March 25, 2016, Glamour: Tribeca Film Festival Will Screen Controversial Anti-Vaccine Film
Maggie Mallon From Glamour Magazine:
For those who may be unfamiliar with Wakefield, here's a little background on the British ex-physician. Formerly a gastroenterologist, Wakefield rose to prominence in the late 1990s after publishing a paper linking vaccines to autism—essentially single-handedly inciting the anti-vaccine movement. In a case study of only eight children, Wakefield suggested a connection between inflammatory bowl disease in children who had recently received the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine and the development of autism. ...
More recently, a 2015 study published by the American Medical Association found no link between vaccines and autism. ...
According to the Tribeca Film Festival website, Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe will "[dig] into the long-debated link between autism and vaccines" and include "revealing and emotional interviews with pharmaceutical insiders, doctors, politicians, parents, and one whistleblower to understand what's behind the skyrocketing increase of autism diagnoses today." One of the aforementioned doctors, pediatrician Jim Sears, insists he is pro-vaccination but does believe that the Center for Disease Control has engaged in widespread cover-up regarding links between MMR and autism. ...
The Tribeca Film Festival committee, however, stands by their choice. In a statement, a Tribeca spokeswoman said: "Tribeca, as most film festivals, are about dialogue and discussion. Over the years we have presented many films from opposing sides of an issue. We are a forum, not a judge."
Maggie Mallon, like most people reporting on the vaccine controversy, doesn't have her facts straight.
"...the British ex-physician. Formerly a gastroenterologist, ..."
Andrew Wakefield had his medical license taken away, no one could take away his medical degree.
Mallon said Wakefield's study included "only eight children." Actually there were twelve patients, and they were referred to Wakefield by their primary doctors. It was the parents of these children who reported that they were healthy, normally developing toddlers until they received the MMR vaccine.
Typically stories like this cite studies the reporters have never looked at.
"More recently, a 2015 study published by the American Medical Association found no link between vaccines and autism. ..."
Sure there are endless studies from our health care agencies and medical organizations, and these are faithfully reported in the press.
No one ever asks who funded the study or what conflicts of interest the researchers had. If Mallon looked into the study she cited, she'd see that it's connected to the vaccine industry.
Actually no one in the media has had an independent thought on this issue since Sharyl Attkisson left CBS News.
Mallon et al. refuse to honestly and thoroughly look into what can only be described as the most heated controversy in pediatric medicine.
IF Mallon were really interested in telling the truth about what an unchecked, unsafe vaccine schedule is doing to our children, she'd actually contact Dr. Wakefield (and yes, he's STILL a doctor). She would get a hold of Dr. Sears and hear what he has to say.
The media never does that. The truth is, this isn't journalism, it's propaganda.
Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism