Debunking anti-vaccination myths (Marketplace)

Debunking anti-vaccination myths (Marketplace)

[♪♪♪] [Asha] There we are.
Right there. Yeah. Vaccines are destroying
the lives of countless children. [Asha] We’re tracking
down the leaders of a movement. Vaccines cause autism. [Asha] Pushing fear. We do not want our
children experimented upon. [Asha] And misinformation. We’re in Washington D.C. And we’re waiting outside a
big VIP event tonight with the world’s biggest
anti-vax leaders. Rolling. [Asha] They don’t
trust mainstream media. So we’re sending producers in
with hidden cameras posing as activists to expose the
movement’s inner workings. We’re going to get to the real
heart of this and why they push this anti-vax message. We must not allow forced
injections into the human body. [Asha] The movement’s
leaders are hard to miss. We spot three of the biggest,
Robert F Kennedy Jr, JFK’s nephew, and head of a non-profit that funded anti-vax ads
like this. Andrew Wakefield, the disgraced
physician whose bogus study famously linked
vaccines to autism. Del Bigtree, a controversial
filmmaker, speaker and host. He’s spent much of his
career defending Wakefield. He gave up on saving his
own ass and his own career to save children. [Asha] And they’re
treated like rock stars. [Asha] Conversations
are flowing. There are even
anti-vaxers from Canada. [Asha] Other activists,
quick to share their strategies. [Asha] Secret because
openly anti-vax groups could get flagged
on social media. So, they use crafty names. [♪♪♪] [Asha] Back in Canada… So we’re just outside Ottawa
and we’re about to meet two moms who are sisters and they have
a really unique story to tell about being vaccine hesitant. This one is someone else’s. [Asha] Meggan is
a mother of three. Okay, everybody, we
need to wash some hands. [Asha] Tara, a mother of ten. They know all too well how
convincing anti-vax messaging can be. It was really compelling
headlines like “my child was “never the same again”. Lots of regression,
lots of death. Lots of babies dying. That kind of thing is
really, really scary. [Asha] When they see posts
like this, Meggan and Tara begin to doubt. I didn’t want them to be the
tiny percentage to be injured by a vaccine. I just kind of froze in fear
and didn’t make any decision at all. [Asha] But when they do
more digging, they have trouble verifying the claims. I thought there was this
wealth of well-documented, well-referenced, like,
incontrovertible evidence that all the claims that
vaccines are bad for you. All this smoke,
where’s the fire? I was pissed. [Asha] They finally
decide to vaccinate. But it’s too late. We had made the decision to
vaccinate them, and the reason that we didn’t make the
appointment is because they were coughing. And they were sick. [Asha] And it was
the whooping cough. It was whooping cough. [Asha] Thousands of children
died every year before the vaccine existed. And kids who get it
today can still die from it. These are Tara’s kids, all infected. Meggan’s three unvaccinated
kids end up sick, too. They’re put into quarantine. [Infant hacking] My youngest was a year old. And he was born premature. So, had that happened
a year earlier, he could have died. [Infant hacking] I cannot even explain the
self-recrimination and the guilt and the fear. I was like, I did that. We’re vulnerable to
misinformation because we’re so– we so dearly
want to do the right thing. [Asha] The kind of messaging
Tara and Meggan fell for is exactly what we’re hearing
at this anti-vax rally in Washington. It’s the most significant
medical issue in society today, is the injury from vaccinations. This is a war
for our children. This a war for their minds,
for their bodies. [Asha] With many making false claims about
the harm vaccines can cause. I know that it can cause
allergies, auto-immune issues. There’s spectrum autisms. Eczema, you know, seizures. These are things that are
affecting children. There’s no evidence to
support any of the concerns. [Asha] Timothy Caulfield,
public health expert and author of a book debunking
vaccine myths. And not only– This isn’t even speculative.
