Last night, I appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, a show which airs on the Comedy Channel.
I got word that my interview was going to air on last night’s show a bit too late yesterday to post a blog about it. I was also asked by the show’s staff not to alert readers prior to yesterday that the episode was in the works as this would give competitors a heads-up about their content.
If you missed it, no worries. I’ve got the link to the show below.
The segment was filmed in April when I got an invitation to fly to New York and be interviewed by the hilarious and very talented correspondent Samantha Bee about my position of no vaccination for my children.
I had a great time and enjoyed the experience tremendously. The Daily Show staff was very professional despite a grueling 4 1/2 hour interview. We got started just after 11am and worked until 3:30pm without even a break for lunch! I got the feeling that these folks work this way basically every day!
Fortunately, the interview itself was punctuated with a lot of laughter at the hilarity of Ms. Bee’s antics throughout. Some of the funniest clips got edited out, which disappointed me. But, all in all, it was a privilege to participate in a satire of such an important issue of our day. I had a great time.
I knew before I accepted the interview that the goal of the segment would be to make me and parents like me look ridiculous – it’s comedy after all!
No worries. This didn’t really bother me much. I’m a blogger after all. It’s pretty hard to hurt my feelings or make me feel embarrassed about much of anything!
My hope by doing the show was to demonstrate to the Moms and Dads who watched that it doesn’t matter how you are bullied or made fun of for the position to not vaccinate even when you are put up against the likes of Dr. Paul
Awful Offit, the infectious disease pediatrician who is trotted out at every turn by the mass media to trumpet pro-vaccination propaganda.
The Daily Show segment was no exception. I wasn’t surprised to see Dr. Offit included as part of the interview.
Proffit Offit and other vaccine defenders have significant financial ties to the very industry they promote and defend as reported by CBS news. Why The Daily Show didn’t hammer him for this is disappointing.
Then there’s Paul Offit, perhaps the most widely-quoted defender of vaccine safety.
He’s gone so far as to say babies can tolerate “10,000 vaccines at once.”
This is how Offit described himself in a previous interview: “I’m the chief of infectious disease at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a professor of pediatrics at Penn’s medical school,” he said.
Offit was not willing to be interviewed on this subject but like others in this CBS News investigation, he has strong industry ties. In fact, he’s a vaccine industry insider.
Offit holds in a $1.5 million dollar research chair at Children’s Hospital, funded by Merck. He holds the patent on an anti-diarrhea vaccine he developed with Merck, Rotateq, which has prevented thousands of hospitalizations.
And future royalties for the vaccine were just sold for $182 million cash. Dr. Offit’s share of vaccine profits? Unknown.
Are No-Vaxers “Science Deniers”
“The Epidemic of Idiocy” that The Daily Show segment labels the no-vaccination movement is head scratching given that the anti-vaccine movement is being led by the most educated in our society.
Are all those parents with college degrees, master’s degrees, PhDs and, yes, even many MDs that are saying no to shots for their kids complete idiots?
Of course not!
No-vax parents aren’t the real “science deniers”. In fact, they the ones most interested in the science because they are digging into the research and demanding unbiased, objective data to support vaccination, not the slanted version presented by the CDC and conventional pediatricians like Dr. Offit who makes millions supporting the very industry that handsomely maintains his lifestyle.
So Why Do an Interview Where You are a Target?
Ultimately, I decided to go and do the interview because I thought that bringing comedy to this subject was highly appropriate given how “up to their eyeballs in you know what” most people are when it comes to the vaccination issue.
My goal was simply to come off as a normal Mom who is determined and confident in my decision to embolden other parents that might not be as far along the no-vax track as I am. I decided not to vaccinate in 1997 … google didn’t even exist then. I read books and scanned microfiche at the library to educate myself about the other side of the vaccination issue that most are completely in the dark about.
I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the segment last night. I honestly thought it would be much more one-sided than it was.
Of course, the juicy bits where I discuss many of the lies and inconsistencies of the pro-vaccine argument are all edited out. They are just strung together as sound bites with no explanation to make it look like I’m off my rocker. I expected that … it’s comedy right?
The folks who are truly open minded and want to know why herd immunity as it applies to vaccination is a myth, why unvaccinated children are healthier than vaccinated, or the eye popping list of the dangerous ingredients in each and every vaccine vial that carry the high risk of autoimmune disease that burdens children for a lifetime can click here to check out the over 60 articles on various aspects of the issue here on this blog. Alternatively, go to the National Vaccine Information Center website (nvic.org) if you prefer.
The Segment Ends with Resignation of the No-Vax Position Which is Awesome!
In the end, I was happy with the segment as it seemed to conclude that nothing could be done to stop the no-vax trend which is completely true. It also seemed resigned to allowing people to make up their own minds, which is fantastic!
One reader emailed me this morning with the same conclusion. No vaxers are called right wing, conservative nutjobs in the beginning of the segment and liberal idiots, the complete opposite, at the end. It confuses the issue, makes fun of the whole argument between the two sides and ended up being good comedic journalism. I’m glad I took the risk and did the show.
Besides, it was nothing short of thrilling to see the words “HERD IMMUNITY IS A MYTH” actually spoken on national television, as far as I know, possibly for the very first time. While some will brush it off as ridiculous, others will investigate and see that in fact it is true with regard to artificially induced immunity via vaccination.
View the full episode here (the vaccination segment is about 10 minutes in).
What do you think?
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist