By: Renee Nal
The mainstream media has been using highly partisan pro-vaccine advocates to discredit Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson in the wake of an exchange they had during the presidential debate on Sept. 16, 2015.
The ongoing discussion over whether childhood vaccinations are linked to autism – or whether the vaccine schedule for small children including infants is too vigorous is valid, particularly considering recent revelations made by Congressman Bill Posey.
An illustration of the vitriol surrounding this issue can be found anytime someone questions whether there is a possible connection with childhood vaccination and Autism. For example, U.S. Congressman Dan Burton, who “chaired several hearings on vaccines and autism” believes that there is “no question” that “mercury in vaccinations” causes neurological problems. But like Carson and Trump, Burton was quickly shut down during a discussion with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
However, this article is not addressing the science of vaccines but the anti-scientific, biased, partisan and overtly political media response to the exchange between Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson.
Consider some of the headlines, largely based on an Associated Press “fact check” report by Calvin Woodward and David Crary:
- AP FACT CHECK: Unsupported claims about vaccines, abortion, foreign policy in GOP debate
- GOP debate: Donald Trump and Ben Carson embrace vaccine trutherism
- Health group calls Trump remarks on vaccine ‘dangerous’
- Experts: Vaccine claims made by GOP candidates Ben Carson and Donald Trump are ‘false,’ ‘dangerous’
- Why Trump, Paul Are Wrong — ‘No Alternative Vaccine Schedule’
Each and every one of the above articles quotes Karen Remley, a pro-abortion “folk hero” who was selected to lead the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) by president Sandra G. Hassink, who backed California legislation to force parents into submitting to vaccinating their children.
In 2012, former head of the Virginia Department of Health Karen Remley resigned over “contentious regulations [which] require[d] the state’s existing abortion clinics to be regulated like newly constructed hospitals.” The regulations were certified by then-Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s office. They were also approved by the State Board of Health.
But Karen Remley evidently does not believe that abortion clinics should have standards and quit over the issue, making Remley a “folk hero” in pro-abortion circles. The author mentions this only to show that Remley, like many “experts” used by the press, are highly partisan.
In fact, Karen Remley was appointed to head of the Virginia Department of Health by former Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine, “a close political friend” of President Obama.
Cross-posted at BroadsideNews.com.