Accuracy in Media

Back in June 2002, Senator Bill Frist joined with Senator Ted Kennedy to introduce legislation to “expand the fight against global HIV/AIDS.” Before that, Frist had joined with Senator John Kerry to introduce the “United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act of 2002.” Frist declared that “The rate of infection and the appalling numbers of those who’ve already lost their lives from this plague is alarming. The United States must fully engage and use its resources to aggressively address this global crisis.” Now, however, we know the truth-the AIDS problem was exaggerated by the United Nations so that more money would flow through the world body and other international channels to combat it.

Senator Frist, a medical doctor, was attacked by the liberal media when he suggested, based on a review of a videotape of the disabled woman, Terri Schiavo, that she deserved a chance to live because she appeared to be conscious. Her husband later pulled the plug on her. But Frist has never been criticized by the major media for jumping on the AIDS bandwagon. To the media, AIDS is a sacred cause, like the U.N. itself.

Yet, it has now been admitted by the Washington Post that the U.N. vastly inflated the number of AIDS cases worldwide, especially in Africa. Since the time AIDS was diagnosed, the U.S. Government has spent $200 billion on AIDS. Despite all of this money, no cure or vaccine has been found. The Post followed with an editorial critical of the U.N. for exaggerating the AIDS problem, but it has not urged a reduction in global funding for the disease.  That would be politically incorrect.

Edward C. Green, Senior Research Scientist at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, a member of the Presidential Advisory Council for HIV/AIDS, and a member of the board of, said that, for years, “Calling attention to lower HIV infection rates in Africa can get one in trouble. One can be accused of not caring about Africans, about being in denial, or, in extreme form, being a holocaust denier. In most reporting on African AIDS, there seems to be competition over who can paint the most catastrophic picture.”

Some of the money raised to fight AIDS has been spent on big salaries. Focusing on the American Federation for AIDS Research (AMFAR), the FAIR Foundation says total compensation for its officers, directors, as well as other salaries, wages, pension and employee benefits, came to $5,442,557 in 2004. Its CEO had a total compensation package of $320,134.

Back in 2001, Canada’s National Post newspaper reported that the U.N. had spent $67,650 to pay for red window film used to create the impression of a giant AIDS red ribbon on the side of the 38-story headquarters building at night. This was supposed to demonstrate the world body’s commitment to fighting the disease.

For Senator Frist, a likely candidate for president in 2008, the questions could get personal. As reported by AP, “Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s AIDS charity paid nearly a half-million dollars in consulting fees to members of his political inner circle, according to tax returns providing the first financial accounting of the presidential hopeful’s nonprofit.”

It looks like AIDS became a money-making scam for the U.N. as well as the Bill Frist “charity.”

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