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Arthur Allen, David Gorski and Marge Talbot Admit They Hate Freedom

Imagine you wrote about mercury in childhood vaccines with some seriousness in The New York Times Magazine. Then imagine a couple years later changing tune and writing a pharma talking point-filled screed at the request of your dominatrix wife, who was funded by vaccine groups. Finally, you learn many more years after that that The New York Times “journalist” she made you emulate was forced out of journalism following his humiliatingly one-sided reporting and became a pharma PR agent. What would you do?

If you were POLITICO editor Arthur Allen, you would shoot the messenger by blocking the person who told you all that on your social media. That’s exactly what Allen did.

It’s natural to hate someone for something you don’t have, as Arthur Allen clearly feels he doesn’t have freedom. At the end of his forgettable book Vaccines, he acknowledges his wife this way:

Finally, I can’t properly express the gratitude and admiration I have for my wife, Margaret Talbot, a kind person who has never thought to discourage my dreams.

“who has never thought to discourage my dreams.” -Thou doth protest too much, Art.

Someone who actually went to interview him, however, gave the real scoop, “She wears the pants in that relationship.”

Boy does she. Who mentions his wife in his journalism bio, especially when she does not reciprocate the favor in her bio? Clearly, it’s a man who features a quote like this at the top of one of his articles:

“Appeals to freedom are like the gateway drug to pseudoscience.”

That was said by none other than evicted “Science”Blogger David Gorski. In 2010, Autism Investigated’s future editor revealed that he was working on a clinical trial for a drug by a big vaccine maker that was in partnership with his employer. Readers complained to his employer, leading Gorski into a victimhood frenzy begging for “free speech” and “academic freedom” he clearly wants for himself but not for others. The trial was since terminated after Gorski failed to enroll patients. He also really didn’t take well to videotaped questioning by Autism Investigated’s future editor in 2013, which led to Gorski blocking the editor on Twitter in 2017.

David Gorski, Arthur Allen and Margaret Talbot might all come from different backgrounds and have different personalities. If there’s one thing they have in common, however, it’s this: they all hate freedom and are not afraid to say so.

REVENGE OF LARGE MARGE TALBOT: Dividing Robert Kennedy’s Family

From “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure”: “Be sure tell ’em Large Marge sent cha!”

David Talbot is the founder of Salon.com, which published Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s landmark article Deadly Immunity. When the site pulled Kennedy’s article, Talbot rightfully slammed the move as editorial cowardice and caving to pharma pressure. Talbot is also the brother and brother-in-law of longtime pro-vaccine media power couple: Margaret Talbot of The New Yorker and Arthur Allen of POLITICO. Now Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s brother, sister and niece just published a screed in POLITICO Magazine attacking his criticism of vaccines. What a coincidence…

Allen began spreading vaccine propaganda in direct response to Kennedy’s Deadly Immunity, a 2005 article about the government’s cover-up of injury from the mercury-based vaccine preservative thimerosal. It was published in both Salon.com and Rolling Stone, although Salon.com would delete it years later. Allen’s wife Margaret Talbot meanwhile was a senior fellow of the New America think tank, funded by Gates, Soros and the pharmaceutical industry. She could not have been thrilled that the website her brother founded published Kennedy’s piece. According to one journalist who visited her and Allen’s house to interview him and was promptly kicked out by her to do the interview elsewhere, “She wears the pants in that relationship.”

She must’ve gotten some flak when her brother’s website published Kennedy’s article. As her own husband admitted when he flip-flopped, he had previously written about thimerosal with some honesty:

As the writer who first told the thimerosal story in depth in the New York Times Magazine two and a half years ago, I have been astonished to see how badly it has been handled since.

He didn’t write that sentence.

Hey Pee-Wee Allen, be sure tell ’em Large Marge sent cha! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

HHS Secretary Stumbles on President Trump’s Past Vaccine Skepticism

Donald Trump and Dr. Andrew Wakefield in 2016

Following President Trump’s recent vaccine-pushing remarks, his HHS Secretary Alex Azar has been desperately trying to downplay the significance of Trump’s vaccine skepticism during the 2016 election. According to Breitbart, Secretary Azar told the media:

“As you know, some years ago there was a debate about this issue that was partly fueled by data that has since been discredited.”

Undoubtedly, Azar was referring to the work of Dr. Andrew Wakefield. He met with Donald Trump during the election cycle.

Curiously, according to paraphrasing by Arthur Allen of POLITICO:

Azar said Trump’s statements during the 2016 campaign linking vaccination to autism were based on a “debate about this issue but it’s been settled.” 

So Azar’s way out is to say that there was still a debate in 2016, even though it was partly based on Dr. Wakefield’s “discredited” work. That doesn’t work when Donald Trump actually met with Dr. Wakefield during the 2016 election cycle specifically to discuss the autism-vaccine link. Both President Trump and Secretary Azar would not respond to Autism Investigated’s inquiries on Twitter.

That is because they both know the truth of what happened. The president has backed down from his campaign promises about doing something to address toxic vaccinations. Meanwhile, his 2020 opponents in the Democratic Party have doubled down on their support for them.

VACCINE CHIEF’S BROTHER APPROVED THE RAID ON TRUMP LAWYER

Rod Rosenstein is the Deputy Attorney General who appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller and approved the infamous FBI raid on President Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen. Rosenstein is also the brother of one of the federal doctors who President Trump has by-extension accused of lying about “massive vaccinations.”

