Former Media Power Player Bob Wright Sounds Alarm Over Vaccines

Bob Wright
Wright argues convincingly that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) methodology for identifying and addressing vaccine problems is ineffective and that it must be improved.

Conservatives are frequently accused of being beholden to big corporations. But on the matter of mandatory, and sometimes risky, vaccines, it’s the liberals and the left-wingers who come down on the side of the drug companies, known as Big Pharma. They want government to force parents to have their infants injected with potentially dangerous vaccines that may be linked to the developmental disorder known as autism.

Autism was once a rare disorder but is now so common that most people know someone with an affected child. Many parents with autistic children have concluded that government policy dictating that every child get 69 doses of 16 vaccines, some with controversial chemical ingredients, is a factor in the rise of autism.

One of the important voices in this controversy is Bob Wright, whose new book, The Wright Stuff: From NBC to Autism Speaks, is getting some important press attention. He ran NBC Universal for more than 20 years and started the organization Autism Speaks, after his first grandchild was diagnosed with autism back in 2004. In his book, he says that President Obama’s key adviser, Valerie Jarrett, killed a proposal to improve the safety of vaccines, so that parental fears about the link between vaccines and autism could be addressed.

The Bush administration killed a similar proposal, he says. In that case, the explanation was that “the White House was afraid of press reaction.”

Wright argues convincingly that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) methodology for identifying and addressing vaccine problems is ineffective and that it must be improved.

It’s a sad commentary on the state of our media that liberal reporters and commentators are so quick to take the side of Big Pharma against parents who have seen for themselves how vaccines have led to the dramatic increase in autism. The federal government recognizes the risks and dangers, having established the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program to compensate victims of vaccines. This takes the vaccine makers off the hook for injuries and deaths caused by government-mandated vaccines. In short, Big Government is protecting Big Business from liability for their products. Wright notes that $100 million a year is paid in damages to victims of vaccines.

As a result of government mandating vaccines—and the manufacturers being given immunity from prosecution for financial damages—they have become a cash cow for Big Pharma. There is a vested financial interest in increasing the number of vaccines, and making them mandatory at earlier ages.

All of this has come at a terrible cost, according to critics of vaccines.

April is National Autism Awareness Month, and the link between vaccines and autism is once again up for debate. Interestingly, Alisyn Camerota interviewed Bob Wright on the topic last week on CNN. The discussion was informative, but didn’t go far enough in ascertaining who in the federal government is stopping much-needed research into the safety of vaccines.

One topic was, of course, Donald J. Trump, with whom Wright worked for many years on his television show. But Camerota then turned to Wright’s new book, where he writes about his grandson: “Right after he got the standard one-year vaccinations, he developed a very high fever and screamed for hours. Katie [his daughter] was so frightened she called her husband to come home from work and they put the baby in an ice bath to bring down the fever. When they called the doctor they were told the reaction was completely normal.”

Camerota preceded the discussion by noting that one in 68 children is diagnosed with autism. “That number is staggeringly different than a generation ago when it was 1 in 10,000,” she said. “And I couldn’t help but notice your wording in the book when you talked about Christian—the timing of Christian’s autism.”

She added, “Bob, I can’t tell you how many parents, dozens, I have interviewed who had the exact same experience that you did. After the children got their standard vaccinations, that night the child had a high fever, they were clearly in distress, they were screaming in mortal pain, they called the doctor and the doctor said you’re having a vaccine reaction. I know this is very controversial. Are you satisfied that enough research and studies have been done to prove that there is no link?”

This was an interesting way to put it. Wright told Camerota that he didn’t think a “direct link” had yet been established, but he quickly added that that more and better research is needed. He explained, “… it’s very difficult to do research on vaccines when you’re talking about vaccines that go to tens of millions of people, because you need a large sample to make any conclusions about something like this. And that’s part of the difficulty. I would also say that, that you—that we all know without any controversy that a lot of children have very different reactions to vaccines, period.”

The media insist the link between vaccines and autism has been “debunked” or even “disproven.” But not establishing a “direct link” is, of course, far different than no link. What’s more, as Camerota noted, many parents have seen the link for themselves, with their children suffering from autism after vaccines were administered.

