(Natural News) For all the things that the right-leaning media is good for in the age of rampant fake news, there are two things that it tends not to be: supporting the God-given right of Americans to use healing plants like cannabis sativa (marijuana) and mitragyna speciosa (kratom) instead of pharmaceutical drugs, and supporting the freedom of Americans to reject taking man-made poison “medicines” like vaccines.
In a recent propaganda piece that falls into the latter category, The Daily Caller tried to spread more fear-mongering fake news about a measles outbreak in Portland, Oregon, which the online paper blamed on Portland’s “large population of anti-vaxxers.”
Reporter Grace Carr parroted the usual unsubstantiated talking points from government “health officials” about how the 23 people thus far who’ve contracted measles in this latest outbreak in Portland are victims of an anti-vaccination “movement,” which contends using scientific evidence that the MMR vaccine for measles, mumps, and rubella is both ineffective and unsafe.
Rather than explain to readers the fact that MMR doesn’t provide lifelong immunity to measles like natural infection does, as well as the fact that MMR has been scientifically shown to spread more measles, Carr instead resorted to publishing canned statements by pro-vaccine propagandists like Douglas J. Opel, a pediatrician from Seattle Children’s Hospital who declared to The Washington Post that full public compliance with MMR vaccination recommendations somehow would have prevented this outbreak.
“It’s alarming,” Opel is quoted as saying by Carr, who used various other scare tactics in her article about babies potentially dying to try to scare her parental readers into having their children vaccinated with MMR. “Any time we have an outbreak of a disease that we have a safe and effective vaccine against, it should raise a red flag,” he added, lying through his teeth.
Eight percent of Clark County students are opted out of vaccines by their parents
In addition to not fluoridating its water supply, which could explain why Portlanders tend to be more informed than people from other areas about the dangers and ineffectiveness of vaccines, Portland’s Clark County is also one of the least vaccinated areas in the entire country.
According to Carr’s analysis, roughly eight percent of children in Clark County, located just north of Portland across the Washington state border, received permission during the 2017-2018 school year to remain unvaccinated and still attend classes. The Post further reported that seven percent of these children opted out for religious or personal reasons.
But Carr didn’t stop there. She went on to lie to Daily Caller readers about the autism risk associated with MMR – a risk that she described as “[d]ebunked theories.” According to Carr, there “is no relationship between vaccinations and autism,” which we’ve reported on numerous occasions simply isn’t true.
“Vaccines do cause autism, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been lying about this fact for years,” explained our own Jonathan Benson, pointing to bombshell information released at the time by a whistleblower showing that the CDC had deliberately covered up data and evidence showing that MMR increases a young boy’s risk of developing autism by a whopping 340 percent.
But Carr, of course, ignored all of this in her scare piece about how parents’ justifiable aversion to questionable-at-best vaccines like MMR is somehow responsible for causing this latest measles outbreak – which, by the way, isn’t all that big of a deal, seeing as how measles infection isn’t much different than chicken pox in terms of its severity.
On the contrary, Carr erroneously quotes another pediatric quack, who hilariously declared measles to be “one of the most serious infectious diseases known to humankind.”
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