“7 things about vaccines and autism that the movie ‘Vaxxed’ won’t tell you” (article in The Washington Post by Ariana Eunjung Cha
<< The central premise of the film is that the country’s mandatory measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine — when given to children under age 2 — may be leading to an epidemic of autism diagnoses. >> (excerpt from the above article)
No, wrong. See, this is where you have to wonder: 1) Did the author of this piece in The Washington Post even bother to see the movie? 2) Is she just plain stupid? or 3) Did her editor (or someone higher) re-write her copy?
I’ve seen the movie Vaxxed three times over the past few days, and I assure you the “central premise” of the film IS NOT what Ms. Cha says it is. The central premise is that the CDC may have committed fraud with regard to its last MMR/autism study… the most important of all of its vaccine/autism studies, because it essentially is designed to shut down the debate about the connection between MMR and autism. It is the study that is being used to spread the lie that the “science is settled” on this particular issue, as well as the broader issue of whether vaccines cause autism.
The are many themes in the movie, but the central underlying theme throughout the film has to do with CDC whistleblower, Dr. William Thompson, and his allegation that his employer has committed fraud on that study and has attempted to cover up this crime. That’s it. Anyone with half a brain and some degree of independent thinking and freedom of expression should be able to figure this out by seeing the movie even just once. Ms. Cha predictably allocates a fair amount of space in her piece to the whole Wakefield controversy, but in the movie that issue is covered in only a tiny segment.
I might expect this kind of amateurish, irresponsible kind of writing from a very young inexperienced reporter with a local rag of newspaper… But this is an experienced reporter with The Washington Post. Really Ms. Cha? Did you actually see the movie? If not, let me invite you to go see it with me. I’ll gladly sit with you and see it a fourth time. I’ll even buy you the ticket, and I’ll treat you to a nice Prosecco afterward. Jeez louise…