This is what the science says. [Asha] Let’s go
through some of the claims. -Allergies?
-No evidence to support it. -Auto-immune disease.
-No evidence. [Asha] What about seizures? There are rare risks
where kids do have seizures. You have to remember
that kids can get that kind of seizure from a
variety of ailments. [Asha] Fact, side
effects are very rare. For every million vaccinations,
only one to two severe allergic reactions. Despite these stats, nearly
half of Canadians have concerns about vaccine safety. And according to the World
Health Organization, that’s known as “vaccine hesitancy”,
a top global health threat. You have, on the one side,
the hardcore anti-vaxers. Then you have the
vaccination hesitant. These are people that are–
are uncertain about whether they should get their
kids vaccinated. And often these are just people
who are trying to do what’s best for their kids. Why do you think
vaccine hesitancy is so common? I think it’s common because
unfortunately the anti-vax messaging is working. [Asha] Several studies,
including this one that had hundreds of thousands of
kids, showed no link between the measles, mumps and rubella
vaccine, known as MMR, and autism. Yet it’s the biggest
myth that persists. And it can be traced back
to this study, with only 12 children. The study linking
MMR and autism is a sham? It is a sham,
and it’s been debunked. It was shown to be
completely fraudulent. [Asha] Yet Wakefield,
Kennedy Jr and Bigtree still push this lie. And it’s led to
outbreaks around the world. In Samoa, authorities recently
arrested an anti-vaxer for spreading misinformation
after a measles epidemic. More than 80 people died,
almost all of them children. It’s caused a
huge amount of harm. We’ve seen these outbreaks happen all over
the world, right? And it’s largely, not entirely,
but largely because of the spread of misinformation. [Asha] Back on hidden camera,
we want to learn more about their tactics, the business
behind their message. [Asha] We find out Bigtree
and Wakefield charge thousands of dollars to speak at events. And they’ve raised millions
through non-profits to fund their cause. [Asha] Others have more
creative ways of fundraising. This is James Lyons-Weiler. He runs a science-based
non-profit. He’s says he’s not an activist
even though he holds views like this. Vaccines can and DO
cause autism in some people. [Asha] How does
he raise his money? [Asha] He wants to be seen
as a scientist, so he proposes a workaround. [Asha] We’re told
for an event with 400 people it’ll cost $10,000. They must be
aware of the science. And this is a way of creating
celebrity, this is a way of creating demand, this is
a way of making a living. [Asha] James tells us
later over email that it’s not unexpected he gets
paid for his services. He says hosting an
event comes with costs. But in Washington, he offers
one piece of advice for free. [Asha] What’s going on? Challenge mandatory vaccination
policies, but they call it medical freedom. It’s so cynical. I didn’t expect them
to be so explicit about it. They have a very
particular, you know, agenda. I think part of it
is creating fear. How does hearing these claims
over and over again affect our decision making? Just being exposed to this
information makes it seem more believable and it invites a
little bit of doubt, which creates hesitancy. [♪♪♪] [Asha] We’re putting that
to the test… ..with a social experiment
showing how easily misinformation influences
the decisions we make. [Asha] Hi, everyone. I’m Asha Tomlinson
with CBC Marketplace. [Asha voice-over] This group
thinks they’re here for a forum about fake news. We want you to feel okay
in front of the cameras. So, what we’re gonna do
is a few warmup exercises. [Asha voice-over] But what
they don’t know, these warm up exercises
are really a series of tests created
with the help of our experts. Timothy Caulfield and Olivier
Drouin, a paediatrician who has a background in
behavioural science. I think it’s
going to be fascinating. [Asha] They’re in another
room watching and analyzing everything live. Welcome to
the fake news forum. [♪♪♪] [Asha] This is your Marketplace. Vaccine fears are growing. The anti-vax
