There is an important new documentary out called VaXxed: From Controversy to Catastrophe. We highly recommend you see this film. It details the vast web of corruption at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the federal agency charged with protecting the public health.
The film portrays how a senior scientist from CDC blew the whistle and admitted that he and senior officials at CDC fraudulently altered the data of their own study to conceal their findings that MMR vaccine was linked to autism. They even went so far as to destroy the files to cover their tracks.
You may have heard about VaXxed as the famous TriBeCa Film Festival announced it would screen the film and Robert De Niro, festival co-founder and father of a son with autism, stated “we believe it is critical that all of the issues surrounding the causes of autism be openly discussed and examined.”
Within hours of the announcement, dozens and dozens of news outlets around the globe attacked De Niro and the festival for screening the film using suspiciously uniform talking points. There was no discussion of the content of the film – allegations of gross fraud and corruption at CDC – there was only an attack of the filmmaker, Dr. Andrew Wakefield.
Dr. Wakefield has been called disgraced, a fraud, and much more but the truth is he’s not. When Professor John Walker-Smith, Wakefield’s boss and co-author of a now retracted paper, sued the British General Medical Council (GMC) over essentially the same charges levied against Wakefield, the British High Court fully exonerated Walker-Smith, a world renowned pediatric gastro-enterologist, and severely rebuked the GMC for its abuse of power.
The ‘retracted” paper was never reinstated but it should have been. Instead, it has been used as an excuse to vilify Wakefield and distract away from the true scientific concerns about the dangers of vaccines.
Overnight, after the spate of vicious articles attacking TriBeCa, the festival relented and banned the film. What is most disgraceful is that these media outlets all pilloried the film and the festival without ever having viewed the film. This amounts to nothing more than ad hominem attacks and calls for censorship.
But DeNiro was not to be kept down. He appeared angry and at odds with his festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal when he appeared on the Today Show and expressed his genuine concern that there is something to the vaccine-autism link and that we need to find the truth. The interview is well worth watching.
Unfortunately, TriBeCa was not alone in censoring VaXxed. The Worldfest-Houston Film Festival soon announced it was being forced by the Houston Mayor’s office to withdraw the film or lose $100,000 of dollars of grant money.
Then the Village Voice in NYC cancelled ads and sent out an email retraction following a paid email blast.
You have to wonder what is so frightening about the movie VaXxed that media outlets and officials across the country are forcing festivals to ban the film. When those in positions of power are able to exert that power to censor information uncomfortable to the powers that be, we have to reconsider just how free our country truly is.
It is also worth mentioning that The Greater Good submitted to TriBeCa and Sundance. The program director at one of those festivals told us that the program team wanted the film in the festival but their hands were tied. When will the vaccine safety issue receive the fair hearing it deserves.
Thankfully, theaters across the nation are indeed screening VaXxed to packed houses and the instances of censorship appear to have backfired. We urge all our community to go and watch this important film.