By Anne Dachel
Sept 18, 2014, KHC-NEWS TV: Social Media and Moms with autistic children share a chilling message "#Hear-this-Well" what's it mean?
The "Movement", like a flutter of a butterfly's wings across an ocean triggering a hurricane, started simply enough.
The senior medical correspondent on CNN, Elizabeth Cohen focused her gaze into the camera and in the voice of medical authority stated: "vaccines are safe, autism is -not- a side effect of vaccines, or to say it another way- because some people don't hear this well, vaccines do not cause autism".
The words are familiar enough, repeated frequently by; pediatricians, media, medical journals and by the Centers for Disease Control. The butterflies morphed into hawks chasing prey.
The Cohen soundbite came from an earlier report in 2014, but CNN aired it again as part of its brief coverage of a CDC research doctor (more of a rebuttal/retraction, but that's another story), from the man the moms call the CDC whistle blower. The statement:
"On Wednesday, August 27, 2014, Centers for Disease Control Senior Scientist Dr. Bill Thompson issued a statement through his [Thompson] attorney's website addressing his regret that he and his CDC co-authors omitted "statistically significant information" in a 2004 study on the subject of whether the MMR vaccine was causing autism in children".
Hard to say what it was about the phrase "hear this well" in Cohen's message that set off a reaction of fury, but combined with the CDC doctor admitting the vaccine/autism data omissions, the momma hawks were unleashed.
One mother, Polly Tommey shared her story, then another, then hundreds of videos began to spread on social media. The videos are personal, heartfelt and some are hard to watch. They call it #hearthiswell.
Mothers and fathers sharing the pain of their lives, the stories of their children and their gale force message they can no longer hear, that something -other- than vaccines damaged their children.
The #hearthisnow movement is about a month old. It's a pent-up dam that's burst because of a loose, yet well-coiffed pebble and a boulder-sized admission.
The open, honest sharing of stories has taken a turn. The hawks have spotted targets, weak and feeble targets that they've honed in on. The mom's are mad and getting organized.