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Fake NewsBy Anne Dachel

January 3, 2016, Los Angeles Times: It's not just politics: 2016 was an epidemic year for fake news in science, too

By Michael Hiltzik

One of the watchwords of politics in 2016 was the epidemic of “fake news” — a catch-all term encompassing propaganda, misinformation, disinformation and hoaxing — impinging on the presidential campaign. But let’s not overlook its spread in the spheres of science and medicine….

Oransky and Marcus cite several dubious findings that were published in scientific journals that purport to engage in peer review, but may not always be as reputable as they seem. These included a conspiracy-mongering claim that the vapor trails behind jet planes contain toxic materials, not merely ice crystals; another hugely questionable study linking vaccines to autism, a long-debunked connection; and a “whopper” asserting that HIV doesn’t cause AIDS. All were eventually retracted by their publishers, but that only raises the question of how they got published to begin with….

Common in the popular press are medical claims made by celebrities, typically associated with their own personal experiences or promoted by companies selling the nostrums, or both. Patient advocates and other promoters recognized early on that “using celebrities to endorse scientific or health claims gives the claims the veneer of authority,” Marcus says. 

I’d like to ask Michael Miltzik what we should call news reports that are merely the parroting of official denials about vaccines and autism that endlessly come from agencies and medical groups controlled by the pharmaceutical industry, i.e. the vaccine makers themselves.

Reporters like Miltzik have absolutely no interest in the blatant conflicts that permeate our Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What better term than “fake news” is there for the “propaganda, misinformation, disinformation and hoaxing” the media resorts to in convincing the public that vaccines are safe for every child in America?

What else would Miltzik call pharma-funded studies and falsified research findings from our health care agencies?

How does Miltzik explain the charges against William Thompson and Poul Thorsen?

Miltzik needs to tell us why we should trust the vaccine safety claims of the CDC when the same agency that approves, recommends, and promotes the vaccine schedule is also in charge of vaccine safety.

Miltzik needs to account for the dozens of cases (83) of federal compensation for vaccine-induced autism in the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, in addition to the concession by HHS in the case of Hannah Poling.

Miltzik also needs to look at the number of people who don’t believe his pronouncement about no link between vaccines and autism.

 In a Dec 28, 2016 piece in the New York Magazine Adam Raymond wrote, "Despite broad disagreements on politically relevant conspiracy theories, Democrats and Republicans did find an issue to unite them — vaccines and autism. The poll found that 28 percent of Democrats believe 'vaccines have been shown to cause autism' and 29 percent of Republicans do, too."

Add those numbers up and it’s a whole lot of Americans—this despite two decades of the press constantly telling us that there is no link. And those numbers will only grow because the truth is getting out, despite everything the Los Angeles Times and the rest of the mainstream press does to protect the vaccine makers.

This story from the LA Times is the FAKEST NEWS OF ALL!

Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.



To get the full story on Snopes read the articles by Yoichi Shimatsu, "For Anyone Who Still Believes Snopes Is an Abuse Victim." It's beyond ridiculous that this corrupt and deeply troubled group could somehow be deciding what is true or not true. Barbara and David Mikkelson got a divorce, and that always brings out the dirt. The chief administrator for fact checker for Snopes, Kim LaCapria, came from a career as a sex worker, and there does seem to be some evidence that she still is. There is nothing that qualifies this group as a reliable source of what is fake or not fake news as they are up to their ears in charges of embezzlement, diversion of revenues, inflated expenses, and so on--all in the divorce papers. Then there is the history of involvement in all kinds of questionable activities in the past, but they have good funding from all the usual suspects so they get away with it.

Also, thanks to Laura Hayes for reprinting Christopher Exley's latest article on aluminum toxicity. The irony is that so many medical specialists from dermatologists to orthopedists have embraced the bad news about aluminum and taken appropriate action. Somehow or other, though, 99% of pediatricians are living with 19th century science. They know nothing about cellular metabolism, nothing about genetic propensity to aluminum toxicity, nothing about what is even in the vaccines they push on children. Especially in California, we are living in a nightmare of ignorance, even at the university level, when it comes to toxic metals, cellular biology, RNA transcription, etc. I think it's because California is so broke and the universities are dependent on Big pharma. I can only conclude that is the reason that so many (including our legislators) are so blissfully ignorant.

Angus Files

B.T. Before Trump will be seen as the end of the fake News.



The loudest protestors of fake news today, are themselves the biggest purveyors of fake news. And they have been for decades.

What these Orwellian freaks are really protesting, is that the public is finally becoming wise to their propaganda. It scares the hell out of them, and it should.

It's kinda fun actually, watching them scramble to put the genie back in the bottle.

Jeannette Bishop

Thanks, Laura and Dr. Exley. Important research that can't be said to be coming through too soon.


i think i forgot to say THANK YOU! ! Thank You one million times over to You and all of the brilliant editors here for providing this forum!!! and all the wisdom it imparts!!!!!


