/science journalists, and an effort to point out that they are shooting themselves in the foot with their actions, and that our children are collateral damage in their efforts.  Long story short... they are some pretty myopic people and not open to self-evaluation, so their tactics continue to loose them the vaccine/autism wars.

(*After I posted the piece, Dr. David "Orac" Gorski sent me a flattering email saying he had actually always respected me and asked me to remove the piece. When I declined, he let the insults fly again. So... not the most honest and straightforward guy.

A few months later, we learned that Gorski has spent the last several years developing a drug for vaccine maker Sanofi, which he had some how forgotten to mention in his hundreds of posts about these issues, so I do feel a bit the sucker for approaching him as if he was actually a somewhat disinterested party in this debate. Had I known I would not have wasted so many hours trying to have a real discussion with him, but live and learn I guess.)

I hope you will take the time to read it, especially if you are someone who believes the media on this issue and  super especially if you are Matt Lauer, Anderson Coooper, George Stephanopolous or any other major news personality who has been handed a press release labeled "News" that was likely drafted in a Pharma conference room and told to get really angry at some guy named Andrew Wakefield.

Pharma Co and their emissaries have launched an extended (and what appears to be a) last ditch effort to bury the vaccine/autism story since the beginning of the year. Two books on how vaccine safety advocates are both ignorant and a threat to society, and an attempt to once again make Andrew Wakefield a scape goat and sacrifice him at the alter of the vaccine program.  And, of course, various and sundry supporting pieces hither and yon from the usual players....

Read the full post HERE.

Comments

Erika

I love Ginger Taylor. Thanks for this great piece.

In my own humble and respectful opinion I believe we need to stop and think about whom we are talking about. I mean, we all know what a stinker Brian Deer is, so I am not going to dwell on that poor, pathetic guy. But let’s be clear about Lauer, Stephanopoulos and Cooper.

Lauer and Stephanopoulos are NOT journalists. They are morning TV shows co-hosts.
That is ALL.

No more than that. They might interview people, the might give us reports about what is going on, they might do extra assignments for their networks but that does not make them journalists, not in the true sense of the word.

I do not care to how many Olympic games Lauer goes to or how many world cities he travels so I have to guess where he is, that does NOT make him a journalist. If he were to have the reputation of a –good- journalist he would have been chosen to carry the weight of ‘CBS Evening News’ instead of his way more talented former co-host Katie Couric.

Stephanopoulos is pretty much the same thing; the guy had a so-so significant job many years ago for a few months in the Clinton administration and that was IT. That also does not make him a journalist.

Then we have Cooper; many consider him a good journalist and/or reporter, and I might give him that. But he is mostly an anchor of a cable news show. However, like a good journalist/reporter should do, he obviously did not check the facts nor read any books before he interviewed Dr. Wakefield.

Shame on him, he should do better than that, and he knows it. That is plain Journalism 101.

But wait… let’s not forget that he does co-host one channels’ TV coverage of the New Years’ celebration in New York’s Times Square with Kathy Griffin, and that is… well, to put it simply, that is plain creepy.

What it all boils down to happens to be the most important factor to consider, -to quote lovely Nora Ephron- “Freedom of the press belongs to the man who owns one”.
Period.

The guys above are only covering what they are allowed to cover.

They obviously thought that by being rude while interviewing Dr. Wakefield they were going to appear like “seekers and presenters of the truth” or in other words, like true journalists.

Well, we all know the results by now. They just made fool of themselves.

The truth does not belong to over-paid-morning-TV shows-co-hosts OR anchors-of-struggling-to-survive-TV-networks.

The truth belongs to those that are willing to sacrifice family, career, license, country, reputation, jobs and everything in between to stand tall and by their word.

The truth belongs to those that watch in horror how their kid no longer responds to them, no longer looks at them. The ones that watch helplessly how their kid screams in pain and have the most horrific diapers they will ever see. The truth is in those households. The truth is experienced 24/7 by those that have kids injured by vaccines.

The truth belongs to Dr. Wakefield and us.

