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Dachel Morning Wake Up: VaXxed Coverage

Dachel Morning Wake UoBy Anne Dachel

Here's a look at "Vaxxed" coverage around the country. It's interesting to see which news sites honestly report on the real story of "Vaxxed" and which ones reduce it to Andrew Wakefield's fraudulent claim that vaccines cause autism and say nothing about a scandalous governmental cover-up.

May 26, 2016, Santa Barbara Independent: Film Stirs Vax Pot ‘Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe’ Plays at Riviera Theater  By Keith Hamm

"At the core of Vaxxed is CDC whistleblower Dr. William Thompson, who in 2014 released a statement admitting (and regretting) that he and fellow authors of a 2004 article in the medical journal Pediatrics left out significant information that “suggested that African American males who received the MMR [measles, mumps, and rubella] vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism.”

Excellent review. It authentically covered the film and the controversy. Congratulations to Keith Hamm for doing his job. He even includes comments by a former Merck rep who was onstage during the Q and A.

May 26, 2016, Ashland (OR) Daily Tidings: Movie listings: May 27-June 2

“A documentary alleging that the CDC, the government agency charged with protecting the health of American citizens, destroyed data on their 2004 study that showed a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. Directed by Andrew Wakefield. This Film is Not Rated/91m.”

This was just a press release statement in a list of featured movies, but it was far better than most of the news reports on “Vaxxed.”

May 26, 2016, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Documentary reviews: 'Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe' and 'Hockney'

The Star Tribune reprinted the review by Mick LaSalle from the San Francisco Chronicle.

“So ‘Vaxxed’ can be seen as Wakefield’s side of the story. But it also contains a lot of interesting new information, which is contained in surreptitiously recorded phone calls with Dr. William Thompson, a former researcher from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control). Thompson, a potential whistle blower, claims that he was present for the suppression of findings that established a connection between the MMR virus and autism.”

Charges of fraud and cover-up by the people who run the vaccine program weren't  frightening or even concerning, but merely “interesting.” There was no call for an investigation or a congressional hearing. Life goes on.

May 31, 2016, Fox8 Cleveland: ‘Vaxxed’ filmmakers in Cleveland for special screenings, Q&As

By Darcie Loreno

There were only four sentences in the review.

 “'Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe’ was directed by Andrew Wakefield, an activist and former doctor whose 1998 study linking autism to childhood vaccines was discredited and retracted years ago.”

There was nothing about the content of the film and no trailer.

June 1, 2016, Tulsa World: Alleged cover-up of CDC findings connecting vaccine to autism topic of documentary coming to Tulsa

“A documentary purporting to show an investigation into how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concealed and destroyed data in a study that showed a link between the MMR vaccine and autism will screen in Tulsa.”

While this review started out fine, and it did not include the trailer to “Vaxxed,” the piece talked about Robert De Niro and Andrew Wakefield.  What about the “destroyed data”? What about the “link between the MMR vaccine and autism”?

June 1, 2016, Kansas City Star: Controversial anti-vaccine documentary coming to Glenwood Arts By Sharon Hoffman      

Hoffman included the trailer to “Vaxxed,” which most reporters don’t do. She mentioned “a cover-up,” but claimed it was Wakefield who said it. There was no mention of William Thompson and what goes on at the CDC. (Nice photo of Andy was included announcing his appearance in KC.)

June 1, 2016, Sarasota Herald Tribune: Lyons: Film indicting vaccines coming to a theater near you

By Tom Lyons

Lyons didn’t even attempt to report on “Vaxxed,” the movie. His piece was about everything but the film. He wrote about the man who sponsored “Vaxxed” in Sarasota, Donald Trump, and Andrew Wakefield. He says he’s sympathetic to autism parents, but then ridicules the link to vaccines. Another case of reviewing a movie while hiding what it’s really about.

June 2, 2016, Orlando Sentinel: Controversial 'Vaxxed' movie opens Friday in Winter Park

By Lauren Delgado

Delgado wrote about Robert De Niro and Andrew Wakefield. She cited Autism Speaks’ position defending vaccines. She said nothing about the real story of “Vaxxed,” except to conclude that it advocates “for giving the MMR vaccine to children at age 3 or splitting it into three different shots.”

One mother of a vaccine injured child who’s seen “Vaxxed” five times was quoted. Too bad the reporter didn’t see the film herself before writing about it.