I recently read a protocol for reversal of early stage Alzheimer's...it's remarkably similar to the DAN protocol we've followed for 11 years.

Aluminum is involved, as a vaccine adjuvant, salted foods, bagels...can't be too careful !


Wymn like Amy Goodman, and Andrea Mitchell, and Rachel Maddow do not think that having to decided what gets injected into humans squeezed through their vaginas is of any import. People who have to decided to do such a thing are obviously of low intellect.
This is why i hate the media.

This is not fake news IT IS BIG NEWS but thanks to WHITE female privileged, it does get disseminated.


Do Y'all remember the days of bill maher before Real Time? I would love a Politically Incorrect episode with Tom Freiden, Amy Goodman, and Jimmy Kimmel against Andy Wakefield, Sharyl Attkinson, and Jenny McCarthy with regard to the issue of vaccine induced AUTISM!!!!!!!!

Jeannette Bishop

I'm still tempted to say the "mass media" should maybe just keep on keeping on with this doubling down with their fake narratives:


Thirty-two percent who have a "great deal" or "fair amount" of trust and confidence equates to 68% who have "not very much" (which was 41%) or "none at all" (which was 27%).

I just feel some measure of disquiet for the 32% (especially their children), and the few who feel a strong need to maintain absolute faith in the medical system however skeptical they might be otherwise.

Laura Hayes

Here is some REAL news that you won't see covered by MSM...but you will see it right here, right now, on AoA! (Small plug here following that truth to make a New Year's donation to AoA if you didn't make one during the fundraising drive in November).

Another critically-important study from Christopher Exley, link and press release below.

Please be reminded that dangerously toxic and neurotoxic levels of aluminum are found in the majority of today's vaccines, including those given to pregnant women, infants, toddlers, and children. Many researchers believe Autism and Alzheimer's to be closely related...just different and/or cumulative manifestations of aluminum toxicity at different periods of age and development.



Press Release

Very high levels of aluminium in brain tissue in familial Alzheimer’s disease

There has been a strong link between human exposure to aluminium and the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease for half a century or more. However, without definite proof, there is still no consensus in the scientific community about the role of this known neurotoxin in this devastating brain disease.
The latest research from my group, published in the Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology, makes this link even more compelling. In my view, the findings are unequivocal in their confirmation of a role for aluminium in some if not all Alzheimer’s disease.
At the very least, these new results should encourage everyone and even those who have steadfastly maintained that aluminium has no role in the disease to think again.
I don’t believe that is the only factor, but I think it is an important one which should be considered very seriously.
When our new results are put into the context of what is already known about aluminium and Alzheimer’s disease their significance becomes overwhelming and compelling.
We already know that the aluminium content of brain tissue in late-onset or sporadic Alzheimer’s disease is significantly higher than is found in age-matched controls. So, individuals who develop Alzheimer’s disease in their late sixties and older also accumulate more aluminium in their brain tissue than individuals of the same age without the disease.
Even higher levels of aluminium have been found in the brains of individuals, diagnosed with an early-onset form of sporadic (usually late onset) Alzheimer’s disease, who have experienced an unusually high exposure to aluminium through the environment (e.g. Camelford) or through their workplace. This means that Alzheimer’s disease has a much earlier age of onset, for example, fifties or early sixities, in individuals who have been exposed to unusually high levels of aluminium in their everyday lives.
We now show that some of the highest levels of aluminium ever measured in human brain tissue are found in individuals who have died with a diagnosis of familial Alzheimer’s disease.
The levels of aluminium in brain tissue from individuals with familial Alzheimer’s disease are similar to those recorded in individuals who died of an aluminium-induced encephalopathy while undergoing renal dialysis.
In support of our quantitative data we have also used a recently developed and fully validated method of fluorescence microscopy to provide stunning and unequivocal images of aluminium in brain tissue from familial Alzheimer’s disease donors.
Familial Alzheimer’s disease is an early onset form of the disease with first symptoms occurring as early as 30 or 40 years of age. It is extremely rare, perhaps 2-3% of all cases of Alzheimer’s disease. Its bases are genetic mutations associated with a protein called amyloid-beta, a protein which has been heavily linked with the cause of all forms of Alzheimer’s disease.
Individuals with familial Alzheimer’s disease produce more amyloid beta and the onset of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are much earlier in life.
This new research may suggest that these genetic predispositions to early onset Alzheimer’s disease are linked in some way to the accumulation of aluminium (through ‘normal’ everyday human exposure) in brain tissue.
Ageing is the main risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease and aluminium accumulates in human brain tissue with ageing. Environmental or occupational exposure to aluminium results in higher levels of aluminium in human brain tissue and an early onset form of sporadic Alzheimer’s disease. The genetic predispositions which are used to define familial or early onset Alzheimer’s disease also predispose individuals to higher levels of brain aluminium at a much younger age.
Aluminium is accepted as a known neurotoxin, for example being the cause of dialysis encephalopathy, and its accumulation in human brain tissue at any age can only contribute to any ongoing disease state or toxicity.
We should take all possible precautions to reduce the accumulation of aluminium in our brain tissue though our everyday activities and we should start to do this as early in our lives as possible.
The new research, published in the Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology is available online and open access (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0946672X16303777)
Further information is available from Professor Christopher Exley, The Birchall Centre, Lennard-Jones Laboratories, Keele University, Staffordshire, ST5 5BG, United Kingdom.
Email: [email protected]

