Wakefield Tells Parents to Go Away: GMA and Wakefield, A Live Posting (Updated)

I sit here, at 8:01, waiting with trepidation, excitement, boredom (pick  your emotion) for Saint Andy to appear on GMA. Who will interview him? What will he say?

I shall demonstrate my proclivity for prophecy: he will say he didn't commit fraud, he didn't alter records, he didn't profit, and his case series never linked autism and vaccines. He just wants to help the children.

Ah....here we go. George is introducing it. Dr. Richard Besser is providing the backstory as I type. Old footage of Wakefield saying his study raised a question mark over the MMR vaccine, so let's watch him backpeddle.

GMA is forceful; fraud is being used repeatedly. Seth Mnookin is interviewed.

George plugs Wakefield's book first and launches into the list of damning things against Wakefield.

George asks why should anyone trust Wakefield. Hee, and Wakefield is saying everything I said he would. Wow. Surprise. George is hammering him.

Wakefield says he has replicated bowel disease in children with autism.

He asserts:

"Wholly untrue."

 "I responded to parents' concerns."

George counters:

"You've had your medical license revoked."

"The weight of the evidence is all on the other side."

Of course, Wakefield, counters that the evidence is all on his side.

George asks Wakefield what his recommendation is for vaccination, to which Wakefield replied his recommendation is for parents today is to "go away..." Okay, there's more after that, but that's pretty telling.


George blogged about the exchange briefly, closing with "Given all that, I began, why should anyone believe what he says now?" The simple answer to that is people shouldn't.


Diplo_Daddy said...

Vaccinating your child against diseases here in England isn’t the norm. Many parents don’t bother with it at all. There are many children in state schools who aren’t even vaccinated against anything. It's scary.

kathleen said...

What is infuriating is "Why now?" Why are all the television people acting like hard core reporters now? It wasn't enough that this man committed fraud..wasn't enough that he put children through some awful and unnecessary testing..wasn't enough enough that he falsified data..wasn't enough that he "suggested" that vaccines-(the mmr)-were the cause of autism..no that wasn't enough. But now we find out he was going to make a profit-make money-NOW people question him? None of the other reasons were good enough-?? That frightens me.

K Bjornstad said...

Well-said. The man is a menace.

sharon said...

Very funny post. I call sociopath. He just has to be.

KWombles said...

Diplo_Daddy, it is scary.

Kathleen, truth be told, it's been known for years that he made hundreds of thousands of dollars from the lawyers. sigh.

K, thanks.

Sharon, it's a distinct possibility.