Why is the CDC Petrified of the Film Vaxxed?

CDC is petrified that the revelations made by Dr. William Thompson the CDC whistleblower, in taped recordings – a portion of which are presented in the riveting film, VAXXED: From Corruption to Catastrophe, are but a prologue of revelations to come. CDC is petrified of facing Dr. Thompson in a congressional hearing which would reveal to the American public and to the world, the magnitude of CDC’s deception, corrupted science and criminal actions.

The transcripts of the four recorded conversations between Dr. Thompson and Dr. Brian Hooker were published in a book in 2015; Vaccine Whistleblower: Exposing Autism Research Fraud at the CDC, by attorney Kevin Barry who, like Dr. Hooker, is the father of a child with autism. The transcripts reveal that CDC hides a plethora of instances of corrupted science upon which CDC had made false claims about the safety of vaccines, and CDC’s aggressive vaccination schedule.

In his preface to the book, Dr. Boyd E. Haley, a professor of chemistry who has testified at past Institute of Medicine (IOM) meetings on Thimerosal toxicity, urges every pediatrician in the country to read the transcripts and encourages an immediate investigation by Congress.

Make no mistake about the significance of Dr. Thompson’s documentation; this is the equivalent of WikiLeaks in public health. The evidence of CDC’s malfeasance and scientific corruption validates Robert F. Kennedy Jr’s characterization of the CDC as a “cesspool of corruption” as accurate. Did CDC officials formulate the nation’s vaccination schedule knowingly exposing vulnerable young children to the risk of brain damage? Were these children the sacrificial lambs?

Dr. Julie Gerberding

Dr. Julie Gerberding

In 2007, CDC issued an autism prevalence report, finding that the rate of autism had increased to 1 in 152, affecting 560,000 American children. Nowhere in the report is there discussion or even mention of the possible cause. Instead, CDC Director, Julie Gerberding credited the agency’s methodology: “Our estimates are becoming better and more consistent, though we can’t tell yet if there is a true increase in ASD [Autism Spectrum Disease] or if the changes are the result of our better studies.”

The film confronts the CDC with indisputable evidence that its scientists engaged in criminal acts to bury CDC’s own “scientific evidence” 

  • The film, therefore, poses a threat to the professional credibility and moral integrity of CDC, the nation’s most powerful federal health agency, and it threatens the financial interest of the pharmaceutical industry. It does so by presenting indisputable evidence, the testimony of Dr. William Thompson, a former Merck scientist who became a senior CDC epidemiologist and an author of the pivotal 2004 study that that CDC and the medical establishment have cited repeatedly to deny the MMR-autism connection. (“Age At First Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccination In Children With Autism And School-Matched Control Subjects…DeStefano F, Bhasin TK, Thompson WW, Yeargin-Allsopp M, Boyle C, Pediatrics, 2004)

    Dr. William Thompson

    Dr. William Thompson “People that have been my supervisors have broken laws”

  • Dr. Thompson’s testimony and irrefutable documentation is the catalyst for the documentary. He describes in detail how the data was manipulated to conceal the actual findings in that published version of the study. CDC officials  have intentionally suppressed the truth, concealed and misrepresented the evidence that CDC’s own scientists had documented. CDC is shown to have perpetuating a lie when it assured the public that there is no evidence of a link between autism and vaccines.
  • By raising legitimate questions about the integrity of the MMR science, the film poses a threat to CDC’s vaccination schedule and to corporate interests and profits. 
  • For 15 years, CDC has concealed the truth from doctors, from parents, from healthcare policy officials, and from the public. The film presents Dr. Thompson’s recorded confession providing detailed testimony about how the CDC had manipulated, concealed and covered-up, vital medical information and CDC scientists (his co-authors) had even destroyed crucial data from the 2004 published study. Dr. Thompson provided Dr. Hooker with documented evidence of scientific corruption, fraud and criminal actions committed by CDC scientists with full knowledge of (then) CDC director, Dr. Julie Gerberding (2002 – 2009)
  • Gerberding’s position at the CDC is described on the website of the Harvard School of Public Health: “In this position, she was responsible for coordinating more than 40 emergency response initiatives for public health crises including anthrax bioterrorism, SARS, avian influenza, and natural disasters. She also advised governments around the world on urgent public health issues such as AIDS, chronic diseases, and obesity.” ( Voices in Leadership)
  •  In 2009, in Washington’s “revolving door” fashion she moved from the CDC directorship to President of Merck Vaccines. According to Wikipedia, “Julie L. Gerberding sold 38,368 shares of her Merck stock on the open market in a transaction dated Friday, May 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $60.99, for a total transaction of $2,340,064.32. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 31,985 shares of the company’s stock, currently valued at approximately $1,950,765.15.”
Dr. Brian Hooker

Dr. Brian Hooker

Thompson blew the whistle in 2014, when he responded to a Freedom of Information request submitted by Dr. Brian Hooker, a biologist. Dr. Thompson is prepared to testify about these actions publicly at congressional hearings. When that comes to pass, the entire edifice collapses and the agency’s leadership, its scientists, and the CDC vaccination schedule – all go up in smoke.

