I've said many times that the media's failure to listen to parents who describe their child's descent into autism after vaccinations is appalling. The First Amendment was not created so that news outlets could help federal bureaucrats reach 98 percent coverage rates for the chickenpox vaccine. It was created to act as a check against government excess, denial and overreach.
So it really makes my skin crawl when i see something like the Arizona TV station report this week, headlined, "Study: Autism risk not increased by too many vaccines too soon.'" It begins:
PHOENIX -- A new study adds to years of research showing that childhood vaccines do not cause autism, despite worries among a growing number of parents that their young children receive "too many vaccines."
"Jalen has pretty severe autism," dad Jami Nielsen said of his son. "When they were 3, both boys went to get shots and within two to three days, all his language fell completely off."
The report goes on to quote the DeStefano/CDC study about how the antigens in vaccines don't correlate with a risk for autism. Even in the self-protective annals of the CDC, this study is a stinker.
But putting that aside, the fact that Jalen fell off a developmental cliff TWO OR THREE DAYS after vaccination ought to make somebody in the editing room at that TV station, or some mainstream outlet somewhere, sit up and take notice.
This happens all the damn time, people! These kinds of parental accounts, combined with the $2 billion plus awarded in vaccine court, including to Hannah Poling; the known properties of vaccination, and the concommitant rise of mercury and vaccines with the autism epidemic, are far more than enough to start asking tough questions.
It's not going to be very PC to say this, but one of the most vivid images from the end of World War II is the Allies making local villagers walk through a newly liberated concentration camp. The message was -- how can you say you did not know?
When the history of the Age of Autism is written, I hope that part of mainstream journalism's pennance is having to listen to parent after parent, hour after hour, describe just what Jami Nelson did. Healthy kids. Shots. And autism.
Just repeating "correlation does not equal causation" isn't anywhere near good enough. Correlation does not NOT equal caustion, either.
How can you say you did not know?
Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.