message is working. [♪♪♪] We want to show you why it’s so
easy to fall for fake news about vaccine dangers. Welcome to the
fake news forum. [Asha voice-over] We’ve brought
in eight media savvy people. Two of them happen to
have doubts about vaccines. Parents like Elka. What if I take the vaccination
and something happens to me? [Asha voice-over] And Valerie. She’s heard all sorts
of anti-vax claims. Robert Kennedy Jr
has a very compelling video. It is the most potent
neurotoxin known to man that is not radioactive. [Asha] They’re here
for what they think is a forum on fake news. But they’re actually part of
a social experiment that our experts are secretly watching. [Asha] Our first experiment,
something called “identifiable victim bias”. Anti-vaxers will often focus
on one powerful story about a child who they say was
harmed by a vaccine. I think almost everyone
knows someone that has had a kid with an adverse reaction. I personally have not
experienced that with my kids but I know people that have. You know, most people come with
some question or worries about vaccination, they always start with, like, the story
of somebody. [Asha voice-over] To test that,
we present the group with two fictional causes with two
very different stories. And we give them
a pouch of money. There are one of two causes
that you can donate $5 to. This is Milo the dog. [forum member] Awwww. His owner was
attacked by another dog. And Milo courageously jumped
in, protected his owner, but suffered very serious injuries. The surgery is gonna
cost upwards of $1,500. [Asha voice-over] Let’s see how
this next story compares. This is the
Toronto Dog Society. Now, they help stray dogs
and troubled dogs find shelter. [Asha voice-over] This cause
helps many more dogs, not just one. But it’s harder to relate to. The costs are growing
and they just can’t keep up. [Asha voice-over] Remember,
people tend to be drawn to someone’s story
over bigger causes. Here we go.
Here we go. She went for
the Dog Society. -I would have guessed.
-Yeah! [Asha] Doesn’t work for Elka. Next up? Now this guy, shelter. -Oooohhh!
-Oooohhh! [Asha] Results of
our first bias test? 50% voted for Milo the dog. With something like
vaccines, you really only need 20, 30 per cent to be swayed
by this information to create a serious problem. [Asha] Now we’re testing for
something called omission bias. Our tendency to do nothing
when faced with tough choices. Parents won’t vaccinate
because they don’t want to be responsible for
harming their child. It’s so dangerous
to vaccinate. We’re just not–
not going to do it. [Asha] To test this bias,
we pull them aside and give them a choice. We’ll take $50 from one person,
or they can choose to take $40 from someone else. Choosing does less harm. But the bias suggests most
people will do nothing and let us take $50 from someone else. If you just let it happen,
then it feels more natural and so people feel less responsible. [Asha voice-over] And so
it begins. What will Ahmed do? I can do that. Oh, okay.
So, he’s taking it on himself. [Asha] Is that the
case for the others? Let’s see what Valerie does. -She’s uncertain.
-Yeah. I can’t do that.
I can’t do that. She said “I cannot do that,
I cannot pick one person”. Classic. She doesn’t want
to take the action. [Asha] Turns out most of the
people don’t want to take the money, they let us do it. You decide. Holy cow. This is a really strong
example of the omission bias. [Asha] Now we’re
testing for probability neglect. You have far greater risk of
getting a brain infection from the measles than suffering
a serious side effect from the vaccine. But those odds mean
nothing when you’re afraid. It was terrifying. “Oh, my gosh, I hope they’re
not the, you know, one in a “gazillion who is gonna
have some horrific reaction.” [Asha] To test this we need a
terrifying scenario our guests will want to avoid. Here we go. [all] Three, two, one. Voila. Oh, no, no, no, no, no, no. [Asha] The spider represents
every parent’s nightmare that your child will be
harmed by a vaccine. [Asha] So, gang, if
we draw a red ball it means you have
