Kathy Scarborough from Vaccination SA educates the masses and the media
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Kathy Scarborough from Vaccination SA educates the masses and the media
Here at the AVN, we are never surprised when members of the fourth estate, tell porkie pies during their reporting. But the level of untruths told by A Current Affair (ACA) in their recent broadcast, Angus v Anti-Vaxxers (click below to view) shocked us to the core!
The segment was supposed to be about the AVN’s Vaxxed Bus being asked to leave the Caloundra Big4 Caravan Park because the manager, Angus Booker, did not agree with our politics or our message. Instead, it spun a web of lies and innuendo that would make a compulsive liar blush!
One would have thought, since ACA was reporting on our organisation and something that had happened to us, they might have contacted us to hear our side. But no! The level of journalistic integrity (an oxymoron to most mainstream media) shown by them brings the bar to an all-time low.
The process for complaints against broadcast media is to write to the offending outlet (you can do that by clicking here) and if you have not had a satisfactory response within 60 days, to file an official complaint with ACMA – The Australian Communications and Media Authority.
We hope that many of you will write to ACA and follow up with ACMA – there is definitely strength in numbers! It is time to hold the media accountable for their constant lies and this is one way in which we can all help. Below is the letter written by our President, Aneeta. Feel free to use this information in your own letters but do be sure to rewrite it and don’t just send this as your own.
At the bottom of this blog post is a short video which Aneeta and Meryl from the AVN put together after the segment on ACA. This will give you more background information to inform your complaints.
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To the producer of the ‘Angus v Anti-Vaxxers’ segment,
My name is Aneeta Hafemeister and I am the President of the Australian Vaccination-risks Network Inc (AVN). This letter is written to you on behalf of our organization and our thousands of members and supporters across Australia that we represent.
On Tuesday the 11th of August, A Current Affair aired a program entitled Angus v Anti-Vaxxers that featured myself and the AVN’s founder, Meryl Dorey. The events covered by your segment involved our recent Vaxxed Downunder tour of South East Queensland: specifically, the manager of the Big 4 Caravan Park in Caloundra, the aforementioned Angus.
The main focus of the segment was your program’s claim that the AVN had been told to leave the Big 4 Caravan Park in Caloundra on the morning of the 23rd of July, 2020 because the manager, Angus Booker, alleged that the AVN would be filming at that location.
This is a verifiably false account of what actually transpired.
Contrary to your reporting, Mr Booker did not speak with either Meryl Dorey or myself at any time. His exchange with an AVN volunteer consisted of him saying that he was cancelling our booking because he didn’t like our politics and didn’t like the message we were spreading. At no point did he raise concerns about the AVN filming at the park. Had he done so, he would have quickly and definitively been set straight. He refused, however, to enter into any conversation with the volunteer and by the time Meryl and I arrived at the Park office to discuss this matter further, he had gone.
If A Current Affair had an ounce of journalistic integrity, you would have contacted the AVN for comment and allowed for all the information to be presented to your viewers. It is quite simple for the AVN to show that there was never any intention to film at Caloundra Big 4 as the text messages and emails providing details of the location for the next day’s filming had already been sent out the night before.
The AVN is currently in discussions with our legal advisors regarding our options for an action against Big 4 Caloundra for this blatant act of discrimination by Mr Booker.
We feel that your program has not only compounded the discrimination experienced by our organization, but has also defamed us through your blatantly false reporting.
We expect ACA to offer us the right of reply in order to set the record straight. I can be contacted by phone at XXXXXXXXX.
I await your prompt response.
Here we respond to some of the points made in Jane Hansen’s article that blames “anti-vax roots”:
1. “What is happening in Samoa is the end result of a community without effective vaccination”.
It is interesting how, as often where the topic is infectious disease, the only preventative action mentioned is vaccination. Other determinants of disease and complications are not presented; only the alleged need for vaccination. The WHO, UNICIF and scientific research tell how to prevent and manage infectious diseases. e.g. “Vitamin A halves measles risks” , . According to the Weston A. Price Foundation, “the best protection against infectious disease is a healthy immune system, supported by adequate vitamin A and vitamin C. Well-nourished children easily recover from most infectious disease and rarely suffer complications” …. [Read More]
Original artcle here.
Here we respond to some of the points made in Jane Hansen’s article where she strongly implies that Bexsero should be placed on the NIP schedule.
1. “The vaccine Bexsero has been rejected for the fourth time by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, which cited cost as the main reason.”
The above statement is materially inaccurate. In fact, the most substantive reasons the PBAC gave for its decision to reject all four of GSK’s applications to have their Bexsero vaccine included on the schedule was that the manufacturer, even after repeated requests by the Advisory Committee, could not provide any evidence that this vaccine was effective or provided any herd immunity…. [Read More]
Read full article here.
Here we respond to some of the points made in James Carmody’s article:
1. “The WA Health Department treats every measles case as a public health emergency”
In 1950 Australian Government no longer considered measles (and whooping cough) morbidity important enough to be notifiable  and in 1956 it was declared that “as causes of infant mortality in Australia all the infective diseases have been overcome” …. [Read More]
This article was both posted and removed on October 3rd 2019 from the Times of Israel and we feel it deserves to be read since it tells so many truths and in such an unemotional and factual manner. Find original (dead) link here: Vaccine Debate
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said this week that he is “looking very seriously” at making vaccinations compulsory for all UK school pupils.
In the furore of measles ‘outbreaks’, it is a common cry, and in both Israel and the Diaspora, Jewish communities have come under fire for blame. While Facebook, Amazon and the like have begun censoring ‘antivax’ content, religious motivations to decline vaccination have been treated as backward and dangerous, and across all media, anybody wary of immunisation is treated now as a pariah, or a loon…. [Read More]
My experience with the media has, in general, been one of trying to convince an amoral pathological liar of the benefits of telling the truth – it’s deeply frustrating and incredibly horrifying at the same time.
So when in mid-March this year, I was contacted by Timothy Elliott, a writer who was preparing a feature article for Good Weekend magazine about people who don’t vaccinate in Australia, I was more than a bit cynical about both his motives and his ability/willingness to report fairly on such a complex and emotive issue.
I sent him several reference articles in answer to his first email message (see footnotes), and altogether, spent close to 5 hours speaking with him – about 2 hours on my own and another 2.5 hours with a woman in Ballina named Kerry-anne, whose daughter was seriously injured by the Gardasil HPV vaccination…. [Read More]
The AVN was started in 1994 by a group of parents and health professionals who were concerned about the lack of scientifically-based information on the ‘other side’ of the vaccination issue. Read more…