Robert MacNeil of the PBS NewsHour has produced a series on autism for autism awareness month. He’s given an interview about the project on the NewsHour website.
For the first time in more than 15 years, Robert MacNeil is returning to the program he co-founded, with a major series of reports on “Autism Today.” The subject that drew him back is one that resonates deeply with his own family and many others. Robin’s six-year-old grandson, Nick, has autism.
Here is the video from that interview:
A rundown of the episodes was given in the first announcement of the series. The series looks to cover a very wide range of topics. Mr. MacNeil notes that he has a producer with experience in covering autism: Caren Zucker. She wrote the piece for The Atlantic on Donald T, the first of Dr. Kanner’s patients reported in his original paper on Autism. Amongst her other projects is Christmas with My Autistic Son in the Daily Beast. There’s some very good work there.
As noted above, Mr. MacNeil also has worked from a personal connection: his grandson. According to an email I received, over the weekend Mr. MacNeil’s daughter came forward about the project in a post on the Yahoo group, EOHarm:
Hi, my name is [A] MacNeil and I have been a listmate here for a long while. This series was born out of 3 yrs of conversations with my dad after my son Nick regressed into Autism following his MMR, Dtap and Hib at a 15 month well-baby visit. It was a long journey getting this program off the ground and some really terrific experts in our community helped to convince my dad that this was really imperative. The program is no where near as hard driving and aggressive as I had intended but, in it’s own quieter way, some key points are made. In the first segment I discuss Nick’s regression post vaccination, we make the point very clearly that he is physically sick and that we have been terribly let down by the mainstream medical establishment, and that when we get to decent medical help Nick starts to get better. I would have loved to have highlighted the work we do with our DAN, whom I adore, but that MD asked not to be named. They would rather focus on treating children and do not want a lot of media attention. I haven’t watched the other segments yet, so I can’t comment on their content. I hope you’ll watch. It was very sentimental to see my dad on camera with my kids at this later stage in his career.
Thanks so much,.
Based on that post, it appears as though Ms. MacNeil is the owner of the My Vaccine Injured Child blog, which was started after she attended the Green our Vaccines rally.
I still look forward to this series. Perhaps not with the same enthusiasm I had a few days ago, but I look forward nonetheless.