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by Ginger Taylor, MS

Dorit Pfizer
Dorit Reiss and a friend a Pfizer

Joe Lawlor believes that vaccine injured families advocating for their right to bodily integrity are cult-like anti-vaxxers. 

He may not put that in his "reporting" for the Portland Press Herald as the paper advocates for mandatory vaccination in Maine, but he puts it in his emails to principal advocate for vaccination via violence, Dorit Reiss.

For the uninitiated, Dorit Reiss is a law professor at UC Hastings who, while she has never taken the bar exam or practiced law, has been held out by the vaccine industry as the go to legal mind on vaccine mandates. The liability-free industry had a problem in Mary Holland, JD, well respected NYU legal scholar and member of the SCOTUS bar, and Dorit was the best they could come up with to offer a legal response.

And her response is extremist.

Dorit believes that forced vaccination is constitutional. Mind you, not just coerced vaccination for school entry or employment, she is referencing door to door vaccination by police with guns, and in some circumstances (she does not say which), tying a child down and vaccinating him or her.

Joe Lawlor is the health reporter for Maine's most prominent newspaper, the Portland Press Herald.  The paper has been pushing for the passage of LD 798, which removes the religious and philosophical vaccine exemptions from everywhere in Maine law.  The PPH doesn't even believe the right to choose what vaccine goes into one's body should be the subject of public debate any more, despite the fact that the PPH has never referenced the vaccine liability protection in one of its articles much less debated it.

Pph debate

Their board declared on Sunday that debate is closed on BOTH the scientific AND political vaccine discussions.  Not only are they wrong on both counts, the PPH putting their foot down and saying that no one is allowed to talk about this any more is as laughable as the countless other authoritarian temper tantrums that have declared that the "science is settled" for more than a decade now.

Joe Lawlor
Joe Lawlor, health reporter for the Portland Press Herald

Lawlor himself began his vaccine coverage on August 10th of 2014. He called me for an interview, and I discussed with him that I was not anti-vaccine, and to please not call me that, and this was about the restoration of liability to vaccine makers for injury and death to children. We talked for 45 minutes, emphasizing the liability problem.

So naturally, he printed, "Ginger Taylor, an anti-vaccine advocate from Brunswick, describes her autistic son Chandler, now 12, as “a vaccine-injured child," and failed to mention the liability issue at all. In fact in his five years writing on this topic, I can't ever remember him mentioning the liability-freeness of the vaccine program.

And I even mentioned the liability problem in my response to his inaugural smear piece on September 2nd, in Breakdown In Accountability At Heart Of Decline In Vaccinations, but he must not read his own paper.

It turned out that I was the sucker. He appeared a only two days later on the dais at the National Press Club with Paul Offit as an example of good vaccine reporting, I guess. He didn't even seem to understand why he was there, almost apologizing for appearing on what was billed as a panel of "experts" after less than two months of reporting on the vaccine issue. But aww shucks if he didn't come into this as a wide eyed newbie who just wanted to explore the issue, what with him being such an earnest and impartial journalist (that keeps forgetting the central issue of liability... well, I am sure he will get to it one of these years.)

Oh, and also he became BFFs with Dorit Reiss within four hours of posting his first story (give or take a few time zones.)

I noticed that Dorit posts on the PPH vaccine stories a LOT. I mean a lot even for her. And then I saw one day where people were sending freedom of information requests for her UC Hastings email to see what her chats with Offit were like. So I wondered to UC Hastings if she was pals with Lawlor.

Date: Sun, 10 Feb 2019 12:26:47 -0500
From: Ginger Taylor <[email protected]>
To: [email protected], [email protected]

Dear Mr. Martinez,

This is a request for public information under the California Public Records Act. The records sought and to what extent are described below.

1. All information and communications, as described below, between Mrs. Dorit Reiss to and from Joe Lawler of the Portland Press Herald, from the time Mrs. Reiss started working at UC Hastings, which Mrs. Reiss dates back to 2007 according to an interview she did with "Above The Law". The request is both for the emails sent by Reiss, as well as those sent by Lawler.

The following information is requested both as part of this PRA.

