By Eben Plettner
The recent revelations of Dr. William Thompson of the CDC that have caused this firestorm on social media is spreading. Many people may not think it seem to be happening very fast, but have no doubt that is it spreading and many people are waking up. When Dr Thompson first came out there was just a group of parents on social media and a few select “secondary” media markets writing about it. Slowly the word has spread until now even mainstream media outlets are covering it, regardless of how they are framing it the word is getting out there and people are listening.
If there is any other sign of the power of these revelation you need look no further than that the mainstream media. They have started to talk about the CDC Whistleblower and even if they are trying to frame the debate in an unfavorable light, the word will spread even faster the more they talk about it. Any independent reader/listener easily sees through their feeble attempts to dismiss or divert from the truth that the CDC has been lying. If the approach that the mainstream media is taking bothers anyone just remember that any news is good news and so much better than no news.
A good example is the recent article on ABC, they tried to be dismissive of Brian Hooker's paper and repeat it's been debunked but they mention CDC scientist Dr. Thompson and even have used several of his quotes. That is a huge win for us, a major news organization telling the public that there is a Whistleblower in the CDC and that he fervently believes that they have been covering up a link with autism for over a decade. There's no way to whitewash that no matter how hard they scream.
It is now on CNN, ABC, MSNBC, Huffington Post and more. They have even had mothers on as guests who have done an amazing job showing a honest and true face to our movement. A logical and calm mother against a hyped up argumentative tv host goes a long way. We can no longer say mainstream media is not covering it as they are now and it will only come faster now as other networks will not want to be left behind. Eventually even the talk shows will need to cover it and then we start to get the real debate. As we keep talking the word will get out more and more and people will really start to listen. We may be considered the “fringe” for a quite a while more but the more our story is told the more we become accepted.
Even with the growing press it would only be natural to have some doubt on whether any real change will occur, especially to parents that have been fighting for this for so long and have been blocked before. Real change will only come from congressional action. There may not be much news from congress out there now but the movements and discussions with Congressman are not usually discussed publicly. Congressman would rather talk to each other and organize behind closed doors before stepping out into the light. Action will definitely be occurring, but change like this never happens fast. Wait for the election to end and then the news on the slow steps of a congressional investigation may start to come out.
Many of us have met with Congressmen and some have been receptive. Remember Autism affects so many people that almost all Congressmen know several people with a child with autism, whether it be friends or family. These revelation from Dr. Thompson have gotten the attention of many congressmen and some are concerned to the point where they will act on our behalf. Others may not act, but even staying out of the way is a win for us. As more and more hear about the revelations from the CDC Whistleblower they will realize what is happening and once the investigation starts it will come out that many at the CDC and other organizations have been complicit in allowing children to be gravely harmed at best due to callous disregard.
There are several congressmen on our side already and many more are slowly coming around, but most of them honestly understand yet. This is where the real effort needs to keep focused on. Even little things like taking action on the emails from the Autism Action Network and Canary Party make a big difference.
These efforts really do help make Congressmen listen. Get your friends and family to sign up for these groups and send out the emails or even calling your congressman's DC offices. No matter the reaction you get from their staff, just be nice and ask them to talk to Posey's staff for the real facts.
The implication of Dr. Thompson run beyond vaccines being a cause of autism or even why parents do not get compensated from the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP). The implications ripples all they way through the NIH, easily being linked to why the NIH funds medical research into Autism at less than 1/10 that of pediatric cancer and what else they have not been honest about.
These little efforts that take so little time really do make a difference. Our goal as a community should be that we inform every member of congress. If you have met with your office, we'd like to know.