Why is the CDC Petrified of the Film Vaxxed?
By Richard Gale and Gary Null
Progressive Radio Network, April 3, 2016
America’s patrons of the theatric and visual arts, the lovers of film, dance and music, are among the nation’s most diehard advocates for liberty, self-expression, and art’s civil rights to challenge the failures and wrongs in the social and political status quo. During every decade, during every generation, many of our most memorable artistic achievements and performances are recognized as such because they raise relevant and timely insights that stir controversy. Projected on the screen, films can magically crack the veil of our collective illusion, the mythic, wonderland fantasy of self-deception and ignorance perpetuated by governmental and corporate powers to manipulate a mentally compromised mainstream media. By their very nature, documentary films offer an alternative story to the scripted propaganda streaming across our TV screens and monitors. Frequently they adventure into a deeper reality that so often underlies the mere posturing and veneer of half truths and lies that take hold of society and masquerade as fact. For this reason, artistic truth and censorship are a horrible marriage and have never been suitable bedfellows.
The recent controversy over the acceptance and rapid withdrawal of the documentary film, Vaxxed: From Coverup to Catastrophe, at Manhattan’s Tribeca Film Festival, is an alarming case of censorship to protect the guilty and demonize a messenger of warning, the film’s director Dr. Andrew Wakefield. Popular scientific consensus has yet to tackle the huge uncertainty gap to identify the most probable causes of autism. Legitimate medical protocol and integrity demands honest debate of all the scientific evidence, regardless of its undesirable conclusions. Yet the CDC and Big Pharma adamantly refuse to engage in such a debate and review. Therefore the expurgation of Wakefield’s film is a dangerous step closer to widespread medical McCarthyism.
What is equally disturbing is the mass media’s outcry to denounce a film before its release. In unison, a barrage of press simultaneously condemned the festival’s co-founder, actor Robert De Niro, for his decision to screen Vaxxed at Tribeca. Within a 72 hour period we witnessed ABC, CNN and MSNBC, the UK’s Guardian, Time Magazine, the Washington Post and the LA Times, the New York Times, Forbes, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Variety and many others ridiculing De Niro’s original decision then celebrating its withdrawal two days later. From pariah to messiah, De Niro caved into powerful private interests. It should be comforting to know that all of these publications and news bureaus are on the ready to report simultaneously en masse as this story develops.