June 2, 2016, CBS10, Tampa Bay: Controversial film connecting autism to vaccines plays at Sarasota theatre

The trailer was included in the story, and Andrew Wakefield was interviewed here. He said the CDC has covered up the truth. “This is an insider word from a senior scientist from inside the Center for Disease Control coming forward saying himself they have committed fraud, lied and deceived the American people about the potential negative effects of the vaccine. They have put millions of children in harm’s way,”

While a doctor was included who defended vaccines based on all the studies, the public was given the argument from the other side that the research has been falsified to show no link. A parent's story of how vaccines injured his children was included. Definitely outstanding coverage!

June 2, 2016, Cleveland Scene: Capitol Selects Program Will Finally Bring Cedar Lee-type Fare to the West Side

This was a bizarre article. It didn’t have “Vaxxed” listed in the current and upcoming movie lineup with a write-up of what the film was about like all the others, instead it was only mentioned in the opening like this:

“Every once in a while, it'll show a weird or controversial flick — this week's Vaxxed, for example, about which Cleveland Cinemas marketing director Dave Huffman told Scene: ‘Cleveland Cinemas does not shy away from controversial films and believes in providing an outlet for all types of filmmaking and opinions.’”

What was that supposed to mean? Is “Vaxxed” somewhere between “weird” and “controversial”? A movie about government fraud and corruption putting all of our children in danger was trivialized and demeaned, and its actual content was carefully hidden from the public.

June 3, 2016, FOX 13 Tampa Bay: Controversial documentary 'Vaxxed' comes to Sarasota

Twice in this short piece we read that "Vaxxed" is an "attempt" to link vaccines and autism.

“The documentary attempts to link vaccinations with autism and presents before and after footage of several apparently healthy children who after receiving vaccines were said to regress into disabled youngsters.”

Absolutely nothing was said about the CDC or William Thompson. The piece talked about Wakefield and "scientific fraud." 

There was no trailer included and whoever wrote this had one goal, to discredit the film while defending vaccines.

June 4, 2016, Charleston (SC) Post Courier: Infamous vaccine documentary to be shown at the Terrace on James Island

"Infamous vaccine documentary"? The person covering this clearly never saw the movie.

Reporter Lauren Sausser wrote about Wakefield's 1998 paper in the Lancet, and she had a doctor from the University of South Carolina denounce Wakefield's work and who worried that the movie would convince parents not to vaccinate. 

Sausser brought up Tribeca and the fact that Robert De Niro removed the film from the festival.  Nothing was said about fraud and cover-up, but only that 'the film reveals previously unreleased CDC data showing a statistical association between the introduction of MMR and the phenomenal spike in the number of autism cases in the U.S.'

Anyone reading this would know nothing about the story of "Vaxxed." And that was probably the intention all along. 

Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.


Carolyn c Mcd

Interesting that this site updates all movies weekly but has not updated Vaxxed since the last weekend in April. Odd and you would think it skews all the stats in the entire site since they are based on rankings .

Gary Ogden

Nice to see good coverage from the Santa Barbara Independent. This is the home district of State Senator HRH Hannah Beth Jackson, who brooked no dissent in paving the way for SB 277 to be shoved through the Senate, although she claimed to have seen Trace Amounts, to which all the legislators had been invited. Thank you for this, Anne. The cracks in the wall of denial are getting wider.


Mr. Lyons is lying. He claims to have seen the movie online. According to the makers it isn't available online. So clearly he either watched a pirated copy which is illegal or lied which is immoral. Which is it Mr. Lyons?


I read the articles and as they say in the business, there is no such thing as bad publicity.
Before anyone endeavors to engage on the comment boards, Gorski's minions are all over it with the "oh, is this the same whistle blower that was proven to be a fraud" meme. The players as you know are Mike Steven, Liz, Just the facts, etc. Same old same old with the same old trash talk. Beware.

bob moffit

Anne .. love reading ALL the reviews of VAXXED .. even the one's written by the CDC's "useful idiots" .. such as .. the Sarasota Herald's Tom Lyons .. who says he’s "sympathetic to autism parents, but then ridicules the link to vaccines". With all .. (tongue firmly planted in cheek) .. due respect to Mr Lyon's .. he can take his "sympathy" and %&*#.

The day will come when the FACTS and TRUTH are KNOWN .. and .. the "useful idiots" will have to live with their GUILT .. knowing THEY allowed this human catastrophe to continue for as long as THEY DID.

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