Jen

David T, IF efficacy of those vaccines were really great I might agree with you. But unfortunately, there is absolutely no proof of safety (that's right, no studies comparing vaccinated VS unvaccinated-not even a primate study-well there was but it was too threatening for pharm.'s liking - doesn't that shock you just a little bit that they haven't actually done studies looking at giving primates vaccines and seeing what it does to their bodies, before giving vaccines to children? It shocks me!- I would have thought it was a given!) Anyways, so safety of vaccines is not proven. Now, efficacy isn't so great either. Have you seen Cochrane's evidence-based medicine review on efficacy of flu shots? It's not so good. Pertussis doesn't seem to match up well with the vaccine. So your "vaccinated people only mingling with vaccinated people" theory would not even be as good a scenario as you might like to think. hep b to babies is the ultimate stupid thing because protection would wane by the time a child might actually benefit more from it (in their teens and young adulthood if they are sexually active or do drugs). "Protection" from hpv (Gardasil) is not known, either so really, it seems like a lot of shooting up for vaccines that aren't even tested for safety.

Diane W Farr

David, you have a lot to learn, stick around!

David Tishar

If you fear the ingredients in vaccines and don't want vaccinate your child,that's fine w/me.However you should home school your child and not put them in daycare centers and other public institutions so you lessen the chance of contracting disease and should your child become infected anyway,you wouldn't be putting other unvaccinated children at risk.Measles,mumps,rubella,flu,pox,etc.can be deadly and senior citizens who may have never been vaccinated could die if exposed.Also you should relocate to rural towns so if an outbreak should occur, it could be contained.I don't think anyone is right or wrong on this issue, however I believe it's criminal to risk yhe health of others based on your beliefs. If your child(God forbid)should be autistic,beware of the "grief rapists" and quacks trying to capitalize on your situation by offering expensive and unproven "remedies" Don't traumatize your child by taking them to someone who's going scare them w/needles or bake them in saunas or give them other possibly dangerous chemicals.I believe the best treatment is Love and providing a safe and quality environment to live in.Unfortunatly until there is a cure,all can can do is Love your child the way he or she is.Aloha, David T.

AutismGrandma

Re: "So you need to understand... if tomorrow you publish video of Andrew Wakefield robbing a 7-11 with an AK-47 and taking a crippled 8 year old girl as a hostage, while Jenny McCarthy drives the get away car... it is not going to solve your vaccine sales problem. Because the vaccine program is the problem. The people talking about the problems in the vaccine program are not the problem. Trying to shut them up or shut them down is not working."

Ginger Taylor's writing is sarcastic witty and to the point as always which I just LOVE to read. On this one point however I have a different point of view. Although none of these propaganda tactics is working on US, the "vaccine injury educated by the facts and reality" groups, unfortunately it is working on those who simply don't have the facts which is the majority of Americans. Every time I hand out vaccine/autism info flyers I see it on their faces: the look of shock or the look of denial, due to their not realizing what is really going on. I have handed out hundreds of flyers and there was only one person who even knew that the vaccine schedule was 49 doses by age 6, and that was a woman who proudly announced that "I know all about the vaccines because I am a nurse working in a pediatrician's office." So I asked her, "Why don't the parents who bring their kids in there for the shots know the number of vaccines in the schedule? Do you inform them?... because you are the only person I have met that knows about this." That statement just got me a blank look that turned into an angry glare, as she took a sharp turn with her shopping cart and stomped off.

Very few people in comparison to the total population realize the truth about Dr. Wakefield either, so all of these newscasters and journalists are having a field day assaulting him and degrading him. In pitiful defense of these media employees, they will not take the time to investigate this subject until their own child develops autism or another vaccine injury. However, that is still no excuse because they are exercising a powerful influence over the public and encouraging parents to vaccinate when they have not investigated the issues. Do any of these media icons ever actually read "Callous Disregard", "The Age of Autism" or "Evidence of Harm" ??? NO THEY DO NOT.

Do any of these media personalities suspect that there just might be a link between autism and vaccines? Probably, but they are going to do as they are instructed by their supervisors and administrators, and who do these people take orders from? Their paying advertisers, the pharma industry. Even when Wakefield appears in person to refute these false charges against him, they spend 90% of the air time parroting Brian Deer and the GMC, so Dr. Wakefield barely gets a few comments in. To his immense credit, Dr. Wakefield makes every word count, and I've noticed that he is learning to speak faster now in order to make his point before they interrupt him and cut him off. American broadcasters are talking fast and furious with that insulting arrogant tone, and they barely allow him a few seconds to state his case. If they were really interested in his side of the story, they would schedule a lot more time for Wakefield's so called "interview". It's not really a journalistic interview at all, but a big fat railroad job, however in spite of that Wakefield stands his ground and somehow manages to fire off a few shots. Obviously to all of us none of this is legitimate news reporting, but unfortunately the general public doesn't realize what is really going on so they fall for alot of this railroading and hijacking.

