By Anne Dachel
Seven years ago, I wrote, What Would Woodward Do? An Autism Analogy.
It was a story about how a real journalist like Bob Woodward covers a story.
Woodward had made a video saying that a good reporter has to be thorough.
"...checking a dozen or even a half a dozen people for a day story. ...
"The second track is documents..."
'Get your ass out of the chair and get over there.'
In other words, check things FIRST HAND, verify your sources, talk to people on both sides of an issue. And when has any network or print reporter ever covered the vaccine controversy in a thorough and unbiased manner (with the exception of former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson and Alisyn Camerota when she was at Fox)?
In the story below, former CNN anchor KATHLEEN KENNEDY talked about how the vaccine controversy is covered. (And I love it when they say "former" because network executives can't quash what this journalist has to say.)
This was in stark contrast to what we're all used to seeing from the mainstream media where vaccine safety coverage universally promotes the belief that every vaccine is safe for every child and the only danger comes from not vaccinating.
There are two mantras of old school journalism that appear to have gone the way of the rotary phone: 1) Never believe the first answer, and 2) When in doubt, check it out. In the early 1980s when I began my career in television news, even a shred of doubt was enough for us to whip out the journalistic shovel and commence digging. Woodward and Bernstein were our idols, the unrelenting model of perfection to which we all aspired. We were trained to ask the questions with one eyebrow up. Skepticism was a badge of honor. We didn’t seek the fleeting “ah-hah” moments of today’s reporting, we sought truth. There was no cutting and pasting in haste to get a story before the competition.
Don’t get me wrong. We did strive to get the story first, but we also did the actual legwork to get it right. Just ONE wrong move could cost your employer its credibility, and in a field that lacked the competition journalists have today, it was more noticeable. THAT was unthinkable. But in the wake of a 24-hour news cycle and countless competitors in print, internet and television, the bar we once held high found itself inches above ground. Never was that more apparent to this old schooler than this past February at a news conference for the World Mercury Project at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Our aim was to enlighten the media on the doubts we have in the integrity of the science related to our nation’s vaccines. However, if I had any doubts about the state of integrity of journalism today, those doubts were solidified at that very press conference.
Ms. Kennedy described how she became involved with Robert Kennedy, Jr. and his World Mercury Project. After listening to RFK, Jr. talk about CDC whistleblower Dr. William Thompson at the National Press Club earlier this year, she asked herself, "What if he was right?"
What if the mainstream media's coverage was really "bad journalism"?
Kathleen Kennedy talked about reporters using "canned talking points" like 'widely debunked' and 'definitive science' that "they have simply copied and pasted from a previously written story." She realized that anyone questioning vaccine safety was immediately labeled "anti-vaccine," and there was no real consideration of their arguments. Kathleen Kennedy noted that this happened to Robert Kennedy, regardless of the fact that he continually said all of his children were vaccinated. Kathleen Kennedy had to ask, "Did the reporters write the story BEFORE the press conference? One has to wonder."
It's amazing to see someone in the media actually acknowledging that vaccine coverage is horribly biased and appallingly scripted and sloppy. And I think it's also important to bring up the power and control of pharmaceutical advertising dollars over the news. At that same press conference Robert Kennedy made it clear that "the vaccine industry OWNS the media and controls everything they say about dangerous vaccines," as Newstarget.com reported.
Let's hope Kathleen Kennedy continues to hold reporters accountable for their role in covering up the truth about what vaccines are doing to our children.
Kathleen Kennedy is a 25-year veteran of local, national and international television news. In 1992, she joined Turner Broadcasting to co-anchor its prime-time newscast, The World Today on CNN. Throughout her career at CNN, Kennedy served as a news anchor for its sister networks Headline News and CNN International, seen in more than 200 countries around the world. During her career as a news anchor and reporter, Kennedy covered the major breaking news events of the past two decades. She has given us permission to re-print the article, as seen via The World Mercury Project