Joseph Mercola and the mis-named National Vaccine Information Center have formed an unholy alliance to bring a anti-vaccine commercial to the heart of Time Square on the CBS Jumpotron, which will be seen by hundreds of thousands of passersby.
The latest report is that the ad is already running and will continue to broadcast once an hour for the next two and a half weeks. So like with the recent AMC Theater debacle, Elyse Anders from Skepchick is leading the charge in organizing a protest against CBS:
Please sign this petition at Change.org telling CBS Outdoor to take the ads down.
Tweet @CBSOutdoor and @CBSTweet with the hashtag #VaxCBS to tell them how you feel about them running this ad.
Then, you can send an email CBS Outdoor’s board of directors and CBS Network executives asking them to stop running the ad IMMEDIATELY.
More information is available in my previous post and at Respectful Insolence.
And pass it on!
And if you’d like, you can use my email to the CBS executives as a template:
I am contacting you to express my deep outrage at your company’s decision to value money over child welfare. Joseph Mercola and the so-called “National Vaccine Information Center” are lying to the American people about vaccine safety because of a cult-like devotion to the belief that vaccines are dangerous. This is in fact not true. Vaccines are the single greatest medical achievement in human history and millions of lives have been saved around the world by vaccines. Every reputable health organization on Earth endorses vaccination and agrees that the risks from vaccines are minimal and rarely ever serious.
I am an regular viewer of a number of shows on your network, but as long as you continue to propagate deadly anti-vaccine propaganda that endangers the lives of children, either via your Time Square Jumbotron or by continuing to let sham journalist Sharyl Attkisson editorialize about the harms of vaccines when the facts clearly disagree with her, I can no longer in good conscience watch your network.
Please remove this ad and fire Ms. Attkisson at once.
PS: Here are a number of reputable, well-sourced websites attesting to the safety of vaccines and debunking the misinformation of anti-vaccine propagandists:
Video testimonials from Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases:
Other great sources:
- Stop CBS from airing anti-vaccine ads on its Times Square JumboTron (scienceblogs.com)
- Dangerous Anti-Vaccine Ad Should Be Removed From Times Square Jumbotron (wired.com)
- Anti-Vax Action Alert: VaxCBS (biodork.wordpress.com)
- CBS airs anti-vaccine Jumbotron ad [Aetiology] (scienceblogs.com)
- The resident anti-vaccine reporter at CBS News strikes again (scienceblogs.com)
- CBS’ Sharyl Attkisson Helps Kill Children With Poor Vaccine-Autism Reporting (oliverwillis.com)