As used herein, information, documentation, correspondence and/or communication means all communications between and among the above parties in any form, including but not limited to hand written, typed, written, email, electronic, recorded; including notes, PowerPoint presentations, flyers, invitations, publications, webinar recordings, and the like, etc.

If any or all documents do not exist please note that specifically in your response.

If there are any fees for searching or copying these records, please inform me if the cost will exceed $10.00.  However, I would also like to request a waiver of all fees in that the disclosure of the requested information is in the public's interest and will contribute significantly to my and the public’s understanding of Mrs. Reiss and UC Hasting's association with Joe Lawler, his media outlet and the vaccine industry partnerships that they have established to remove the rights of Maine families to informed consent in vaccination.

The California Public Records Act requires a response within ten business days.  If access to the records I am requesting will take longer, please contact me with information about when I might expect such copies. Please provide all materials in electronic format by reply email as they become available, as opposed to until all of them are collected and become available.

If you deny any part of or this entire request, please cite each specific exemption you feel justifies the refusal to release the information and under what legal authority, and notify me of the appeal procedures available to me under university policy and procedures and under the law. 

Please advise when I can expect a reply to my email and the requested information. Thank you for attention to my request.

Thank you for your kind attention.
Ginger Taylor, MS

She is.

Here are the emails between them sent to me by UC Hastings:

Here are a few samples of their penpalship.  It all began on that fateful day that Lawlor called me "anti-vaccine."

From:Reiss, Dorit R. [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent:Sunday, August 10, 2014 11:52 PM
To:Joe Lawlor
Subject:RE: Article "More Maine families are skipping or delaying childhood vaccines"

My apologies for my lack of patience. I guess it just took time to go through all the comments you've received. Apologies, too, for posting more than once when I thought there was a problem.

Dorit Rubinstein Reiss

Professor of Law

UC Hastings College of the Law


[email protected]


From:Reiss, Dorit R.
Sent:Monday, August 11, 2014 1:55 AM
To:[email protected]
Subject:Article "More Maine families are skipping or delaying childhood vaccines"

Dear Mr. Lawlor,

I've posted several times on this article, but most of my comments have disappeared. I'm not sure if the problem is the moderation or Facebook, but I wanted to double check - if moderation, I'm not sure why my comments are deleted.



Dorit Rubinstein Reiss

Professor of Law

UC Hastings College of the Law


[email protected]


From:Reiss, Dorit R. [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent:Monday, August 11, 2014 10:10 AM
To:Joe Lawlor
Subject:RE: Article "More Maine families are skipping or delaying childhood vaccines"

And it's a great article. Thanks for speaking up on this, and doing it in such a careful, sensitive way.

Dorit Rubinstein Reiss

Professor of Law

UC Hastings College of the Law


[email protected]


From:Joe Lawlor <[email protected]>
Sent:Monday, August 11, 2014 1:40 PM
To:Reiss, Dorit R.
Subject:RE: Article "More Maine families are skipping or delaying childhood vaccines"

Thanks for being a voice of reason on the commenting board…..321 comments and counting! Wow, to see the anti-vaccine crowd in full throat is a bit scary….This is my favorite quote on the boards so far, from you no less

I agree that the body is much more complex than an automobile. Which is why I'm surprised that anti-vaccine people, who would not presume they know more than their mechanic by reading their car manual, presume they can know more than people who have studied immunology all their lives by a few hours of googling.”


From:Reiss, Dorit R. [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent:Monday, August 11, 2014 8:54 PM
To:Joe Lawlor
Subject:RE: Article "More Maine families are skipping or delaying childhood vaccines"

I've also been asked to tell you, from some of my science friends, that you "wrote quite a good article and should be commended for staying away from the false-balance trap that so many fall into."

And welcome to the wonderful world of anti-vaccine engagement.


Dorit .


From:Joe Lawlor <[email protected]>
Sent:Monday, August 11, 2014 9:58 PM
To:Reiss, Dorit R.
Subject:RE: Article "More Maine families are skipping or delaying childhood vaccines"

I just checked into the comments.…

My God, you and Liz have spent the entire day debunking the deluge of anti-vaccine propaganda below the story

Kudos to you.

