VIDEO: Robert DeNiro on Pulling Anti-Vaccination Film from Tribeca Film Festival

Robert DeNiro and Jane Rosenthal, co-founders of the Tribeca Film Festival, also discuss other aspects of the event.

Tribeca has been an event for 15 years. DeNiro does have an autistic child, as you may know.

Here’s the Liberal Death Star (New York Times) article on the retraction by the prestigious British medical journal, the Lancet, of the 1998 paper that claimed that vaccines cause autism.

This issue has aroused a passionate debate, but unfortunately, the anti-vaccine side tends to rely on air-headed actresses like Jenny McCarthy or trial lawyers with a hidden agenda to make its case. Dr. Wakefield himself, as the NY Times article notes,  had trial lawyers pay for some of his research.

What say you?


  1. Fran, please never apologize for commenting and debating here, my smart friend. I do think it is complicated and unresolved. I think autism is also very complicated. There is some scientific evidence that the alleged increase in cases could result from older women having children, but then there is no deep pocket to sue if that’s proven to be the cause, and of course, that’s a very un-PC thing to say, so of course no one is making documentaries about that. I think that you are talking about health problems other than autism, though, because you cite the case of the baby dying and the parents getting a $250k settlement. So, back to where we started–complicated!

  2. It’s also a difficult malady to study, and I think, Darla, that you may be right in some cases. Who is to say that “autism” is the same in every child? I don’t have the answer to that. I am, however, very skeptical where trial lawyers are involved.

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