RUSH: And two more frauds have been uncovered, ladies and gentlemen, both along the lines of the global warming fraud and hoax. How many of you have been persuaded to believe that vaccines have caused autism? Do you believe it? It's all a fraud. It's all a lie. "Study tying vaccine to autism was fraud, report says. Andrew Wakefield, colleagues altered facts about patients in their research, analysis shows." This is not some kooky blog that you've never heard of. It's AP, it's PMSNBC. "The first study to link a childhood vaccine to autism was based on doctored information about the children involved, according to a new report on the widely discredited research. The conclusions of the 1998 paper by Andrew --" and, by the way, these are the same people that write your political news every day. These are the same people that tell you what's going on with spending, the Obamacare repeal, the deficit, and all this rotgut. This pretty much typifies 90% of the crap that's in the media these days. The Center for Science in the Public Interest and all the death and destruction that's gonna come if you eat pork fried rice, for example.
"The conclusions of the 1998 paper by Andrew Wakefield and colleagues were renounced by 10 of its 13 authors and later retracted by the medical journal Lancet, where it was published. Still, the suggestion the MMR shot was connected to autism spooked parents worldwide and immunization rates for measles, mumps and rubella have never fully recovered." Can I say Rachel Carlson? How about banning DDT and the jump in malaria all over the world? Another hoax, another fraud brought to you by nanny state liberals. "The analysis, by British journalist Brian Deer, found that despite the claim in Wakefield's paper that the 12 children studied --" 12 children led to a worldwide belief in a fraud. "-- 12 children studied were normal until they had the MMR shot, five had previously documented developmental problems. Deer also found that all the cases were somehow misrepresented when he compared data from medical records and the children's parents."
It's an elaborate fraud, and there's a second one to tell you about today. "'Great Garbage Patch' in the Pacific Ocean Not So Great Claim Scientists -- Environmental scientists have been criticised for exaggerating the size of an 'island' of plastic waste said to be swirling around in the Pacific Ocean after a study finds that it is 200 times smaller than claimed." So the Four Corners of Deceit: science, medicine, politics, journalism, news, you name it, continue unabated. They are eventually uncovered but look at the damage they have caused.
RUSH: By the way, the autism hoax, there's a new one lined up to replace this one that's been exposed. This is from CBS News. "Autism: Air Pollution May Be to Blame, Study Suggests." So if you're just joining me now, folks, it's just been revealed as a hoax, a study tying vaccine to autism is a fraud, not somebody thinks it is, it's been exposed as a total fraud, and so now the fraud community has a backup, air pollution may be to blame for autism now. So you knock down one fraud and they just got another one waiting behind that one to pop up. Kind of like at the carnival when you're at the duck show shooting those things and they pop up, that's the fraud community, and they're out there, and their home is on the left.
RUSH: How many of you, like I do, remember the government's ban on saccharin back in the seventies? Well, I know some of you are not old enough to remember that, but saccharin was found to be a very powerful carcinogen, and so it was banned. You couldn't get Tab. Tab was taken off the market! You couldn't get the tablets of saccharin. You couldn't get the squirt saccharin. You couldn't get it. The only place you could get it was from Canada. You know how they found out it caused cancer? They took the equivalent of a case of saccharin-sweetened soda -- a case! -- and then assumed that that quantity would be consumed (like two cases a day for a year) and injected that amount into rats, and the rats got bladder cancer. They woulda gotten bladder cancer if they would have injected them with that much water.
Well, guess what, ladies and gentlemen? "The US government Tuesday removed the artificial sweetener saccharin, long believed to be a potential cancer-causing substance found in diet drinks and chewing gum," they removed it, "from its list of hazardous substances." It had been added to the list in 1981 after having all this controversy happen during the seventies. So basically for 30 years a totally safe product was taken off the market because of bogus testing. The reasons? Who knows why? You probably had some sugar replacement competitors that bought off the FDA, whoever would do the banning. But my point is that nothing's real. All of this stuff, all this nanny stuff that is gonna kill us? It's all just a crock, from DDT to this phony, fraudulent autism and the global warming to countless other environmental and food-related frauds.
RUSH: How many people died from obesity because they were unable to get saccharin back in the day? This is a question. I'm just asking the question.
RUSH: To the phones we go, Colorado Springs and Ted. It's nice to have you on the program, sir. Hello.
CALLER: Hey, Rush. You were talking about the government fraud stuff, and I was suspended from college when I was doing my undergraduate work as a pre-veterinarian major. When I did the arithmetic I had a geek sitting next to me who had a brand-new TI calculator.
RUSH: Hang on just a second. For those of you who are younger than (What would it be?) TI is Text Instruments. Yeah.
CALLER: Yeah, Texas Instruments. He had that brand-new calculator that was out.
RUSH: Probably cost --
CALLER: This was about 1978.
RUSH: Yeah, the thing probably cost $59.95 then.
RUSH: You can get it for a buck and a quarter at the checkout stand at the grocery store today.
CALLER: (laughing) Exactly.