  • In 2014, Dr. Brian Hooker reanalyzed the CDC data that Dr. Thompson had provided him in an article entitled “Measles-mumps-rubella vaccination timing and autism among young African American boys: a reanalysis of CDC data,” published in Translational Neurodegeneration (Aug. 27, 2014) Hooker’s article concluded: “African American males receiving the MMR vaccine prior to 24 months of age or 36 months of age are more likely to receive an autism diagnosis.” The Editor and Publisher retracted the article, no doubt, under pressure from CDC,  stating:

“We regret as there were undeclared competing interests on the part of the author which compromised the peer review process. Furthermore, post-publication peer review raised concerns about the validity of the methods and statistical analysis, therefore the Editors no longer have confidence in the soundness of the findings.”

We found that Hooker’s article is accessible online at the Open Access publisher, BioMed Central.

  • The film is likely to stimulate a long suppressed public debate and a reassessment of the science upon which CDC’s childhood vaccination schedule rests. The compelling evidence of corruption imparted by the film, poses a threat to CDC’s credibility and vaccination schedule; thereby the film threatens corporate profits and a wide circle of stakeholder’ interests.
  • The film challenges CDC’s proclamation that vaccines are “safe and effective” – CDC concealed the evidence that babies — boys more so than girls –are at increased risk of autism if vaccinated with the MMR vaccine prior to age 3. CDC concealed its own scientific evidence that the increased risk of autism for African American baby boys who are subjected to the MMR vaccine prior to age 3 is 350%.
  • Vaxxed presents the testimony of parents accompanied by numerous heartbreaking videos of babies and children before and after vaccination. An African American mother of twins describes how she saved her daughter after her son was vaccinated with the MMR. Her unvaccinated daughter is a gifted high achiever who speaks 3 languages and is a classical musician. Almost immediately after her was vaccinated he suffered profound developmental damage.
  • Parents whose children have suffered brain damage following vaccination are disparaged by vaccine stakeholders and the media as “anti-vaxxers.”  But as Robert Kennedy Jr. stated:

All of the barriers that are meant to protect our children: the government, the lawyers, the regulatory agencies and the press – the checks and balances in our democratic system that are supposed to stand between corporate power and our little children have been removed . . . and there’s only one barrier left and that’s the parents. . . . And we need to keep them in the equation.”

Not presented in the film, but relevant to lifting the covers of deception and fraudulent practices that have corrupted the science in order to maintain the fiction that vaccines are “safe and effective,” are two current federal class action lawsuits that charge Merck with fraud and violation of U.S. anti-trust law. The first qui tam suit was filed by two former Merck virologists who accuse Merck of engaging in a fraudulent vaccine “effectiveness testing program” to hide the declining efficacy of the MMR vaccine, which is in danger of losing its FDA marketing license. The second was filed by a clinic and two physicians who accuse Merck of engaging in illegal non-competitive practices. Read more here

Why is the CDC Petrified of the Film Vaxxed? by Richard Gale and Gary Null, producers/ directors of three award winning documentaries about vaccine injury, autism and scientific flaws – whose own films were screened at film festivals across the country, have probed deeply into CDC’s utilization of multi-faceted avenues to establish and maintain control over the media’s rendition of health issues.

They shed light on the scope and magnitude of hidden deeply embedded conflicts of interest, and on CDC’s (publicly unknown) central role in shaping and controlling the media discourse about vaccines. The ties that bind provide a rational explanation for the concerted effort to suppress Vaxxed. Gale and Null make the case that the media blitzkrieg against the film was orchestrated as a CDC public relations campaign.

