Corporate News Coverage of Zika Spraying

‘Zika Threat’: Corporate News Coverage of Aerial Pesticide Deployment Uses ‘Expert’ Sources with CDC, Government Ties

Blackout on Puerto Rico’s federal lawsuit against CDC over Naled

By James F. Tracy

Major Western news media’s coverage of the alleged dangers posed by the Zika virus and “preventative” measures mandated by overreaching federal agencies is a textbook example of censorship by omission, intentional oversight of facts, and deference to questionable “expert” authority to assuage valid public concern over aerial deployment of dangerous pesticides.

This summer South Florida public health authorities under the direction of the Centers For Disease Control asserted that a handful of Zika cases warrants a mass aerial spraying campaign to protect the public and unborn, all of whom may be susceptible to microcephaly—a prenatal neurological condition characterized by deformation of the head.

The CDC proposed using the pesticide Naled to counter the Zika-bearing mosquito population. Naled is known to be harmful to human health and is banned in the European Union. Its effects via dermal contact and inhalation can resemble symptoms of Zika infection, and the compound may prove to be a very real cause of microcephaly. Despite public protests in Miami area officials have once again blindly capitulated to the CDC’s directives, initiating a second spraying campaign on September 9. The basic deduction that Naled’s effects and the much-dreaded Zika symptoms could be very easily confused is carefully avoided by the CDC and corporate news media alike.

Such news outlets would not have to look very far to find substantial evidence of Naled’s dangers that warrant public concerns over the US government’s eagerness to employ the pesticide. For example, in July after the CDC informed Puerto Rico it had unilaterally made a decision to use Naled to curtail the spread of Zika the mayor of San Juan Puerto Rico sued the CDC in federal court to prevent its use in the region that broadly went against the sentiments of Puerto Rican citizens.

The lawsuit brought by San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz-Soto and the San Juan Municipality charges that the agency’s plan to spray the island with the purported anti-Zika pesticide Naled violates the federal Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.

“Multiple studies have demonstrated,” the complaint reads,

that exposure to Naled can cause respiratory complications, nausea, headaches, skin irritation and damage to the nervous system in humans, and could potentially cause irreparable harm to the fish and wildlife that live in the island’s estuaries and ecosystems, which will directly affect the health, recreational, aesthetic, commercial and environmental interests of [San Juan].”

The lawsuit further explains how neither the CDC nor any other federal agency have carried out environmental impact studies for proposed actions “significantly affecting the quality of the human environment,” or that may pose a threat to the welfare of any endangered or threatened species.

Aside from one brief reference of the San Juan lawsuit by CNN and more detailed reportage in the Latin American TeleSUR network upon its filing in July almost no major news media have covered the important case.

Corporate News Coverage of Zika Spraying
Miami’s CBS affiliate sardonically frames its coverage of a controversial aerial pesticide program with advertising from a local extermination company.

Rather than closely consider the legal and scientific facts concerning Naled presented in the suit which tend to reinforce popular concerns in the US, major media have routinely emphasized footage of protests in the street and on social media opposing the pesticide program that tends to make such objections appear irrational when contrasted with expert sources, including those with ties to the same government interests that have vigorously advocated Naled’s use. Such framing techniques have been long recognized by media sociologists as a means to malign social activism in the public eye.


For example, a CBS News report highlights Dr. Aileen Marty, a medical professor at Florida International University whose areas of expertise include infectious diseases, and who most recently worked on the Ebola media and public health phenomenon. Marty maintains that Naled’s use in South Florida is benign.

The “dose [sic] is so low and so fine a mist that it’s almost impossible—not totally impossible—but almost impossible for any human to have any significant effect in the way that they’re spraying and at the heights that it’s being sprayed.”

CBS correspondent David Begnaud fails to make clear that his expert source is a member of the State of Florida Medical Reserve Corps, where she the professor headed up the recent federally-coordinated “surveillance program” that has gone door-to-door throughout Miami neighborhoods collecting urine specimens to test for Zika.

Florida Department of Health officials go door-to-door collecting urine specimens to test for Zika. The program was headed up by FIU medical professor Aileen Marty. Image: Florida International University

In fact, Marty’s government ties go much deeper than a single urine-collecting crusade suggests. The academic’s FIU profile, states she is a graduate of the Navy War College and 25-year US Navy veteran who previously worked at the Uniformed Services Industry, the National Defense University, and “has also worked with and for elements of” the World Health Organization and an array of US lettered agencies, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State, the Department of Agriculture, and the White House National Security Administration. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Marty also has ties to the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers For Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, “and other government agencies.

Along these lines CNN consulted P. Barry Ryan, a professor of environmental chemistry and public health at Emory University in Atlanta. While the video report initially highlights Ryan’s skepticism of the pesticide’s use in urban areas, it concludes on an affirmative note, that “Naled can carry risks, but not nearly as big as the risks posed by Zika.”

According to his faculty profile Ryan has far less extensive ties to federal agencies condoning the spraying. Regardless, any academic in this area who goes on the record has often been wheeled out before the cameras by their university’s publicity hacks. More importantly, these “independent minds” know full well how powerful and determined the federal bureaucracy pushing the Zika agenda is.


Major news outlets’ use of such sources to placate their viewerships while downplaying other important developments, not the least of which is the federal lawsuit brought by San Juan, suggests an intent to mislead and legitimize government measures regardless of how irrational and dangerous they may be. Such coverage makes it much easier for South Florida officials to capitulate to the CDC’s directives than stand up to the agency’s overreach, as Puerto Rico’s public servants have done. One must ask exactly to what degree CDC-commissioned public relations maneuvers would differ from the “journalistic” efforts discussed above.