According to a bio of Rosenstein’s shortly after he was appointed Deputy Attorney General:

His sister, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, is the director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases [NCIRD] at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Messonnier has a long career at the CDC going all the way back to 1995. For the past decade, she has consistently held leadership positions as a vaccine official. She has been director of NCIRD since March 2016 after serving as deputy director from October 2014. Before that, she was chief of the Meningitis and Vaccine Preventable Diseases Branch in NCIRD’s Division of Bacterial Diseases.

Messonnier was already NCIRD director at CDC when agency employees were “crying in the hallways” over Trump’s victory. And Trump’s statements over the years have given them plenty of reasons to cry.

Just look at the contrast between Trump’s tweets and that of Rosenstein’s sister that same year.

The papers cited in the report included none other than fugitive Poul Thorsen’s fraud. While Messonnier would rise through the ranks of the CDC to eventually become its NCIRD director, Trump would continue to broadcast his vaccine skepticism.

Months before declaring his candidacy, Trump reiterated his positions about vaccines on The Hugh Hewitt ShowMonths after his campaign announcement, Trump expressed support for those same positions in the second GOP debate.

Then during the primary contests, he would again reiterate those positions to journalist Sharyl Attkisson while calling other candidates “bought off with campaign contributions.” He would later meet with Dr. Andrew Wakefield as GOP nominee and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. after becoming President-Elect. Surely anybody sympathetic to CDC’s vaccine officials would want to put a stop to such progress. Who better than one of their brothers?

How ironic that Rosenstein has the power he has because of the recusal of the comparably far-less conflicted Attorney General Jeff Sessions. He recused himself from the Russia investigation for just meeting with the Russian ambassador on two occasions. The first time was a meeting with a group of foreign ambassadors and the second culminated in an argument between Sessions and the ambassador over Ukraine. If that counts as a conflict of interest, surely Rosenstein’s sister being a top vaccine official during all of Trump’s vaccine remarks counts big time.

President Trump must fire Rod Rosenstein.

H/t: greenhearts

Paul Offit, Top U.S. Vaccine Doc, Misrepresents His Credentials

Paul-offit.com

CBS News has called vaccine developer Dr. Paul Offit one of “the most trusted voices in the defense of vaccine safety”. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has called him the vaccine industry’s “principle spokesperson”.

But what about Offit’s official title? His personal website, his Wikipedia page, his linkedin profile, his Autism Science Foundation bio, a new medical textbook he co-edited and an endless array of both mainstream and social media sites state that he is the “Chief of Infectious Diseases” at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). There’s just one problem: he’s not, nor has he been for the last three years.

According to CHOP’s website, Offit has been demoted from “Chief” to “attending physician.” It also clearly shows the role of “Chief” belonging to someone else. Yet Offit’s bio on both the homepage and “About” page of his own website call him “Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases” at CHOP, as does his resume linked from his homepage. How long has he misrepresented himself? Dig deep enough, and the story comes to light.

Buried in his second resume – a 32-page CV downloadable from his website -Offit is listed as “Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia” for the years 1992-2014. That means Paul Offit knowingly misleads visitors to his site about his current role at CHOP. Few would find the news of his demotion buried in his CV, but virtually everyone visiting his site would see his bios prominently misidentifying him as “Chief of Infectious Diseases at CHOP.”

Even worse, the creation date of his CV is November 21st, 2016. That means that for more than two years after he lost his title, there was absolutely nothing on his site that contradicted his bio falsely stating his CHOP role. Archived webpages show that the title of “Chief” was the very first title listed in Offit’s “About” bio on his website. Then in early-2015, Offit temporarily removed the “Chief” title from his “About” page bio (his homepage bio never changed). But then sometime in late 2016 or early 2017, he added the title “chief” back into his “About” bio where it remains as of this writing.

The implications of Offit’s fabrication are far-reaching. Reports falsely saying Offit is the “Chief” of infectious disease at CHOP continue to be cranked out: CBS NewsNBC NewsCNNThe New YorkerThe Washington PostPBS FRONTLINEThe LA TimesThe Philadelphia InquirerScientific AmericanC-SPANForbesAlterNetThe Daily BeastThe Huffington Post and Politico to name a few of dozens.

Several times, Offit was introduced on video with his former title of “Chief of Infectious Diseases,” yet he did not correct the people introducing him. When the president of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia introduced Offit as “Chief of Infectious Diseases” on C-SPAN2 in 2015, Offit simply said “Thank you for that kind introduction.”

He did not react the same way, however, when he had to sit right next to the moderator for Scientific American who stated Offit’s false credentials, just prior to his talk as part of a videotaped lecture series. That time, he was visibly uncomfortable being introduced as “Chief,” and even struggled to get words out initially when it was his turn to speak. But just as with the C-SPAN video, Offit failed to correct the person who introduced him.

The misrepresentations have continued as recently as last summer. In an article for STAT News dated August 21st, 2017, Offit was described as the “head of infectious diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.” Offit still has not corrected anyone and why would he? He has gotten away with it for three years.

What he has gotten away with for much longer, however, has been his unchallenged misrepresentations about vaccine dangers and the media’s culpability. He relies on studies he privately admitted were garbage to declare the debate on vaccine safety over. To deny that vaccines cause autism, he actually claims that autism diagnoses cause children to be vaccinated. And of course he has infamously stated that an infant can safely handle 10,000 vaccines, later upping the number to “closer to 100,000.”

One of the big ways Offit has been able to lie with such impunity about vaccine dangers has been to flaunt his supposedly impeccable credentials. Perhaps that’s why he lied about being the “Chief” of infectious diseases at CHOP long after he wasn’t.

Credentials, not integrity, are all that matter in Offit’s world. They matter so much that it’s even worth lying to claim credentials he no longer has.