CALLER: But anyway, we did the math. We had a guy from the FDA who was coming out there and he was talking to us about an additive to feedlot cattle and also pigs, and it was called DES, diethylstilbestrol; and we did the mathematics on it, and the amount of DES that they gave the rats and the monkeys, I would have to eat a 106 pounds of bacon a day for 200 years to die of the cancer that these monkeys and rats died from.
RUSH: Yeah, that's exactly how the saccharin stuff was done.
CALLER: (laughing) Caveman stuff.
RUSH: So you challenged it?
CALLER: Oh, well, yeah! I raised my hand and I said, "Do you know that with all the figures that you gave us, this is what I would have to eat?" and I got suspended for three days.
RUSH: Because you challenged a government study?
CALLER: Yes, sir.
RUSH: What happened to your career? Did you become a vet?
CALLER: (laughing) No, I never did become a vet because I was... You know, I'm a white guy. I wasn't a female and I wasn't a minority, so...
RUSH: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! Wait a minute.
CALLER: I just flew airplanes for the Air Force.
RUSH: (laughing) You flew airplanes for the Air Force. That's quite a change from vet school and studying pigs to the Air Force. You mean if you'd-a been black and female you'da become a vet?
CALLER: (laughing) No, I -- (laughing)
RUSH: (laughing) I get it. People of a certain age won't understand what he's talking about. Think Allan Bakke. People were passed and moved forward not based on grades and that kind of thing. Whatever happened to "questioning authority"? That was such a great thing! Back in the sixties questioning authority is what made you a big hero; it's what made you a star. (interruption) Well, getting good grades back then wasn't the objective. Burning down the bank building, blowing up something was the objective. Joining the Symbionese Liberation Army and spending some time with Patty Hearst while you had her kidnapped, that was the was objective back the in sixties and getting your story in TIME Magazine. It wasn't anything about grades. Here's Day Spring. (laughing) I'm looking at something else here that I can't mention right now. Day Spring in Texarkana, Texas. Hello.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. Rush baby dittos!
RUSH: Thank you.
CALLER: I'm really excited to be talks to you. I've been listening to you to ever for over 20 years. I really hate to call and disagree with you today. (giggles) I want to talk to you about the autism study today, the Andrew Wakefield study.
CALLER: Okay. Well, let's first of all, I concur that this study probab -- most likely was a fraud. However, that does nothing to prove that autism is not caused by vaccines. In fact, I think you really have it 180 degrees wrong.
RUSH: I have to stop you here because this is --
RUSH: -- a little exercise in critical thinking.
RUSH: Here we have a study --
RUSH: -- which proved that this guy's claim that the MMR Vaccine created --
RUSH: -- caused whatever autism was a fraud.
RUSH: And you acknowledge it, but then you said, "It doesn't mean it doesn't." We have no news on that. The only news we have is that "vaccines cause autism" has been debunked as a fraud, yet you say, "Well, that may be true, but it doesn't mean that other vaccines don't."
CALLER: Okay, well, that's correct because --
RUSH: Why do you want to believe that vaccines lead to autism? Why? Would you have ever thought of this yourself had this fraudulent study never been reported?
CALLER: Yes, I believe so. I have a vaccine-injured child. I was recommended to have a flu shot when I was pregnant, and that resulted in a child on the autism spectrum that was significant speech delayed and social deficits et cetera.
RUSH: Has it been established? Has it been proven that a flu shot while you were pregnant led to the autism.
CALLER: No, no, but I know I received 25 micrograms of mercury, and mercury is a proven neurotoxin and that has been proven to cause fetal development problems -- and, in fact, if you look at Minamata, Japan, there were several cases of prenatal mercury poisoning that resulted in children with severe deficits (sic) even though their parents didn't have enough mercury, or the mother might not have died.
RUSH: Who told you...? Wait a minute. Who told you all this?
CALLER: I do my own research, just looked online, but it's public information if you look up Minamata Disease and -- and --
RUSH: Well, this is my point. How do you know? For example, this Wakefield study. Everybody believed it. Why did they believe it? Not because they never heard of Wakefield. They believed it because a bunch of irresponsible charlatans known as the Drive-By Media gave it credibility. Who are...?
RUSH: Now, wait a minute. Who are people at the Center for Science in the Public Interest? They're just a bunch of crackpots who have a Nanny State-like, arrogant attitude about food that they want to force on everybody else. So they have a logo and a fax machine and send the stuff out and the media gives them credibility. So you're "doing your own research," but how do you know that what you're reading is not just as fraudulent and biased as Wakefield?
CALLER: It may be. This is the thing. Minamata, Japan, is completely unrelated to the vaccine debate. I've never heard them paired together. I discovered this on my own but the government recommends that pregnant women do not eat fish containing high levels of mercury, such as shark and tilefish and that sort of thing. Well, they say do not have any of it while you're pregnant. The highest level of mercury that you're gonna get from eating shark is between 0.5 and 0.9 micrograms of mercury, and the amount that you get in a flu shot is 25. So that's up to 50 times more.
