Efforts to Shut Down Journalism on vaccines


CBS Reporter Sharyl Attkisson has reported fairly on vaccines over the years.
She is now under fire.
Huffington Post‎ –

Attkisson’s Problem and the Public’s

Commentary Magazine ‎-
CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson has a bigger problem that than possibility that someone or some government agency has been tampering 
Politico (blog)‎ – Sharyl Attkisson has problems. The Obama administration won’t answer the CBS News correspondent’s questions because her investigations 

Some of her coverage is here:

  1. How Independent Are Vaccine Defenders? – CBS News

    Feb 23, 2012

    Sharyl Attkisson Investigates Vaccine Advocates Taking Funding From The Companies Whose Vaccines They 

  2. How Independent Are Vaccine Defenders? – CBS News

    Feb 27, 2012

    Sharyl Attkisson Investigates Vaccine Advocates Taking Funding From The Companies Whose Vaccines They 

  3. Vaccines Linked To Autism Case – CBS News Video

    Jun 10, 2009

    CBS News video: Vaccines Linked To Autism Case – Health officials see link between vaccines and one girl 

  4. The “Open Question” On Vaccines and Autism – Couric & Co. – CBS News


    Mar 4, 2010

    (CBS). Sharyl Attkisson is an investigative correspondent for CBS News.  the government advisory board 

  5. Vaccines On Trial – CBS News Video


    Aug 19, 2008

    CBS News video: Vaccines On Trial – In a landmark federal case, the parents of 12-year-old Michelle Cedillo 

  6. Dr. Mercola and Sharyl Attkisson (Part 1) – YouTube


    Nov 17, 2009 – Uploaded by mercola

    Dr. Mercola and Sharyl Attkisson (Part 3)by mercola 3,653 views; 9:49. Watch Later Expert Pediatrician 

  7. Dr. Mercola and Sharyl Attkisson – YouTube

    Jul 9, 2012 – Uploaded by mercola

    Dr. Mercola and Sharyl Attkisson  Sharyl Attkisson shares her experience on swine flue vaccine issue 

  8. H1N1 Vaccine Info w/ Dr Mercola and Sharyl Attkisson – YouTube


    “H1N1 Vaccine Info w/ Dr Mercola and Sharyl Attkisson“, a playlist created by ChristinDanner.

  9. Does HepB Vaccine Cause Defects? – YouTube

    Oct 7, 2009 – Uploaded by CBSNewsOnline

    CBS News Investigative Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson spoke with Dr.  study comparing the developmental 

  10. Dr. Mercola and Sharyl Attkisson (Part 4) – YouTube

    Nov 17, 2009 – Uploaded by mercola

    Dr. Mercola and Sharyl Attkisson (Part 4) …. Flu VaccineDeception: Dr. Mercola’s Interview with Dr. Chopra 

CBS/ February 11, 2009, 2:58 PM –

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Leading Dr.: Vaccines-Autism Worth Study


CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson wrote this story for CBSNews.com. 

Jordan King was a typical baby. His parents called him vocal and vivacious.

Then just before age 2, after a large battery of vaccinations, he simply withdrew from the world.

“The real scary thing was when I noticed he wasn’t looking at us any more in the eyes,” Mylinda King, Jordan’s mother, said.

William Mead was a Pottery Barn baby model and met all the typical milestones. Then, also at age 2, after a set of vaccinations, William became very ill and he, too, changed forever.

At first, both sets of parents suspected hearing problems.

“The reason we had him tested for a hearing deficit was ’cause he wouldn’t respond to us,” Mead said. “He no longer used any of his language.”

“We had him tested for deafness, it was that bad,” King said. “I mean, you could slam a book on the floor and he wouldn’t turn around to see what the sound was. It was like he was in this bubble of somewhere else, like he’d left the planet or something.”

Doctors said it wasn’t a hearing problem … it was the brain disorder autism.

In both children, batteries of tests revealed dangerous levels of the brain toxin mercury in their systems. Their only known exposure: the mercury preservative once widely used in childhood shots.

