(Natural News) In a press conference announcing a $100,000 challenge for anyone who can find a peer-reviewed scientific study proving the safety of the mercury-containing vaccine additive thimerosal, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. accused the press of having been “coopted” by the pharmaceutical industry.
Kennedy is chairman of the World Mercury Project, a group that advocates for a global ban on mercury, a substance that is 100 times more toxic than lead.
Kennedy stated that the pharmaceutical industry is now the single biggest contributor to advertising revenue to network news divisions, to the tune of $5.4 billion per year.
“A network news broadcast these days … is just a vehicle for selling pharmaceutical products,” he said.
Network head sympathetic … but enforces the ban
Kennedy reported that one of the country’s biggest networks said that he was sympathetic to Kennedy’s position on thimerosal, but could not allow that perspective to be aired on the network. The executive said that he would have to fire any host who interviewed Kennedy on the subject.
Kennedy noted that even smaller media outlets, including many online news sources, also take massive amounts of advertising money from Big Pharma.
At the same press conference, Kennedy announced the “World Mercury Project Challenge” for journalists and others who have publicly insisted on the safety of thimerosal-containing vaccines. The World Mercury Project will pay $100,000 to the first person who can provide a peer-reviewed scientific study showing that thimerosal is safe in the dosages found in vaccines currently being given to US children and pregnant women.
Although thimerosal was removed from all shots classified as “child” vaccines in the United States in 2001, it is still contained in “adult” shots given to pregnant women and adolescents, including flu, meningococcal and tetanus shots. It is also still used in very high doses in pediatric vaccines in poorer countries. (Click to Article)