Christopher Exley PhD FRSB
Professor in Bioinorganic Chemistry
Aluminium and Silicon Research Group
The Birchall Centre, Lennard-Jones Laboratories,
Keele University, Staffordshire, ST5 5BG, UK
Tel: 44 1782 734080; Email: [email protected]

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Jeannette Bishop

Thanks, Anne. I'm curious if there was a number who didn't ID as Hilary or Trump voters that were polled and were even more skeptical of the corporate propaganda. The 28% "democrats" and 29% "republicans" somehow translated in 31% overall (according to a graph in the middle of the link below) that said they believe vaccines "have been shown to cause autism" (which is not the same as saying one simply believes or suspects they do either):


Another piece of fake news, a forbes.com "Editorial Pick", taken apart by Forrest Maready:

Hans Litten

Connell | January 06, 2017 at 10:32 AM

What about if a certain cdc scientist said they found the evidence in 2003 and hid it ?
SimpsonWood ? "we cannot make it go away" ?
Julie Gerberding on the Hannah Polling case ?

The evidence is so overwhelming there is absolutely no way a vaccinated versus unvaccinated study could ever be performed , such would the weight of evidence be against the fraud of vaccine .

"People believe all kinds of crazy things. That does not make them true."
Like the CDC is an honest upright organisation ? Is that what you mean ?



You make an excellent point that people believe all sorts of crazy things. I think only crazy people would believe that vaccines do not cause autism.

Author Michael Crichton describes the situation quite accurately as follows:

“I regard consensus science as an extremely pernicious development that ought to be stopped cold in its tracks. Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled ... Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world ... The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus.”

For Connell


Yes, and perhaps you believe all sorts of crazy things, like what health officials and jounalists like Hitzlik tell you!


"The poll found that 28 percent of Democrats believe 'vaccines have been shown to cause autism' and 29 percent of Republicans do, too."

People believe all kinds of crazy things. That does not make them true.

Hans Litten


They presented no evidence whatsoever that the story was untrue, and yet they are held by many as protectors of the truth, such as apparently Mark Zuckerberg, the owner of Facebook, who recently stated that they would use Snopes to determine “fake news.”

Snopes claims to be unbiased with no outside influence, and yet, as news reports recently revealed through the divorce proceedings of David Mikkelson from his former wife Barbara, he was receiving a salary of $240,000.00 a year, and believed he should be earning $720,000.00 a year, while maintaining bank accounts in excess of millions of dollars.

Gary Ogden

Or WaPo's completely fake story of Putin hacking the Vermont power grid, in the preparation of which the reporter made not a single phone call. Following their fake "fake news" story itself! The mainstream media has entirely forfeited its integrity and believability. Makes me sad. I once liked newspapers, read them avidly. Once upon a time they were reliably and unashamedly partisan; today, they have convinced themselves they are neutral bearers of actual events and knowledge, that the front page and Op/Ed page went by entirely different rules. The WSJ once had an excellent, and reliable front page, while the Op/Ed page was heavily partisan. But other than the cultural, entertainment, and and sports sections, newspapers have largely become propaganda organs for the corporate interests which control the levers of power in Washington and our state capitals. The really good news is that a greater percentage of those in their twenties know that vaccines cause autism. Perhaps due to so many of them having younger siblings so affected?

Hans Litten

BBC = the king of fake news !

I might think of doing a table of true Fake News outlets :

1. BBC
2. London Times and everything Murdoch
3. WaPo
4. NYT
5. LAT
6. Farcebook & everything & anything Zuckerberg
7. GoogleCIA & London's Knowledge Vault
8. 32 different lamestream sources that all said Hillary couldn't lose. Not that we are much better off!

Dr. Sock

I would expect nothing less from a convicted sock puppet.


In 2006, Hiltzik was suspended without pay from the LA Times for sockpuppeting on his blog "The Golden State". Hiltzik admitted to posting under false names on multiple sites, using the pseudonym "Mikekoshi" to criticize commentators Hugh Hewitt and Patrick Frey.[7][8] In December 2009, the LA Times announced that Hiltzik would be returning to the paper as a business columnist.

Of course there are loads of fake statements on Wikipedia so maybe Mikey (the sock) Hiltzik is the victim of some Wikipedia fake news.

Bob Moffit

"What better term than “fake news” is there for the “propaganda, misinformation, disinformation and hoaxing” the media resorts to in convincing the public that vaccines are safe for every child in America?"

How about "junk science" .. as once practiced by the tobacco industry .. for DECADES .. to "protect their product from being revealed as a dangerous risk to one's health"?

"Fake news" .. meet .. "junk science".

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