In his new book, The Wright Stuff: From NBC to Autism Speaks, former head of NBC Universal Bob Wright weighs in on vaccines and autism. According to a review by Accuracy in Media, Wright reveals that both the Obama and Bush administrations killed proposals to improve vaccine safety. In the case of the Bush administration, Wright wrote that "the White House was afraid of press reaction."
This political interference in the effort to produce the safest vaccines possible adds to my own first hand knowledge of multiple Congressional hearings about vaccine safety and links to autism that have been scheduled, but then cancelled under pressure from the pharmaceutical industry. The pharmaceutical industry is able to wield inordinate pressure in the news media through its advertising relationships; in government and politics through its business relationships, donations and revolving door; and in universities and scientific research communities through its funding and contributions. Vaccine interests also use bloggers, Internet writers and sites, and social media -- including Twitter and Facebook accounts under pseudonyms -- to controversialize, bully and attempt to discredit scientists, journalists and others who discuss or report on vaccine safety issues.
Wright writes of his grandson: “Right after he got the standard one-year vaccinations, he developed a very high fever and screamed for hours. Katie [his daughter] was so frightened she called her husband to come home from work and they put the baby in an ice bath to bring down the fever. When they called the doctor they were told the reaction was completely normal.” It's a common story for parents who say their children developed autism after a similar vaccine reaction. Although it's commonly misreported that a link has been "debunked," the government has acknowledged brain damage and other injuries are rare results of vaccination (it's disclosed on warning labels), autism is listed as a possible adverse event on at least one vaccine warning label, a top CDC immunization official has acknowledged to me in an interview that vaccines may rarely "trigger" autism, a current CDC senior scientist has blown the whistle on an alleged institutional government coverup that he participated in to downplay the link between vaccines and autism in African American boys, many autism vaccine injury cases have been conceded and paid by the government in federal vaccine court, and many peer-reviewed scientific studies support the idea of a link.
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According to the article on Wright's book by the conservative group AIM:
Conservatives are frequently accused of being beholden to big corporations. But on the matter of mandatory, and sometimes risky, vaccines, it’s the liberals and the left-wingers who come down on the side of the drug companies, known as Big Pharma...
In his book, [former head of NBC Bob Wright] says that President Obama’s key adviser, Valerie Jarrett, killed a proposal to improve the safety of vaccines, so that parental fears about the link between vaccines and autism could be addressed.
The Bush administration killed a similar proposal, he says. In that case, the explanation was that “the White House was afraid of press reaction.”
Wright argues convincingly that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) methodology for identifying and addressing vaccine problems is ineffective and that it must be improved.
It’s a sad commentary on the state of our media that liberal reporters and commentators are so quick to take the side of Big Pharma against parents who have seen for themselves how vaccines have led to the dramatic increase in autism. The federal government recognizes the risks and dangers, having established the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program to compensate victims of vaccines. This takes the vaccine makers off the hook for injuries and deaths caused by government-mandated vaccines. In short, Big Government is protecting Big Business from liability for their products. Wright notes that $100 million a year is paid in damages to victims of vaccines.
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