Wright added that children “have different immune systems” and may react to vaccines differently. In his book, Wright thoughtfully addresses this topic, noting that “What made vaccines so controversial was the unknown: the inability to more accurately anticipate a child’s response based on their genetics.”

On CNN, Wright explained that the vaccine program “can be significantly improved for very little money and we tried, and I tried with two administrations, the Bush administration, Obama administration and I failed to get it. It got stopped in the White House in both cases.”

This was an incredible statement that amounts to an indictment. He was saying two different administrations, one Republican and one Democrat, didn’t want to improve vaccine safety. Wright discusses this in his book, saying the Bush White House was fearful of press criticism of such an effort, and that it was Jarrett who turned down the proposal to study vaccines and improve their safety in the Obama White House.

Wright’s book also notes how vaccine safety has become an issue in the presidential campaign.

During the second presidential debate, Trump told the following story: “Just the other day, two years old, two and a half years old, a child, a beautiful child went to have the vaccine, and came back, and a week later got a tremendous fever, got very, very sick, now is autistic.” Trump said that he is “totally in favor of vaccines” but said he wants “smaller doses over a longer period of time.”

For simply telling this story and suggesting caution, Trump was viciously attacked by the media.

But Wright, in his book, says that Trump speaks for many people. “We support vaccines,” Wright said in a memo to the board of Autism Speaks, “but if parents have concerns, spread out the shots.”

This was the recommendation of Dr. Ben Carson at the same debate. While there was no proof linking vaccines to autism, Carson said, “It is true that we are probably giving way too many in too short a period of time. And a lot of pediatricians now recognize that, and, I think, are cutting down on the number and the proximity in which those are done, and I think that’s appropriate.”

But simply pointing out the facts and advising caution is somehow considered unscientific by the liberal media.

One reporter who has looked at the vaccine-autism link is former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson, author of Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington. She notes that in 2008, the federal government agreed to pay damages to the family of Hannah Poling, “a child who developed autism after multiple vaccinations.” Attkisson commented that that the “landmark case” amounted to $1.5 million for the girl the first year and $500,000 each year after. In total, the compensation could amount to $20 million over the child’s lifetime.

Attkisson, who received the Reed Irvine Accuracy in Media Award in 2012, explained that the case was “ordered sealed, protecting the pharmaceutical vaccine industry and keeping the crucial information hidden from other families who have autistic children and also believe vaccines to be the culprit.” But word leaked out.

“The great majority of medical opinion holds that vaccines don’t cause autism,” Attkisson concedes. “However, many of the same experts don’t dispute that vaccines can, in rare instances, cause brain damage.” Hence, she points out, parents of children with autistic symptoms or autism win vaccine injury claims by highlighting brain damage, not autism specifically. “But when autism or autistic symptoms are alleged as the primary brain damage, the cases are lost.”

As National Autism Awareness Month was approaching, actor Robert DeNiro’s Tribeca Film Festival accepted and then rejected “VAXXED: From Cover-up to Catastrophe,” a documentary about the possible link between vaccines and autism that is based largely on the work of a CDC whistleblower.

Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a research scientist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), says in the trailer for the film that if present trends continue, by 2032 half of the children—and 80 percent of the boys—will be autistic. She says, “This will be a complete catastrophe if we just let it happen.”

Although his adviser Valerie Jarrett killed a proposal to improve vaccine safety, Obama designated April 2, 2016, as World Autism Awareness Day.

Rather than address the allegations of a link between vaccines and autism or improve vaccine safety, the liberals in and out of the Obama administration would rather expand insurance coverage for those with autism and spend more government funds on those with the disorder. They view this as the compassionate response. However, this could easily become what Anne Dachel of the Age of Autism website calls an economic disaster as the costs escalate to support and care for the victims of the epidemic.

Barbara Loe Fisher of the National Vaccine Information Center is warning that state legislatures across the country are moving quickly to pass bills backed by the pharmaceutical industry to restrict or remove personal/religious belief vaccine exemptions. She says, “Those embracing vaccine orthodoxy have a right to their beliefs, but they should not be given the legal right to persecute and punish fellow citizens refusing to convert. Tyranny by any other name is still tyranny.”

Note: This article was reprinted with the author’s permission. It was originally published by Accuracy in Media.