to hold the spider. Uh-oh. Red ball equals spider. Some people are not
excited about red balls! [Asha voice-over ] The only way
to avoid drawing the red ball is to pay up. But don’t you need to find
out what your chances are before giving away your money? We see quickly our
guests never ask. Those that are afraid, they haven’t asked
about what was the probability. -They just want to avoid it.
-Yeah. [Asha voice-over]
What’s Sharmon going to do? We can take out the
red balls for you if you give us some money. She’s pondering. Which means you’re safe. All right. -We don’t have to draw.
-Thank you! She looks pretty
pleased with the result, right?! Yeah, yeah, yeah. [Asha voice-over] Those that are
terrified pay up and never ask their odds. Ready? [Nervous laughter]
Yeah! -Red ball.
-Okay! [Asha voice-over] Then
there’s Martin. The test doesn’t work on
him ’cause he loves spiders. What a little princess. [Asha] Time for the big reveal. Well, there’s more
than meets the eye to this fake news forum. Okay, come on out, guys. [Laughter, applause] [Asha] This has been
a CBC experiment. Our experts have been watching
this whole time and analyzing your decisions. Oh, great. [Laughter] We’re working on a story
about vaccinations and the
anti-vaccination messaging. I think there’s a lot of
those different hidden forces that we don’t necessarily think
about or realize that comes into play when we make decisions. It’s actually very hard to
combat cognitive biases, even when you’re aware of them. [Asha] So how have these
experiments impacted our guests? I did not expect to
be so manipulated today. So it was extremely
enlightening to me that I’ve got to step it up a notch
and be more critical. [Asha voice-over] What
about Elka? Remember she had real
concerns about vaccine safety. I’m very glad that I was a part
of it and definitely I’m going to take the shots now. [Asha voice-over ] Elka decides
to start vaccinating. I will make sure my
kids also take it, and whoever doesn’t want to, I’ll try to
motivate like I got motivated. So, yes, right away,
I’m going to the clinic. [Asha] This is
your Marketplace. [Asha] We’ve gone
undercover with the world’s biggest anti-vaxers. Now we’re waiting
outside a VIP event. We’re hoping to confront
one of the movement’s leaders. As the event ends… [Asha] Hi. I’m with CBC Television
in Canada. We catch up with Del Bigtree. [Asha] You’re considered
a leader in this movement. Why do you
believe so much in it? Every day, someone recognizes
“my child’s injured” or “my cousin “I watched a child
regress into autism.” [Asha voice-over]
Recognize that? Identifiable victim bias. [Asha] With all due respect,
there are multiple studies. with hundreds of thousands
of subjects. -Name one.
-There was one in 2016 and one in 2019.
-That said what? Hundreds of thousands
of subjects that said there’s no link between
the MMR vaccine and autism. -The Denmark study.
-Are they untrue? Ah, it’s bad science. Most of it is being funded by
people who make money off of selling vaccines. [Asha voice-over] Not true. Many patents for childhood
vaccines have expired and are not a big money maker
for drug companies. Here’s the point. I want my children
to get the measles. The people who get
the measles will have a life-long immunity for life. [Asha voice-over] But what about
the 140,000 people who died of measles in 2018? And so they should
ignore the measles outbreak? Absolutely. [Asha] And it is due
to a drop in vaccinations. That’s not true. [Asha] Come on. I just want you speak to
parents who are vaccine hesitant who are really worried– -Okay.
-about misinformation. Yes. And what do you say
to them? Do your own research. And if they do their research
and they’re still not sure? Here’s what I would say,
don’t do anything you’re not sure about. [Asha voice-over] Hear that? He’s saying do nothing. That’s omission bias. [♪♪♪] These parents did that and
they learned the hard way. [♪♪♪] My advice to vaccine
hesitant parents would be I completely understand
how you feel. Get informed about the
real risks of these actual preventable diseases
and not just get scared into a bunch of misinformation.


