CDC pays for astroturf support for the vaccine program. We have long suspected it, and occasionally we get to see behind the curtain. Such was the case last month when Megan Media posted a call for "mommy bloggers" to run paid stories supporting the vaccine program beginning April 11th.
The link has since been removed, but we took a screen shot to preserve the job posting.
We sent the following email to Megan Media for further comment, but no response has been forthcoming as of yet:
Your campaign to promote the CDC's vaccine program by paying "mommy bloggers" for stories was made public last two weeks ago.
I am looking for some details on the campaign.
First, is this campaign sponsored by CDC, HHS, or any vaccine maker, patent holder, or associated org?
Who is the client on this vaccine promotion campain?
Why was the choice made to launch this during Autism Awareness Month?
Are the "mommy bloggers" required to disclose that they have been paid for their stories?
We will be publishing on this on the morning of April 11th, so apologies for sending the request after business hours on Friday, but I hope you can respond before then.
If not, I can always update the story if you are able to respond on Monday.
Mother of a vaccine injured child
We encourage our readers to save the image, and post it in the comments section of any blog posts supporting the vaccine program for the next month, with the question:
"Have you been paid by Megan Media, the CDC, or any other parties for your vaccine stories?"