The sad part of this story is that yes, a lot of these assault tactics ARE working and a lot of people DO fall for the lies. All we can do is keep writing and keep talking and keep sharing the truth with anyone we can that is within our own realm of possibility, because these media moguls DO have an immense influence over the public's awareness, and they are being paid big money to keep the public in the dark. The only person I can think of who would consider giving Dr. Wakefield and others on our team a truly fair and balanced interview would be Oprah Winfrey because she has the financial ability to stand up for us, especially with her own channel now. Jenny McCarthy, please give Oprah a call and hook her up with Dr. Wakefield!!!!!

treegirl

Patrons......... don't forget the aborted baby tissue. I was so pissed when I found out I allowed someone to shoot dead baby into my children. So sick to think about... let alone the other toxins. God bless the children who were sacrificed to make those lines of DNA for the vaccine makers.

nhokkanen

The folks Ginger describes so articulately aren't reporters; they're "repeaters." Give them some bullet points and they parrot away, seemingly incapable of independent reasoning. Such as realizing that bullying is no way to increase vaccination rates. Like some friendly customer service and honest product warranties....

patrons99

Does anyone believe that when God created life, He ever intended for Polysorbate 80 and Triton 100 to one day “dance” with the ions in our body? Or with the aluminum, mercury, and borate ions in the vaccine schedules? Or with the fluoride in our drinking water and toothpaste?

http://www.i-sis.org.uk/dancingWithIons.php

Pharma’s intent has become very transparent. They intend to replace God with their Social Darwinism, new vaccines, and creation of artificial life forms. No thanks! I think I’d like to opt-out!

http://www.jcvi.org/cms/press/press-releases/full-text/article/synthetic-genomics-inc-and-j-craig-venter-institute-form-new-company-synthetic-genomics-vaccines/

http://www.novartis.com/newsroom/media-releases/en/2010/1449685.shtml

VACCINES CAUSE AUTISM
MAKE AUTISM STOP
MEDICAL FREEDOM NOW
END MEDICAL FASCISM NOW
END VACCINE MANDATES NOW
EDUCATE BEFORE YOU VACCINATE

Becky Estepp

A fantastic piece of writing my good friend!

pass the popcorn

Amazing piece. Thank you Ginger. As always, you completely nailed it. This needs to be circulated ALL OVER THE INTERNET. And then some.

patrons99

Should it be any real surprise that febrile convulsions, encephalopathy, autism, apnea, and sudden death occur with some of these toxic cocktails? Pharma and the Dark Lords of the vaccine industry must think that we are brain dead, or soon to be. They have convinced the unsuspecting, unwary public that vaccines are generally safe, well-tolerated, and effective at “preventing” disease. Why then does the prescribing information for Tripedia and Pediarix actually cite apnea, seizures, and SIDS?

Here’s the shocking reality: both Pediarix and Tripedia have two known neurotoxins, aluminum salts and thimerosal. They also both have Polysorbate 80. Why? Why do they both have an ionophore? Why are Polysorbate 80 and Triton 100 present in many of the vaccines on the schedules? These molecules are ionophores. They facilitate the transfer of metal ions across biomembranes such as the blood brain barrier. Synergistic toxicity? We already know that aluminum and mercury are synergistically toxic. What effect does the addition of Polysorbate 80 have to their LD50? Is it any wonder that all-cause mortality appears related to the number of mandated inoculations?

“Injected detergents trespass on an immune process that holds life and death control over cells...”

“According to GlaxoSmithKline a 0.5 ml dose of Fluarix may contain up to 0.085 mg of Triton X-100.”