100 thoughts on “Debunking anti-vaccination myths (Marketplace)”

  • Here are some of the most pervasive concerns Canadians brought to Marketplace, and why experts say we shouldn't worry about them: ^bb

  • Anti vaxxers: " i know better than medical science!"
    Anti vaxxers when child has life threatening illness : "OMG pls help me medical science!"

    pick a lane.

  • 2020 and below and till 2021: ANTI VACCINATION!!!!
    so and and so on… ( still blank… If you understand what it means… )

  • So you had Del, RFK and Wakefield in the room and didn't try to have a convo? What kind of investigative reporter are you lol you didn't refute anything. Come to Jersey with the guy with the glasses, bring your cameras and me and my buddy will debate you live on camera.

  • The only "myth" busted here is that any real journalism still exists at the CBC. Actual research shows just the opposite of what is proposed in this absolutely shameful one-sided hit piece.

  • I'm assuming this video was linked in an antivaxxer Facebook group. Continue pulling the wool over your eyes, but don't come crying to Western medicine when you're diseased and in need of aid.

  • What an awful piece, lol. I hope Del discusses this hit piece on his weekly show, “The High Wire” (Thursday’s). Del told the reporter that parents should do their own research and if they’re not sure, don’t vaccinate *yet*. You can always go and vaccinate if you want, you can never take it back. What’s so controversial about that?

  • Thank you for this CBC! You have added a huge number of growing concerns from people that used to believe in vaccinations to becoming anti-vax once they hear the other side of the argument. Every time one of you puts this form of 'broadcasting' up, you reverse what you wanted to accomplish.

  • Monster Bots Combat Robotics says:

    The whole anti vaccine thing is the results of having a government that can’t be trusted due to perpetual ingrained lying.

  • Shame on you CBC. Haven't seen this kind of garbage for a long time. So cheap and one sided. Why do you need hidden cameras in a room full of cameras?

  • Northern Bohemian Realist says:

    Whoa! These comments!
    Okay folks, here's the plan.
    – You DON'T vaccinate your kids.
    – We will RELEASE various viruses into the population, maiming and maybe killing your kids.
    – Our kids won't have to deal with morons any more.
    That will take only one generation. Thank you!

  • This is comletely pharmaceutical propaganda.
    This video is full of outright lies that have been pushed by the pharmaceutical industry for decades.

    Big pHARMA, is terrified of people learning the truth.
    Vaccines are completely liability free, no matter the harm they cause.
    Why would you trust the same serial liars who lied about all their drugs that have killed milions of trusting innocent people in the last 100+ years.

    All the media is wholly owned by the same corporations that own the pharmaceutical industry and everything else.
    Laws that force the public to use a product, is fascism.

    No safety studies have ever been done on any vaccines.
    No placebo controlled studies have ever been done.
    Vaccines are making children sick right after birth, creating pharmaceutical customers for life.
    54+% of amerikan children are chronically ill, with chronic ilness.
    Meaning continually ill.
    In addition these same corporations have control of the medical system and have turned doctors into the most successful drug salesmen ever.
    Young children forced by unkowing and trusting parents, forced to ingest toxic medication, undergo horrific treatment and subjected to ever increasing vaccine injections.
    Yet, there has been the greatest decline in health in the last 50 years, in the history of the world.

    Imagine if half of any species on earth was chronically sick.
    Obviously something is very wrong.
    Amerikan children are being poisoned by vaccines, among other things.
    Once injected, the material is wholly absorbed by the body.
    If the same material was ingested, most would be expelled by the digestive system, or broken down by digestive juices.
    Injection is far worse, when toxins are introduced.
    Vaccines are completely toxins. Whether it's the adjuvents, emulsifiers, organism or other ingredients, they have no place in the body.
    Read the vaccine ingredients on the insert included with the vial.
    Find out what they are.
    Do these agents belong in a living persons body?
    Use your own intelligence.
    Don't trust anyone but yourself.

  • I watched the video and i decided that THERE IS GOOD AND THERE IS BAD VACCINES .. antivax people fight the bad vacciness but it is saver to not use aby vaccines

  • There's a lot of snark, smugness, name calling, sinister music and a total lack of double blind placebo studies showing us the vaccines are safe.