Political leaders including former Florida Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio are vying for over $1 billion in federal funding that will purportedly be used to further thwart the “Zika threat.” If the CDC and local officials’ activities in South Florida are any indication of future actions, these will likely include more intensified aerial bombardment of subject populations and environments with pesticides that have been long-proven injurious to human health.

5 thoughts on “‘Zika Threat’: Corporate News Coverage of Aerial Pesticide Deployment Uses ‘Expert’ Sources with CDC, Government Ties”

  1. That is so evil. You have to know they are up to no good spraying that “pesticide” in Miami (who, really, are the “pests” to them?). The video said they sprayed at South Beach (Art Deco District). I thought South Beach was a “Homo Haven.” Are they trying to “poison” the Homos again?

    Evidently the Govt. has been loving using mosquitos & Floridians as guinea pigs for a long time (they probably ship in a ton of tainted mosquitos & then for a double whammy, provide the “solution” by spraying people with MORE toxins to get rid of the “evidence,” the mosquitos). This next article mentions Avon Park, Key West (also a “Homo Haven”), etc., from back to 1975 & forward:

    GM Mosquitos (2010):

    Then there was the Punta Gorda, FLA, mosquito infestation of 1956-1957 after which early cases of “CFS-like-illness” were recorded (the same CDC head honcho who had been sent to Africa to taint them with AIDS via “small pox vaccines” was also sent down to Punta Gorda. I think his name was Henderson).

    Donald W. Scott, MA, M.Sc, sadly deceased (1924-2011), & his son, William L.C. Scott (BA, still living, both from Canada) did a lot of research about all that in the 1990s, getting their info mostly via FOIA requests from the USA, the Feds, Military, Intelligence Agencies, University testing labs, Ft Detrick, etc etc. It was a Canadian+USA venture. The elder Scott first became interested in the subject when a lady friend of theirs came to them to ask their help to get disability from Canada as she was certain her illness began after a shot. From his investigation he learned from all those documents that the mycoplasmas could be transported via mosquitos or vaccines, plus food, etc.

    The Dad/Scott said they were growing 1 million mosquitos per month infected with mycoplasmas & using a building at Queens College in Canada to house them. This was decades ago. Then then would drive them in air-conditioned vans to whichever location (in Canada & 32 USA cities he wrote, but didn’t name the USA cities in the few documents I read), & then they would open the back doors & blow a fan to disperse them into neighborhoods.

    The Punta Gorda episode has long been known among “CFIDS circles.” Here’s a description:

    A report from the New England Journal of Medicine, August 22, 1957, p.362 reveals that one of the first outbreaks of chronic fatigue syndrome was in Punta Gorda, Florida, back in 1957. It was a strange coincidence that a week before these people came down with chronic fatigue syndrome, there was a huge influx of mosquitoes. The National Institutes of Health claimed that the mosquitoes came from a forest fire 30 miles away. When the forest fire broke out, the mosquitoes all said, “Well, let’s go over to Punta Gorda – there will be a bunch of people over there, we can have a picnic, and then we will go home”.

    The truth is that those mosquitoes were infected in Canada by Dr. J.B. Reed at Queen’s University. They were bred in Belleville, Ontario, and taken down and released in Punta Gorda. Within a week, the first five cases ever of chronic fatigue syndrome were reported to the local clinic in Punta Gorda, and it continued until finally 450 people were ill with the disease.
    Poskanzer DC, Henderson DA, Kunkle EC, Kalter SS, Clement WB, Bond JO. Epidemic neuromyasthenia: an outbreak in Punta Gorda, Florida. N Engl J Med. 1957;257:356-64: (need subscription to view more than 100 words)


  2. Continued…


    Are you a Florida Native, Mr. Tracy? If so, & not sure how old you are, but do you remember the “mosquito trucks” with the yellow-blinking lights that would drive up & down the neighborhood roads at night spewing out a white fog-like-cloud of bug spray? I remember those mosquito trucks in N.E. Florida in the 1950s.

    No street lights in the neighborhood in those days so it was pitch black dark so you couldn’t even see the truck except for the yellow lights & the white fog-cloud of bug spray that would cause the entire neighborhood to REEK of what a can of bug spray smells like. No A/C in those days either so the windows were always open so it would smell up the house for awhile as well. I don’t remember how often they did that, nor why (maybe after heavy rains?). I don’t recall any such “mosquito trucks” in later years, so maybe it was just a 1950’s thing. And now they want to pour out pesticide on top of people’s heads!

  3. PS: I was going to add links to all of Donald W. Scott & Son’s research articles/books, etc., but TWICE I hit a key by accident making the page turn over prematurely TWICE & lost it all TWICE. So I give up for now. If anyone is interested, I’ll try again next time. :-/

    The main gist is that they began these bio-warfare experiments circa 1945 in USA after bringing over the Nazi scientists, finally focusing on Brucella bacterium & Visna something (from sheep), from whence they got the mycoplasmas & that all the “modern” degenerative diseases & “weird” diseases stem from that. Next problem for the bad guys was figuring out how to disperse the stuff. That’s where the mosquitos & vaccines came into play.

    In the FOIA docs, the Scotts learned of a June 1969, meeting a Pentagon guy, MacArthur, had with some Congressmen, telling them that he needed $10mil to finish the job & that within 5-10 years they would have it ready to go.

    Their goal was TWO agents, one LETHAL for blacks/browns (Africa/AIDS), & one for DISABLING whites (CFS), mostly WOMEN (to get them out of reproduction mode); reason being, per Scotts’ reports, was that killing 8,000 whites a day would bring too much attention so they would disable them instead; but killing 8,000 blacks a day in Africa, nobody would notice or care. :-/ (8,000 was the figure that were dying per day in Africa at the time of that report by Scotts, 2004-2005).

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