June 8, 2016, Orlando Weekly: Opening in Orlando…By Steve Schneider
June 6, 2016, Salt Lake Tribune: Movie review: Reprehensible 'Vaxxed' brings a conspiracy theory to the big screen, By Sean P. Means
The documentary “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe” arrives here Friday in a firestorm of controversy.
The film, which opens at the Glenwood Arts theater, makes the familiar though widely discredited argument that childhood vaccines contribute to the rise of autism.
It also alleges “a pattern of data manipulation, fraud and corruption at the highest levels of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention),” according to statements in the film by William Thompson, a CDC psychologist involved in vaccine/autism studies.
Thompson’s audio comments, secretly recorded during phone conversations with an anti-vaccine researcher, accuse the CDC of covering up a link between the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine and autism in African-American boys....
“But it’s already the hottest pre-sale ticket we’ve ever had. A week before it opens, the 8:15 Friday screening (was) almost totally sold out — more than 450 of 500 seats.”...
African American boys? Should Robert W. Butler care? Remember Tuskegee? Our health officials have a horrible history of abuse when they've studied black Americans.
Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe Public outcry caused this anti-vaccination position paper to be pulled from the Tribeca Film Festival. But it's still seeing release in some theaters across the country, including our very own Regal Winter Park Village. Autism hoaxster Andrew Wakefield...
I posted a comment that the real COVER-UP was this reporter's write-up.
The movie, which was pulled from this year's Tribeca Film Festival lineup, presents the case, popular among anti-vaxxer conspiracy theorists, that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention covered up data that proved a link between the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism in small children. Propelling this theory is a study written by environmental engineer and anti-vaccine crusader Brian Hooker, based on data he learned from a CDC insider, William Thompson.
Director Andrew Wakefield (the defrocked British doctor whose discredited 1998 study launched the autism/vaccine nonsense) and producer Del Bigtree, a medical journalist, are two of the talking heads in a presentation whose dullness is interrupted by shamelessly manipulative use of tearful testimonials from parents of kids with autism. The parents' stories pile up, as Wakefield aims to blur correlation into causality and scare viewers into believing in a government/Big Pharma plot.
... The Brits stripped Wakefield of the authority to practice medicine, but there is no license required to make irresponsible propaganda films.
"A link between the... MMR vaccine and autism in small children"? Not mentioning that a major focus of this study was also African American boys is inexcusable. I posted comments.