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Andrew Wakefield target of Hired Gun smear campaign
« on: January 06, 2011, 05:14:31 pm »
Will autism fraud report be a vaccine booster?

(AP) – 12 minutes ago

ATLANTA (AP) — This week more shame was heaped upon the discredited British researcher whose work gave rise to the childhood-vaccines-cause-autism movement, as a prominent medical journal published a report that the man had faked his data.

But will it make a difference?

Some believe the latest news will finally destroy the reputation of researcher Andrew Wakefield and put an end to the claim of scientific underpinnings for the anti-vaccine movement. "We hope that declaring the paper a fraud will close that door for good," wrote the journal BMJ this week, in an editorial accompanying the report.

Yet at least some advocacy groups continue to take Wakefield's side. And though the latest report may ease the doubts of some parents, experts said they'd be surprised if the latest news changes views overall.

"This scared people and it's hard to unscare them," said Dr. Paul Offit, an infectious disease expert at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

"Until medicine can step up and say, 'We understand the cause of autism,' they may never be assured," said Offit, who has written books criticizing the anti-vaccine movement.

Wakefield made international waves following the publication in 1998 in the Lancet, a prestigious medical journal, that he and his colleagues had linked measles-mumps-rubella vaccine with autism in most of a dozen children they had studied.

It was a small series of observations, wrapped in a hypothesis — not even a full medical study. But it exploded in the media, prompting a wave of parental concerns in England as well as the United States.

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Re: BMJ accuses (Dr) Andrew Wakefield of Autism/Vaccine link fraud
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2011, 05:16:20 pm »

Dr Wakefield Defends His Autism Vaccine Research pt.1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QHGKPNMtUQ

The Lancet retracts study on MMR jab and autism
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fx_0zDfl-CE


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Re: Andrew Wakefield target of Hired Gun smear campaign
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2011, 04:57:28 pm »
Brian Deer Hired to "Find Something Big" on MMR

By John Stone

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Brian Deer was hired by the Sunday Times to find “something big” on MMR and started his investigation “with an empty notebook”.

http://www.ageofautism.com

Brian Deer revealed in an article last month in British Medical Journal that he was hired by a Sunday Times section editor in September 2003 who told him he needed “something big” on MMR. The investigation, according to Deer, was not commenced on information but “with an empty notebook”.  We are not told by Deer why the editor needed the story, and it is disturbing that the investigation apparently began as a fishing expedition. So far, BMJ have failed to respond to concerns.

Deer wrote:

“For me the story started with a lunch. So many do. "I need something big," said a Sunday Times section editor. "About what?" I replied. Him: "MMR?"”

and goes on:

“So I took an empty notebook and made my own inquiries. It was the largest Sunday Times medical investigation since thalidomide.”

Deer does not at this point mention Andrew Wakefield but it seems likely that the editor wanted something “big” on the main critics of MMR rather than the product. It has been widely reported that the section editor was Paul Nuki, and the son of Prof George Nuki, who sat on the Committee on Safety in Medicines when it passed Pluserix MMR vaccine as safe for use in 1987 (
which was later withdrawn 1992 after adverse side effects ): Pluserix was manufactured by SmithKlineFrench Laboratories, which was later incorporated into GlaxoSmithKline.  In 2007 Paul Nuki left the Sunday Times to manage a UK National Heath Service website (‘NHS Choices’ ).

While it has not been explained why the editor should have needed a “big” story on MMR the UK House of Commons Health Committee stated in its report ‘The Influence of the Pharmaceutical Industry’ in 2005 p.60:

‘The use of PR to counter negative publicity’

‘221. ………. Considerable resources are invested into building long-term, sustainable relationships with stakeholders and ‘key opinion leaders‘ and journalists. These relationships are used to promote the use of certain brands and counter concerns relating to safety. Efforts to undermine critical voices in particular were identified, under terms of “issues management”. In later evidence, in response to the ISM’s memorandum, Pfizer stated that PR is entirely legitimate and can “help to educate and inform”. According to the PMCPA, PR activities may include “placing articles in the lay press, TV documentaries, soap operas etc“.’

Later on in February 2009 Sunday Times proprietor James Murdoch was appointed to the board of MMR manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline with a brief to “help to review "external issues that might have the potential for serious impact upon the group's business and reputation"” (Guardian UK) . Coincidentally, or not, this was swiftly followed by new attacks on Andrew Wakefield’s reputation by Deer and other Times Newspaper journalists (HERE), (HERE), (HERE) & (HERE).

