Dachel Media Update: Mainstream Indifference
By Anne Dachel
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May 11, 2015, I found the excellent story, Why is the Mainstream Media Ignoring Measles Vaccine Fraud Cases? by Brian Shilhavy, editor at Health Impact News. Shilhavy explains what can only be called the biggest press scandal in U.S. history, topping even the decades of coverage promoting the benefits of smoking cigarettes.
These were some of the highlights in his piece:
"Merck has been involved in a long federal lawsuit with allegations of fraud over the mumps portion of the MMR vaccine."
"The Wall Street Journal also covered the story back in 2012, but according to a report by Dr. Mercola, the Wall Street Journal's 'elite' network of CFOs from the world's top corporations met 3 days later (including executives from Merck), and the story was removed from their website."
"In one the biggest stories in the past ten years that the mainstream media did not cover in 2014, was the story of Dr. William Thompson, a senior epidemiologist at the CDC who co-authored and published research on the MMR vaccine for the CDC back in 2004, and his decision to become a whistleblower and reveal data that was concealed by the CDC linking the MMR vaccine to autism among African American boys."
"Instead of reporting the news on MMR fraud claims made by whistleblowers, what you will find in the mainstream media are TV doctors, reporters, and news anchors vilifying parents who refuse to accept the claims made by medical authorities regarding a vaccine associated with alleged massive fraud and conflict of interest."
"The CDC is the largest purchaser of vaccines, spending over $4 BILLION a year of tax-payer funds on the purchase of vaccines from pharmaceutical companies, some of which have the largest criminal court settlements in our nation's history."
"Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services under President Obama, admitted in an interview with Reader's Digest that the government puts pressure on the mainstream media to NOT give equal weight to those who question the "science" of vaccines..."
The public is aware of the truth here. The public's trust in vaccines is eroding. The public's trust in the press is evaporating even faster.
Thank you, Health Impact News for this story:
The current measles outbreak and measles vaccines are a hot topic of debate raging in both the mainstream and alternative media. However, it would appear that the mainstream media's reporting on this issue is leaving out some very important facts that for some reason they do not seem to want to report.
Given the severity of the issue and the current rhetoric, which includes some in the mainstream media calling for criminal prosecution and incarceration of parents who refuse the measles vaccine, it is very important that all the facts involving the measles vaccine are revealed to the public.
Unfortunately, one topic in the discussion about measles vaccines that the mainstream media is completely ignoring is the fact that whistleblowers have come forward to reveal massive fraud connected with the current measles vaccine.
First, as we have mentioned several times in our coverage of this issue, there is currently no "measles vaccine" available. If one desires to get a "measles shot," or if one is mandated by law to do so, there is currently only one vaccine available, and it is a combination of three vaccines: mumps, measles, rubella. One company owns the rights to this vaccine: Merck.
What the mainstream media is not currently reporting, however, is that Merck has been involved in a long federal lawsuit with allegations of fraud over the mumps portion of the MMR vaccine, in a case filed back in 2010 by two whistleblowers, virologists who worked for Merck. Merck has apparently tried hard to get this case thrown out of court, and keep this news out of the media, but late in 2014 a federal judge finally ruled that the case is to move forward.
I posted this comment on the story:
My book, The Big Autism Cover-Up--How and Why the Media is Lying to the American Public was published last year. It's about the years of vaccine promotion from the press, both print and TV news. It's clear reporters don't honestly and thoroughly investigate the controversy over vaccine safety. Not only is the immense amount of income from drug industry advertising a factor in what is and isn't allowed in a story, but as this journalist told me, reporters often don't have the courage to do their jobs well.
Most journalists are intimidated by science. . . . The consequences for a journalist in getting it wrong in covering a political issue, or a sporting event, or a business development amount to embarrassment. Getting it wrong in vaccines, and possibly being responsible for the death or disability of innocents, involves taking on more responsibility than many journalists can countenance. Even if the journalist doesn't get it wrong, in the absence of proof, he will be blamed as if he did, making him a pariah. Again, this isn't the role that journalists want for themselves."
-Lawrence Solomon, columnist for the National Post, former a columnist for the Globe and Mail, contributor to the Wall Street Journal and publisher of the award-winning The Next City magazine.
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Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which is on sale now from Skyhorse Publishing.