Other than that, it's a rag. Leif Reigstad must have been given his assignment like this: "We need a piece discrediting the film 'VaxXed' and Texas prosecutor, Nico LaHood. Don't bother talking about what's in the movie, just say it's by the 'disgraced' doctor, Andrew Wakefield, and that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there is no link between vaccines and autism. Don't say anything about how LaHood's son developed autism, just call what he's doing an 'anti-vaccination campaign.'
"Be sure to blame non-vaccinating parents for disease outbreaks and express alarm over all those exempting their kids."
Reigstad was quick to note the attention this issue has gotten on social media: "On Wednesday, LaHood continued his anti-vaccination campaign, posting a long rant on Facebook encouraging parents to 'educate yourselves for the sake of your precious children,' and to 'stay away from rhetoric and look at hard facts.' As of Thursday morning, the post had garnered nearly 1,500 comments."
Of course no defender of vaccines wants parents to educate themselves. We not supposed to look at the volumes of science that challenge all the official government studies. Member of the press just follow orders and write what they're told. The press will not talk about the CDC MMR scandal. They will continue to call government scientists "credible experts" because they have no other choice.
Sept 1, 2016, Texas Monthly: The Anti-Vaccination Movement Is Gaining Ground In Texas
By Leif Reigstad
I posted these two comments on this story.
“Despite repeated assurances from credible health experts such as the Centers for Disease Control that there is no link between vaccinations and autism, more and more parents in Texas are opting out of getting their children vaccinated.”
Many of us with vaccine injured children have given up on the media ever legitimately covering this issue. First of all, it’s clear that Leif Reigstad has his talking points: Vaccines are safe, vaccines save lives.
Reigstad slammed “VaxXed” and the comments made by San Antonio prosecutor, Nico LaHood, without saying one word about the story in “VaxXEd.” Instead, Reigstad tells parents to trust the CDC.
Why should they? We’ve learned that the CDC committed fraud in their most important research on the MMR over ten years ago.
This is what “VaxXed” is all about. A senior scientist at the CDC has come forward and said that his agency falsified the two of the major results of an MMR study in 2004. This is the worst health care scandal in history and it’s clear that powerful forces both inside and outside our government will do everything possible to cover this up—including telling members of the press how they will report on this story.
Leif Reigstad should see “VaxXed” and then talk about it. Reporters never do that. It’s easier to attack something they’re never seen.
Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism
“The video was posted on Facebook as a trailer for Vaxxed, a documentary film directed by disgraced former doctor Andrew Wakefield, the author of a since-retracted study that linked vaccines with autism. …”
It’s more than a little disingenuous to pretend that “VaxXed” is about Andrew Wakefield. Wakefield directed the film, but the story is about corruption at the highest levels of government health care. Leif Reigstad omits any mention of Wakefield’s co-producer, Del Bigtree, who produced the Emmy Award Winning medical talk show. “The Doctors,” for six years.
Isn’t Reigstad even a little curious as to why someone in his position would give all this up to work on the most controversial movie in America?
What is really obvious in this extremely biased and selective coverage is that Reigstad does not want the real story about Nico LaHood, Andrew Wakefield, and “VaxXed” to ever get covered.
If he were giving us authentic coverage, Reigstad would actually talk to Nico LaHood, Andrew Wakefield, and Del BigTree. He was ask them probing questions and present their side. Sadly, the media has no interest in being fair and balanced when it comes to talking about vaccines.
Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism