Thank you Michelle Bachmann. You’re making vaccine side effects a major issue once again.
I’ve spent a decade reading Internet news stories on autism. In my own limited way, I guess I’m an expert on how the press covers autism. And seriously, it’s nothing short of pathetic, especially when it comes to VACCINES AND AUTISM.
I used to write directly to reporters, hoping to get them, not to take my word for it, but to investigate this most critical issue of vaccines safety. The attitude of most media people is absolute disinterest. They seem to think their job is to go to the website of the Centers for Disease Control or talk to some local doctor about vaccines and autism. Of course the folks who run the vaccine program or who make their living immunizing children see no problem with the ever-expanding shot schedule and that’s the constant message from reporters.
Enter Michelle Bachmann.
She brought up Rick Perry’s move, as governor of Texas, to mandate the HPV vaccine for little girls and his ties to Merck. She questioned the safety of this vaccine. This drew immediate criticism because any suspicion raised about vaccines is unacceptable, irresponsible and downright dangerous. There can be nothing but good stuff said about the ever-expanding vax schedule or parents might not, repeat, might not vaccinate.
Every vaccine that comes along must be accepted without question. It’s like indoctrination into some weird cult.
When Bachmann brought up Perry’s Gardasil order and his money ties to the company that makes it, Perry said, ‘The company was Merck, and it was a $5,000 contribution that I had received from them. I raise about $30 million. And if you're saying that I can be bought for $5,000, I'm offended.’
But CNN is now reporting that Perry’s statement about only receiving $5,000 from Merck might not be the whole truth. In HPV vaccine, Merck and Rick Perry's money, they looked into drug industry ties not not only to Perry but to Republicans in general.
“Merck has given $28,500 to Perry's gubernatorial campaigns since January 2001, according to a new report by Texans for Public Justice, a political watchdog group, which uses data from the Center for Responsive Politics.
“And since January 2006, Merck has given an additional $377,500 to the Republican Governors Association, which, in turn, was one of the largest backers of Perry's own campaigns. Notably, Perry also served as the chairman of the governors association from 2007 until last month, when Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell succeeded him, so that Perry could pursue his presidential run."
I am seriously stunned by the cutting edge reporting from CNN (a network that has relentlessly denied that any science connects vaccines and autism and has no interest in the idea that pharma has overwhelming control over our health officials).
“The absence of attention-grabbing headlines does not signify that these companies expect nothing in exchange for their investments. To the contrary, it is their fiduciary obligation to return a profit to their shareholders. Bankrolling politicians -- Republican and Democrat -- is just another tool to help them meet their goals and, in so doing, bolster their profits. If anything, money spent on political donations and lobbying holds more sway when it is unexamined. . . .
“Is this an example of ‘crony capitalism?’ That's not for the Center for Responsive Politics to decide. It's the public's job to decide if the money outweighed the merits in this policy decision, but it needs to have all of the facts in hand to do so.
“Furthermore, Perry's actions benefiting donors from the pharmaceutical industry don't appear to stop with Merck.
“For instance, drug-maker Novartis Pharmaceuticals has also contributed handsomely to the Republican Governors Association and it has also benefited from Perry's support.”
I’m impressed with CNN. They’re not taking someone’s word for things. THEY’RE INVESTIGATING CLAIMS MADE BY PERRY AND HIS DRUG INDUSTRY TIES.
What’s incredible is the absolute, blanket refusal by CNN to honestly and thoroughly investigate the most heated controversy in medicine:
DO VACCINES CAUSE AUTISM AND ARE LOTS OF PEOPLE WITH EVERYTHING AT STAKE IN THIS COVERING IT UP?
Seriously CNN, why do you take the word of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when it comes to vaccine safety? These are the folks who run the vaccine program. The same goes for the American Academy of Pediatrics and just about every other medical group out there. The pharmaceutical industry spends billions making friends in the medical community. They advertise in medical journals and they love giving gifts to doctors. Hundreds of employees at the CDC have conflict waivers because they’re also getting money from the drug industry. The last head of the CDC Julie Gerberding, a long time denier of any link between vaccines and autism, is now head of the vaccine division at Merck.
CNN loves to give us Paul Offit denying any link between vaccines and autism, but they forget to mention that he’s personally made millions of dollars because of the rota virus vaccine which is part of the mandated schedule.
CNN was notable for attacking Dr. Andrew Wakefield and his paper on MMR vaccine damage. CNN never bothered to mention that the British government indemnified the manufacturer of the MMR. The government will be liable for the damages if it's recognized that this vaccine triggers autism.
No one at CNN ever publicly said they had read Wakefield’s book defending his actions despite the fact that Anderson Cooper called Wakefield as a fraud and refused to allow him to explain his side.
So CNN, it seems that when the moment is right and you’re scrutinizing Republican candidates, you’re willing to give us real investigative journalism. Otherwise, when the issue involves honest reporting about what vaccines may be doing to our children, you pretend that everyone is on the up and up and pretty much give us all the official, pharma-backed talking points.
That’s a double standard that seems governed by politics not legitimate journalism.
Anne Dachel is Media Editor of Age of Autism.