There's a reason why many now disparagingly refer to him as "Offit-for-Profit." Paul Offit, chief of infectious diseases at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania and vocal advocate of all things vaccines, quietly nurtures a cozy financial relationship with a vaccine industry kingpin, discreetly holding a patent on a Merck vaccine for a diarrhea virus as well as an unknown share in the multi-million-dollar royalty stream stemming from the vaccine's continued use.
Once contending that children can safely receive up to 10,000 vaccines at once, Offit has made quite a name for himself as one of the most aggressive jab-pushers in America today. And why wouldn't he be, considering that he stands to gain unconscionable amounts of money from forcing as many vaccines as possible on as many children as possible? Offit's gross conflicts of interest, which he refuses to publicly disclose, make anything he says in support of vaccines deceitful, at best.
But this is who the mainstream media often references on issues related to vaccine safety and effectiveness, as if Offit was some sort of unbiased oracle of doctor wisdom just because of the positions he holds. Offit is anything but trustworthy, of course, and much like ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, he's been repeatedly called out for his questionable alliances with special interests.
Paul Offit makes millions when children are jabbed with Merck vaccines
An investigative report by former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson uncovered that Offit, the Academy of Pediatrics and "Every Child By Two," three entities that actively promote vaccines, all take money from vaccine companies. The Academy, she found, has accepted millions of dollars from Wyeth (now Pfizer) and Sanofi Aventis for grants, conferences, medical education classes and even building construction.
Every Child By Two, a group that promotes early immunization for children, is also on the vaccine industry dole. The vaccine advocacy organization claims "there are simply no conflicts to be unearthed," but Attkisson found that the group's treasurers have included an official from Wyeth and a pharmaceutical industry advisor.
Though he refused to be interviewed by CBS News, Offit was also exposed for holding a $1.5 million research chair at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, funded by Merck & Co., as well as the patent on Merck's RotaTeq vaccine. He also held some unknown share of the future royalties for the RotaTeq vaccine, which were reportedly sold for $182 million.
You can watch the full segment on Offit, the Academy and Every Child By Two on YouTube: YouTube.com.
George Stephanopoulos hid private donations to corrupt Clinton Foundation
You can think of Paul Offit as the George Stephanopoulos of the vaccine industry. Stephanopoulos recently apologized for making undisclosed donations to the Clinton Foundation, which has been exposed as a who's who of corporate cronyism, promoting everything from pharmaceuticals and vaccines to natural gas "fracking" and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). It wasn't until other media outlets began to chastise Stephanopoulos for curiously defending the Clinton Foundation on his show while quietly supporting the group's agenda that he issued a canned apology for his blatant conflicts of interest.
"I made charitable donations to the Foundation in support of the work they're doing on global AIDS prevention and deforestation, causes I care about deeply," Stephanopoulos claimed in a recent statement.
"I thought that my contributions were a matter of public record. However, in hindsight, I should have taken the extra step of personally disclosing my donations to my employer and to the viewers on air during the recent news stories about the Foundation. I apologize."
"I now believe that directing personal donations to that foundation was a mistake."