How CNN Deceives About Asymptomatic Transmission of SARS-CoV-2

How CNN Deceives About Asymptomatic Transmission of SARS-CoV-2

Opinion | A growing number of studies show face masks reduce the spread of the coronavirus,” CNN reported on June 17, “especially because many people are contagious before they have symptoms and because this virus can spread by just talking or breathing.”1 This is an enlightening example of how the media are misinforming the public about what science tells us about […]

No, Bill Maher Did Not Say That Vaccines Cause Autism

No, Bill Maher Did Not Say That Vaccines Cause Autism

Opinion | In a recent article in Forbes magazine titled “Bill Maher Supports Vaccine-Autism Connection,” Nina Shapiro, MD attacked comedian Bill Maher, the host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” for his interview with Jay Gordon, MD on Nov. 1, 2019 regarding vaccines.1 There were other similar articles published in the HuffPost, the Daily Mail, The […]

Media Misreports Death of El Al Flight Attendant

Media Misreports Death of El Al Flight Attendant

Many media outlets that reported the death of Israeli flight attendant Rotem Amitai on Aug. 13, 2019 published articles with headlines that either stated she died of measles or implied as much. The Times of Israel headline, for example, read, “Flight attendant who died from measles named as Rotem Amitai.” The United Kingdom’s Daily Mail […]

Anti-Vaxxers are Dangerous and Should Be Arrested?

Anti-Vaxxers are Dangerous and Should Be Arrested?

Opinion | You may have noticed a recent article in The Washington Post by Juliette N. Kayyem entitled “Anti-vaxxers are dangerous. Make them face isolation, fines, arrests.”1 My initial reaction was the article must have been written by a moron. However, my opinion changed when I discovered the author, Ms. Kayyem, who graduated from Harvard […]

Media Dismisses Legitimate Concerns About Vaccines

Media Dismisses Legitimate Concerns About Vaccines

Opinion | I am sorry to say I found the recent Orlando Sentinel editorial “Florida should end religious exemptions to measles vaccine”1 to be really crass and heartless in tone. Tired points were once again trotted out (movement stems from “false” study in The Lancet, no link between autism and vaccines, Jenny McCarthy’s “propaganda,” anti-vaxxers […]

White, College-Educated, ‘Whole Foods Moms’ Deemed the Enemy

White, College-Educated, ‘Whole Foods Moms’ Deemed the Enemy

Opinion | If you are someone who has questions about the safety of vaccines or the wisdom of giving so many vaccines at one time and over the course of a lifetime, or if you question the ethics of forced vaccination laws that deny the right to informed consent to vaccine risk taking, or if […]

How to Immunize Yourself Against Vaccine Propaganda

How to Immunize Yourself Against Vaccine Propaganda

A New York Times editorial attacks “anti-vaxxers” as “the enemy”, but it’s the Times editors who are dangerously irrational and ignorant of the science. Opinion | On January 19, 2019, the New York Times published an editorial mischaracterizing anyone who dares to criticize or dissent from public vaccine policy as dangerously irrational and ignorant.1 In doing so, the Times avoided […]

Media Takes Low Road by Pitting Children Against Their Parents to Promote Vaccines

Media Takes Low Road by Pitting Children Against Their Parents to Promote Vaccines

Opinion | The news headlines are awash with the story of 18-year-old Ethan Lindenberger of Norwalk, Ohio who, upon turning 18, decided to publicly criticize his mother for not giving him every government recommended vaccine when he was a child. A disagreement between a mother and her son turned into a media circus when Ethan publicly […]

What Doctors Learn in Medical School About Vaccines

What Doctors Learn in Medical School About Vaccines

The idea that there are “medical experts” who, by virtue of the MD initials placed after their names, automatically know more than anyone else about vaccines is pervasive. This commonly held belief persists, despite overwhelming evidence that doctors are taught almost nothing about vaccines in medical school. Doctors are taught that vaccines have saved the world […]

Hold Up. Don’t Be So Quick to Blame the Unvaccinated.

Hold Up. Don’t Be So Quick to Blame the Unvaccinated.

Four things struck me about the Women’s Health article “A 4-Month-Old Just Died From Meningitis After Likely Exposure To An Unvaccinated Person” by Korin Miller. First, that the author would infuse her piece with an unfounded suggestion that the infant (Killy Schultz), who reportedly died of meningitis on June 30, 2018, was infected by an unvaccinated […]

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