Whenever you read an article in a newspaper or magazine or listen to a report on TV or radio by the mainstream corporate media, in most cases what you’ll get is a reference to Dr. Andrew Wakefield and the MMR/autism paper he wrote with Prof. John Walker Smith and Dr. Simon Burch (plus 10 co-authors) and had published in the British medical journal The Lancet in 1998. Predictably, the article or report will repeat the now well-known propaganda about how that “retracted” paper linking the MMR vaccine to autism was “debunked” and its author “discredited.”
Inevitably, somewhere in the article or report it will say that the Wakefield study was responsible for the subsequent sharp declines in the number of parents vaccinating their children, thus supposedly leading to countless kids being left unprotected and harmed by infectious diseases. Mainstream reporters and journalists cite the Wakefield study as the point in which parents began to distrust vaccines, and that this is what led to today’s growing anti-vaccine movement. This historical account is false. The anti-vaccine movement has been around since the day Edward Jenner came up with his crude smallpox vaccine in 1796.
But if you had to come up with a key point in modern history that fueled the growth of public distrust in vaccines, it wouldn’t be the Wakefield paper in 1998 but rather the Emmy Award winning documentary “DTP: Vaccine Roulette” by investigative journalist Leah Thompson in 1982. This was 16 years BEFORE anyone had even heard of Andrew Wakefield. Oh please… the man had received his medical degree only the year before (1981). He was just starting his medical career. You’re gonna lay all that heavy on him? Watch the video.
— Marco Cáceres