“Our doctor, Dr. Green, said ‘you can stop looking for sources’,” King said. “I know where it came from and it was … when he told us it was the vaccines, you just can’t believe it.”

Now, William and Jordan are two test cases among nearly 5,000 autism claims filed in federal vaccine court. Most claim that mercury, or MMR shots, or both, resulted in their children’s autism.

Government officials and many scientists insist there’s nothing about vaccines that can lead to autism.

“I think it’s important for the average parent to know that the government hasn’t made a link between vaccines and autism,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control.

Dr. Bernadine Healy is the former head of the National Institutes of Health, and the most well-known medical voice yet to break with her colleagues on the vaccine-autism question.

In an exclusive interview with CBS News, Healy said the question is still open.

“I think that the public health officials have been too quick to dismiss the hypothesis as irrational,” Healy said.

“But public health officials have been saying they know, they’ve been implying to the public there’s enough evidence and they know it’s not causal,” Attkisson said.

“I think you can’t say that,” Healy said. “You can’t say that.”

Read more about the “open questions” of autism at Couric & Co.

Healy goes on to say public health officials have intentionally avoided researching whether subsets of children are “susceptible” to vaccine side effects – afraid the answer will scare the public.

“You’re saying that public health officials have turned their back on a viable area of research largely because they’re afraid of what might be found?” Attkisson asked.

Healy said: “There is a completely expressed concern that they don’t want to pursue a hypothesis because that hypothesis could be damaging to the public health community at large by scaring people. “First of all,” Healy said, “I think the public’s smarter than that. The public values vaccines. But more importantly, I don’t think you should ever turn your back on any scientific hypothesis because you’re afraid of what it might show.”

As an example, Healy points to the existing vaccine court claims.

CBS News has learned the government has paid more than 1,300 brain injury claims in vaccine court since 1988, but is not studying those cases or tracking how many of them resulted in autism.

The branch of the government that handles vaccine court told CBS News: “Some children who have been compensated for vaccine injuries…may ultimately end up with autism or autistic symptoms, but we do not track cases on this basis.”

“What we’re seeing in the bulk of the population: vaccines are safe,” said Healy. “But there may be this susceptible group. The fact that there is concern, that you don’t want to know that susceptible group is a real disappointment to me. If you know that susceptible group, you can save those children. If you turn your back on the notion that there is a susceptible group… what can I say?”

Government officials would not respond directly to Healy’s views… but reiterated, vaccines are safe.

Like Healy, the Kings and the Meads support vaccination, but say it can be made safer.

At age 10, William’s life is full of intensive therapy.

“Horrifying is a good word,” his father George said. “It was horrendous to watch your own child become, in effect, a zombie. It’s something I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. It was awful.”

Jordan, also 10, can’t even communicate as well as he did as a toddler.

“Oh yeah, he doesn’t talk at all anymore” said Jordan’s father, Fred.

Public health officials insist there’s no connection to their shots. Thousands of families are hoping for a different answer in vaccine court.

For an original plaintiff’s document citing more than 60 supporting studies, click here.

By Sharyl Attkisson
Copyright 2009 CBS. All rights reserved.




CBS’s Attkisson Under Fire  – by Whom?


  1. www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/…/anti-vaccine-propaganda-from-sharyl…

  2. More embarrassing anti-vaccine reporting from CBS News’s Sharyl 


    Mar 31, 2011 – For years, CBS News’s Sharyl Attkisson has been one of the least responsible mainstream journalists covering vaccines and autism. Again and 

  3. CBS News’ resident anti-vaccine propagandist Sharyl Attkisson 


    Sep 10, 2010 – It’s been a while since we’ve heard from CBS News’ resident anti-vaccine propagandist Sharyl Attkisson. When last we saw her, she was 

  4. The resident anti-vaccine reporter at CBS News strikes again 


    Apr 5, 2011 – Of course, this is not the first time that Sharyl Attkisson has demonstrated herself to be biased in favor of the anti-vaccine movement. Indeed, I’ve


