Send A Message To PBS Frontline! What Frontline Covered Up In Their Biased Report On “The Vaccine War”

May 4, 2010
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Accomplished pediatrician, author, and teacher Dr. Jay Gordon has a commonsense approach to vaccinations– and an unwillingness to be coerced into either the “pro” or “anti” vaccine camps. PBS Frontline recently interviewed the noted pediatrician at length for a show called “The Vaccine War.” Although Dr. Gordon spent hours interviewing with Frontline, PBS producers omitted not only 100% of his interview but the entire “third camp” approach to vaccinations. It is obvious that PBS wanted to create a simple tabloid news piece with the all-knowing doctors on one side vs. crazed parents on the other.

This is disturbing. It is even more disturbing given the level of financial support provided to public television by drug and related companies. You won’t easily find information about drug company support for public television on the internet. But you can find some of it on a fundraising website run by WGBH, the public station that produces Frontline:

ANH-USA reprints Dr. Gordon’s letter to PBS Frontline in its entirety for your review, because it provides excellent information on whether to vaccinate your children, and it serves as a reminder that the media cannot be trusted to report accurately on this issue. PBS’ actions are inexcusable. Please join us in telling PBS Frontline that the show’s biased presentation on vaccines is totally unacceptable and that the show has an obligation at least to put Dr Gordon’s information on the website. Take action now.

Shame on PBS Frontline, ” The Vaccine War”, by Dr. Jay Gordon

“Last night, PBS aired a show called “The Vaccine War.” I was interviewed at great length and in great depth about vaccines and my point of view and expressed my ambivalence about the polarization of this issue and the need for more calm reasoned discussion about the number one question that new parents have. I told Kate McMahon, the co-producer of the show, that there was a large group of doctors and others who cannot be dismissed with the facile label “anti-vaccine” because we still give vaccines and see a place for them in the practice of medicine, but we do not agree with the current vaccine schedule nor the number of vaccines children receive all at one time.

A few days ago, Ms.McMahon emailed me to tell me that the decision had been made to omit my interview from the show. There would not be one word from me. She didn’t tell me that she had also omitted 100% of Dr. Robert Sears’ interview. And that any other comments from physicians supporting the parents on the show in their ambivalence about vaccines or their decision to refuse all vaccines would also be omitted.

She left this as a show with many doctors commenting very negatively, very frighteningly and often disdainfully and dismissively about vaccine “hesitation” as they called it.”

Below is my email response to Kate McMahon.

Dear Kate,

The “Frontline” show was disgraceful. You didn’t even have the courtesy to put my interview or any part of the two hours we spent taping on your web site.

You created a pseudo-documentary with a preconceived set of conclusions: “Irresponsible moms against science” was an easy takeaway from the show.

Did you happen to notice that Vanessa, the child critically ill with pertussis, was not intubated nor on a respirator in the ER? She had nasal “prongs” delivering oxygen. I’m sorry for her parents’ anxiety and very happy that she was cured of pertussis. But to use anecdotal reports like this as science is irresponsible and merely served the needs of the doctor you wanted to feature.

No one pursued Dr. Offit’s response about becoming rich from the vaccine he invented. He was allowed to slide right by that question without any follow up. Dr. Paul Offit did not go into vaccine research to get rich. He is a scientist motivated by his desire to help children. But his profiting tens of millions of dollars from the creation of this vaccine and the pursuit of sales of this and other vaccines is definitely not what he says it is. His many millions “don’t matter” he says. And you let it go.

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205 Responses to “Send A Message To PBS Frontline! What Frontline Covered Up In Their Biased Report On “The Vaccine War””

  1. Kristina Martorana says:

    PBS conducts fund-raising campaigns, requesting contributions from viewers constantly and in the viewers expect without a doubt to view program material that is unbiased and centered around finding facts and relevant honest reports; that means show me the GOOD< BAD AND THE UGLY. This program aired on vaccines has massively failed the people on whom you say you depend to keep you on the air. You have betrayed those who trust in you by doing the very thing we have counted on you to do for so long – provide unbiased reporting. It is indeed a sad day for myself and many many other people who feel we have lost a partner, a friend, a trusted member of our community with the knowledge of this cover up scandal. I too must pledge to longer support PBS until I see that PBS stands up and corrects themselves by showing the entire interview with Dr. Gordon. Shame on you PBS!!!
    …I love PBS so much and was considering writting them into my will, boy am I glad I waited to do that!!! Just goes to show, dont put all your eggs in one basket!