15 Responses to "Former Media Power Player Bob Wright Sounds Alarm Over Vaccines"

  1. David Weiner   April 7, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    While it is true that Democratic politicians and progressive voters have been worse on the topic of vaccine mandates, Republican politicians and conservative voters have not been all that great. Even Trump, who seems to understand the vaccine/autism connection, favors mandates, though he thinks that vaccines/doses should be spread out. That might be a marginal improvement, but stops short of what we need and deserve: a repeal of all vaccine mandates.

    • Barry   April 24, 2016 at 6:10 pm

      Readers, please don’t recruit this kind of argument to justify a vote for Hillary. She is owned by Big Pharma, more than anybody else. No one else is even close. This is very relevant. It should not be ignored. Big Pharma owns her!

      What happened in California (mandatory vaccinations) was done solely by the overwhelmingly ruling party in California: the Democrats. I’ve already read opinions from Hillary supporters who claim they care about forced vaccinations, yet they say they “will vote for her anyway.”

      The only way to vote for Hillary is to purposely ignore the real issues, like mandatory vaccinations and an ever increasing list of genetically engineered foods. Just rethink what she says. Whenever she says “we,” she really means “I.” Then you will realize what she is really saying.

  2. Denise   April 8, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Spreading out the vaccines is not the answer either! My grandson had 1 shot at a time and had a bad reaction each time. His speach was delayed, he’s almost 8 and has sentence structure of a 3 year old and has kindergarten level reading skills. If you tell him something and ask him to repeat it he can’t. He has ADD. He was forced by speech therapy organization to have measles vaccination during the Disneyland outbreak; his speech regressed, even the therapist noticed but it of course wasn’t because of the vaccine. If there immune systems can’t handle them or they are allergic to a component, it doesn’t matter if they have 1 or 10, they’re gonna have a reaction! His grandfather is highly allergic to thimerosal; discovered it from saline solution he used for contact lenses. Thimerosal hasn’t been completely removed from vaccines; a TRACE amount is 1 mcg or less, but it’s still there! If your child was highly allergic to peanut butter would you put chance putting a drop of peanut butter in his mouth?! Don’t even get me started on the effectiveness or lack of or the contaminants or SV40, etc. What about ALL the children who were mistakenly given the wrong vaccine, dose, or not stored or handled properly or given in the wrong area. The Nuremberg Code said “without coercion”, but now we are being told “no shot, no school!” How is that not coercion?

  3. Jennifer   April 12, 2016 at 11:05 am

    My neighbor has TWO of TWO children with Autism Spectrum Disorders!!!!

  4. Pia Habersang   April 12, 2016 at 11:39 am

    The only 100% safe vaccine for your child is the one YOUR child DOES NOT GET!

    • Jeanne   April 12, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      AGREE 100%!!!!! Nobody has the right to inject anything into your newborn, infant toddler and pre-schooler. Especially by laying a guilty conscience. Bullying, forcing anything on you!!!

      Like I said before, even the Drs. won’t vaccinate. Or wait until they are over the age of three. And have the chem-free one. Did pregnant Chelsea get her dose of mercury called the Flu shot??? Not.

  5. SHARON   April 12, 2016 at 12:54 pm


  6.   April 12, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Perhaps, since the powers that be come down so hard on the baby steps some public figures are taking in questioning vaccine safety, it’s time to stop soft-pedaling the issue and make crystal clear that the “expert medical opinion” that finds vaccines generally safe and effective is only expert in the art of propaganda. The super-rich and super-powerful are waging a genocidal war against the rest of the human race for absolute control of the planet. They are using all the time-honored strategies and tactics of the brutal and the ruthless: bribery, blackmail, intimidation, and murder. They are attacking on many fronts, including GMOs and other methods of turning food into poison; “climate modification,” aka chem-trails, allegedly to stop global warming but in reality making the problem irremediably worse; harmful chemicals in our water, clothing, furniture, etc.; and our so-called “health-care” system, which is largely a system for patching up slaves who are still useful to them and poisoning everyone else. What I am saying here is not wild-eyed speculation. It is documented, scientifically verified fact. But we live in an age where science is defined not by the empirical method, but by “experts” who sell their souls for fancy titles and lucrative positions. What makes this genocide so terrible is that, like Jim Jones’ followers, most of the victims are lining up happily to drink the poisoned cool-aid under the delusion that it’s the only way to salvation.

