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What's the fuss? At the heart of the film now being shown at Angelika Film Center in New York City and elsewhere is the MMR vaccine. The problem? The film features a CDC whistleblower (Dr. William Thompson, a former Merck scientist who became a senior epidemiologist at the CDC’s Immunization Safety department in 1997). Dr. Thompson in a phone conversation states that the research investigating the MMR vaccine was falsely reported. The whistleblower indicates that the research was skewed. Skewed how? It was skewed to deny that there is a causal relationship between the vaccine and autisim.
|Does the vaccine for MMR contribute to autism in certain individuals? Photo courtesy of the film.|
First off, there is a problem with this reasoning. Not every human being responds the same to every chemical substance. Every human body is different; you know that simply from hearing about individuals' allergic reactions-one is allergic to cats or penicillin, another is not. So you know the reasoning is off. One shoe does not fit every foot. Likewise one vaccine may be safe for one individual and cause autism for another. There is no vaccine, no medicine that is a sure thing. Drugs and foods and all chemical substances may cause allergic reactions, may induce side effects, create catastrophe or lead to death. There is uncertainty about every chemical that is man made. That is why we have the FDA and government regulation and agencies like the CDC to monitor our drug safety and weigh the levels of uncertainty. If a drug's danger risk outweighs its benefits,they will pull the drug and ban it. Unless, of course, government agencies are not independent bodies but are pressured and controlled by corporations.
|The FB page of The Epoch Times carried the story. Photo ET.|
Thus, with an increasingly aware public, pulling such a film from the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival backed by NYC beloved Robert De Niro was one of the worst PR gaffs that could ever be created for/by Big Pharma and its vaccine lobby. Such a decision to pressure an individual with the gravitas and celebrity of De Niro was wrongheaded thinking. Immediately, upon the announcement, cries of censorship abounded and questions were raised. Who got to De Niro? Was the film irresponsible or truthful? What was the big deal, anyway? How could such censorship be allowed in a country based on principles of "freedom of the press" and "free speech?" What?
|Del Bigtree, Medical Journalist: Vaxxed|
De Niro and the festival were victimized and cast in the light of the underdog. Social media on Vaxxed began a fire storm and the film has been shown at Angelika Film Center in NYC not one night, not two, but three weeks and more. De Niro gradually has begun to speak out about what happened. The film's director and film subjects have spoken out on Social Media and it is going viral. Indeed, the irony in all of this is that the public has opened its heart to Vaxxed. Many more people will see this film than ever would have in its formerly scheduled one time showing at Tribeca Film Festival. One would almost think that it is a conspiracy to have effected such a gaff which backfired and is so controversial that it is promoting the film. Social media loves controversy and democratic debate, despite the trolls hired to quash it.
The story is now simmering in public hearts and will gain momentum. The players have been cast in an interesting light: corporate media controlled by conglomerates censors what conglomerates want censored. The Vaxxed filmmakers are heroes. The filmmaker who questioned the film being shown, debunking the film before she even saw it appears jealous and complaining. De Niro is brilliant for "caving" to pressure to pull the film, "unwittingly" creating the backlash.
To publicize the festival, De Niro has also commented on the film when asked questions about it. Most recently, on The Today Show, De Niro commented to the effect that it is a film people should see. His son has autism. Clearly, he would be interested if there was a possible causative link between autism and any portion of the MMR vaccine. Indeed, with his statements about Vaxxed, he has given an imprimatur for an additional investigation about the issues the film presents, an investigation that is independent and apart from any corporate funding research foundation. At the very least we need to see the film and decide for ourselves, especially if a CDC whistleblower has indicated the research was changed to give the vaccine a pass when it was clearly shown to be potentially catastrophic for certain individuals.
|Facebook group concerned about scientific drug fraud.|
More information about this subject, the film Vaxxed, its censorship, and the whistleblower can be found on the sites below. For sites denouncing the film, check Indiewire, and other articles.
DeNiro on the Today Show: http://www.today.com/popculture/robert-deniro-debates-autism-s-link-vaccines-today-show-t86136
Manhattanites can see Vaxxed at the Angelika Film Center (petition for an extension) and the Manhattan Film Festival (see below)
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