  2. Why not raise taxes by taxing the 48% that pay no federal income taxes? At least then everyone would have some skin in the game. It’s far too easy to vote for bigger government and more handouts when it’s always someone else’s money that’s paying the tab.


  3. Kim says:

    Count me and my family/friends out on PBS, BEWARE…after the turnout at the Glen Beck rally…there is a new wave of honest, intregrity seeking people on the way to put you and your cronies out in the cold. Greed, making money at the expense of others is going to stop!! ADIOS PBS


  4. Kimberly Milford says:

    This is very alarming. I’m fed up with the big pharmaceutical companies and the FDA. Shame of you, Frontline, for not putting out the truth. We all know it’s “all about the money.” The government should stay out of a persoanl life and stop trying to take away our freedoms regarding health care. The next thing we can get ready for is the fact that the FDA will soon take away our freedom to take vitamins and supplements. The government has no right to force vaccinations on us. It’s all about making money. No one can be trusted, and certainly not PBS Frontline.

    I’m disgusted. Frontline, you think you have us all fooled.


  5. Mary Jacobs says:

    It is disappointing that PBS accepts money from BP and also Big Pharma. This
    will keep me from donating and from watching Frontline, from hereon, without skepticism. Too bad.
    If it were not for supplements I would not be able to do all I do at age 72. I hardly take an aspirin.
    As one very skeptical of drugs, the omission of doctors testimony that is ciritical of
    our vaccine programs is shameful and very distressing. We need FREE press, ALL sides
    presented. If you can’t do that, you are doing more harm than good.


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  7. Nichole C says:

    I watched the program on vaccines and was completely enraged. It was the most biased reporting i have ever seen on PBS or Frontline for that matter. It was skewed in a way to make those parents who put the health of their children over an archaic, toxic, disease initiating vaccine system, seem like wackos who are just trying to go against the norm. The was no real mention of the science on the other side of the issue, which most of which comes directly from the CDC. I have always financially supported PBS but no more. I will also encourage others not to financially support this station as well. When it comes to the health of our children and our nation as a whole, it about time for people to take a stand against these company’s and television station who lack the integrity to be honest and put our needs over money….


  8. Johnnie says:

    I am now middle age and I watch how each year the media digs desparately into people’s personal lives and grossly misrepresents them to “sell” a story. The reporters and producers personal lives are so sad they just have to “report” about everyone else’s. Isn’t it a shame they can’t keep a decency standard?!

    To the producers…you want a real story? Try this: The Amish don’t vaccinate and they have almost no challenges with autism or allergies other than mild hay fever. If there ever was a true scientific trial this is one. Side-by-side year after year for 50 – 60 years children being produced on both “sides” of the vaccination issue. All the diseases the doctors scare us into thinking we are going to get by not vaccinating, the Amish have very little of anyway. These is “real” results, not a skewed-by-money study.

    The biggest enemies of the American people are not outside our borders. They are the shameful media reporters and producers who lack the wisdom to lead the people toward truth. So many have become the puppets of the drug companies. Now PBS?


  9. Sherri says:

    You might find this interesting…

    PBS allowed people to post comments both for and against vaccination on their website that publicized this PBS documentary. All of the comments were screened by PBS before posting. I attempted to post some evidence that high-lighted the question of vaccine safety, in addition to the moral issue of many vaccines being manufactured using human aborted fetal tissue (and containing cells and genetic material from these aborted fetuses). Guess what…they refused to post my comment. I emailed PBS to ask them why they did not post my comment since the information I presented did not violate any of their rules of posting etiquette. They never responded.

