Children’s Health Defense joins parents of vaccine-injured children and advocates for health freedom in remembering the life of Don Imus, a media maverick in taking on uncomfortable topics that most in the mainstream press avoid or shut down altogether. His commitment to airing all sides of controversial issues became apparent to the autism community in 2005 and 2006 as the Combating Autism Act (CAA) was being discussed in Congress. The Act, which was ultimately signed into law by George W. Bush in December of 2006, created unprecedented friction among parents of vaccine-injured children and members of Congress; parents insisted that part of the bill’s billion-dollar funding be directed towards environmental causes of autism including vaccines, while most U.S. Senators and Representatives tried to sweep any such connections under the rug.
Don became a favorite among parents as he resolutely demanded answers from his Imus in the Morning guests as to where they stood on the issue of autism and what they planned to do to find answers for the rapidly growing number of families affected by the diagnosis. He frequently hosted vaccine safety proponents during this time including David Kirby, author of Evidence of Harm, and elected officials who had a hand in crafting and promoting the CAA’s passage such as then-Senators Rick Santorum and Chris Dodd, allowing no one to merely dodge his vaccine-safety questions.