constantly amazed when the media covers
autism. They happily give health officials and mainstream medicine the
last word and show no real interest in a disorder that has can strike any
child—even one who was born healthy and is thriving as a toddler. Most of
all, there’s never any suspicion about all the denials.
No one notes that self-protection is a huge factor in the controversy
swirling around vaccines and autism. The press doesn’t ever consider that
many people’s jobs and reputations are at stake here.
2012, Salon.com published the story, Obamacare
architect heads to Big Pharma --Liz Fowler again exemplifies the blurred lines
between the healthcare industry and Washington, by Natasha Lennard.
was a strong critique of revolving door between government and industry.
Liz Fowler, well known as the architect of President Obama’sAffordable Care Act,
never really left the healthcare industry.
Before and after working as chief health policy counsel for Sen. Max Baucus (the
position from which she drafted Obamacare), Fowler worked for the nation’s
largest health insurance provider Well Point. She was then
appointed by Obama to oversee the implementation of her Obamacare legislation
and now, as Glenn Greenwald flagged Wednesday,
will be taking up a senior position with Johnson & Johnson.
pharmaceutical giant that just hired Fowler actively supported the passage of Obamacarethrough its membership in the Pharmaceutical
Researchers and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
lobby. Indeed, PhRMA was one of the most aggressive supporters – and most lavish
beneficiaries – of the health care bill drafted by Fowler. Mother Jones’
James Ridgeway proclaimed“Big Pharma” the “big winner” in the health care
bill. And now, Fowler will receive ample rewards from
that same industry as she peddles her influence in government and exploits her
experience with its inner workings to work on that industry’s behalf, all of
which has been made perfectly legal by the same insular, Versailles-like
Washington culture that so lavishly benefits from all of this.
the references to “Big Pharma” and to how government employees can personally
benefit when the drug industry profits from their actions. We don’t see a lot of
reporting like this. I also found a Salon.com from Jan, 2012 that brought
up former CDC head Julie Gerberding’s move to Merck where she’s head of the
course, the revolving door between government/Big Pharma lobbying has a
distinguished tradition from Louisiana representative-turned-lobbyist, Billy Tauzin, who presided
over the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
until 2010, to former CDC Director Julie Gerberding, who presided over
the 2009 H1N1 flu outbreak and turned up as — anybody? — head of
Merck vaccineswhen she left the government.
This was in a story that
exposed how the FDA fails to really regulate the meat industry, The rise of Big Meat-bred super
the public health risk of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the lobbyist-swayed
FDA keeps easing regulations.
“And last month,
the FDA scrapped its three-decade-long effort to regulate the use of the
popular human antibiotics penicillin and
While the FDA says in the announcement that it “remains concerned about the
issue of antimicrobial resistance,” it also says “contested, formal withdrawal
proceedings” consume too much of its time and money. For example, withdrawing
nitrofurans from livestock use took 20 years, DES (diethylstilbestrol) took
seven years and enrofloxacin took five years and cost $3.3 million, says the
agency. Hey, we’re just the government that makes the laws and enforces them.
They’re Big Meat!”
their site, Salon.com describes itself as being “a leader in online media since
the dawn of the digital age.” We remember Salon for their publication of
Robert Kennedy Jr’s Deadly Immunity in 2005.
This was the story about how an unregulated vaccine schedule is
damaging children. Kennedy wrote about the unpublicized meeting of
pharmaceutical reps and government officials at the secluded Methodist retreat
center in Norcross GA called Simpsonwood. There they
discussed the rise in neurological disorders in children that coincided with
the steady increase in mercury-containing vaccines in the childhood
schedule. Kennedy went on to explain how toxic mercury came to be in
vaccines and how experts and officials continue to defend its use.
was impressive coverage, something never seen from news outlets the New York
Times or CNN and it was extremely controversial. Then last Jan Salon.com
pulled the story and explained their actions in a piece called, Correcting our
removed an explosive 2005 report by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. about autism and
vaccines. Here's why, by Kerry Lauerman, Salon’s
editor in chief .
was co-published with Rolling Stone magazine —
they fact-checked it and published it in print; we posted it online. In the
days after running “Deadly Immunity,” we amended the story with five
corrections (which can still be found logged here) that went far in undermining Kennedy’s exposé.
At the time, we felt that correcting the piece — and keeping it on the site, in
the spirit of transparency — was the best way to operate. But subsequent critics,
including most recently, Seth Mnookin in his book “The Panic Virus,” further eroded any faith we had in the
story’s value. We’ve grown to believe the best reader service is to delete the
we didn’t move on this more quickly, as evidence continued to emerge debunking
the vaccines and autism link,” says former Salon editor in chief Joan Walsh,
now editor at large. “But continued revelations of the flaws and even fraud
tainting the science behind the connection make taking down the story the right
thing to do.” The story’s original URL now links to our autism topics page,
which we believe now offers a strong record of clear thinking and skeptical
coverage we’re proud of — including the critical pursuit of others who continue
to propagate the debunked, and dangerous, autism-vaccine link.
Salon was convinced that all the science is
in and there is no link between vaccines and autism. Their mission now
was to go after anyone else who dared to “propagate the debunked, and
dangerous, autism-vaccine link.” No one at Salon was troubled by the
lack of vaccine oversight, the conflicts of interest waivers that are rampant
at the CDC, the drug industry funded vaccine safety studies, or the explosion
in neurologically impaired children that no official can reasonably explain.
pediatrician traces the rise of the anti-vaccine movement that falsely linked
thimerosal with autism and turned parents away from the most lifesaving
medicine in history
Early in Dr. Paul A.
Offit’s new book, he describes a threatening letter he received from a man in Seattle. “I
will hang you by you neck until you are dead!” it read. The FBI deemed the threat
credible, assigning Offit a protective officer who, for the next few months,
followed him “to and from lunch, a gun hanging at his side.” He then recalls a
suspicious phone call from a man who recited the names of Offit’s two children
and where they went to school: “His implication was clear. He knew where my
children went to school. Then he hung up.” These days, the hospital he works in
regularly screens his mail for suspicious packages.
Parikh and Salon
weren’t troubled by the fact that Offit has personally made millions dollars
from his own vaccine.
Offit, it turns out,
has been targeted by them because he helped to develop a vaccine that prevents
rotavirus, a serious gastrointestinal infection in children, and because he has
been staunchly pro-vaccine in a time when there are many doubts about their
didn’t seem to occur to anyone at Salon that there might be more to the story
than the one-sided propaganda piece by another doctor. Evidently no one
thought to check on the validity of Parikh’s claims that Wakefield said
the MMR causes autism, that Dan Burton’s was
vaccine injured, all thimerosal was removed in 2001, and that no science has ever shown a link to vaccines.
by Dr. Parikh
What the Poling autism case means--The widely publicized court victory for
the family who claimed vaccines caused autism in their daughter does not prove
This is the
double standard at Salon. They may expose the truth about the FDA’s
failure to regulate the meat industry and certain government officials may come
under fire for taking industry jobs, but under no circumstance will Salon honestly scrutinize the controversy over vaccine
safety. The consequences are too massive to consider. Parents would
not be so willing to allow their children to receive seven or eight vaccines
during a single doctor’s visit. There would be demands for accountability. People would want to know who
should be held responsible for all the damage from an unchecked, unsafe
vaccination schedule. This is an unprecedented situation and one Salon
isn’t willing to tackle. Instead, they’ll give a pass to the FDA and the
CDC’s pathetic record of vaccine oversight.
They’ll ask no questions and demand no answers.
Posted by Age of Autism at December 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM