By Jefferey Jaxen

It was reported last week that Jennifer Kent, the director of the state Department of Health Care Services which oversees the state’s massive Medi-Cal system, announced her resignation Tuesday. The SF Chronicle reports, “No explanation for her departure was immediately released…and it was unclear whether her exit had been previously planned.” 

Some are claiming the Kent’s resignation followed a failed audit without the proper implementation of remedies which would limit private insurers in Medi-Cal. Others are pointing to her recent Facebook post made while California mothers, some with vaccine-injured children, protested a bill limiting vaccine exemptions. Kent wrote, “The Capitol is filled with a bunch of flat-earthers today. My poor sweet Bacteria Bear is dripping with unvaccinated booger-eater germs. #believeinscience #vaccinateyourgoddamnkids.

The media-led discrimination campaign against anyone who questions the products of Big Pharma has spread, unchecked into historically dangerous waters. Parents of vaccine-injured children are, and have been, commonly referred to in the mainstream, corporate media as ‘flat-earthers,’ ‘conspiracy theorists,’ ‘extremists,’ and of course ‘anti-vaxxers.’ The trend of ridicule and open discrimination has taken root in government as evidenced with Kent’s recent Facebook diatribe. How common is the dehumanizing culture within the ranks of California’s government apparatus if people like Kent, a director, feels empowered to publicly post what she did?

Apparently it has been an ongoing problem for years according to Senator Jeff Stone who stated it was unfortunate that these parents were getting vilified. During the Senate hearing of SB714, Stone testified the following, “I’ve heard over the years that I’ve been here when people want to have parental rights over their children’s health and are labelled ‘extremists,’ labelled ‘anti-vaxxers.’” Stone sided with the protesting parents proclaiming, “there is nothing stronger my friends, than wanting the best for the health and welfare of your child.” 

Filmmaker and journalist Mike Cernovich, who documented the historic protests in California last week, had this to say about the experience:

At the end of the day, California families showed up to the capital to non-violently protest what many deem to be two unjust bills. Six were arrested including one grandmother. 

Several arrested, including two breastfeeding mothers, were allegedly subjected to inhuman treatment by law enforcement by being held for an extended period of time without being processed. After visiting the arrested mothers, attorney Leigh Dundas spoke to protestors outside the jail saying “I do not know what point the capitol is trying to make. But you don’t make it on the backs of breastfeeding mothers. You do not fail to process these mothers on a simple trespassing charge for twelve hours.

As legislation chips away at the many barriers insulating families from the products of Big Pharma with known harms, many have taken to social media to organize and tell their stories. Yet starting at the beginning of 2019 Big Tech giants, at the primary behest of Democratic representatives, implemented classic social engineering and censorship programs with modern, algorithmic and machine learning techniques to stop parents from communicating online. Corporate media has cheered the anti-American moves at every turn. 

Big Pharma’s trend to blame, dismiss, and censor those harmed by their products has been amplified and rooted by corporate media – and it’s not just a vaccine-related phenomenon. During the heights of the opioid epidemic, doctors and patients who questioned the safety, efficacy and addictive properties of popular opioids were called ‘opiophobic.’ Prior to the introduction of Purdue Pharma’s OxyContin opioid pain killer, many physicians were reluctant to prescribe opioids on a long-term basis for common chronic conditions because of their concerns about addiction, tolerance, and dependence. To overcome what they claimed to be ‘opiophobic,’ physician-spokespersons for opioid manufacturers published papers and gave lectures citing shoddy science claiming that the risk of addiction was less than 1%. Recent internal emails show former chairman and president of Purdue Pharma once called people who are addicted to drugs “victimizers” and lamented not being able to publicly blame users for the pitfalls of addiction.

The corporate media, perhaps sensing that their discriminatory slant towards parents, along with the recent photos of mothers being arrested in California, may be finally understanding the poor light they’ve cast themselves in. After the protests, longtime Big Pharma mouthpiece the Washington Post took a break from regularly calling parents ‘flat earthers,’ ‘anti-vaxxers,’ and ‘conspiracy theorists’ to feign balance in an article titled Asking questions about vaccines doesn’t make you a bad parent. WaPo and its author even began to sound like the people the outlet previously labelled ‘conspiracy theorists’ writing “You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to question why you’re putting aluminum into your child’s body or wonder if it’s dangerous to give multiple shots at once.” Claiming to offer “the full story,” the article simply leans on NIAID director Anthony Fauci for more of the same limited talking points while, in reality, doing its best to avoid the full story. Readers may remember Fauci for perjuring himself during the House Committee on Energy & Commerce hearing in February. When asked by Congressman Brett Guthrie if the measles vaccine can cause encephalitis, an adverse reaction listed on the shot’s insert, Fauci said “No.” 

For years the roots of the vaccine-risk awareness movement (also called medical freedom, parental choice and informed consent) have attached themselves firmly to the foundational bedrock of American ideals. The reporting from most media outlets missed the reasoning, purpose, and nuanced points to why people would protest the government’s encroachment upon medical freedoms and parental rights. Meanwhile, many legislators and media outlets still refuse to admit that vaccines have ever harmed anyone. In the “me too” era of hyper-equality and abundant tolerance which purports to permeate American culture, why are parents being allowed to be openly discriminated against? 

With the recent protests in California, as well as New York and Italy on the same day, a political and social movement appears to be accelerating rapidly. While media and politicians were busy hurling insults, parents and communities organized. While doctors kicked patients out of their practices and refused to see vaccine-injured children, parents let the world know. The media’s tired, one-sided narrative attempting to conceal and erase from history the idea that vaccines are anything but benevolent is now transparent. A recent Gallup poll has shown that the pharmaceutical industry is the most despised industry in America. The poll shows Big Pharma has unseated the federal government, who has been last or tied for last from 2011 through 2018. Is the public justified in balking at a partnership between government and Big Pharma to mandate products with known harms and incomplete safety profiles?