  7. Citizen Scientist Xileen   April 12, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Just notice how many drug commercials are on TV throughout the day, especially on the evening news and then you will see why TV stations will not go up against BigPharma.

  8. Dave Reiter   April 12, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    Dear Mr. Jim Cook 777: Oh if only one in ten of our population would come to the same realizations/conclusions as you, our battle would soon be won. I’m so very thankful I finally was awakened myself. It’s unpleasant to see the evil reality all around us (and I mean all around us), but now things finally make a lot of sense.

  9. Linda Abernethy   April 14, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    I’m growing tired of my so called “liberal” friends lecturing me about the greater good. What a bunch of hypocrites. These bra-burners have become what they said they were fighting against. They ARE “the man”! I must put up with their scorn because I believe in individual freedom and personal responsibility. Regarding Donald Trump: even if he does agree with those of us who believe in the right to refuse certain medical treatments, he can’t come clean because he’d be labeled a lunatic.

  10. TeeJae   April 18, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    Speaking of the “liberal” media, one of the early episodes of the Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore (that replaced the Colbert Report on Comedy Central) held a very lopsided “debate” on vaccines, with 4 pro-vaxxers against 1 anti-vaxxer. It was enough for me to write a scathing letter to the show’s producers and stop watching the show.

  11. Lori   May 1, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    I have 3 young children. My first born I did as I was told by the pediatrician and let him dictate the vaccine schedule for my daughter. The pediatrician was always friendly with me and never questioned my ideas or parenting or fears or anything, as long as I was following his vaccine regimen. Then I became aware and researched and educated myself more about vaccines. My oldest had all of her shots almost up to date for kindergarten when I stopped. I had to get a doctor signature on a physical for kindergarten and he said to me that she needed 2 more vaccines to be done. I declined and he since then has been cold shoulder to me, he assures me that I need read approved websites for the right information on vaccines. I still declined. Now when I have any questions about illness or rashes or just anything I bring my kids in his office for, he is short with me and continues to try swaying my decision. It’s so difficult being the odd ball parent with a decision that other adults view as negligence or abuse. For my daughter to enter school I used my exemption form since I am Christian and do pray over my children’s health as well as my own. I do fear one day not having the choice. Being a nurse myself is difficult most places want to force flu shot and hep B shots to work. I chose less paying nursing jobs to avoid it. It’s a cruel world.

  12. Colorado   June 1, 2016 at 7:00 am

    The politicized polarized argument falls flat almost immediately. Sure it’s feel good for the opposing side, but come on… There is no clear line for party lines on vaccines, except whom ever accepts money from big pharma is likely to sell out the interests of the American people they were supposed to be representing. Representative democracy is dead. At this point we must utilize representative democracy through administrative and legal utilities, since the trust and honesty in the voting and legislative rule making systems is absolutely eroded and compromised. / Lori, you should give blank shots instead, throw the vaccine away, and write the kids up as being compliant. I need an insider person who’s willing to do this for our children. We need to short cut this requirement by getting written up as being compliant with vaccines, even though we have not taken them. This sort of request will inevitably be the next result if mandatory vaccines are implemented. When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty. Somewhere out there is a highly ethical doctor, LPN, RN, or someone of that nature that should right now be understanding vaccines should not be mandatory, parents cannot effectively circumnavigate civil systems with opt outs, and subsequently that medical person should willingly help us be compliant on the official record, without actually forcing us to accept vaccines. AKA; fake it. Where is the back room slumlord doctor, because all I need him to do is write me up for vaccines. I’ll pay full price and he can keep the product for the next guy. That is what this issue boils down to for a concerned parent running out of time and running out of options.

  13. Colorado   June 1, 2016 at 7:05 am

    Bet you a million dollars that so many of the rich persons and the doctors involved with this system have merely complied on record, and have not actually taken the full round of vaccines like they claim to have. It’s obvious right, it’s just smoke and mirrors one big scam. If these vaccines are safe, I want the nurse whom administers them to take one every time herself. If they’re so safe in infinite doses, they should not mind taking 10 shots for every 1 that my child is administered. Better yet they can have 11 and we’ll have none.


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