    I watched the “documentary” myself and I can validate that it was definitely very one-sided and attempted to make people questioning our current vaccination practices look unscientific, irrational, uncaring about their fellow-man, and susceptible to the “popular conspiracy theories”. I was very disappointed…I was hoping that PBS would take a more unbiased approach to presenting both sides of the argument. I have always thought of PBS as being more independent; I didn’t realize they also have close ties to the drug companies.


  10. Chandra says:

    I am pro-vaccine but I still find this biased coverage from PBS highly disturbing. Whether or not people choose to vaccinate themselves or their kids should be based on complete information and choice rather than by corporate interests manipulating the media. My respect for PBS and the hosts just went down. God bless this world…


  11. SMITH says:

    I believe that the anit-vax movement is wrong both in fact and in spirit, and likely a danger to us all.

    Thanks for the Spam email on this topic: I will contact Frontline at once to let them know that I appreciate their attention on this important topic, and I will be sure to watch the show.


  12. Sondra Braun says:

    I do not trust any vaccine forced on me by the govt. I do not get any flu vaccines either. I also no longer take ANY pharmaceutical drugs. The WHO, FDA and drug companies cannot be trusted. If the medical community really cared about people instead of profits they would allow me to tell my experience of curing my breast cancer with natural supplements. I had NO chemo. NO radiation and NO surgery. My tumor is “inactive” as my oncollogist stated it.


  13. This is a sad state of affairs. Why aren’t the corporations being reined in? Why are they allowed to censor the truth? Shame on you PBS.


  14. Christine says:

    I say boycott PBS altogether and spread the word to as many people as possible. This is evil. No way should they get any public money to put on programming like this to brainwash people into compliance.


  15. Michael May says:

    PBS depends on public support. Don’t support. Don’t trust any source that is funded by Big Pharma, Big Gov., Major Food Mfg. They do not have your best interest in mind.


  16. Lisa Beard says:

    Before I make any more monetary contributions to PBS, I expect a return of integrity and balance to your broadcasting.


  17. Yana says:

    The Vaccine debate is an old one. What seems to be new is the lack of freedom of speak on PBS. Nevermind, honest journalism. How can the public make educated decision with one sided reporting. Very disappointing.


  18. katpet says:

    you can refuse to have your kids vaccinated – find a holistic doctor or at least one who supports your decision not to. also you can get an exemption when they enter the government school system.


  19. Janice says:

    What a disappointment! I thought “Frontline” did honest, thorough stories. Not anymore it seems.
    So much for PBS acting in the public interest. It seems now to be mostly a government and corporate subsidized entity – and corporate interests are winning, not the American people.


  20. William says:

    I stopped making financial contributions to pbs quite awhile ago for just this kind of thing.

    You would expect honest unbiased reporting from a public forum. They just can’t resist

    weaving thier usual liberal spin into the story.


  21. Lynn says:

    I agree because of this show I am done with PBS/Frontline. No reason to watch what you can’t trust. I’d like to see Kate go get all of the vaccines that are given to babies/toddler these days on the same schedule.

    We have a vaccine injured child and recently a family friend joined the Marines, was given 8 vaccines and had a seizure for the first time in his life, he was sent home, he can’t function, has severe head pain, can’t drive or work… Coincidence? I think not!


  22. dajad terlemezian says:

    criminal!!!!!!!! gettimg money from corrupt drug co’s. & false article’s put on t.v. the f.d.a. also corupt along with the drug co’s. talk about fascism !


  23. Sharon says:


    I do not understand. You have no problem showing how Monsato is polluting our food system with GMO’s and are suing small to medium size farmers for patent infringement when they silently spread the seeds by planting in unmarked fields. But since Monsato is not a generous support of your network, you have no problem telling the world what they are doing. But when it come to your own pockets and the wrong doing of the vaccination system, you cover it up to suit your needs. You are our PUBLIC BROADCASTING SYSTEM! You inform us of dangers happening all over the world and in our own backyards to inform us! And WE the PEOPLE support you with contribuations. Why would you turn your back on us now?


