It must be a day ending in “y,” because Fox News is once again pushing discredited and, frankly, stupid, ideas again. Monday’s edition of Outnumbered featured co-host Andrea Tantaros driving a favorite theory of stupid people everywhere: that vaccines cause autism.
Dr. Andrew Wakefield, author of a discredited study that serves as a rallying cry for those who willfully delude themselves into believing vaccines are in any way linked to autism, may have lost his medical license after it was revealed he manipulated data, and his findings may have been entirely debunked, but that does not stop a small, but growing, portion of the population from willfully depriving their children of vaccinations based on junk science.
In a discussion regarding the latest of a series of measles outbreaks at Disneyland in California, co-host Kennedy Montgomery said that she doesn’t like both “irrational progressives who don’t vaccinate their children” and “government bureaucrats who tend to over blow some of these public health crises.”
“Sure, it may be a parents choice whether or not they vaccinate a child, the problem is, when you get my child sick, it’s not just your problem or your choice,” Montgomery said.
“I refuse to judge on either side,” co-host Harris Faulkner said. “Because how you choose to love, how I choose to love, we all love our kids. Our choices are different.”
Apparently her brand of “love” is placing your child and other children at risk.
Faulkner pointed to Christie’s recent “call for balance” on vaccinations. “Mary Pat and I have had our children vaccinated and we think that it’s an important part of being sure we protect their health and the public health,” Christie said on Monday, adding that parents should have the freedom to choose not to vaccinate, as well:
I also understand that parents need to have some measure of choice in things as well, so that’s the balance that the government has to decide.
Christie has since walked back his assertion that parents should be able to ignore scientific fact and place others’ lives at risk. Christie’s office said in a statement:
The Governor believes vaccines are an important public health protection and with a disease like measles there is no question kids should be vaccinated. At the same time different states require different degrees of vaccination, which is why he was calling for balance in which ones government should mandate.
Tantaros said that vaccines are a “tough” issue, but her true concern is her insane belief that vaccines are responsible for autism:
There is a lot of controversy especially with those vaccinations when it comes to newborn babies. And not just about measles. I know, personally, I had a brother who was autistic, and there is a belief among many that it’s not the actual vaccinations that cause autism, it’s the proximity of the vaccinations, that their teeny-tiny little immune systems can’t handle those vaccinations so soon after the other.
“So, I am sensitive to every parent’s concern,” she added. “I do think it’s a public health issue. I am sensitive though also to the people — maybe for religious reasons or other reasons — who have these beliefs. And I wouldn’t want to trample on them.”
“We even mandate a flu shot, much less measles,” said retired four-star General Jack Keane. “And if you don’t have the measles vaccination, we’re going to give it to you. Because our Army would fall apart if we had infectious diseases.”
Host Jedidiah Bila said that, while she understands parents are worried that their children will become infected with diseases once thought eradicated in America, she is more worried that the government would require parents to just do the right thing and get their precious little snowflakes vaccinated:
But I’m very worried about a government that can start telling you, regular citizens, that you have to get a flu shot, that you have to do this, or you have to get 35 vaccines before they hit 36 months. That concerns me. And what comes next?
Fox News has recently been garnering a lot of attention in its insistence on pushing false information. Recently, the network was busted allowing “experts” to falsely claim that all-Muslim “no-go zones,” where infidels do not dare tread and men wear Osama Bin Laden t-shirts, existed within the borders of France and England. These claims, of course, were widely mocked. Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo has threatened to sue the network over its blatant lies about her city.
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