Recently, washed-up actor Rob Schneider claimed he had proof that the CDC “fraudulently changed” autism-vaccine data to deceive the public into injecting their kids with those blasted devil shots. In a letter to the Governor of California, Deuce Bigalow wrote,
“As a concerned citizen of the State of California, I feel compelled to share with you proof the CDC committed fraud (I have copies of the original CDC report that was later suppressed and fraudulently changed). One disturbing disclosure, AFRICAN AMERICAN CHILDREN were and still are THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY PERCENT more likely to develop Autism under the current Vaccine MMR schedule. This according to the original CDC study in 2001.”
“A top Scientist and Researcher for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Dr. William Thompson PHD, who did the major research safety study for the Measles Mumps and Rubella Vaccine (MMR) has come forward as a whistleblower and admitted that the MMR study was in fact fraudulent.”
Harpocrates Speaks notes that, ” The study examined the age of first MMR vaccination and autism but found no association.” However, “A small group of vocal activists claim that the CDC committed fraud by intentionally covering up data. This group, which blames vaccines for a wide range of problems, offers no evidence in support of this claim. The closest they come is pointing to a statement released by a CDC researcher, William W. Thompson, in which he mentions a scientific disagreement over what data to publish in a 2004 paper on which he was an author (“Age at first measles-mumps-rubella vaccination in children with autism and school-matched control subjects: a population-based study in metropolitan Atlanta“).”
“While one could read into Thompson’s statement an implication of wrongdoing, he does not allege any fraud either on his part nor on the part of the rest of the team associated with the 2004 paper,” the article continues. “Even though his statement makes no mention of fraud, some people who wish to scare people about vaccines and make others distrust the CDC point to his statement as evidence of fraud.”
A very vocal minority claims that the CDC intentionally hid data that showed an association between the MMR vaccine and autism in African-American boys. However, this claim is simply not true.
Anti-vaxxers point to “research” by Brian Hooker on increased risk of autism in African American boys. Hooker claims that African-American boys who receive their first MMR vaccine late have an increased risk of developing autism.
This “evidence” seems fairly damning. Except…
The journal that originally published Hooker’s paper fully retracted the paper due to undeclared conflicting interests.
“The Editor and Publisher regretfully retract the article  as there were undeclared competing interests on the part of the author which compromised the peer review process,” the statement on Transitional Neurodegeneration said. “Furthermore, post-publication peer review raised concerns about the validity of the methods and statistical analysis, therefore the Editors no longer have confidence in the soundness of the findings. We apologise to all affected parties for the inconvenience caused.”
Harpocrates Speaks had this to say on the matter:
What does this mean for the anti-vaccine movement? It means that they have another big strike against them. This is yet another example of how their members try to shoehorn science to fit their ideology, rather than adjusting their beliefs to fit the evidence. Brian Hooker, who has an open case under the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program and desperately wants to prove that vaccines caused his son’s autism, conducted very simplistic statistical analyses to arrive at his preconceived conclusion that vaccines cause autism. He did what scientists are never supposed to do: start with a conclusion and then search for evidence to support that conclusion. Real scientists start with a hypothesis, then put that hypothesis to the test.
And what does this mean for William Thompson, the alleged CDC whistleblower? According to the anti-vaccine community, and especially Brian Hooker, Thompson “led” Hooker to the data showing the purported increased risk of autism among African American boys. This certainly does not speak well to Thompson’s judgment. He confided in an individual who recorded him without his knowledge, broadcast those recordings without his consent, and linked his name to a horrendously flawed study that was ultimately retracted due to those flaws and omissions.
We’d like to suggest the next great vaccine conspiracy theory: I heard from a guy who knows a guy who knows a top secret vaccine researcher who said that the CDC has been kidnapping babies from churches to perform secret experiments on them in order to discover how to use autism to win World War IV (It’s so terrible it just skipped III altogether) against the subterranean shape shifting lizards who have taken over Canada.
Does any of that garbage just make sense? Nope — but hey, these people will quite literally believe anything so…fingers crossed.