I cant believe there are 455 comments on whether vaccines are safe! In what is settled science!’

I know it doesnt surprise you, but to me it’’s still unbelievable. Its almost cult-like’…..

I can be more forthcoming in a personal email to you as compared to a public forum.:)…

Best wishes

Joe L.


From:Joe Lawlor<[email protected]>

Sent on: Thursday, August 14, 2014 2:00:05 PM

To: Reiss, Dorit R.<[email protected]>

Subject: Follow-up story

Follow up:

Flag for follow up

Follow up status:


Completed on:

Thursday, August 14, 2014 2:20:41 PM

FYI heres my follow-up story’….Well see what happens’….So far zero comments on story. Calm before the storm, or did the last story with 600+ comments tire everyone out? LOL!

Soon they were targeting random medical professionals like they had been comrades for years! (name changed)

From: Joe Lawlor <[email protected]>
Sent on: Wednesday, October 8, 2014 4:32:43 PM
To: Reiss, Dorit R. <[email protected]>
Subject: Fwd: Vaccine Safety Panel

Hi Dorit. Have you ever heard of X Smith? Is he an anti-vaccination person? Just curious.


Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

From: "X Smith" <[email protected]>
Date: October 8, 2014 at 12:26:06 PM EDT
To: <[email protected]>
Subject: Vaccine Safety Panel

Mr. Lawlor,

I am a ... physician in XX State.

Yesterday, I caught some of your comments on C-Span coverage of the National Panel on Vaccine Safety. I was disturbed by some of the assumptions made by the panel.

I understand that the vaccine conversation is quite an emotional one and that in the midst of that emotion sometimes the science gets lost.

However, you said that the science is solid on the efficacy and safety of vaccines, and that the debate is over. I must respectfully disagree.

To give you some background, I also read the party line portrayed in medical textbooks and journal abstracts about the safety and efficacy of vaccines. I also thought “anti-vaxers” were not credible and were putting others unduly at risk. I also thought with arrogance, that it was my duty to inform them. I also “bullied” my patients into taking vaccines at worst and at best prescribed them without concern for the risks. Little did I know, I was the one who was uninformed.

When I moved to XX State, there was such a vehement anti-vax movement, on a whim I decided to look into their arguments so that I would know what to say to them.

Well, what I discovered is that there are some credible scientists and physicians who have found issues with the studies regarding vaccine safety and efficacy and the theory of herd immunity ( I thought it was a fact – but, it is a flawed theory). I reviewed their findings, looked at their videos and read their books. And now I have to say I don’t feel the same way about vaccines. I am much more cautious and concerned.

I also noticed that as soon as these physicians speak out, there are internet “trolls” who write ad hominem attacks to discredit them, such as Stephen Barrett, MD and David Gorski, MD. Both who have their own “professional” issues. These “scientists” don’t use science in their debunking activities at all.

As you stated, you just started looking into the “vaccine issue” since July. I would like to provide you with some links to materials produced by people who have put thousands of hours into researching the methods and results of vaccine studies and the history of vaccines in depth.

I am sure you admire and respect Dr. Paul Offit, and I believe he may be well intentioned, but he also engages in ad hominem attacks against these scientists and physicians to discredit them.

I only ask that you keep an open mind.

1. Suzanne Humphries, MD




2. Tatyana Obukhanych, PhD



3. Sherri Tennpeny, DO (FYI – Dr. Paul Offit and Tenpenny both seems to be adversarial with one another, so it get’s emotional – but her facts are sound, as far as I can tell).


To be balanced, I think you should review some of these materials. These scientists and physicians get very little air time from the media. In fact, it seems that every time a person who questions vaccines is given air time by the media, they are a mother, without a scientific background, who is emotional vs. Paul Offit ( a vaccine icon). This is used to discredit the legitimate concerns in the vaccination conversation.

So, I offer you these links as a compass, so that you may be truly informed about why there is a debate, what the arguments are, and realize that the conversation is far from over.

