February 3, 2016,
Matt Lauer talked to Chuck Todd, moderator of Meet the Press, about why vaccines are a political issue.
Todd: "It's a combination of a few things that have all come together. Number one, you have the issue of religious freedom... The second thing is the rise of social media. And you throw in the combination of the scare about ten years ago ...the thought that there might be a connection between vaccines and autism, and how that spread like wildfire in social media. ...This is the perfect storm of what happens when the credibility of politicians goes badly. You have the spread of misinformation so easily on the Internet. ..."
Lauer quoted the New York Times. 'The vaccination controversy is a twist on an old problem for the Republican Party: How to approach matters that have largely been settled among scientists but are not widely accepted among conservatives.'
Lauer: "There are pockets of affluent America where parents don't want their kids vaccinated."
Todd: "We've been politicizing science in the last decade. ...[Politicians] ought to stay out of this debate. ...If you're a political leader and you care about this issue, you ought to step back and push forward medical experts on this. Because at the end of the day, the more politicians weigh in, the more this ends up splitting along political lines, and that's going to solve nothing."
Lauer: "Good point. Thank you very much."
Chuck Todd is NBC's "chief political director" and moderator of "Meet the Press." On February 3, 2016, Todd was interview by Matt Lauer on the Today Show. The topic was vaccines as a political issue.
Todd, backed by Lauer, warned candidates not to discuss vaccines. They should leave this subject to the "medical experts." The science has been settled.
This brief two minute conversation is extremely frightening. Todd called for censorship. The debate that won't go away, would essentially be shut down. Why? Because we're not qualified to discuss it. It's clear that Todd (and Lauer) doesn't want to go where this controversy leads. As a journalist, he's failing us all. The reason the issue doesn't go away, no matter how many "conclusive studies" they came up with, is because the evidence of damage, corruption and cover-up is everywhere.
Chuck Todd needs to wake up and realize that VACCINES ARE A POLITICAL TOPIC.
State governments mandate these vaccines.
The federal government oversees the vaccine schedule.
The U.S. Congress indemnified both the vaccine makers and those who administer vaccines.
The U.S. Court of Federal Claims hears vaccine injury cases (because yes, vaccine injury is real).
The government has compensated over 80 cases of vaccine injury involving autism.
In 2008 we learned that medical experts at HHS compensated vaccine-induced autism in the case of Hannah Poling.
State governments, after strong lobbying from a pharma-backed interest group, ALEC, are pushing for an end to exemptions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency that runs the vaccine program, has stood by unconcerned and clueless as the autism epidemic consumed more and more of our children.
The CDC has long been in bed with the pharmaceutical corporations. Hundreds of individuals at the CDC have conflict of interest waivers because of direct financial ties to the industry they regulate.
The CDC has ignored thousands of studies by well-credentialed experts from leading universities showing our one-size-fits-every-child vaccine schedule is not safe.
Two years ago, news of corruption and cover-up regarding a study that showed a link between the MMR vaccine and autism in African-American boys surfaced, yet nothing has been done.
The CDC literally has oversight over itself. They produce the studies, all connected to the vaccine industry, that are used to show vaccines are safe.
When is Chuck Todd going to get up to speed and know what's really going on?
What does Todd want politicians to do?
Should we let Dr. Paul Offit have the last word on vaccine safety? He's everywhere in the news, usually described as an infectious disease specialist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. What we're not told is that Offit made millions by developing a vaccine for rota virus.
How bad do things have to get before newsmen like Todd take an interest? The U.S. autism rate is at 2 percent of children. The predictions are that things will get worse. Our children are the most vaccinated in the world and some of the sickest.
Does it bother Chuck Todd that we have an ever-expanding vaccine schedule that is mandated for school attendance, yet there are absolutely no tests to determine which children might be at risk for a vaccine reaction? Every parent is expected to line up their child for vaccine roulette, hoping that the barrage of vaccines at each well-baby visit won't do permanent damage.
Chuck Todd and Matt Lauer need to explain why they want politicians to shut up about vaccines. The only people who benefit from the rest of us NOT TALKING ABOUT VACCINES, are those making money off of them.
Where do Todd and Lauer stand? On the side of the best possible health care for our children---or the profit-making of the vaccine industry?
And if Todd and Lauer don't know about the things I've talked about, what good are they as journalists?