  • It's simple, give us the list of what is in these vaccines. Which they refuse to do. For christ sakes a box of cereal in Wal MArt has more ingredients listed than an apparently life saving vaccine. I am not putting anything in my body when I don't know its ingredients. Simple.. eh ?

  • I WAS looking forward to this program but due to this poor presentation l have to say W5 let us all down. This is not about mind games. Present the science from both sides and have the audience make the decision. I'm not an antivaccer I'm not vaccer I'm for freedom of choice. Unfortunately this type of programming adds fuel to Big Goverment to step in and make more useless laws and charge us more taxes. We live in a free society let's keep it that way. Freedom Of Choice.

  • Global censorship of healthcare information by Jonathan Emord. Constitutional attorney. Book on Amazon. Collusion with government non-accountable power of compromised regulatory agencies

  • James Lyons-Weiler isn't known as James Lyin' Weiler for nothing! The man is ONLY about the grift. Thanks for exposing his sordid methods of grifting.

  • One of the mothers interviewed on the video states “I thought there was a wealth of well documented…incontrovertible evidence that vackseens were bad for you…”

    The fact is, there is nothing of the kind that exists to prove that vackseen are safe!

    The World Health Organization (WHO) Vackseen Summit just took place last month and many of their top researchers and doctors admit on camera that properly designed safety studies have never been conducted on any vackseens.

    Since we seem to have no evidence to prove vackseens incontrovertibly safe, or incontrovertibly harmful, shouldn’t the decision be left up to each individual (or to the individual’s parent) whether to vacksenate or not, without penalties, such as exclusion from schools or daycares?

    Furthermore, this biased “report” from CBC. Marketplace uses the example of pertussis (whooping cough) illness as a reason to vacksenate.

    However, the latest published, peer reviewed studies on the pertussis vackseen shows that it is at best ineffective, and at worst, causes one to incubate the pertussis bacteria without having symptoms, causing people to unknowingly spread the illness. (Look it up. It’s well documented).

    Also, antibiotics can easily treat pertussis.
    CBC should be sending reporters into the WHO Vackseen Summit to get the truth about the lack of safety data for vackseens.

    Enough of one sided scare tactic “reporting”. Please do true investigative reporting into the lies that have been spread by the mainstream conventional medical establishment and the pharmaceutical industry.

    I am grateful for brave journalists like Del Bigtree, and brave attorneys like RFK Jr for standing up to corporate influence and helping to bring the truth to the people.

  • Only Child life says:


  • Runquist, Matthew says:

    Why do they keep eluding conversation, and debates with those who have researched vaccines. This video is IDIOTIC! How bout you all go catch up on your vaccines!

  • I used to have respect for CBC reporting. Now, the CBC is just another mouthpiece for the pharma industry, doing the shilling for their masters. CBC you are a disappointment.

  • Anyone with a working brain will see through the propaganda that this piece is.
    You have probably just initiated more good thinking people to investigate the whole vaccine agenda by being so hopelessly pathetic and presenting NO science in favour of vaccination. I cant wait to see Del's subscribers grow after this!

  • Only Child life says:


  • Two things I learned from this. The kids got whooping cough and now have lifelong immunity. Also, the measles is so prevelant that they couldn't find a picture of a baby with the measles and had to use a photoshopped one. Slightly disappointed with the quality of the journalism CBS. You can do better.

  • Only Child life says:

    I think CBC forgot about the 60 minutes episode where they went undercover at a pharmaceutical convention and showed big pharma paying off drs to push their drugs and vaccines. Drs are given bonuses based on the numbers of vaccines they hand out.

  • I began to doubt. Then I held my child having a vaccine induced seizures. There’s my fire!! Read an actual vaccine insert from the pharmaceutical companies themselves. No misinformation there. PS. A seizure is NOT considered an allergy to vaccines.
    There must be a choice for ANY medical procedure!!

