RJK Jr: 'Not policy, but politics'
July 30, 2014
Unlike recent articles in the Washington Post, Washington Times, Forbes and TIME, this coverage focused on what the book is actually about and Kennedy was allowed to explain the topic.
Lemon: "Why did you write this book? It's been controversial."
Kennedy: "I wrote the book because, as you say, this is a controversial--it's almost a radioactive--issue. People on both sides have dug in their heels. The debate about it has devolved into name-calling--it's not been a productive debate. So what I did, I got a group of scientists together and I said, 'Let's go scour--and I raised a couple of hundred thousand dollars--let's scour the scientific literature and find every article that's ever been written on thimerosal safety.'
"Thimerosal is a mercury-based vaccine preservative that was eliminated in pediatric vaccines because it was dangerous. In 2003, it was taken out, but unfortunately--of American vaccines, we're still giving it to people all over the world--unfortunately, it was the same year CDC recommended it for the flu vaccine. . . . And for the first time, pregnant women are getting very, very large doses of this neurotoxin--doses that are equivalent to what they were getting before the ban on pediatric vaccines. . . It's an unnecessary preservative. The science is very clear. We found over 500 peer-reviewed publications, 1400 references in this book, that show this is a known, recognized neurotoxin for which there are many, many alternatives. It should not be in our vaccines.
Lemon thanked Kennedy and promised, "We will have you back to talk about it."
Skyhorse Publishing also put out this video of Kennedy and medical experts discussing the book.
July 31, 2014
Kennedy and others gave a strong endorsement of the vaccine program while calling for the elimination of mercury.
Kennedy: "I wrote the book because I actually read the science on ethymercury and thimeorsal. There's a very, very broad base of science out there that indicates that thimerosal is a potent neurotoxin that we shouldn't be injecting into children. ...
"One of the odd things about the response to the book is that we have a virtual tsunami, a cascade of these vitriolic and poisonous press reviews of the book--before the book came out. So not a single one--and they were filled with inaccuracies--not a single one of these reporters actually read the science. They went right to the knee-jerk reaction which was, if Robert Kennedy or Mark Hyman and Dr. Herbert criticize an ingredient in vaccines, they must be part of an anti-vaccine fringe, they must be dangerous, they're obsessive, they're crack pots. All of these things are things that we've been called. . . . These are mainstream magazines, like TIME Magazine. Never having talked to any of the authors, never having to actually look at the science and understood the science. And that's what we're trying to get people to do. . . . It's about actually doing your job as a reporter and reading the facts rather than getting pap fed by government officials or vaccine regulators with a strong vested interest in the status quo."
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Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which goes on sale this Fall from Skyhorse Publishing.