Introduction – Aug 11, 2019
We post the following because it demonstrates how, despite claims to ‘even-handedness’ and ‘journalistic impartiality’, the mainstream media is being used to propagate the establishment’s narrative. In effect our supposedly “free press” has become a propaganda mouthpiece, staffed in the main by artful liars.
Of course, this has become increasingly apparent since 9/11 and the media campaign to convince the public of the existence of Saddam Hussein’s mythical Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Contrary to what may have been intended however, this has contributed to mounting public scepticism toward the media. Nor is this scepticism confined to a single-issue. Architects and Engineers for 911 Truth, the anti-GM campaign and the growing anti-vaccination movement are part of this.
So on the one hand the following warns us about the “surging number of measles cases to countries where populist parties have become prominent”, while on the other hand we are told about the “feelgood message” in infant vaccines.
Seriously. You might think that Séamas O’Reilly was trying to be humorous when he writes:
“Even if you don’t share my fondness for the actual injections, I hope I can spread my enthusiasm for vaccines.”
But it all becomes clear by the fourth paragraph where he continues:
“Otherwise reasonable parents, people who balk at flat earthers or 9/11 truthers, have somehow bought into scare stories about vaccines’ harmful metal content or links to disease.”
So O’Reilly is suggesting those who question vaccines or what really happened on 9/11 are on par with those who believe the earth is flat. Which is another way of saying that they are stupid and gullible.
To which we can only add that it’s now all too evident that most mainstream media “journalists” are no more than intellectual whores doing the bidding of moneyed media owners and Séamas O’Reilly is among them. Ed.
I avoid giving parenting advice – except on infant vaccines
Séamas O’Reilly – The Guardian Aug 11, 2019
This week my son had his MMR vaccine, stressing us all. No one likes injections. Except me. I’ve always enjoyed them. I think it’s from watching Ivan Drago in Rocky IV when I was small, which made me think of them as power-ups. Each childhood needle-sting thrilled me a little. It was like I felt some ominous Soviet liquid coursing through my veins, allowing me to dish out, and eventually receive, a beating so hard it ended communism. I thought everyone felt this way at first but quickly learned that of the millions of people who watched that movie, I alone took home a feelgood message about needles, and how sweet it must feel to receive a Cold War dose of performance-enhancing drugs.
Even if you don’t share my fondness for the actual injections, I hope I can spread my enthusiasm for vaccines. I’ve been writing this column for a year, and have never proscribed any practice. There are a million other organs willing to make you feel bad about your parenting choices. But vaccines aren’t one of those choices, and I refuse to be anything but strident.
The UK ranks third in high-income countries for the number of children unvaccinated for measles, and global rates of that disease – vaccined against since before Teletext was invented – have doubled since 2017. For its part, the government could do more to spread awareness of their efficacy and, with the NHS, make it easier for parents to book return appointments. But from my experience it’s also true that parents are subject to worrying levels of anti-vax propaganda spread by charlatans and frauds. It is not hyperbole to say this is killing children.
Otherwise reasonable parents, people who balk at flat earthers or 9/11 truthers, have somehow bought into scare stories about vaccines’ harmful metal content or links to disease. Never mind that we harmlessly consume much more than a vaccine’s worth of aluminium every single day, or that no reputable study has demonstrated a link to autoimmune disorders, nor autism. As UK citizens, they’re also probably vaccinated themselves, meaning they’re denying their child the same inoculation they enjoy. It is this same inoculation that will leave those parents healthy to grieve over their child should a measles outbreak come his or her way.