By Anne Dachel
What I find most fascinating about the corruption of the media is their treatment of Andrew Wakefield. If you were to go to Google News and do a search, you'd find his name comes up quite often in stories about the vaccine controversy. You'd see things like:
"Dr. Andrew Wakefield has been involved with spreading the misinformation related to alleged conspiracy and cover-up..."
"... Andrew Wakefield was stripped of his medical license in the U.K. for falsifying the results of his own study..."
"...Andrew Wakefield, the discredited former British gastroenterologist who wrote a highly controversial (and since retracted) ..."
Unquestionably Andy is the fall guy. He's the one they blame for parental resistance to the ever-increasing vaccine schedule (while steadfastly ignoring all the sick kids everywhere). He connected vaccines to the development of autism and parents keep buying into the false claim, according to every major news organization out there.
Incredibly, no one in the media ever wants to talk to Andy about his position. Isn't that a little strange?
IF this doctor is SO WRONG and SO DANGEROUS, you'd think reporters would be questioning him everywhere he goes, setting up debates where members of the medical community could challenge his notoriously false position on vaccines and bring an end to the argument. SO WHY DON'T THEY?
I'm talking about folks like Clyde Haberman at the New York Times. He said Wakefield was "held in disgrace" in a piece entitled, "A Discredited Vaccine Study’s Continuing Impact on Public Health." And while Haberman interviewed Seth Mnookin, author of The Panic Virus, who defended vaccines, Andy was not contacted, although Haberman did cite him as "Dr. Wakefield."
The Times also covered Andy in Melena Ryzik's story, "Pulled From Festival, Anti-Vaccination Film Will Run in Theater," where Ryzik referred to him as "Mr. Wakefield." and said that he is "a prominent figure in the anti-vaccination movement, which has led to an increase in outbreaks of preventable diseases like measles." Ryzik included no response from him in her piece.
The same thing happened in Stephanie Goodman's story in the Times, "Robert De Niro Pulls Anti-Vaccine Documentary From Tribeca Film Festival." "Mr. Wakefield" was accused of ethics violations that resulted in the revocation of his medical license. While Goodman didn't talk to Andy, she did include Dr. William Schaffner in her attack on "VaxXed," citing him as a professor from Vanderbilt University and omitting anything about his vast web of money ties to just about every drug company out there.
The New York Times and every other news organization is guilty of journalistic cowardice. They are absolutely afraid to talk to Andrew Wakefield. He is more than willing to be interviewed; they refuse to let him have any public forum. (Back about five years ago, when their was a lot of coverage of Andy and the BMJ, he did get interviewed. Who can forget the disgraceful attack by Anderson Cooper on CNN? Cooper called his work "a lie" and constantly cut Andy off in midsentence.)
So currently, the media is caught in a real dilemma. They carefully construct what the public is told about Andy: Wakefield produced a phony paper back in 1998 which has had worldwide influence and convinced millions that vaccines can trigger autism leading to more and more kids not being vaccinated. Somehow repeating this charge endlessly hasn't done any good, and the press really has no new arguments.
The debate rages on.
The other side has to fight back. Elected officials, at the behest of the pharmaceutical industry which funds them, are trying their best to shut down the issue by removing a parent's right to choose, like they did in California. On the other hand, the Internet is alive with information and educating the public in ways the mainstream press has never dared. Andy and his team are on the road and they're energizing Americans in city after city with screenings of "VaxXed."
The controversy will only get more heated.
I recently wrote this Wake-Up piece on the new vaccine law as it impacts California schools, and I discovered that Dr. Wakefield cited the same stories on this video.
Here Andy talks about schools enforcing SB277
Andy: "This was entirely predictable. ...The bill, as written, really made no provision for how they were going to police this system other than to make it the responsibility of the school administrators to check on the child's vaccination status and exclude them from public or private school if they'd not been vaccinated. So the schools, as it becomes clear here, became the vaccine police. That's not a role that they're there for, it's not a role that they want, it's a role that many of them are up in arms about, and quite rightly so.
"So not thought through at all in terms of the downstream consequences."
Andy went on to discuss the impact enrollment has on the funds schools receive.
"The income to a school is largely dependent on registration and attendance, so schools stand to lose a great deal of money if parents do not bring their children to school and choose alternatively to homeschool.... [Quoting from a news report] 'Because the legislature didn't want to fund an enforcement mechanism, it simply made vaccinations condition of education and forced administrators to be the gatekeepers.' ...
"I'm sure that vaccine adverse reactions will inevitably follow. Whether they will be appropriately reported or not, we'll wait to see."
Andy then cited a story in the San Francisco Chronicle where a mother of a vaccine injured child could get a one year medical exemption for that child, but not for her sister. The mother will homeschool.
Andy went on to say that "VaxXed" is available on Amazon and is currently #1 on Movers and Shakers. This DVD contains parts that were omitted from the original film because of time constraints.
Next Andy answered questions submitted to him about "VaxXed" and what he referred to as the reaction of the "medical-industrial complex."
Surprisingly, he received a question about the film "Hear the Silence," which stars the famous British actor, Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) as Dr. Wakefield, and that I wrote about in 2013. This film aired on British TV on 2003 and then disappeared for the next ten years.
Andy reflected on what he's learned during his U.S. tour of "VaxXed." All the stories told by parents of vaccine injured children are nothing sort of shocking, especially concerning the children who died after being vaccinated, those referred to as SIDS deaths.
Andy: "There is a direct link between vaccines and infant deaths. ...Clearly playing a role in why there is such a high infant mortality rate in this county, compared with other countries."
As he answered additional questions, Andy made it clear that Thompson's false study was used to discredit his [Wakefield's] research and to stop more investigation into the MMR/GI disease/autism link. This is very important because of the soaring rates of bowel problems in children, specifically Crohn's Disease.
So how long will the media continue to lie to us? How long will they assure us that we can endlessly vaccinate every child with no ill effects? The fraud is so massive now. It involves huge numbers of people in the health care community, the government, and the press. They have no choice but to deny everything and keep blaming Andy Wakefield. Meanwhile, "VaxXed" and its supporters are changing the hearts and minds of people across the U.S. and soon in other countries too.