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Vaccine Damage Denial and the British Press

This hysteria was putting a good family in danger. If left unchecked the groundless chatter about murder could grow like a weed, spreading through the community, unsettling people, making them question one of the fundamental pillars of the new society (Soviet Union 1953): there is no crime.

Tom Rob Smith. Child 44. Pocket Books UK, Simon & Schuster, 2008

Since the rising count of autism began in the late 1980s, newspaper coverage of autism has principally related to 'an interesting' but esoteric illness, posing inevitable questions about perspective and interpretation. While the story of an autistic child, portrayed as an unhappy genetic accident, might pull on reader's heartstrings, a story that specifically blames vaccine manufacturers for an uncontrollable child with regressive autism is a different matter.

Over the last twenty years few press articles in Britain have attempted to join up the dots between mercury, measles virus, nutrition or, for that matter, any other environmental challenges and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). There seems to have been a natural reluctance amongst journalists and commentators to investigate rising rates of autism within any environmental context.1 The story of Dr Andrew Wakefield the serious white coated research doctor who since the mid 1990s, has been at the heart of the confrontation between the parents of vaccine damaged children, the vaccine industry and the government in Britain, has had an intermittent airing, while the story of the maverick Dr Wakefield challenging the establishment with cheated science has had a more regular audience. Nothing apparently, however, completely ...

Vaccine Damage Denial and the British Press
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