By Anne Dachel
Sharyl's book is being advertised in a number of places on the Internet and hopefully she'll get lots of interviews about it. (Despite the fact that she's criticizing the very people she'll be talking to.)
For me, it's great timing for my book, The Big Autism Cover Up--How and Why the Media is Lying to the American Public. While I will quickly concede that Sharyl Attkisson is a real life reporter and I'm not, and that she's got way more experience and insight into this whole thing than I do, her book supports what many of us in the autism community have been saying for years: the coverage of autism, especially the vaccine controversy, can best be described as corruption, collusion and cover-up.
Several months ago I wrote this article about Sharyl and the coverage she's given to our issues.
And just so everyone clearly understands this, I have it on good authority that her stories on the vaccine controversy are talked about in her book.
Recently, Sharyl made this promotional video about Stonewalled.
I'm Sharyl Attkisson, I'm an investigative journalist, I've been in the business for over 30 years. The book is called Stonewalled. It's coming out from Harper Collins and it's a look at the increasing attempts by special interests and corporations to manipulate the images that the public sees in the news and in the rest of the media.
I've never seen a tougher clampdown on freedom of the press and I think it's important that someone stand and say these things and speak out about them.
There are many great reporters and great stories out there, but I think the public needs to learn to watch the news much like you do a TV commercial.
You need to start thinking, why is that story airing? Who pushed it? What special interest might be behind it and am I getting the full story?
I was at home working on questions for yet another story that the Obama Administration was unhappy with related to the Benghazi terrorist attacks. And as I was typing and working on questions for a Benghazi related story, the data started wiping kind of at hyper speed being deleted, as if my computer had been hijacked and I had no control over it. I had a phone next to me so I was able to get a sort of tilted picture of a little bit of the data being deleted. I knew, because I had so many anomalies over the past year and a half, two years, that somebody was interfering with the computer.
It was described to me by the computer experts I consulted with afterwards, that that was purely an attempt to let me know they could do that and they were watching, that they were in my computer.
So in general, I think that I'm just one of the reporters, top on the list of those that they watch and that they disagree with, and that they fight.
Currently, there are a number of stories on Google news about someone hacking into Sharyl's computer, Washington Post, New York Post, National Post, Fox News, Daily Mail.
In case anyone worries that Sharyl won't be speaking on vaccines, watch this coverage from CNN Reliable Sources, April 20, 2014.
CNN reporter Brian Stelter: "The loudest criticisms I've heard about your reporting have been about a series that you did years ago. It was about childhood vaccinations and whether those are linked to a rise in autism. You portrayed it at different times as a debate that was continuing to happen in the scientific community. "Do you regret those stories now, years later."
Sharyl Attkisson: "No, I think those were some of the most important stories I've done and I would like to continue along those lines, at some point. It continues to be a very important debate."
Stelter: "You hear doctors say framing that as a debate has hurt people, has damaged people's understanding of medical issues by encouraging them not to get vaccinated."
Attkisson: "Well, you can believe that. I'm not here to fight doctors. I'm just saying that factually I'm not here to advocate for one side or the other. I'm just saying that factually, there are many peer-reviewed published studies that do make an association and the government itself has acknowledged a link. And again, people can do their own research. They certainly don't have to believe me or one doctor over another. I think they have to dig deep and look for themselves."
She ended the interview saying, "There are sophisticated efforts to manipulate the images and the information you see everyday in ways that you won't recognize. I think we could all be more savvy about that."
UPDATE: Oct 27, 2014, New York Post: CBS ignores ex-reporter’s claims it killed anti-Obama stories
...Attkisson’s publicist said she won’t be giving any interviews until next week, although she’s staying busy on Twitter going off on the dangers of vaccinations.
“One of the most instructive things at the time, for me, was when govt researchers told me that even though all the studies showed flu shots didn’t work in the elderly, they figured the STUDIES were wrong because they “knew” flu shots worked!’’ Attkisson tweeted.
“Kind of reminds me of today’s CDC that looks at all the scientific links between vaccines and autism but ‘knows’ it can’t be so, so it changes the study data or finds other explanations for why the data says what it says,” she wrote.
This is the comment that Sharyl Attkisson gave me to use on my book, The Big Autism Cover Up:
Perhaps with the best of intentions there has been, nonetheless, longstanding misreporting and misunderstanding of the documented facts regarding vaccine side effects, including the autism links. When history eventually tells the whole story, it will undoubtedly rank as one of the biggest health and news media scandals of our time. The inaccurate information, nothing more than false propaganda, is driven with a cult-like fervor by well-financed and powerful interests that permeate corporate and charitable America, government and media. The campaign includes mislabeling watchdog journalism, research scientists and parents as "anti-vaccine" if they factually report or rely upon information that conflicts with the narrative. The propagandists' goal is not to make sure all sides are told, but to censor the many facts that disprove the dominant storyline. Instead of serving the nation's vaccine program, the misguided effort damages it. If the news media has been convinced to look the other way through ignorance of the facts or government and corporate pressure, ordinary Americans are left to find the evidence on their own. Fortunately, there are places where it can be found.
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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.