Saturday, June 18, 2005

robert kennedy (guest blog by brendan mcfadden)

Robert Kennedy, Jr. is a fantastic human being the kind of who's spent his life fighting for environmental causes when he could've easily spent his time doing something far cushier and more lucrative. Bill Frist is a terrible shitty human being, and I hope that he dies of mercury poisoning as that would suitably ironic.
The following comes from Huffington Post.

ABC corporate executives at the network's highest levels ordered three interviews with Robert Kennedy Jr. pulled from ABC News programming.

The interviews all centered around Mr. Kennedy's investigation of thimerosal, a mercury based preservative, used in vaccines given to children and believed to be responsible for increasing cases of neurological diseases including autism.

Mr. Kennedy's interviews were slated for prime shows ABC World News Tonight, 20/20, and Good Morning America. and Rolling Stone Magazine have exclusive rights to Mr. Kennedy's article and they embargoed his story on other networks because of his arrangement with ABC.

Mr. Kennedy's article was published today only in Rolling Stone and on The article links the CDC, FDA and Bill Frist to major drug companies, including GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Wyeth, and Aventis Pasteur that continued to include thimerosal in their vaccines despite studies showing the damage - and death - it caused in humans. In the 1990s the CDC and FDA recommended three additional children's vaccines laced with thimerosal, totaling twenty two federally recommended immunizations.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who has received $873,000 from pharmaceutical companies, tacked on the "Eli Lilly Protection Act" as a rider to a 2002 homeland security bill. The protection act was later repealed by Congress after a public outcry. Senator Frist is making another attempt to harbor big pharmaceuticals from families with infected children. He is appropriating the war on terror again by attaching a provision to the "Protecting America in the War On Terror" bill introduced to Congress this past January.

A 2001 Emory University Study watched ABC, CBS, and NBC in the Atlanta area for one week and found 907 advertisements for over-the-counter drugs and 428 advertisements for prescription drug

If you're interested in reading Kennedy's most recent article go to salon, if you're interested in reading his book Crimes Against Nature: How George W. Bush and His Corporate Pals Are Plundering the Country and Hijacking Our Democracy. Go to amazon or your library or bookstore.


Anonymous marc said...

I saw Robert Kennedy, Jr. speak at my sister's graduation ceremony less than a month ago in terms of the current state of the country and the damage it is doing to the environment and our future, particularly that of mercury pollution. It was outstanding, however, got a poor response (no surprise) and murmurs of how it was not appropriate for a graduation. I completely disagree.

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