Deer also failed to disclose in the BMJ article that he was privately the author of at least three complaints to the GMC , as disclosed by Mr Justice Eady in the High Court.

BMJ have yet to publish my letter expressing concerns about some of these conflicts:-

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"Grave concerns - are we are being led?"
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I note a new feature of this story recorded here [1] which should
arouse disquiet. Brian Deer tells us that a Sunday Times editor approached
him to find a story, rather than investigate one which already existed.
"For me the story started with a lunch. So many do. "I need something
big," said a Sunday Times section editor. "About what?" I replied.
Him:"MMR?""
 
and Deer goes on to confirm:
 
"So, I took my empty notebook and made my own enquiries"
 
But crucially we are not told why this editor needed "something big".
 
I believe it is also of concern given what followed that Deer was
named by Mr Justice Eady as a complainant to the GMC about Wakefield [2]:
 
"Well before the programme was broadcast [Mr Deer] had made a
complaint to the GMC about the Claimant. His communications were made on
25 February, 12 March and 1 July 2004. In due course, on 27 August of the
same year, the GMC sent the Claimant a letter notifying him of the
information against him."
 
Indeed, we still do not know of any other complainant in the case,
and Deer does not explain this part of his role in the affair here. I
think we are entitled to know this as background to the present somewhat
wistful reminiscences, but even more importantly why did the editor need
something "big" on MMR (or, by implication, on its critics), and what
exactly hung on it? Otherwise we are surely simply being led.
 
[1] Brian Deer,'Reflections on Investigating Wakefield' Published 2
February 2010, doi:10.1136/bmj.c672
 
[2] Melanie Phillips, 'A deer in the headlights', The Spectator 16
February 2009, http://www.spectator.co.uk/melaniephillips/3362116/a-deer-in-the-headlights.thtml

http://www.whale.to/vaccine/march_03.html


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Re: Andrew Wakefield target of Hired Gun smear campaign
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2011, 05:17:53 pm »

"Medical investigative Journalist" Brain Deer was hired by The Times group in September 2003 to "find something big on MMR"

Brain Deer

Brain Deer is the main media man attacking Dr Wakefield, via Times group, the main organ of the Elite (quickest way to rot your brain is to read The Times), and the man who instigated the GMC case, yet isn't even going to give evidence!

He built up some pseudo-credibility as a medical 'investigative' journalist ("the only journalist in Britain that polices the drug companies" !!, yet here he is helping the cover up for a drug company product causing absolute devastation) by taking apart drugs such as Bactrim, but this just brings to mind Dr Mendelsohn's rule: "You never hear about the dangers of a drug unless another drug to replace it is available."  He gave a hint as to his bent by claiming DPT never caused any cases of brain damage (!), even though the UK gov has paid out for 900 such cases and the USA National Vaccine Injury Compensation Programme has paid out millions for DPT damage.  Media people never attack vaccination unless they want to find another career. This was the last real media vaccine investigation, into DPT: [1984] Fresno Bee DPT report. He should read it.

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Re: Andrew Wakefield target of Hired Gun smear campaign
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2011, 05:20:48 pm »

Great documentary on this story! Please watch it!!!



Selective Hearing, Brian Deer and the GMC, Dr Andrew Wakefield Autism MMR Film
http://www.viddler.com/explore/ziggy/videos/1/

A film about the MMR Witchhunt Trail Scandal and Brian Deers involvement in bringing the case. autism documentary by Alan Golding features the Lancet parents and Brian Deer outside the GMC.


More info: http://www.cryshame.com/


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Re: Andrew Wakefield target of Hired Gun smear campaign
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2011, 06:28:50 pm »

MMR Doctor Andrew Wakefield - In His Own Words
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Drq8zvT-HVc

During the General Medical Councils Fitness to Practice Hearing,
Dr Andrew Wakefield was interviewed by Alan Golding and asked a series of questions covering the work at the Royal Free Hospital and the subsequent GMC case


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Re: Andrew Wakefield target of Hired Gun smear campaign
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2011, 05:30:12 am »
Well done Brocke!

Saw Deer being interviewed on Anderson Hays Vanderbilt Cooper 360 a classic tell. The interview was well fed and nourished.


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