Sunday, September 1, 2013

CBS Touts Film Preying on Murder of Autistic Teen Alex Spourdalakis: "Who Killed Alex Spourdalakis?"

CBS News: Take down the video Behind the Tragedy: Mother Murders Autistic Son

The Thinking Person's Guide to Autism has started a petition urging CBS and Chariman Jeffrey Fager to remove a video and marketing material, in the guise of an "informative" article, about a film that has not actually been made, but that CBS has taken the unprecedented move of promoting before it comes out. The pre-release has been posted on numerous websites that announce upcoming films. In this case, the filmmakers are anti-vaccination proponents who have an "in" with CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson (also an anti-vaccination afficionado). The film is not a documentary offering a "glimpse" into autism or into the workings of the mind of murderers. Instead, the film suggests that "lack of services" leads to the murders of people with disabilities. In news reports after the murder, it appears that the murderers actually turned down services that were offered. The article and the forthcoming video (if it is ever completed) attempt to justify the heinous murder of Alex Spourdalakis, which included multiple stabbings and  almost severing his hand. In fact, the filmmakers, perhaps in collaboration with CBS, seem to be trying to influence the outcome of a murder trial. This "excuse" for murder would never be tolerated in any other circumstance, even difficult circumstances such as poverty. It is not tolerated now, by our community, that of Autistic people, our parents, families, friends, and communities. 

Please take a moment to sign the petition to have the video and article removed.

CBS News: Take down the video Behind the Tragedy: Mother Murders Autistic Son 

An online search I did tonight turns up headlines such as "Who Killed Alex Spourdalakis?" with text implying that CBS and the "channel" are going in together to produce the film: "CBS in collaboration with" <filmmaker> "presents a game-changer – intimate documentary footage of the unfolding crime." We already know who killed Alex Spourdalakis. Dorothy Spourdalakis is being held WITHOUT BAIL. Typically, conspiracy theories, including films, appear after a verdict has been given or when some information is missing, or a person is missing. In this case, CBS and the filmmaker engage in conspiracy tactics before the outcome of the case, and with full information about how the murder was done (pills and knife), where, and how long it might have taken for Alex to die after having been repeatedly stabbed and his hand almost hacked off. There is no "whodunnit" here.

(Yes, it might be news to CBS that the station is said to be collaborating on the film, but CBS is responsible for the mix-up, if that's what it is, by allowing the article and video in the first place.)

Commentary on the "documentary" by Autistic advocates and parents of Autistic children: 

It is Now OK to Kill Your Child

Whitewashing the Brutal Murder of Alex Spourdalakis

CBS Provides Glimpse into "Documentary" Defending Autistic Teen Alex Spourdalakis' Killers 

Sharyl Attkisson and CBS News: Lying by omission about the murder of autistic teen Alex Spourdalakis

Alex Spourdalakis running, when he was alive

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