Popular news broadcaster Katie Couric interviewed the mother of a young lady who died after receiving the Gardasil vaccine, as well as one of the lead doctors who conducted clinical trials for Merck on her day-time talk show Wednesday December 4th. She also interviewed another mother and daughter who have been affected by the vaccine.
That a major network allowed something negative about vaccines to be aired is quite rare. If you visit the Katie Couric website to read about the show, however, you will find nothing in print that is negative regarding the Gardasil vaccine, but instead you will find an article by a physician recommending the vaccine, as well as links to the CDC which of course is pro-vaccine.
The issues communicated in the show regarding the Gardasil vaccine, which are readily available online, are probably less significant than how the mainstream media responded to the show. Attacks on Katie Couric for talking to a parent of a child who died from vaccine injuries, and a physician who was involved in bringing the vaccine to market, clearly shows the mainstream media bias and censorship that still exists regarding vaccines. If you read the hit pieces being written against Katie Couric today, you would have to assume that she was standing up for mass murders.
Yet, all Couric did was to ask a simple question: Is the HPV vaccine safe? According to Michael Hiltzik of the LA Times, “Merely to ask the questions is to validate them.” The topic of vaccines are exempt from regular investigative journalism, and if you ask the wrong questions, expect to be attacked just for asking the question. The public does not deserve such information – journalists know better.