New Information – Updated 12:00hrs 16 Feb 09
See also: A deer in the headlights Melanie Phillips, The Spectator16/Feb/09
The Sunday Times UK journalist Brian Deer is being challenged to explain his role in assisting George Bush’s US Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services, leading to the failure in the USA last week of three lead cases of over 4500 pending cases of claimed vaccine injured US children. The journalist was identified last week as complainant in the UK General Medical Council proceedings against Dr Andrew Wakefield over the alleged link between MMR vaccine, autism and bowel disease in children. The journalist has reported extensively in The Sunday Times, London on his allegations which are now the subject of the UK GMC proceedings and was also previously a defendant in a law suit brought by Dr Wakefield. Challenges to his new denials of involvement with the UK GMC case are being made as are demands for the journalist to publish his complaints and other correspondence with the UK’s GMC and to explain his relationship with them.
But now ChildHealthSafety also demands publication of The Sunday Times journalist’s correspondence with the US Department of Justice. The journalist has admitted his role in the failure of the US MMR Court cases announced last Thursday in judgements handed down by the US Court of Federal Claims. The admissions of his role in the US cases were revealed by the journalist himself in a blog response, as previously reported on Age of Autism:-
…… the US government sought my help in mounting its case …… I was surprised by this. ……. I would come home, find an email from the department of justice asking me for a document, and see that the next day it was being run in court.” Did the Department Of Justice Tip-Off Brian Deer? February 13, 2009
Concerned US parents are asking what was the purpose of journalist Brian Deer’s visit to the US last week and why were US Department of Justice staff sending out copies of the Sunday Times of London articles by Brian Deer, alleging scientific misconduct, in an effort to discredit Dr Wakefield prior to the US Vaccine Court rulings last week [Reported by US journalist David Kirby: Vaccine Court To Weigh In On Thursday Feb 11, 2009 and The Sunday Times articles here by ChildHealthSafety here: Sunday Times Journalist Made Up Wakefield MMR Data Fixing Allegation 11 Feb 09 and Sunday Times – Sinks To New Low With Yet More MMR Junk Journalism 8 Feb 09]
In the UK Brian Deer’s first attacks in The Sunday Times on Dr Wakefield [Sun 22/Feb/04] were also made just days before a crucial Court decision [Fri 27/Feb/04] which took away legal funding from the British MMR vaccine damage children’s case and brought the UK’s MMR vaccine damage litigation to an end. Brian Deer was hired by a then Sunday Times editor Pauk Nuki, whose father, Professor George Nuki had sat on the UK Government Committee with others some of whom were implicated in attacks on Wakefield and were also involved in approving the now proven dangerous and withdrawn Pluserix MMR vaccine.
The Judge who made the decision which effectively ended the UK litigation, Judge Nigel Davis, is the brother of Glaxo board director Crispin Davis. Pluserix MMR was made and supplied by a GlaxoSmithKline company. It was given to many of the children in the UK litigation. Crispin Davis had been brought onto the Glaxo Board only 2 months before The Sunday Times hired Brian Deer to write the articles attacking Wakefield. Crispin Davis was also the CEO of the owners of The Lancet. Judge Davis later claimed that it had not occurred to him there might be a conflict of interest. Read more about it all here: British Government & Establishment’s Efforts to Deny Compensation to MMR Vaccine Child Victims.
The involvement in the US of UK journalist Brian Deer together with the conflict of interest of the UK Judge Nigel Davis in 2004 raises questions as to the position of the US Federal Court and its now much criticised decisions last week in dismissing the lead US children’s cases. The Court has previously upheld the link between vaccines and autism in a number of cases and the defendant US Department of Health and Human Services has also conceded at least one case in secret rather than have a Court decision: AUTISM – US Court Decisions and Other Recent Developments – It’s Not Just MMR
The Sunday Times journalist also continues to deny the allegations of being a complainant in the UK GMC case in responses he has posted recently on blogs. Journalist Brian Deer’s denials appeared in The Huffington Post and elsewhere, including:-
…this fabrication is that the GMC’s investigations were triggered by a complaint by me. This is wholly untrue. ….. The GMC approached me and asked, in the public interest, that I supply details of my journalistic findings. ….. I am not the complainant and have letters to prove this.
