By nixxing the film VAXXED, the Tribeca Film Festival—but mainly its corporate sponsors—has transformed the issue. (I bow in gratitude.) As important as it is, the issue is no longer solely about vaccines and the CDC cover-up of its study linking the MMR vaccine to increased rates of autism. It is about censorship. Plain ‘ole censorship. It’s about silencing free speech in a country whose very claim to exceptionalism is based on its openness to speech—its willingness to encourage and defend it, especially when it is unpleasant, contrarian. Without that, forget the whole exceptionalism thing. We’re almost nothing. Checkmate.
The issue has now been transformed… checkmate