“That's 200 thousand trillion molecules of Triton X-100 injected in a dose. That's an opportunity for trillions of self-cells to be injured or killed by the detergent, resulting in symptoms and diseases in line with what is described above. Exposure is likely to be similar with other vaccines containing detergents.”

http://www.sailhome.org/Concerns/Vaccines/MAC.html

Engerix b, Pediarix, Daptacel, Pentacel, Tripedia, Kinrix, Infanrix cite apnea on their prescribing information. Infanrix, Engerix b, Comvax, Recombivax, Pediarix, Daptacel, Tripedia, Kinrix, Pentacel, Boostrix, and Pediarix cite seizures on their prescribing information.

“Adverse events reported during post-approval use of Tripedia vaccine include idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, SIDS, anaphylactic reaction, cellulitis, autism, convulsion/grand mal convulsion, encephalopathy, hypotonia, neuropathy, somnolence and apnea.”

https://www.vaccineshoppe.com/image.cfm?doc_id=5966&image_type=product_pdf

According to the World Intellectual Property Organization, which is part of the United Nations, scientists from the organization are developing vaccines specifically to damage fertility as a method of contraception. A suggested ingredient for the vaccine is tween 80 (polysorbate 80): "In a preferred embodiment the vaccine comprises oil, preferably a biodegradable oil such as squalene oil. Typically, the vaccine is prepared using an adjuvant concentrate which contains lecithin in squalene oil. The aqueous solution glycoprotein is typically a phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) solution, and additionally preferably contains Tween 80."

http://www.suite101.com/content/polysorbate-80-causes-infertility-a60320

Sylvia

One of the best things I've ever read. And I read a lot of good stuff!

david burd

Folks, The list of terrible damages, lifelong afflictions, AND the autism spectrum seems to make up about 20% of all kids born the last couple generations.

BUT, on top of this carnage are the yearly 4,500 - 5,000 SIDS and SUID deaths, by definition before the age of one. About 15 years ago, the Medical Powers that be cut SIDS deaths in half by re-listing 1/2 the annual 5,000 as SUID deaths (Sudden Unexpected Infant Death).

These newly defined SUID deaths have mostly been ascribed as suffocation due to bedding and sleeping with parents in the same bed. But, they JUST MADE IT UP because no other explanations other than supposed suffocation (via autopsy) could be found.

Therefore, the REAL total of SIDS deaths is still about 5,000 per year in the U.S., and there is immense evidence that vaccinations are THE cause of almost all of these tragedies.

John Stone

There was a BBC drama series a few years ago scripted by GF Newman (a friend, I believe, of our very own Martin Walker) 'Judge John Deed' in which a character recognisably based on Andy was (if I remember correctly) pushed off a cliff on a visit to South Africa: the one episode which cannot be bought on DVD. The series was a bit unrealistic. It came to a head when accomplices of the excellent judge emailed every member of the House of Commons to warn them that they were about to vote in a pharma inspired bill which would result in the poisoning of the entire population. Of course, it was entirely unrealistic because they manage to stop the vote, whereas we know in reality not one MP would take a blind bit of notice.

michael framson

Yes Ginger, they are all part of "Thank You for Smoking", "Thank You for Vaccinating", "Thank You for Fluoridating", "Thank You for Eating GMO's", "Thank You for Watching CBS,NBC,ABC Pharma Ads"
Just paying their mortgage.

treegirl

PS... I love the pic with the dunce's cap.. Totally appropo. Please send it to the supposed journalists. In order for them to know how stupid they are,, you will have to shower them with proof as they are thick dumb.... that is unless they are thick as thieves.

treegirl

This is the sort of piece that needs to be the drumbeat.... I hope those with connections are able to show Matt,(who I use to love but can't look at anymore,,) Anderson (who I use to respect and can't look at anymore) and George ( who I have always know is a sell out and have never watched) how stupid they are. I'm embarrassed for Anderson and Matt... I'm embarrassed that I was ever a fan. George is a political nightmare who pretends to be a journalist. I pray that they all have a change of heart. What will the good Lord say to them when when he shows them how they enabled children to get hurt. Honestly... Ginger is right... these people know jack, and they are cheesing it up for cash... Sad.

C. Hicks

Please folks, just hang on a little longer. The tide is turning in a BIG way. It's a tsunami, actually.

The reason why Big Pharma can't contain the vaccine debacle is because theres SOOOO much more out there than autism (which, I totally agree, is horrific.)

You hear it EVERYWHERE!

"Hey, wait a minute! Why is there so much diabetes, ADHD, eczema, asthma, allergies, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and cancer in our young people now?