Challenges to the journalist’s denials appear in comments posted on blogs yesterday demanding he publish his correspondence with and explain his relationship with the UK General Medical Council. These include:-
Mr Justice Eady, in a UK High Court judgement, previously uncontested, stated that Brian Deer was the complainant against Andrew Wakefield, and listed three separate letters of complaint written by Deer in 2004. As a journalist Brian Deer now needs to publish all his correspondence with the GMC and its lawyers in order to clarify his relationship with them.”
On Feb 11 2009 it was ChildHealthSafety which revealed exclusively worldwide that journalist Brian Deer is the original complainant and whose complaints the GMC proceedings currently underway in London, England substantially follow: Sunday Times Journalist Made Up Wakefield MMR Data Fixing Allegation.
After ChildHealthSafety’s exclusive disclosures, UK journalist Melanie Phillips writing in The Spectator discussed Brian Deer’s primary role in the UK GMC’s investigations. US journalist David Kirby covered this in The Huffington Post. NBC TV’s Keith Olbermann on the US TV Countdown programme named The Sunday Times journalist World’s Best “Worst Person”:-
The witch-hunt against Andrew Wakefield Melanie Phillips, The Spectator – 11 Feb 2009
Keith Olbermann — Today’s Best “Worst Person in the World” – David Kirby – Huffington Post -Feb 11, 2009
The Sunday Times journalist has maintained that he has no association with the drug industry and that his earnings come from his journalism and there is no evidence or suggestion to the contrary.
That he should answer however and promptly, is indicated by the timing, manner and circumstances in which he came to be hired by The Sunday Times which ChildHealthSafety revealed here: [British Government & Establishment’s Efforts to Deny Compensation to MMR Vaccine Child Victims]
And also because a British Parliamentary Health Select Committtee Report found that the drug industry spends “considerable resources” on building relationships with journalists to counter concerns regarding drug safety and to undermine critical voices and that the drug industry considers this “entirely legitimate”:-
The use of PR to counter negative publicity
221. Public relations is particularly important during times of bad publicity, especially when the safety of brands is called into question. Considerable resources are invested into building long-term, sustainable relationships with stakeholders and ‘key opinion leaders’ and journalists. These relationships are used to promote the use of certain brands and counter concerns relating to safety. Efforts to undermine critical voices in particular were identified, under terms of “issues management”. In later evidence, in response to the ISM’s memorandum, Pfizer stated that PR is entirely legitimate and can “help to educate and inform”. According to the PMCPA, PR activities may include “placing articles in the laypress, TV documentaries, soap operas etc”.186 The following example of a project worksheet shows the marketing campaign process and the targeting of consumers and the press.
The Influence of the Pharmaceutical Industry House of Commons Health Committee Fourth Report of Session 2004–05
Autism – A serious problem being ignored
19 Children A Day – 4 in 5 is a Boy
Autism in Britian outstrips all other major disorders affecting British children combined and is substantially more serious than measles. Every day 19 British children develop autism spectrum disorders:
- this will be 600,000 British children and adults in the future (birth rate approx 600,000 p.a.)
- and horrific prospects for expectant parents
- 1 in every 54 boys will be on the Autistic Spectrum
- autism affects 4 times as many boys
- so 1 in 215 girls are affected as well
[* 19 a day and 1 in 54 come from: Baird et Al Prevalence of disorders of the autism spectrum in a population cohort of children in South Thames: the Special Needs and Autism Project (SNAP); Lancet 2006;368:210 –15. This research revealed 1 in 86 British children are being diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorders (116.1 in 10,000).
4/5 x 116.1/5000 = 1 in 54 (4/5ths of the 116.1 are boys and approx 5000 of the 10,000 children affected will be boys)]
See here how the risk to children in Western economies from measles is now insignificant for the vast majority Measles – The Official UK Statistics.