  24. Deborah Holter says:

    A sad state of affairs. ” There is no place that does not see you. You must change your life.”


  25. JEFF SMITH says:

    Thats why i never got a flu shot this past winter, even though they tried to scare everyone into getting one with the swine flu scare. There was never a flu epidemic. It was just a scare tacktic to get people to go out and spend money. P.S. i never got sick all winter.


  26. What “moderation” are you speaking of?


  27. PBS conducts fund-raising campaigns, requesting contributions from youir viewers who expect to see programs devoted to enlightenment and education, i.e., unbiased fact-finding documentaries and honest journalistic reports. Your program on vaccines has failed the people on whom you say you depend to keep you on the air. You have, by intention, prostituted your self to Big Pharma at the expense of your viewers. I hereby state that I will no longer support PBS until I see that you show your entire interview with Dr. Gordon.


  28. Donna Grant says:

    I expect much better from PBS. This is irresponsible journalism. Also most people don’t know that contaminating fetal tissue DNA is used to create vaccines. It creates the potential for autoimmune response and recombination. How about actually researching the science and not just rely on Big Pharma for your info.


  29. Martin Gebel says:

    They have gone TOO far with these vacines, and the people who give us this are pushing too far, basically for money. This is a dangerous road to hurt or even killing someone. These drug giants are dangerous people also. We need to be thinking more about those who use them. I see people with a dozen medicines! This is crazy! These people should be watched more closely. Thank you!


  30. hank Wheeler says:

    There is something basically wrong with a medical profession that is bottom line profit oriented. It makes it very hard for any of us to believe that whatever decision a physician makes is purely in “our” best interest. Until the profit motive is removed and doctors receive a reasonably high salary which they deserve due the difficulty of their work, I don’t see how any of us can “trust” our doctors.


  31. Marilee A. Snyder-Nieciak says:

    Vaccines damage children and adults with their toxic cocktail…Tell the whole truth not just the one big pharma pays for…

    In our family we have a boy deeply affected by vaccines…


  32. Your report was a crock, lie and complete coverup for the vaccine death and destruction of children. Green our Vaccines. Safer Vaccines and a policy that doesn’t make unhealthier children should have been focus. What about Simpsonwood, the WATERGATE of Vaccines. If you didn’t cover that – you’re part of the coverup.


  33. Becky Berry says:

    I have a mother and a best friend who became ill with Gillian Beret, and a son whose mercury poisioning was diagnosed as Autism. I don’t think he “grew out” of Autism, but he did recover from the vaccines, eventually.

    Stop acting brave if you are not preparted to tell the truth. Looking down the barrel of a gun is one thing, losing a forum to honesty is quite another, apparently. Your coverage of the US entrance to Iraq also leaves out massive amounts of information. Th AP does it all the time, hiding things in plain sight, and now Frontine has lost its teeth….


  34. Lana Nolan says:

    People need to start paying attention to the control the government has on the media. It is not “we the people” anymore. It is us and them. Our representatives don’t do their jobs, the FDA doesn’t do their job. I thought PBS was different but apparently not.


    • chloe holly says:

      I think that private corporations have more control over the media, including PBS, than the government does. The private corporations are where the media gets its income from, through advertising, so that’s who the media kow-tows to.

      The FDA also gets money from private industry and therefore is biased toward them, but the FDA was not a part of the issue concerning this pro-vaccine show. This show was biased toward the private big pharma corporations who helped pay for it, not toward the FDA, who did not fund this show as far as I know.


  35. Judith Plowden says:

    PBS should always be a source of truth for the public about medicine. In this case, about vaccines and their possible dangers to small children.


  36. david says:

    I believe vaccines damaged my child. I have three children and we choose not to vaccinate the last child because of what we believe was damage to our first two children. we did not get hte boosters for our first two children for the same reason. the medical community does not want to have this conversation.

    look where the industries in this icounty are leading us. the medical comunity is poisoning our childern. the oil industry is doing premanant damage to the sea and the coast and the banking industry has lead us of an economic cliff. all in the name of profits. we need better leadership in our gov’t to correct these problems. i am pissed!!!


