Well good morning, Al Roker. I had no idea you had an autistic son until this morning’s “trending news” about your Godsent therapist of 10 years. The post got me wondering about your stance on vaccines, given NBC’s relationship with Bob Wright, the founder of pro-vaccine Autism Speaks. Bob has an autistic grandson whose mother, interestingly enough, strongly disagrees with his public stance on vaccines and autism. And your co-host Matt Lauer’s ex-wife has an autistic child of her own and she blames vaccines for his disorder, which is probably the reason why Matt and his second wife only selectively vaccinated their own children. But on the other hand, 19 months after getting into an argument with Nancy Synderman where Matt insisted multiple times over Nancy’s objections that vaccines were controversial (minute 6), Matt was pressured into being truly terrible to Andrew Wakefield on the Today Show (minute 3) in a one man diatribe masquerading as an interview. How do I know Matt was faking it? Because in February of 2015 he stood up for parents who don’t want to vaccinate their kids.
Given your likely extensive knowledge of the media’s financial interest in promoting the propaganda of their pharmaceutical sponsors, I was disappointed to read that you think that, “Thanks to lifesaving vaccines, measles is mostly history in our country.”
That was just 2008, Al. Your kid was 6. You seriously never wondered, with all of the attention on the MMR vaccine at the time, whether it played a role in the fact that your child met zero milestones when he was 2, and still was not walking or talking at the age of 3?
How about now? How about since the CDC vaccine researcher revealed the 3.4 times increase in autism in black children who receive the MMR on time? How about since other black celebrity parents of autistic boys like D. L. Hughley, Tisha Campbell, Toni Braxton, and Holly Robinson Peete all have the guts to speak up and question the impact that collateral damage from vaccines has had on their families?
Where do you stand now, Al? Do you realize the difference you could make in this fight to be heard? Tweet Al Roker here.