The roof is beginning to cave in on the vaccine empire.
Now, in the wake of the unsuccessful attempt to censor the film Vaxxed (trailer), we have Bob Wright, the former CEO of media giant, NBC Universal, authoring a new book, “The Wright Stuff: From NBC to Autism Speaks.”
Named president and CEO of NBC at the age of 43, he faced a two-headed dragon: on one hand, distrust from the network people deeply skeptical of the “suit” from GE, their new corporate parent; and on the other, fiscal oversight demands from a cautious, conservative institution reluctant to invest heavily in a media business they didn’t understand. For the next 20 years, he managed to navigate the fine line between the two and in the process completely reinvent―and save―the network.
His name is Bob Wright. Under his leadership, a traditional network, struggling to survive a changing landscape, was transformed into a $45 billion cable and internet giant. Frequently flying under the GE corporate radar, Wright and his hand-picked team spearheaded what amounts to a revolution in broadcast television:
-Embracing, rather than resisting, cable
-Launching alternative news channels CNBC and MSNBC, along with MSNBC.com, NBC’s powerful springboard to the internet
-Creating strategic partnerships with other media companies formerly considered competitors
-A string of acquisitions that solidified NBC’s leadership in multiple US and international markets, culminating in the lucrative merger into NBC Universal
What does someone like that do when he retires? If he’s Bob Wright, he starts all over again. At almost the exact same time as Bob’s NBC reign was winding down, his grandson Christian was diagnosed with autism, a condition then poorly understood. Baffled by a lack of medical knowledge and community support, Bob and his wife Suzanne founded Autism Speaks, which in short order became the leading advocacy and research funding organization for this mysterious condition that so devastates families. They make a powerful team―the compassionate, charismatic, indefatigable Suzanne who won’t take no for an answer, and the analytic, efficient executive who poured all his business acumen into building an organization from scratch.
As the two story lines unfold in The Wright Stuff, readers will gradually see that both endeavors―revitalizing NBC and building Autism Speaks―reflect the same key management tenets that apply to any organization facing disruptive change.
A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to advance autism research.
In its review of the book, Accuracy in Media provides a devastating quote from Wright about his autistic grandson:
“Right after he got the standard one-year vaccinations, he developed a very high fever and screamed for hours. Katie [Wright’s daughter] was so frightened she called her husband to come home from work and they put the baby in an ice bath to bring down the fever. When they called the doctor they were told the reaction was completely normal.”
Yes, completely normal in the eyes of a lunatic licensed to practice medicine.
Normal, if brain damage is something parents should be expected to shrug off.
Normal, if destroying the life of a child, through officially sanctioned means, is simply written off as the cost of doing pharmaceutical business.
Wright goes on to say that he tried, without a shred of success, to convince Bush and Obama they needed to improve vaccine safety. According to Wright, the Bush people feared negative press reaction, and Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett killed the idea.
In the past few days, a long-time blogger for Huffington Post, Lance Simmens (twitter), submitted a positive review of Vaxxed. It was posted, then deleted—and Simmens’ account at Huff Po was canceled without notice. More censorship. The geniuses at Huff Po haven’t gotten the memo yet: blacking out information about the film only gives it more legs. Do they even have a press operation over there? I always assumed Huff Po was built as a façade/cardboard box, in order to sell it. That objective was achieved in 2010, when AOL gobbled it up for $315 million. What an extraordinary hustle.
Huff Po can’t even stomach allowing a positive review of Vaxxed to see the light of day. I wonder how they feel about vaccines causing brain damage—I mean the actual occurrence of it. Perhaps they don’t care. Perhaps they’re so far removed from the truth they don’t even think about it. But I’m willing to bet at least a few people on the payroll know the reality of it, and under the surface they’re boiling.
The CDC has large numbers of vaccine scandals buried in their files. One of them involves a vast over-exaggeration of flu deaths in the US every year. As researcher Peter Doshi noted, years ago, the old canned figure for annual flu deaths, 36,000, was a gross exaggeration. One year, the actual number of confirmed flu deaths in America—where the flu virus was positively identified—was, wait for it: 18. Of course, the CDC uses those flu-death stats to convince Americans they must take the flu vaccine.
(To read about Jon’s mega-collection, Exit From The Matrix, click here.)