  • Wow your social experiment proved vaccines are safe, I’m convinced. After watching this I suddenly forgot how after EVERY single cocktail of vaccines my child would have a seizure that same night and at the E.R we were told it’s a coincidence. “Vaccines, the leading cause of coincidences in the world.”

  • You start right off lying through your teeth. "They don't trust mainstream media"!!!!!!!!!!! You're right no one trusts mainstream media but the anti-vaxxers would WELCOME any media sincerely looking for the truth. They aren't trying to hide or coverup anything and would gladly welcome an unbiased interview. THIS joke of a piece is anything but. They only "secrets" going on are trying to avoid censorship on social media, which shouldn't exist but thanks to the bought and paid for media and pharma shills, censorship now exists in the United States of America.

  • this was merely a tabloid attack piece…ZERO, NADA, NOTHING of scientific substance. Even that ridiculous psycho exercise was just manipulation that really doesn't measure anything meaningful. Why didn't you ask why these doctors and journalists are doing what they are doing? Between Andrew Wakefield, James Lyon Weiler, Robert F Kennedy Junior and Del Bigtree, Dr Bob Sears, Mary Holland, Theresa Deisher, etc there is enough scientific findings to show that vaccinations are NOT safe and effective for everyone. Why doesn't CBC start asking why kids are so sick these days? why do we have to keep building bigger hospitals to care for kids with cancers that we never heard of 40 years ago?? why not ask why kids have so many allergies? why are school teachers struggling with kids that cannot cope…whether it's ADD, ADHD, anxiety, depression??? Quit wasting my tax dollars on your garbage attacks on people who are trying to do right by the sickest generation ever.

  • Bart B. Van Bockstaele says:

    While I applaud that CBC addresses this issue, I am also disappointed that it got cramped into an 18 min episode. People who don't vaccinate out of fear are being misled by quacks and hucksters. They deserve to learn how we know vaccines are safe, how safe they are, and what the risks of not being vaccinated are. Most people who are parents today have no idea how dangerous these infectious diseases are. Maybe, possibly, someone like David Onley could play a role here.

  • "They don't trust main stream media " you say. I wonder why when it's apparent that you've misquoted him. ( ie quid pro quo) You then eliminated his comments in response. Really CBC? You've lost all credibility as journalists. To think that as a taxpayer I have to fund this garbage disgusts me.

  • Interesting how the video starts by stating a mistrust for media. Then goes on to make a one sided piece filled with inaccuracies and scare mongering. I you want trust you have to be trust worthy. Sneaking and lying and making special edits to affirm a pre concluded story is not good journalism.


  • Nova Scotia Alternative Autism Awareness says:

    Well that was garbage. Please stop calling what you do investigative reporting and stop calling yourselves journalists.

  • Donna Lynn Marie says:

    Shame on you. My child was vaccine injured. I was at the DC event. Nobody really cares about your opinion. We know the truth of what happened to so many of our children.

  • Did you run a similar undercover operation at the American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, or any conference sponsored by Pharma? Why not? Did you run an undercover sting to ask Hotez, Offit, Reiss, or Gorski how much they charge for a speech? Why did you take key quotes out of context? Merck, Sanofi, GSK, and Pfizer are all convicted felons. Why are you working on behalf of convicted felons? Did you consult with a lawyer to ask whether you are engaged in racketeering by airing this piece (might be a good idea).

  • Only Child life says:


  • You did not interview the parents of the vaccine injured kids, all the 1000 who were present at the V.I.E Event, you misrepresent facts and outright lie about what was told to you by the people you interviewed. Shame on the CBC! Do not send me e-mails asking for donations, you do not deserve to exist.

  • The industry could end the vaccine debate in one fell swoop: Do a "vaccinated vs. unvaccinated study"

    The fact they have refused to do it for 50 years tells you everything you need to know.

