As noted by Catherina in a previous thread, David Kirby went on US morning show Imus to talk about autism, vaccines and the recent so called ‘concession report’.
Here’s the snippet Catherina highlighted:
IMUS: Why haven’t we read about that in the NY Times or seen it on NBC nightly news?
DAVID: Well, the NY Times is not particularly interested in this story. There are reporters out there this week trying to cover it, but, *until the family gets permission from government to speak*, I’m not sure how much coverage it actually is going to get. You know, I love being on your show, but, I wish instead of me being here this morning, you have somebody from the HHS. Because what we basically have over there is a wall of silence. *Why is it not okay to talk about this? Why is this confidential? Exactly whose interests are being protected if the family says it’s perfectly okay to talk about this….and…the family wants to talk about it? Why is the government saying we can’t talk about it? Those rules are in place to protect the privacy of the family, which has already been waived.
This is eyebrow raising to say the least. The *fact* of the matter is that the Gvmt has *no* rights to stop the family talking about the case. The other *fact* of the matter is that it is the family who have ensured that the one person who can clear up most of the questions about this case – Dr Zimmerman – must remain silent on the issue. Once again, here is the KK statement:
Dr. Zimmerman…….is not able to publicly discuss this patient. As a participant in this case, the family provided consent for Dr. Zimmerman to share information with the court, but *we do not have parental consent to discuss the patient publicly* – as we are bound by HIPAA privacy regulations, as in any healthcare setting in the U.S.
I don’t want to say David Kirby is deliberately lying here but his statement on the Imus show is plain old wrong. I’m left with the feeling that a conspiracy theory is being generated here right before our eyes.