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Q 6: Dr Andrew Wakefield - Callous Disregard
How would you say the media have handled the story? I am dismayed by the
way in which the media continuously, despite whatever you tell them,
reiterate the same errors, the same mistakes, but of course the major
problem is the way it was handled by the Sunday Times and Brian Deer, and
that to my mind was just a big error from start to finish, and it is like
having 5% of the documents and making a story out of those 5% when you
haven't got the remaining 95% that tell the actual story. Making it up,
fixing that idea in mind, staying with that idea, irrespective of what
anyone might say in mitigation and that's what happened.

Question 8: Dr Andrew Wakefield - To Crush Dissent
What do you think is the GMC's role in the hearing? So the GMC has become
an instrument of the public health apparatus for persecuting doctors in an
effort to prevent them dissenting about vaccines and vaccine safety, and who
knows what will happen next to Richard Hamilton, will he be next? This is
extraordinary to Americans, absolutely extraordinary because in America you
have the first Amendment, you have freedom of speech, you want o say
something, you say it, in this country, no way. The idea of prosecuting a
doctor because he has said something, given his opinion, offered his advice,
said what he truly believes, it is absolute anathema to Americans. They
can't understand how this could possibly happen in a civilised world, and
yet here we have it.

Question 10 Dr Andrew Wakefield - THE PARENTS
Do you think that parents voices are being heard in the MMR story? Their
story, is the story of the parents being heard in all of this either in the
media or in the GMC or anywhere, is it being listened to by doctors? No.
Is it being heard in the media? Not to the extent that represents as to
what is actually going on, no, and the reason is these parents are dealing
with a catastrophe, they are dealing with a child who can't go out the
house, won't go out the house, screaming, having tantrums, beating their
head against the wall, it has terrible diarrhoea, it is 15 years old in

They don't get out they don't get out the house, they don't have time to
talk to the media, it is just a select hadfull of parents who are actually
so determined and with a particular mindset that they can do that, the rest
of them are just coping with the catastrophe that's their world. Some think
it is MMR, some don't think it is MMR. the problem is that parents with
children with autism are not being heard and yet the numbers are growing
through the roof. It is different with AIDS (section on analogy using AIDS
and AIDS activism)....these parents are not like that, these are not AIDS
activists, these are just ordinary folk trying to deal with a catastrophe in
their lifetimes, they are not people who go out and throw infected blood,
maybe they should be, something is going to happen, something is going to
break, and you just get a sense of it at that hearing, of the beginning of
the hearing, but something has to change because there are so many of those
kids and so few resources, so little true care available for them and you
hear it again at this hearing, time and again--this is just a psychological
problem, a psychiatric problem, put them ina corner, sedate them, put them
in a home, lock tyhem up. No, it's not, it is a mediacal problem, it is a
medical disease, it is treatable, it is understandable, you can investigate
it, you can research it and you can find out what is causing it if you want

Nobody really wants to do that apart from a few of us. So AIDS is an
interesting parallel, there was a tipping point in AIDS, it was around the
time that people threw infected blood.


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