    — Checkmate —

  • Thank you for doing this thorough, helpful reporting. It's a good counter to the efforts of the anti-vaccine movement to mislead people into not protecting their children.

  • There IS evidence to support all of this!!!! Why are billions of dollars paid out for vaccine injuries if “there is no evidence to support” various injuries!!??

  • Historymaker2001 says:

    To be fair, I'd be one to get the hell away from that tarantula…I'm arachniphobic as a result of being deathly allergic to spider venom.

  • Very well put together, and a fascinating insight to the real scam artists Del Bigmouth, RFK and Fraudfield. Thank you for doing this.

  • Jeez when I came here I thought people would agree to this video because it proves a lot of points

    besides all your claims are mostly based on speculation comment section

  • How can you prove that anything those three men said have led to outbreaks?? Evidence?? Sorry but you sound like anti-science ignoramouses

  • Religious free Zone says:

    As a dane and 53.I had a few vaccines. I lived as you can see. ; – ) No side effect of anything from what vaccines they had back in the late 60'ties and 70'ties. There are some vaccines that is a must do. Do not listen to people that only has opinions and not real facts. Use your intuition. I would not recommend the HPV. That one do have serious side effects.

  • The number of vaccine hesitant people are increasing because the evidence is compelling.

    You will not find anti vaccine rhetoric on regular media at all even find this information you have to seek it out. You have to read scientific journals in their entirety…and you have to have a reason to want to do so.This information does not find you…you find it…and unfortunately usually after some kind of medical concerns about your child.

    I understand that those medical issues may have nothing to do with vaccines…but understand this …if you haven't investigated the claims yourself than you really can not tell me that we haven't missed something here…and that maybe some of the rise in neuroimmune problems in children could in part be due to vaccines.

    Marketplace, you need to do a balanced and thorough investigation of our/their arguments.

    Having a doctor come on and just tell us their claims are all false is not enough and insulting to our intelligence.
    This is garbage

  • Pharmaceutical companies are not liable and can not be sued if a vaccine injures a child. The US govt has paid $4 billion in injuries since the 1986 vaccine injury compensation act.

  • CBC why are you removing people's comments? Do the comments not comply with your narrative? We do not want to confuse people with the facts do we?

  • CBC: It's far too late for this nonsense. There have been too many casualties. Public trust is irreparably broken. Your time has come and gone.

  • Excellent piece. Tired of the big names in AV profiting off misleading parents and their children and vulnerable populations suffering for the misinformed ideals. Children are not property and should be able to be protected from preventable diseases. Most the parents were vaccinated. The parents that chose not to vaccinate should not be allowed to place others at risk.

  • Why are Del Bigtree, RFKjr, Dr Wakefield and James Lyons-Weiler treated like rockstars? Because they aren’t afraid to tell the truth. The truth is what resonates so well with parents who are eyewitnesses to the destruction of their children’s well-being. This movement is growing every day because more parents are witnesses…it’s a mathematical probability that the scales will tip.

    With 54% of our children being chronically ill, well before the sudden explosion in v a cci ne risk-aware parents, I’d say public health is experiencing a point of EPIC FAILURE.

    “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has”
    ~ Margaret Mead

  • Here is my vaccine story. I got the hpv vaccine and nothing happened. I am completely healthy and have never had a single adverse effect. Every person I know who has been vaccinated is also health and never suffered an adverse reaction. But that isn’t news because it’s something that happens everyday. Millions of people getting vaccines without any issues. Do you know what does get reported on. That 1 in a million who has an allergic reaction.

  • The way the media encourages people to dehumanize folks who have even the slightest doubt about vaccines, that's the real suspicious thing going on here.

  • Hey there I have a question I live in London Ontario and here is some problems so what we do to fix it why I’m asking u because u have that power who can fix it so my question is if I found some problems I will take in my phone but idk how to share with you guys please reply my comments this is really important for people hope u understand what I mean?

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