By Anne Dachel
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The New York Times may pretend to be dedicated to truth and thoroughness in their reporting, but in the end, they're a pro-industry mouthpiece more than happy to ignore anything that would discredit the claim that vaccines are safe for the children of America. The recent Times coverage on vaccine exemptions and the claims of Robert Kennedy, Jr on thimerosal make my case.
We wrote about it on Age of Autism on July 11, 2015 and today all the proof is in with their latest editorial.
First of all, on July 4, The NY Times resorted to a personal attack on Jim Carrey and Robert Kennedy in California, Camelot and Vaccines, by Frank Bruni. With unquestioning allegiance to whatever the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says, Bruni ridiculed Kennedy, Carrey and Jenny McCarthy, not for their claims about the lack of vaccine safety, but for daring to raise concerns among parents.
Kennedy wrote a response to Bruni's piece which was published by The Times on July 10.
July 10, 2015, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., on Mercury in Vaccines
In his letter, which was limited in size, Kennedy stuck to the science. He challenged Bruni's claim that mercury has been removed from vaccines, citing its presence still in some tetanus and meningitis vaccines, and in about a 50,000,000 doses of the flu vaccine. Kennedy warned about merely accepting whatever the CDC says about vaccines, noting that this agency is notorious for its pharma connections. He brought up the charges by a CDC insider that vaccine study results had been altered to hide a link with autism. Finally Kennedy pointed out that there are independent researchers whose work supports his claims about mercury use in vaccines and children developing autism.
Those powerful comments seemed like the last word.
A whistleblower from inside the CDC has charged that study results were changed to hide a link.
Reputable researchers have found that thimerosal is damaging our children.
Congressional subcommittees have found the CDC to be corrupt.
Would The Times look into the serious charges that Kennedy made or would they simply ignore them?
Actually, they countered today with an editorial in support of SB 277.
Did the editorial board somehow miss Kennedy's letter with his charges of corruption, collusion and cover-up? Did they decide that supporting the vaccine industry takes precedent over the health and safety of our children, no matter how serious the charges? The answer to the second question is clearly, "yes."
In California's Tough Vaccination Law, The New York Times congratulated California for removing a parent's right to choose when it comes to vaccination and called for all other states to follow the example of CA, MS, and WV. There was no mention of possible side effects or the lack of liability. The CDC may produce fraudulent science while being hopelessly tied to the vaccine industry---but that won't stop The New York Times from defending their vaccine program with an almost religious zeal. It's just too bad for the children of America.
California sets a smart example for the nation by passing tough new laws that will require the vast majority of children in day care or kindergarten to be vaccinated against a slew of infectious diseases next year. The state will no longer grant exemptions based on a parent's religious convictions or "personal belief" that vaccines might be harmful. It will only allow exemptions for children with medical conditions that make vaccination unsafe. This public health policy ought to be adopted by all states.
While all states require schoolchildren to be vaccinated, nearly all allow exemptions for families with religious objections (only Mississippi and West Virginia limit exemptions to medical necessity), and 20 currently allow exemptions based on a parent's personal beliefs. Those beliefs are often based on irrational fears that vaccines might cause autism, a link based on fraudulent science that has long been discredited.
Vaccination rates can differ significantly among states. In Colorado, which allows both religious and personal belief exemptions, only 82 percent of children had received both recommended doses of the mumps-measles-rubella vaccine for the 2013-14 school year, while in Mississippi, which allows only medical exemptions, 99.7 percent had gotten both doses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
California's previous policy had grown so lax that in some schools only half of the students have completed the required vaccinations, making those schools more susceptible to the spread of disease. A measles outbreak at Disneyland last December sickened 131 people in California, a fifth of them badly enough to require hospitalization, and infected 16 people in six other states as well. Most of those infected had not been vaccinated.
California was right to prohibit exemptions based on religious objections. Analysts have found that most religions have no objection to vaccination. Even religiously motivated parents should see the importance of vaccinations to protect the health of their child and others in the community. Experts say that 92 to 94 percent of the population needs to be immune to a disease like measles to achieve "herd immunity" to protect the whole community.
Some opponents of the law say they will sue, push for a referendum to block it, or home-school their children to avoid vaccination. While they have a right to do so, that approach is likely to put their children and others at unnecessary risk.
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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.