Here are some of the eye opening revelations made by Gale and Null about CDC’s multi-faceted avenues they have established to maintain control over the media’s rendition of health issues:

    • To sustain the nation’s vaccination rates, to preserve corporate profits, and to keep Americans convinced that vaccines will keep their children protected and alive, CDC has sophisticated public relations and media operations that use tax dollars “to train journalists about framing medical news and articulately contest controversial stories that challenge the federal agencies’ and pharmaceutical industry’s national health and vaccine agendas.”
    • The Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism (University of So. Calif.) provides consultation, writers and scripts for TV, films and documentaries. It is funded by the CDC, the National Cancer Institute, Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
    • The Hollywood Health and Society (HHS) is housed at the Annenberg School. HHS’ mission (according to its website)
    • “In partnership with our funding agencies, we offer several resources, including quick facts, briefings and consultations with experts, case examples, panel discussions about timely health issues, a quarterly newsletter with health updates called “Real to Reel,” and an expanding list of tip sheets written specifically for writers and producers. Tip sheets are available on the CDC website, as well as the NCI website. The broad range of topics includes influenza, toxic mold, smallpox, cancer, autism, motor vehicle crashes, obesity, adolescent health issues, antibiotic resistance, clinical trials and much more.”
    • To promote the flu vaccine, CDC presented its “Seven Step Recipe for Generating Interest In and Demand for Flu Vaccination” at the 2004 National Influenza Vaccine Summit.
    • To promote the H1N1 swine flu, CDC’s propaganda is put into practice by mainstream news sources, including The New York Times, Washington Post and almost every large TV news network.
    • To understand how and why so many mainstream journalists, writers and television and radio broadcasters can recite the identical mantra about vaccine safety, promulgate identical storylines and share a similar disdain and animosity towards those who question the CDC’s claims that deny vaccines’ contribution to autism, The joint CDC-Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) fellowship program indoctrinates journalists in conventional federal health policies regarding epidemiology, global disease prevention, pandemic flu preparedness, vaccine safety and autism.”

Why is the CDC Petrified of the Film Vaxxed?   Excerpt

“The media’s central message frames Dr. Wakefield as a “discredited” British gastroenterologist who fabricated research in order to mislead the world that the MMR vaccine causes autism. For this reason, we are persuaded to blindly accept that Vaxxed is simply another example of misinformed anti-vaccine lunacy that will endanger the lives of children across America. Therefore, we should ignore the film and save our money, because our shining experts sitting in the high towers at the CDC have already concluded that vaccines do not cause autism. (Null)

The film endangers the professional credibility and integrity of the nation’s most powerful federal health agency as well as the private vaccine industry’s profits that the CDC protects. If it were simply a visual screed of voices opposing mandatory vaccinations, the documentary would have its burst of limited popularity and quickly be forgotten as so many anti-vaccine films are.

Vaxxed, on the other hand, incriminates federal officials and scientists at the highest levels, including former CDC Director Julie Gerberding, with the intentional cover-up and manipulation of the agency’s own research data to continue its public relations charade that vaccines under no circumstances are associated with the US’s increasing autism crisis in our midst.

Unknown to the general public and many in the medical profession is the existence of the CDC’s sophisticated public relations and media operations. Tax dollars are spent to train journalists about framing medical news and articulately contest controversial stories that challenge the federal agencies’ and pharmaceutical industry’s national health and vaccine agendas. This broad network of journalists are employed by mainstream media companies, magazines and newspapers, and freelancers and provide the CDC with a daunting army of writers, reporters, columnists and newscasters to commence its bidding. Threats, fear mongering, and outright hatred written towards vaccine opponents are commonplace mainstream journalistic schemes. What they also share in common is either complete ignorance or denial of the science challenging cherished pro-vaccine beliefs.

When we try to understand how and why so many mainstream journalists, writers and television and radio broadcasters can recite the identical mantra about vaccine safety, promulgate identical storylines and share a similar disdain and animosity towards those who question the CDC’s claims that deny vaccines’ contribution to autism, we can look at the joint CDC-Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) fellowship program. Scores of health editors, writers and reporters throughout the nation’s leading mainstream media corporations and publications—MSNBC, NPR, the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle to name a few on the fellowship’s webpage—have passed through the CDC’s Atlanta campus for a week’s worth of intense instruction in national public health policy.

According to the AHCJ’s fellowship information, journalists are indoctrinated in conventional federal health policies regarding epidemiology, global disease prevention, pandemic flu preparedness, vaccine safety and autism. They also receive training in “navigating databases such as the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey and CDC publications” to assist their research and writing. Afterwards they return to their companies to propagandize the CDC’s ideological stance on vaccination and receive notices and scripts about stories to report and release.  (Read more

Read also, The CDC Conspiracy by Trevor Butterworth, Editorial, STATS.org, Jan. 2015