Why do our children look so AWFUL? Why is everyone 300 pounds? Why is food NOT what it used to be? Why are 2nd grade girls getting their period now? Why do 12 year old girls look 20?"

We've HAD it. People are SICK of all the illness and chronic disease. They're sick of the enormous Pharma scandals, with 50,000 dead from Vioxx, and 85,000 heart attacks from Avandia. They're sick of dangerous anti-psychotics like Abilify, Zyrexa, and Seroquel being prescribed to children. They're sick of anti-depressants that cause suicide, of statins that cause severe muscle damage, cancer, and diabetes. They're livid that millions of newborns are welcomed into the world, literally a few hours after birth (if not less) with a toxic mercury vaccine for a disease they are not at risk for. Madness!

Need I go on? Pharm/CDC/Offit/Singer/Gerberding/ Shuschat and all the usual suspects have TOTALLY misread the public. They're panicking. That's why they're lashing out. The best posts on AOA are the ones that question all the pummeling. Why are you raking the dead body of Andrew Wakefield, M.D. over the coals again? That guy is SOOOO last year. Why lynch him again? Why? If vaccines are so, so, so, safe, then why the overkill? It's DESPERATION, folks. They've tried to kill Wakefield, M.D. and he won't die!!

The biggest tip-off is the push to MANDATE everything. That's SHEER desperation. "Uh, well, I guess we can't cow you with our B.S. science, so I guess we'll just have to threaten your LIVELIHOOD..."

Bottom line? It's TURNING. In a BIG way.

Hospitals across the country are canceling their mandatory flu shot ultimatums because they straw-polled the staff (you know, those dumb M.D.s and R.N.s who don't know anything) and were quickly astonished at the MASSIVE resistance...

Bottom line? H-A-N-G O-N !!! Not much more to go...

Carol

I do think that Wakefield is in danger, but I think it would be made to look like a heart attack. Or it could be something slower a la Robert Friedman. Single car accidents are out thanks to the Karen Silkwood debacle.

But if Wakefield doesn't live a long and healthy life, I think it will set off something like a slow-motion French revolution in this country.

Julia C.

I loved this when I read it on your blog, and I'm loving it again today!

Jen

Loved this , Ginger. I mentioned to Orac there were lots of problems besides just "control group" issues ( which he vigorously defends from a scientific standpoint). Even he can't defend things like sample bias and poor (dodgy) methodology like the sleight of hand Madsen's study pulled.

Jenny

These "all vaccines are safe at all times for all people in all doses in all combinations" kind of people are going to be very busy trying to discredit all the researchers actually trying to get at the facts. I wonder if they are so vocal lately due to information that appears to be under examination at Wake Forest University? Have they been finding MMR vaccine strain measels virus (not wild strain) in a majority of children with autism in their project who have gastro problems?

Adriana

I can't stop laughing about the bullets remark Ginger made. Great article.

Pogo

This content of this article reminds me of a book by Bob Altemeyer, who is an Associate Professor of Psychology. He did some experiments on his students in a to attempt to explain why some are almost totally uninfluenced by reasoning and evidence, but are very dogmatic very aggressive. He waffles on a bit, but I think this is so he can put into context for readers that might not be used to this way of looking at things. For anyone interested, it can be downloaded free here:

http://members.shaw.ca/jeanaltemeyer/drbob/TheAuthoritarians.pdf
(PDF 1.35Mb)

Bob Moffitt

Ginger .. you have hit them most where they hurt:

"The people talking about the problems in the vaccine program are not the problem ... Jenny McCarthy and Andrew Wakefield did not kill Elias Tembenis. The DTaP vaccine did."

This is powerful testimony in the only court that matters ... the court of public opinion.

Elizabeth Gillespie

For an AUstralian perspective of the Skeptic movement entering the debate on behalf of pHARMa try this link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcY8QgOVdpE

This 'doctor' was highly critical of Dr Wakefield on national television last week after the BMJ nonsense was published. Here in Australia there are absolutely zero expert voices to challenge her. Oprah Winfrey may think Australia is the most wonderful place in the world but not for a parent of an autistic child.

I am comforted by the fact that the youtube video has been up for 7 days now and has only 112 views. Fortunately it seems she reached a small audience.

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