By Anne Dachel
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But a four-month investigation by United Press International found a pattern of serious problems linked to vaccines recommended by the CDC -- and a web of close ties between the agency and the companies that make vaccines.
Critics say those ties are an unholy alliance in a war against disease where vaccine side effects have damaged, hurt or killed people, mostly children.
"The CDC is a disgrace. It is a corrupt organization," said Stephen A. Sheller, a Philadelphia attorney who has sued vaccine makers for what he says were bad vaccines. "The drug companies have them on their payroll."
This story written by UPI editor Mark Benjamin in 2003, and someone posted it on my Facebook yesterday. It is a stunning piece. Twelve years ago people in the media were actually willing to investigate vaccine safety questions.
Look at what Benjamin reported here. He graphically described a serious vaccine reaction. He noted the serious conflicts of interest that exist between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the fact that the CDC approves and promotes the vaccine schedule at the same time they're in charge of vaccine safety. Benjamin unearthed alarming statistics on vaccine side effects and he covered Dr. Paul Offit's strong ties to the vaccine industry and even the study by Thomas Verstraeten that linked thimerosal to neurological disorders in children and was discussed at a private meeting in 2000 at the Simpsonwood Retreat Center in Norcross, Ga. He interviewed Barbara Loe Fisher, Laura Bono, and Dr. Boyd Haley, all well-known figures in the debate over vaccine safety.
Nothing like this would be published today. The media is now universally silent on any of these issues. Conflicts of interests are never talked about. Offit is merely a doctor from CHOP. No experts are ever cited in opposition to what health officials say, (except Dr. Andrew Wakefield who has been thoroughly discredited). Vaccines are promoted by the press as if reporters are PR people for the industry. There is no mention of serious side effects and non-vaccinating parents are the real danger. Vaccination is the sacred cow of pediatric medicine, according to all the major news outlets.
I personally wonder what Mark Benjamin thinks about all this.
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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 is on sale now from Skyhorse Publishing.