With all of the recent media coverage of the Ebola issue I have been thinking about what information is being released to the public and what isn’t. I have been questioning if true stories are actually being told or if the media is simply sharing the information that the CDC wants to share with the public. After reading an article about how CNN covered up a fraud issue for the CDC in August of 2014, I was able to further justify my worries.
In August 2014, the “CDC whistleblower Dr. William Thompson admitted to assisting the CDC in producing data that misrepresents the dangers associated with the toxicity levels of the MMR vaccine administered to infants, and the related risk of developing autism.” His statements about the false dangers of this vaccine were posted online to CNN. But unfortunately the story was removed from the website within twenty four hours of its posting. Viewers were giving a lot of attention to the well-cited story and requesting further coverage of the issue, but CNN claimed that the article was in direct violation of “policy”. CNN never specified what the violation was and the issue was never touched upon again, as of October 5, 2014. This story was removed because CNN wanted to remain pro-vaccine in their news coverage in favor of the $52 billion vaccine industry.
I find it shocking that CNN would choose to take down a story just because it goes against a profitable industry they support. It is CNN’s job, as well as other news outlets job, to report the truth and inform the public of all issues. I put on the news every day and should be able to trust that the most pressing stories are being reported. It is upsetting to read that stories are being hidden from the public. But why is this important? The public needs to know that stories are being hidden. They need to be aware that when they turn on the news it is not always going to be the most important story that is being reported. The major news outlets neglect to say that they filter their stories because they do not want to seem less credible, but that is exactly what they are. If they are filtering the news that is being released to the public, they are not doing they job. They should be running all of the stories they are presented with, no matter what issue it pertains to. Since these news outlets are private companies the issue comes along about how to “force” them to run a story. There is no way to do this so inevitably we will begin to use other media outlets for the news. If this filtering continues I will no longer turn to places like CNN and Fox for my daily news and soon enough they will have to change their ways.