by Jefferey Jaxen
Health Impact News

A turning point is happening in the U.S. despite the mainstream media’s best efforts to downplay and ignore it. Fraud within The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now premiering in theaters throughout the U.S. as the documentary Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe has opened at the box office to massive interest.

The film centers on Dr. William Thompson’s 2014 admissions of research fraud with regard to manipulating the pivotal study that showed a correlation between the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and the onset of autism. Both the silence of Congress and the epidemic run up of autism rates since Dr. Thompson’s admissions have been staggering. Ignoring the opportunity to promptly act on Dr. Thompson’s information in 2014, the national conversation has grown rapidly encompassing pharmaceutical fraud, vaccine safety and government agency corruption.

The CDC has been silent throughout the damaging public relations it has received over the years. Open corruption and conflicts of interest have marred the agency’s vaccine division. However, recent bad press the CDC and pharmaceutical industry has received from Vaxxed appears to have put the agency and vaccine sector into damage control mode.

After Robert De Niro announced — and then days later retracted — the showing of Vaxxed at his 2016 Tribeca film festival, the public took note of the film in a major way. The hype generated in a week’s time by the fiasco was enough free publicity to propel the Vaxxed documentary upward like a rocket. When the Angelika theater stepped up to premiere the film in Tribeca’s absence, the countdown was on.

Are the CDC Autism Rates Accurate? CDC Whistleblower Challenges Stats

With highly questionable timing, the CDC publicly released its recent findings showing the incidence of autism is unchanged in the U.S. — the day before Vaxxed premiered in New York. Unfortunately for the CDC, the integrity of its estimated findings of 1 in 68 school-aged children with autism was to be challenged days later in the United States District Court for the District of Utah.

On April 4, the court heard critical motions from a former CDC researcher and whistle blower alleging the CDC committed research misconduct and persistent data errors in their autism prevalence reports. Judith Pinborough-Zimmerman — the whistle blower in the case — filed specific concerns over alleged uncorrected errors in the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network’s reported autism analysis for Utah.

Dr. Zimmerman is a former Principal Investigator for the Utah ADDM Network. She “reported that University of Utah researchers were publishing data under people’s names who had not done the work and that the data contained uncorrected errors.” In 2012, Dr. Zimmerman — similar to Dr. Thompson — reported her concerns to the CDC as well as the Department of Health and Human Services only to be met with silence.