X Smith, [Insert advanced degrees here]

Also my vaccine safety reform bill and the legislator who was working with me:

From: Joe Lawlor <[email protected]>
Sent on: Sunday, January 11, 2015 5:37:10 PM
To: Reiss, Dorit R. <[email protected]>
Subject: Re: Another story

Thanks....Does the anti-vax bill have a legislative sponsor?

Sent from my iPhone

On Jan 11, 2015, at 12:02 PM, Reiss, Dorit R. <[email protected]> wrote:

I don't think this will go anywhere, but if it does, it may be useful for you to have the rebuttal at hand:​
"A bill was proposed by Maine legislator Richard Farnsworth adopting an informed refusal requirement before a parent can make use of Maine’s philosophical exemption to send their child to school without the required immunizations. In response, the Maine Coalition for Vaccine Choice (MCVC), an antivaccine advocacy group, proposed its own law, the “Maine Vaccine Consumer Protection Act.” Proposing an alternative law is not inappropriate.

There are, however, two significant problems: the premises underlying the alternative law, and the content of the proposal. The proposal is based on premises that are either simply untrue or inaccurate and misleading. And it’s extremely bad law."


Dorit Rubinstein Reiss

Professor of Law

UC Hastings College of the Law


[email protected]

Also now I super know how gross it feels to spend 4 years reaching out to The 4th Estate simply to be fodder, as apparently my emails to him went straight to Dorit:

From: Joe Lawlor <[email protected]>
Sent: Wednesday, February 04, 2015 1:51 PM
To: Reiss, Dorit R.
Subject: Fwd: Thompson given immunity by Obama admin to testify against CDC for vaccine safety fraud


Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

From: Ginger Taylor <[email protected]>
Date: February 4, 2015 at 8:30:17 AM EST
To: [a bunch of people including Joe Lawlor]

Senator Mason and Representative O'Connor,

There has been a development today in the #CDCwhistleblower scandal. The Daily Caller is reporting that senior CDC vaccine scientist William Thompson ...

I checked to see if any of this violated The Portland Press Herald code of ethics, but it turns out they don't have any. MaineToday Media (Parent company of the PPH) is simply, "committed to delivering content by employing a variety of sources including traditional print products and emerging technology platforms. Our goal is to allow our readers to access our information in any manner of their choosing."  

Still, I have asked the Portland Press Herald for a response to the revelation that their health reporter is a user of bigoted epithets toward vaccine injured families, calling us cult-like anti-vaxxers, while posing as an objective reporter, while using an advocate of vaccination through violence as source, while pushing bills like LD 798 to eviscerate the 1st Amendment and Informed Consent in Medicine, while touting a connection to the Columbia School of Journalism, while keeping a straight face.  Does the PPH believe that door to door vaccination by police is in order in Maine?

Mr. Schechtman,

Today I have published emails between Joe Lawlor and Dorit Reiss that I believe call for a response from the PPH on whether or not the paper shares Ms. Reiss' dystopian views on vaccination by police, and whether or not it is appropriate for a writer who refers to families with vaccine injured children with the epithets of "cult-like" and "anti-vaxxers" to be writing on vaccines for your outlet.

I await your response.

Ginger Taylor

I have every reason to believe that they will continue to act in bad faith with no response or remorse for their #fakenews - I mean "content" - and that they will continue to report that Maine has the 7th highest vaccine exemption rate in the nation, when Maine is the 25th in the nation for vaccine coverage, while ignoring the liability-free elephant in the room.



Wow can we use FOIA to learn more about kickbacks Pan is surely getting?3


Lawlor is such a pathetic hack. Really disgusting. But good investigative work Ginger. I would love to see some journalists actually investigate this issue instead of acting like lap dogs seeking pats on the head.

Heather Rae

Gotta love a meaty FOIA.
Excellent probing, Ginger!


Good grieff,holy smokes, and gie Whizz! Oh What! What's next!

Ach Well ! The Lancet Pllanetary Health . Appparently The Solomon Islands is an open community for labaority, Lab Work Trials for Mass Medication of People to trial the drug IVERMECITIN. For Norwegian Scabies /Crusted Scabies After Reviewing The available paperwork . I could immediately spot the differince in the study terminology ? One paper states verbal consent to participate in the trial
Other states full informed Written consent was obtained /
This is a very much a self sufficient ,rural traditional /ancient culture where perhaps reading and written codes don't hold as much value , as liability free vaccinations? or their equivalent !

