And now another installment of the "NO NO YOU CAN'T TALK ABOUT VACCINES AS ANYTHING OTHER THAN LIFE SAVING FAIRY WATER" files.... Salon attacks a prestigious film festival for daring to include a film about vaccines. The censorship calls in the media toward the vaccine injured and their families and those who dare speak out is nothing short of North Korean in its approach. But Americans are wising up. Visit the National Coalition Against Censorship to learn more about the history of censorship in America. They need to do some updating...
By Anne Dachel
By Mary Elizabeth Williams
"There are not two sides to every story. Not every issue requires us to legitimize an opposing view. Like, for instance, when the other perspective is totally crackpot. For example, if you’re a disgraced fraud, maybe you’re really not the best source for information about vaccines."
If you look at Mary Elizabeth Williams's bio, you'll see she's written for the NY Times and the LA Times. And here in this Salon piece she epitomizes the attitude of the media when it comes to the vaccine controversy---THERE ISN'T ONE! ....Remember Nancy Snyderman telling Matt Lauer on NBC, it's "not controversial"?
NBC Oct 31, 2008 Dr. Nancy Snyderman
"Snyderman immediately shot back, 'Not controversial subject , Matt. ...It's time for kids to get vaccinated. The science is the science. It's not controversial.'"
Williams and Snyderman couldn't be more wrong. In fact what they've said is sheer nonsense.
Of course there are TWO SIDES and of course it's CONTROVERSIAL!
Why else would the claim that a one-size-fits-every-child vaccine schedule is safe be the the most challenged idea in pediatric medicine? Vast numbers of people, experts and parents, don't believe it!
What the media, namely Williams here, is trying to do is shut down the debate. BUT BY PRETENDING that all the science is in, everything is settled, they're making themselves completely irrelevant.
Where did Williams learn her craft? Was she taught, don't make waves, take the word of the powers that be, especially if it means staying on the good side of advertisers?
Attention Mary Elizabeth Williams, you are incredibly naïve if you think that the public is buying your spin. We have a lot of sick and disabled children today that the medical community and health officials haven't even noticed. We don't expect our kids to be healthy anymore, since half of all U.S. children have some chronic condition they're living with. Parents want answers. They don't believe things are fine.
Back in the late 1800s this kind of story would have been called "yellow journalism" because it has a flashy headline but little real substance. Yellow journalism was reporting with a lot of exaggeration. Congratulations Ms Williams, you and others like you reporting on the vaccine debate have set the news industry back more than a hundred years.
I've given up on reporters actually doing what we expect of them. We will never see a mainstream news person thoroughly and legitimately cover this subject.
How come members of the press never actually talk to Dr. Wakefield? What is wrong with allowing this controversial figure to defend himself?
Why doesn't anyone in the media interview the parents of the children in Wakefield's study? They've even appeared in videos backing Wakefield's work, yet they've been totally ignored by the press.
Williams names the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and others in her defense of vaccines with no acknowledgement of the vast web of money ties between these groups and the vaccine makers.
All those reporters who complain that this debate doesn't go away need to realize that they're the main reason why. How many more years will news outlets ignore the victims, defend an unchecked, unsafe program, and pretend that the science is settled?
This is also about self-protection. Vast numbers of doctors and scientists, institutions and agencies have everything at stake in this. So do most people in the mainstream press. It just can't be true that an out-of-control vaccine schedule has damaged a generation of children.
The most telling comment by Williams was this: "Andrew Wakefield's 'Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Controversy' will debut at one of our most prestigious fests."
"One of our most prestigious fests"?
It's a shock for all the deniers of a link to see that a "respected festival" would include this film. What does that say about the claim that vaccines carry inherent risk? What if parents do have reasons to be concerned?
Mary Elizabeth Williams needs to understand that her brand of reporting isn't journalism. It's a call for censorship, and that's not what the media is supposed to be about in America.
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.