  37. Jackie Lucas says:

    I will contact PBS and let them know I am disappointed with their poor choice and I will not sponser them ever again. I also will forward this to all I know. Thank you Dr. Gordon for your fine efforts.


  38. Sheri Jagielski says:

    present Dr. Gordon’s interview accurately and honestly


  39. rachel goodkind says:

    You COULD have reported the truth, instead you mislead viewers and pretend that chemical vaccines are safe as candy. Vaccines are NOT a safe or healthy alternative to any ‘MAN-MADE/LABORATORY CREATED’ illnesses……SHAME ON YOU FOR BETRAYING CITIZENS!.


    • Carlos J. Garcia says:

      What we need to understand is that vaccines are pushed by big pharma. Big Pharma’s investors are deeply intertwined in government. PBS is controlled by government…. Do not make the mistake of blaming the poor wench from PBS nor its staff for not airing the documentary. It is not her fault nor PBS’s. Remember, PBS is run by Government $ which (is our money), but don’t expect that to matter.
      The whole government needs to be uprooted and lobbyist need to be out of Washington. It is truly out of control. Thank God for internet and You Tube which most times will give you some unbiased info. It is up to the people to stand together and say NO to Vaccines!!! NO to Big Goverment, NO to IRS – taxation abuse. If we do not take a stand together, this nation will be taken over by parasites… Don’t believe me!!! Start watching and listening. This is just one example of the corruption.


      • Sherri says:

        Apparently YouTube is biased now as well…

        YouTube censors video interview with Jeffrey Smith about GMOs

        (NaturalNews) Within hours after posting our video interview with Jeffrey Smith, creator of Seeds of Deception and author of Genetic Roulette, YouTube pulled the video. Attempts to play the video are now met with the following message: …


  40. Helen Allard says:

    Shame on Kate McMahon.


  41. John Graff says:

    I would expect a fair and balanced treatment of this subject from PBS and am very disappointed.


  42. kent b says:

    I oppose your practice of manipulating interviews to include only information that your management wants broadcast, as in the Dr. Jay Gordon incident.

    Integrity is as rare in broadcasting as it is in government.


  43. Bobbie Barajas says:

    Count me in. Shame on PBS and Frontline.


    • Dianne Richardson says:

      I was equally dismayed at the end of the PBS Peice “The Vaccine War”. I felt that a large segment of concerned parents was completely overlooked by PBS and that the question of why harmful ingredients were allowed in an infants vaccine was never addressed. The influence of profit on the drug industry and the fact of frequent, almost daily disclosures, of medicines approved by the FDA that are hastily removed from the market once the drugs have been “tried out” on the general public and proven to be harmful, was never brought up. Why should parents accept the onslaught of these so called “miracle drugs” without question? Why shouldn’t we be concerned that we aren’t being told the truth?


  44. Gerhard Bedding says:

    Frontline’s utterly one-sided presentation of the vaccine debate is directly in line with the one-sided presentation of health and science issues we have seen in totalitarian regimes. Any intelligent person who does any research will find that many credentialed, respected doctors and scientists disagree with the official view of vaccines. Suppressing these voices will only further undermine the credibility of the health establishment.


  45. Elizabeth Seltzer says:

    If these practices were not being forced on our children it would be one thing.
    This is denial of freedom & personal choice at the most basic level.
    Greed rules.


    • Gillian coulter says:

      Yes. And here is a question I am still trying to figure out: if vaccination actually works to confer immunity, and I vaccinate my child so he is immune, why do I care if your kid is vaccinated or not?


    • Peter Sklar says:

      Well, after that dishonest pro-drug disgrace, that’s the last dollar PBS is getting from us. Time to support and lobby for a truly independent source of radio, or withhold listener contributions until PBS begins behaving maturely and responsibly. -P


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