Greg Hill

@Hans Litten: It certainly would be interesting to watch in real time the thought processes in Joe Lawlor's mind that would happen if he were to read the pages you provided links to. I gather that there are a lot of people on our side of this issue today who at one time weren't too far off from where he apparently was when he wrote his first article. It will be interesting to see how far down that path he will allow himself to be led, whether he ever will wake up to reality, and if so, then what it will take to finally push him over the line. That letter from "X Smith" was quite remarkable when he said, "I also 'bullied' my patients into taking vaccines at worst and at best prescribed them without concern for the risks." And now he appears to be firmly on our side.

As an aside, I personally am relatively new to all this. I don't even know anybody who has been any more damaged by vaccines than the majority of persons in their age group have. I was fortunate enough to be a Baby Boomer who got through childhood with very few vaccines. I also have never had any children of my own and at the age of 69 I'm sure I never will. I don't even have any nieces or nephews. I first got interested in this issue back when the infamous California law called SB 277 was passed, and I was opposed to it simply because I considered it to be a gross violation of Constitutionally-guaranteed civil rights. Then I watched The Truth About Vaccines and Vaccines Revealed docu-series on the Internet, and started reading about the true science that has been done, the true science that needs to be done and should have been done before any of the vaccines currently in use were approved but never has been done, and the pseudo-science ("tobacco science") that official government policies are largely based on. I am now convinced that vaccines never have prevented and by their very nature are incapable of ever preventing more damage to most vaccine receiver's health than they are causing as side effects, as evidenced in the frightening decline in our children's physical and neuro-psychological health across the board. And I am now ready to actively participate in fighting for this cause as not just a personal rights issue but also as a public health issue, even more critical and urgent than getting all the toxins out of the food supply. So to those of you who have been fighting for this cause for a much longer time that I have, I first want to thank you for all you have done and are now doing, and I want to make sure you know that -- as evidenced by me -- your efforts are truly having an impact on the public at large.

Anyway, Hans, your remark about the Nazis got me to thinking about all of the ordinary German citizens who were sucked in by all the Fascist propaganda using the exact same techniques that are being used to promote vaccines today. I'm sure that on average their basic personality types were not significantly different from the personality types of ordinary Americans today. The promotion of fear and resentment lies at the heart of the propaganda, propped up by outrageous lies (like "The science is settled, all vaccines are safe and effective" and "The Wakefield study has been debunked") that are repeated often enough that they sink into the public consciousness as a sort of "common knowledge." In that context, individuals like Lawlor and possibly Reiss are simply what have been called "useful idiots," as defined here: , although I dare say, it appears to me as if Reiss also suffers from a diagnosable personality disorder. It took the devastation of World War Two to bring a majority of Germans back to their senses. It frightens me to imagine what it's going to take, at this point, to bring a majority of Americans and people throughout most of the world back to their senses. For sure our rescue is going to require some form of political revolution. I just hope that it won't have to be a violent one.


Ginger, you managed to insert humor into an otherwise non humorous subject. In addition to your excellent investigative reporting, thank you for making me laugh with this: "But aww shucks if he didn't come into this as a wide eyed newbie who just wanted to explore the issue, what with him being such an earnest and impartial journalist"

Not Lena Sun

Hope someone does a FOIA of Ms. Reiss and Washington Post reporter Lena Sun, guessing there would be many morsels.

Go Trump

Thanks Ginger, a bit sad with the endless "anti-vaccine" name calling, but with the recent events of "martial vaccine law" in New York,

it has become more than obvious that our groups are up against the "Vaccine Nazis" who want to take over and destroy America.

Paul Picha

not hard to believe, but still shocking when reading through the emails

reads like a blueprint for how to get ahead in a career as a journalist

phenomenal work and thank you

Angus Files

No collusion delusion from pharma then?What an insincere pair of crap merchants.Well done Ginger, journalism is not dead,not yet anyway.

