I guess this story won’t die. After the huge kerfuffle with respect to the fraudumentary, Vaxxed, you’d think that I wouldn’t have to read anything where Robert De Niro talks vaccines – but alas, he is still pontificating on vaccine issues where he clearly is clueless.
In case you were on a trip to Ceti Alpha V, missing the whole Vaxxed/Tribeca Film Festival/Robert De Niro story, here’s a quick review:
- Mr. Andy Wakefield, one of the greatest modern scientific swindlers, makes a fake documentary about the so-called CDC whistleblower. He uses this to make unsupported claims that vaccines cause autism, which is overwhelmingly refuted by real science.
- Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Film Festival included the fraudumentary in its schedule of independent movies for the 2016 version of the festival.
- The internet, press, and other moviemakers ridicule De Niro, the film festival and Wakefield.
- Tribeca decides to pull the film.
So that should be the end of the story, right? Those of you who follow the anti-vaccination world understand that a story never really dies. It just becomes a zombie meme.