Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Nixing 'Vaxxed' an NYC Film Fest Wisely Ejects a Bogus Work

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Nixing 'Vaxxed' an NYC Film Fest Wisely Ejects a Bogus Work

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The Tribeca Film Festival opens April 13 in New York minus one film from the original lineup: "Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe." It's a crackpot documentary purporting a connection between vaccines and autism. The decision last weekend to withdraw the film, after a public outcry, is good for the moral health of the festival - and for the physical health of children.

It is the work of Andrew Wakefield, once a respectable British doctor. He lost the right to practice medicine after his 1998 research linking the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine with autism was proved to be fraudulent. Since then, he's become a conspiracy monger, spreading spurious notions about the safety of vaccines. The anti-vaxxing crowd, which includes celebrities such as Jenny McCarthy, can point to one worrisome development: Measles are on the rise, thanks to unvaccinated people. …

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