Pharma For Prison



Corporate media thrive on their daily consumption of Kool-aid. It's their preferred beverage.


Thank you Ginger!!!!!


If vaccines are demonstrably safe, why have vaccine manufacturers been absolved of liability? As a first step, let's return liability to them and extend it to administrators of vaccines like CVS.


I love you Ginger Taylor. Thank for your further exposing the prejudice that exists in the press. This cult mentality needs to be challenged continuously. And this is why we are winning


Bob Moffitt; LOL; all bewildered vaccine expert!

Kind of been seeing that around lately.

Yeah, kind of like that high school kid who went against his mother, and is in the process of receiving e his vaccines, he too got to appear as an expert before Congress with four other "experts" on vaccines.

Hmmmm, makes you wonder how expert the other four really are? OR how expert any panel or any one calling themselves experts on vaccines, these days. Yeah, where are the real experts? I am pretty sure the real expects were out in the hall not allowed into the room of the Commerce and Energy committee. Real expects being Mother's that witnessed their children's vaccine injuries.


Incredible work Ginger!! Enjoyed reading


I second deepthroat's comment.
and your potent observation:
"I checked to see if any of this violated The Portland Press Herald code of ethics, but it turns out they don't have any. "

Hans Litten

Hey Joe , this link is for you ,

A recent paper by several authors, including aluminum expert, Christopher Exley, details a finding of alarmingly high levels of aluminum in the brains of children with autism. The research doesn’t implicate vaccines directly, but it certainly points the way to follow-up investigation—and what should be a moratorium on the production of vaccines using aluminum.

Robert Kennedy, Jr.: “Dr. Exley’s findings have shocking implications for today’s generation of children who receive 5,000 mcg. of aluminum in vaccines by the age of 18 months and up to 5,250 additional mcg. if all recommended boosters, HPV and meningitis vaccines are administered.”

Here is a list of U.S. vaccines containing one or more aluminum adjuvants: Dt, Td, DTaP, Hib, Hep A, Hep B, HPV, Meningococcal, Pneumococcal, DTaP-IPV, DTaP-IPV/Hib, Hep A/HepB.
marlene says:

April 15, 2019 at 1:10 pm

I don’t hold out much hope for many people actually waking up. Rockland County CA banned and criminalized the unvaccinated. The state supreme court ruled it unconstitutional. So Mayor deBlasio doubled down and made it mandatory for everyone. “The way NYC plans to enforce this new vaccine mandate issued by de Blasio is to have members of the city’s health department go door-to-door checking people’s vaccination records – which is exactly what Nazi “brown shirts” did back during World War II when they roved the streets and demanded “papers, please.”


Now this is investigative reporting. Well done, Ginger. You may have just revived objective reporting in the US.

Bob Moffit

"(Joe Lawlor) appeared after only two days on the dais at the National Press Club with Paul Offit as an example of good vaccine reporting, I guess. He didn't even seem to understand why he was there, almost apologizing for appearing on what was billed as a panel of "experts" after less than two months of reporting on the vaccine issue"

I think it pretty obvious how Joe Lawlor appeared on a panel of "experts' after less than two months of reporting on the vaccine issue … it was not due to his "expert" knowledge on a subject he admittedly knew almost nothing about … instead … it was because … after writing a column he edited for his own purposes .. he immediately gained acceptance on a prestigious panel as an EXPERT himself.

It is positively frightening to listen to Dorit urge government action against those who have justified reasons for refusing vaccinations .. including raiding homes and forcibly vaccinating all who refuse to vaccinate voluntarily.

I think Dorit may find employment opportunities in NYC in the De Blasio administration as her repulsive opinion on forced vaccination closely resemble those already being prosecuted in various ZIP codes primarily within heavily Hassidic communities.


Amazing work, Ginger.

I shouldn't be stunned, but I am, mostly at the extreme lack of ethics displayed by Mr. Lawlor. (We've come to expect that from Mrs. Reiss.)

One has to wonder if Mrs. Reiss has been privately emailing and manipulating journalists in every state, and for how long.

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