By Anne Dachel
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After weeks of listening to people revile the parents who don't get their kids vaccinated, I thought it would be a good idea to ask the people who question the childhood vaccination program why they think the way they do.
So we put one of them on the air for an interview. Dan Olmsted edits the website "Age of Autism" and believes vaccines are a significant part of what he calls the "autism epidemic."
It may have come as a shock to those who assume these folks foam at the mouth, but Olmsted speaks in a calm voice and doesn't rant or rave. He DOES, however, toss off lines that, well, aren't quite true.
When he floated the generally-debunked claim that the vaccine preservative thimerosal was causing autism in kids, I challenged him, pointing out the fact that thimerosal is no longer used in childhood vaccines. He rebutted, saying it's in the flu vaccine-again, KIND of true, because it is used in the multi-shot version of the flu vaccine that the vast majority of people don't get-but nowhere else.
It's a clever tactic: calmly suggest that the flu vaccine we all know and love might be dangerous, too. And it puts us in the position of having to play the "heavy," which of course only plays into the belief of many that the "mainstream media" are part of the problem. And on it goes.
Reaction to the interview? At least one colleague thought I came off sounding like I hated the guy. We got tweets praising our diligence and others accusing us, in the words of one, of giving a "group of fools a platform from which to espouse their idiocy."
The message here, lest anyone think Dan Olmsted is at all credible, is while Olmsted doesn't "FOAM AT THE MOUTH"--- HE DOESN'T TELL THE TRUTH EITHER.
CBS San Francisco, a radio station, is a real joke here.
They don't believe there are two sides, nor is there really any problem with all the autism, that's why the headline reads, 'Both Sides' and the story says, "autism epidemic."
This is pathetic reporting from CBS San Francisco's Stan Bunger. His clear goal was to dismiss the controversy and ridicule Dan Olmsted as a phony who uses underhanded tactics to spread lies.
When the issue is vaccine safety, everyone in the mainstream media says the same thing over and over and over---no exception: VACCINES ARE SAFE, EVERY CHILD SHOULD BE VACCINATED. No other viewpoint is allowed.
That trite claim has been out there for years, but the controversy couldn't be more heated. Seriously they could fill Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI at halftime with doctors, health officials and reporters all vouching for the safety of vaccine and parents still wouldn't buy it.
A large majority of Americans don't trust what news outlets tell them. The Brian Williams story is just one aspect of this failure to honestly and thoroughly report the news. The power and influence of corporations is everywhere in what we're being told by carefully controlled news outlets.
The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and OurKidsASD. Lee Silsby is one of the most respected compounding pharmacies in the country and is committed to serving the needs of the Autism community. OurkidsASD is an online retailer for nutritional supplements for patients with special needs. OurkidsASD carries thousands of products from more than 60 brands and offers free ground shipping on all orders.
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 is on sale now from Skyhorse Publishing.