RUSH: Okay, if this is the case, why doesn't every pregnant mother who gets a flu shot give birth to an autistic child?
CALLER: Well, I believe there are biological differences, but, however, I have friends that have also had speech delays with their children that received a flu shot. This is a new recommendation that started about five years ago so it's just now cropping up. My friends are very intelligent.
RUSH: I'm very sensitive to what you want to believe, 'cause it's no fun what happened to you. I totally understand that. But, you know, all this anecdotal evidence, it leads to people demanding government do something. "Government must do something," and some things just happen, and a lawyer is right behind you wanting you to do something, to do something for you. Blame the government. Blame somebody with a lot of time money for it. Mercury manufacturers, importers, exporters, what have you. (sigh) Back in the days of my youth they rubbed dirt in open wounds, the coaches did. The coaches did it. "Oh, that's nothing. A three-inch gash in your head? Here, rub a little dirt in it and keep playing." Irreconcilable. I'm fine. My mother drank; she smoked. I'm a pillar of the community. I'm among the leaders in the broadcast industry. Now drinking and smoking when you're pregnant, "Oh, don't do it! Don't!" If all this stuff they say were true, the human race would have died out hundreds of years ago because of what people who were pregnant did.
RUSH: By the way, on this mercury business. I did a quick check here during the break, and I found some references to the fact that mercury has been debunked as a cause of autism. The mercury connection has been debunked. If mercury leads to autism, then we gotta get rid of the compact fluorescent lightbulb. I'm not saying go out there and eat mercury if you're pregnant. Don't eat mercury, period. Mercury is not good for you no matter what you're doing. If you're pregnant don't go eat mercury, don't go break a compact fluorescent lightbulb and start licking mercury off the floor. Dawn, don't misunderstand me here. Jeez, see how this works? (laughing) By the way, don't open a can of paint and drink that either if you're pregnant. If you're not pregnant go ahead and drink all the paint you want and hope it comes from China with lead in it. It's not nearly as bad as mercury.
Oat bran used to be a savior; then it was a killer. Coffee caused heart -- all of this stuff. And at the foundation of this is a Drive-By Media ramping up and creating hysteria associated with these fraud scientists. I don't care whether it's environmentalism or health or diet or what have you. And then 30 years later saccharin, guess what? Not a problem. Where's the media? They're already long gone creating the same kind of hysteria over global warming. Now, on this autism business, Robert Kennedy Jr. was a major champion of the claim that vaccines cause autism. In fact, some people say that Robert Kennedy Jr. almost single-handedly managed to stoke fears that vaccines were causing an epidemic of autism. This is what leftists do. They create crises, hysteria, and panic. Why? Because they want to go sue the companies involved and expand government and get rich themselves off the whole process. Now it's all been debunked. Wakefield, a fraud.
Look what happens. We have a story here, "Study Tying Vaccine to Autism was Fraud." We got people calling, "Well, maybe so, but it's still true." 'Cause people want to believe this stuff, it's human nature, believe crisis, believe conspiracy, believe people are out to kill you, companies are out to kill you. The vaccine company is out to kill you. Well, then let's talk to the Clintons because they're the big vaccine pushers of their era trying to get everybody to take 'em. If RFK Jr., if Robert Kennedy Jr. could be so wrong about autism, maybe he could also be wrong about global warming? We know that he is. In fact, in 2005 Robert Kennedy Jr. wrote a scare piece in Salon and Rolling Stone linking autism to the mercury preservative used in vaccines, and he's still promoting these scares on every talk show he can get on. It's 2005 article, it's in the Boston Globe. I'll try to link to it at RushLimbaugh.com. July 1st, 2005: "Autism, Mercury, and Politics," by Robert Kennedy Jr. It has been debunked.
RUSH: Larry in Visalia, California, welcome to the EIB Network. Great to have you here.
CALLER: Yes. Hi. It's an honor for me to speak to you, Mr. Rush, and I just wanted to comment regarding your views on government regulations.
CALLER: Would you agree with me that some government regulation is good?
RUSH: Well, the premise that government must regulate is something I would reject because the starting point's much too broad. Now, are you asking if there's some government regulation that is sensible? Yeah. But not enough.
CALLER: Okay. Like, for example, with cars, we used to have cars -- I'm 60-some years old, and in my day, when I was a kid, our cars got, what, 16 miles to the gallon of gas.
CALLER: Today you can't even buy a car that gets only 16 miles per gallon. Why did that happen? Because the government kept saying to the car makers, "You have to produce cars that will meet these standards regarding miles per gallon." And it helped. I live in the San Joaquin Valley.
CALLER: Twenty years ago --
RUSH: Wait a minute. Miles per gallon's got nothing to do with air quality. I have a car that gets eight miles a gallon, I'm proud of it. And I bought it. I didn't modify it. I have a car that gets maybe ten if I lay off of it a bit, but my car gets nowhere near 16 miles to the gallon, and I am proud of that, because I don't fall prey to all this Jack Spratt sky is falling conventional wisdom stuff. But if you want to, it's a free country, go right ahead, just don't make me drive the moped when you go buy one.