Science Writer: Attkisson Is “One Of The Least Responsible Mainstream Journalists” Covering Vaccines and Autism. Science writer Seth Mnookin, author of The Panic Virus: The True Story Behind The Vaccine-Autism Controversy, wrote on his website: “For years, CBS News’s Sharyl Attkisson has been one of the least responsible mainstream journalists covering vaccines and autism. Again and again, she’s parroted anti-vaccine rhetoric long past the point that it’s been decisively disproved.” Indeed, in three articles on CBSNews.com this year, Attkission has suggested that there is a major “debate” in the scientific community over whether vaccines are connected to autism, despite the lack of evidence for the supposed link. Mnookin told Media Matters that he found it “shocking that her vaccine reporting is featured on a major news” site. [SethMnookin.com, 3/31/11] [Phone conversation, 2/6/12]

  • The claims: that Children Who Are Not Vaccinated Are At Risk Of Serious Infectious Diseases. The claim: Vaccination rates in certain areas of the United States are decreasing, coinciding with a rise in measles cases. As Dr. Steven Weinreb wrote in the New York Times, “For each year between 2001 and 2008, the median number of [measles] cases in the United States was 56. In the first six months of this year [2011] alone, there were more than 150 reported cases — the most since 1996. A vast majority of those who were sickened had not been vaccinated or had uncertain vaccination histories.” [New York Times12/27/11]

Attkisson: A “New Scientific Review” Shows The “Austism-Vaccine Debate” Is Not Over. More than a year after the formal retraction of the main study upon which theories connecting autism to vaccines were based, Attkisson wrote: “For all those who’ve declared the autism-vaccine debate over – a new scientific review begs to differ. It considers a host of peer-reviewed, published theories that show possible connections between vaccines and autism.” Mnookin criticized Attkisson’s article, noting that the author of the “new scientific review,” Helen Ratajczak, had only “been the primary author of a published study” twice in the past decade, and it was “only the fourth study she’s been associated with in any capacity during that time.” Dr. David Gorski further broke down the “pseudoscience” cited in Attkisson’s article, and concluded by wondering why CBS “tolerate[s] Attkisson’s horrible reporting on vaccines and other scientific issues.” [CBSNews.com, 3/31/11] [SethMnookin.com, 3/31/11] [Media Matters9/16/11] [ScienceBasedMedicine.org, 4/4/11]

Attkisson Editorialized In Article About Debunked Vaccine-Autism Link. In 2010, a federal court ruled that families with autistic children are not entitled to compensation from the vaccine court because a causal link between vaccines and autism is “scientifically unsupportable.” In an article titled “The Search for Safer Vaccines,” Attkisson commented that “vaccine-injured children who end up with autism are quietly winning their cases, but only when they focus on the more general argument of seizures or brain damage rather than autism. Some victory.” [CNN.com, 3/12/10] [CBSNews.com, 1/19/11]

CBS Reportedly Had To Remove Paragraph From Attkisson’s Report. In January 2011, Attkisson wrote an article titled “Child Flu Vaccine Seizures?” According to an excerpt quoted by Mnookin, Attkisson’s article originally ended by stating that a new study “discusses how early life seizures ‘may contribute to the enhanced risk of IDD’s (Intellectual and Development Disabilities) and ASD’s (Autism Spectrum Disorders.)'” But the study did not “say anything about vaccine-related febrile seizures,” according to Mnookin, who noted that “when CBS was alerted,” it removed the offending paragraph without noting a correction. The article still states that “non-government medical experts differ on the issue of whether flu shots should be given to children,” even though the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association and the American Lung Association all recommend that children older than 6 months get the flu vaccine. [SethMnookin.com, 1/28/11] [CBSNews.com, 1/26/11] [American Academy of Pediatrics, 9/1/11] [American Medical Association, accessed 2/3/12] [American Lung Association, accessed 2/3/12]