Video: Recently CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota interviewed Dr. Sanjay Gupta about earlier diagnosing for autism in this three minute video. Now experts can see the signs at 14 months.
The subject of the interview was hardly news. Over the years there have been continuous calls for finding autism as early as possible so all those ABA therapies can be started. It is standard stuff every April during Autism Awareness Month.
In her opening statement Camerota incorrectly stated, “One in 59 children has autism.” She told viewers that finding the disorder sooner could be “a game changer.”
Gupta replied, “It could be.”
The real message on CNN was EARLY DIAGNOSING IS ALL WE CAN DO. We are totally helpless when it comes to autism. One in 54 (the actual rate) children may be on the spectrum but there’s no way to stop it from happening to your child. Furthermore we can only expect that statistic to keep going up and up until everyone has at least one child with autism.
Camerota and Gupta and their tedious chat about labeling toddlers with autism sooner isn’t a big story, but what is frustrating is that both of them know so much more that they aren’t talking about.
Alisyn Camerota used to be at Fox News where she did outstanding job reporting on the vaccine autism link. She interviewed people like Dr. Bob Sears, Mary Holland and Dr. Sarah Bridges on the link between vaccines and autism.
Ten years ago I named her Journalist of the Year for Age of Autism.
Dec 30, 2010, Age of Autism Awards 2010: Fox News' Alisyn Camerota Journalist of The Year
Dr. Gupta now seemingly has forgotten his interview with Dr. Jon Poling back in 2008 about the reality that YES, vaccines are recognized to cause autism.
Back then he did not challenge the link between vaccines and autism in Hannah Poling’s case. Gupta told Dr. Poling that he was worried about vaccinating his own two daughters with the standard one-size-fits-every-child vaccine schedule.
The reality here is that two media personalities who are well aware of the truth about vaccines and autism now pretend that kids are born with autism and all we can do about it is find it as early as possible.
The glaring omission especially when it comes to what Dr. Gupta said is that around 30 percent of children on the spectrum start out as normally developing kids and around age two lose learned skills and regressed into autism just like Hannah Poling did. I’m sure at 14 months those children were meeting their developmental milestones.
I’m not sure what Gupta and Camerota tell themselves when they do this scripted, pro forma, pretend journalism. Maybe the ad for the migraine medicine Aimovig that I had to watch before I could see the interview on CNN had something to do with what they didn’t say.
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.