Andrew Wakefield’s CDC Whistleblower documentary trailer. Words can not do this justice.

20 Nov

Andrew Wakefield, the British former academic surgeon who fueled the MMR scare, has turned to film making as his career.  Someone chose Mr. Wakefield to manage the publicity for what they termed the “CDC Whistleblower” incident. to recap that: a William Thompson from the CDC had the extreme bad judgment to approach Brian Hooker with concerns about an old MMR/autism study.  Mr. Hooker is well known for his antagonistic stance on vaccines and his bad science attempting to link vaccines and autism.  Mr. Hooker published a (now retracted) study based on the information given to him by Mr. Thompson at CDC.  To publicize this “CDC Whistleblower” incident, Mr. Wakefield came out with probably the most over-the-top bad video I’ve ever seen.   It’s basically the Plan 9 From Outer Space of mini documentaries, complete with Mr. Wakefield’s voice over claiming that the CDC are worse that Hitler, Pol Pot and Stalin.  Those dictators, you see, were at least sincere in Mr. Wakefield’s view.

Well it seems Mr. Wakefield wants to expand the “CDC Whistleblower” story to a full documentary.  He has an indigogo campaign to raise funds. As of now, it has collected $2,213 of his $230,000 goal.

And now he has a trailer.  It is seriously worth a look.  And before you read my own commentary on this one.  Here, go ahead:

Thankfully it is not as long at the Hitler/Pol Pot/Stalin video so I could manage to watch it again.  Because on one view I just had to say–really? Is this for real?

We start out with a shadowy figure. Presumably an actor playing the role of the whistleblower (although, physically he looks more like Poul Thorsen than Mr. Thompson).

Feast-shadow figure

Interspersed with video of autistic kids in severe distress, we get images of police in riot gear.  Because, that’s what one does in a documentary, splice in footage that has nothing to do with the story, right?feast-riot gear

And, lest we forget, a helicopter.  Black.  Has to be black.  OK, it looks like only the bottom is black, but as that quick clip went by all I could think was “really?  A black helicopter? ”

feast black helicopter

And in case we had any remaining thoughts that this was a documentary, enter the image of a house as seen through a sniper scope.  As the sniper scope zooms in we see that the target is an African American in a wheel chair.

feast sniper

Perhaps this is some sort of allusion to Mr. Wakefield’s first video, the Hitler/Pol Pot/Stalin video where he claimed that the CDC was engaging in a new Tuskegee experiment.   If so, why is the image of an African American female? I ask because the alleged controversy Mr. Wakefield is trying to highlight was about African American males.

The video ends with footage of parents telling us that vaccines cause autism and an actor (presumably representing the “whistleblower”) walking up some stairs.  Finally, Congressman Darrell Issa is shown banging a gavel at a congressional hearing.  From the start of these events, Mr. Wakefield and Mr. Hooker and their team have been calling for a congressional hearing.  I do hope they sent this video (and the Hitler/Pol Pot/Stalin video) to Mr. Issa’s office.  I have a feeling that since the time that Mr. Issa accepted $40,000 in donations from people seeking a congressional hearing, he’s learned a great deal and this video will further his education.

The sad part of this is the exploitative use of autistic children seen under severe distress.  This exploitation does nothing to serve the very real needs of our community.  Also seen towards the end are images of Avonte Oquendo, who went missing from his school and was found dead months later.  Again, exploitation which does nothing to serve our communities.  Mr. Wakefield is grabbing whatever film clips he can whether they are related or not to his purported story.  This is the same trick he used with a previous trailer he produced, where he spliced video from the Judge Rotenberg Center into a completely different story.

If Mr. Wakefield weren’t doing so much damage to my community, his videos would be laughably bad.  I’m not laughing.

By Matt Carey

14 Responses to “Andrew Wakefield’s CDC Whistleblower documentary trailer. Words can not do this justice.”

  1. reissd November 21, 2014 at 00:01 #

    Well, there isn’t as much money in documentaries as in drama.

    • Smut Clyde November 21, 2014 at 01:18 #

      since the time that Mr. Issa accepted $40,000 in donations from people seeking a congressional hearing, he’s learned a great deal

      Indeed. He has learned that these suckers will give him $40,000 for nothing, and are probably good for another $40,000.

      • Sullivan (Matt Carey) November 21, 2014 at 04:44 #

        Doesn’t look like it. Mr. Issa didn’t even show up to the last autism hearing and that hearing didn’t include community activists. Add to this that no one is talking about how they have access to Issa nor are they holding fundraisers for him. The one fundraiser they held was for Congressman Posey.

        I think Mr. Issa learned that he was being played by people who don’t have a good grasp of autism facts.

  2. Narad November 21, 2014 at 05:20 #

    I’m still amazed at what a technological clown car that autismmediachannel-dot-com is. They host their “content” on Vimeo and poorly encoded Y—be, they forgot about the whole DNS thing for at least a week, the site tries (and fails, for anyone with the sense to block it) to load some sort of Flash content before anything else – and then takes forever to do anything else – and now it doesn’t even have any mention of this idiot “trailer” that I can see. (The embed here doesn’t work for me. Then again, I don’t see any video content there, either, but this Vimeo embed works fine.)

    BTW, sooner or later the real AMC just might get irritated by things like “Please support AMC’s new documentary, ‘Feast of Consequences’.”

    But this was just comical. The end card is something like a sixth-grader’s take on a James Bond design.

  3. lilady November 21, 2014 at 07:39 #

    Narad, your link led to another video (the one produced by the film club which is in favor of vaccines).

    I found Wakefield’s preview clip here:

    Wakefield and his adoring fans seem to think that these docudramas are impressive. These films are a new low, even for Wakefield.

    • Narad November 21, 2014 at 20:20 #

      Narad, your link led to another video (the one produced by the film club which is in favor of vaccines).

      It was supposed to.

  4. Brian Deer November 21, 2014 at 10:01 #

    IMO, the thing to remember is that it has always been about the money. Back in the 1990s, he was funded by drug companies. Then he switched to lawyers. Then he switched to rich parents of children with various kinds of developmental challenges, and now (because rich people are often quite intelligent, educated and knowledgeable about public affairs) to the nether world of conspiracy theorists and the naive gullible.

    It seems to me that he is no longer addressing doctors and scientists, policymakers or really anyone with a grip on reality. Black helicopters are where the money is. So be amazed, but don’t be surprised.

    • lilady November 21, 2014 at 17:32 #

      With Wakefield, it’s always been about the money. He sold his soul and his medical license to get his greedy hands on the funds provided by the Legal Aid Board. He found a wealthy American heiress to provide the money for Thoughtful House and for his exorbitant salary. He still has a group of individuals with very deep pockets to fund him and his business ventures.

      If he’s reaching out to the black helicopter crowd, there’s bound to be a few wealthy benefactors who use their personal aircraft to drop off bags of money.

  5. Narad November 25, 2014 at 02:10 #

    Heh. Looks like Polly’s a tad too sensitive to be in the media biz.

    • Narad November 25, 2014 at 02:11 #

      ^ It was deleted. Not much to be done about the votes, though.


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