When Chris Christie voiced his opinion that parents should have some input in what vaccines their children received, the liberal media went berserk. No hyperlink required. Check out Google news.
Over at Hot Air, Allahpundit demonstrates that Christie’s position actually isn’t different from President Obama’s. The liberal media outlets conveniently forgot to report that.
So Christie is pro-vaccine and believes that the federal government does not own our children. The liberal media translation: Christie is an anti-vaccer.
The liberal media didn’t forget to broadcast Dr. [mc_name name=’Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000603′ ]’s vaccine comments to all corners of the earth either, even more-so than Christie’s statement.
Paul’s view is that most vaccines should be voluntary. After all, he says, the government does not own your children (a radical and fringe idea to the “it takes a village” folks over at MSNBC). He also stated that he was pro-vaccine and gets his family vaccinated. But it was another comment that really set the media off:
“I have heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines. I’m not arguing vaccines are a bad idea. I think they are a good thing. But I think the parent should have some input. The state doesn’t own your children. Parents own the children. And it is an issue of freedom and public health.”
For anyone watching the interview, it was clear he was trying to make the point that there are reasons why some parents are skeptical of vaccines-not that he himself is skeptical. The media took his comments, rewrote them, and decided that the world needed to know that [mc_name name=’Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000603′ ] believes vaccines cause autism. Dr. Ben Carson came out and stated that Paul’s comments were misunderstood. And sure enough, the claims of the media were unfounded, as Paul’s office clarified:
“I did not say vaccines caused disorders, just that they were temporally related – I did not allege causation. I support vaccines, I receive them myself and I had all of my children vaccinated. In fact today, I received the booster shot for the vaccines I got when I went to Guatemala last year.”
Dr. Milton Wolf, who ran against [mc_name name=’Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000307′ ] (and nearly won) in 2014, took to Facebook to add his own commentary:
In defense of the truth (regardless of politics)…
The vaccination debate (hysteria) should at lease be based on fact. The media today are accusing Senator [mc_name name=’Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000603′ ] of saying something he did not say. To my knowledge, Dr. Paul has made no claim that vaccinations cause autism. They don’t. The doctor who made the false claim (Wakefield) has been thoroughly discredited, his research debunked, his financial interests in replacing vaccinations exposed and his license revoked.
Dr. Paul recently said this: “I have heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking, normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines.”
Dr. Paul did not say it was autism. Uninformed journalists made the leap as though he did.
Another condition exists called acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, or ADEM for short. I presume this is what Dr. Paul was referring to. It’s an extraordinarily rare disease that, similar to multiple sclerosis, attacks the white matter of the brain. Most patients recover but some are permanently afflicted. Most cases occur spontaneously and the cause is never known. There is some association of ADEM with immunizations (although there is a much stronger association with patients who actually contract the preventable diseases than those who are immunized against them!).
In my nearly two decades of medicine, I’ve seen only one case that may have been ADEM. I say ‘may’ because there’s no way to prove it wasn’t spontaneous (and therefore unrelated to the immunization).
While ADEM is an accepted risk of immunizations, the risk is so low it’s probably indistinguishable from zero. Some say 8 cases in 1,000,000 (that 1 million people, not 1 million vaccine recipients). In fact, the risk of ADEM is HIGHER if you actually contract diseases like measles, mumps, rubella, etc. So immunizations likely decrease your risk of being afflicted by ADEM, not increase it.
My message to parents: I strongly encourage childhood vaccinations. They save lives, millions of lives. Vaccines are among the most important of medical miracles in the last century to be counted among the advents of anesthesia, antibiotics and medical imaging. Please talk to your doctor about it.
My message to the media: Feel free to agree or disagree with Dr. [mc_name name=’Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000603′ ] but don’t accuse him of saying something he did not, particularly on a topic for which he’s very well informed and you, well, are not.
It’s clear that the liberal media found it appropriate and ethical to essentially lie to people about Paul and Christie.
And being the objective organizations that they are, it makes sense that they forgot to report about the thousands upon thousands of un-vaccinated and likely diseased illegal immigrants streaming across the border.
And they conveniently left out far more controversial and egregious vaccine statements made by notable politicians in the past, such as…
- Then-presidential candidate [mc_name name=’Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000303′ ] once stating that: “It’s indisputable that (autism) is on the rise amongst children, the question is what’s causing it. And we go back and forth and there’s strong evidence that indicates that it’s got to do with a preservative in vaccines.”
- Then-presidential candidate Barack Obama saying: “We’ve seen just a skyrocketing autism rate. Some people are suspicious that it’s connected to the vaccines. This person included. [Points to person in audience.] The science right now is inconclusive, but we have to research it.”
- Then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stating that she was: “committed to make investments to find the causes of autism, including possible environmental causes like vaccines.”
The fact that the liberal media did not mention the statements above demonstrates that they are committed to manipulating the political arena, not reporting the truth.