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Wed Mar 27, 2019, 02:23 PM

The Anti-Vaxx Movement Is More Organized and Powerful Than Ever (Thanks to Robert F. Kennedy Jr)

Experts say the anti-vaccine or vaccine choice groups, as they commonly refer to themselves, are becoming larger, better organized and funded in part because their prolific use of social media, as well as the rise of a group founded by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. which has helped to coordinate their efforts to push back on new laws.

“Social media has given it a national presence. It’s no longer just a collection of different states, it’s now gone across the country,” said Dr. Peter Hotez, a vaccine researcher and pediatrician. “Right now you might call it a media empire—you have almost 500 anti-vaccine websites.”


The campaign has not just been online or in the statehouses, either. On Feb. 22, 2019, Kennedy’s group, Children’s Health Defense, posted a call to action on its site to get activists to show up on Capitol Hill for a set of vaccine-related hearings.“We absolutely must have representation at these hearings,” the post said. “It’s crucial that we have as many parents and advocates as possible in attendance at both.”

The call to action was co-signed by over 50 like-minded, mostly state-based groups. Activists who attended the Feb. 27 hearing on the recent measles outbreaks could be heard jeering loudly when both Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, stated the measles vaccine was safe and rarely caused complications like brain swelling.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-anti-vaxxer-movement-is-getting-more-organized-and-powerful-than-ever-before

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Mar 27, 2019, 02:28 PM

1. The Kennedy magic is long gone IMHO.

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Response to comradebillyboy (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 27, 2019, 02:33 PM

2. This certainly makes it vanish for me.

Yuck.

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Response to comradebillyboy (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 27, 2019, 02:39 PM

3. From 2017

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.—Camelot heir, lawyer, environmentalist, and crackpot anti-vaxxer—met with President-Elect Donald Trump today to talk about vaccines. Kennedy later told reporters that Trump has tapped him to chair a commission on “vaccine safety and scientific integrity.”

After news organizations reported Kennedy’s statements, Trump’s team released a statement distancing the president elect from any firm commitment to a vaccine working group. “The President-elect is exploring the possibility of forming a committee on Autism…however no decisions have been made at this time,” the statement read in part. Though incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that Mr. Trump and Kennedy would be meeting “about vaccines” on Tuesday morning, no mention of inoculations appeared in Tuesday afternoon’s statement.


https://www.thedailybeast.com/robert-f-kennedy-jr-compared-vaccines-to-a-holocaustand-now-trump-wants-him-to-investigate-their-safety

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Wed Mar 27, 2019, 02:52 PM

4. RFK Jr is a dangerous crackpot POS.

 

Persona non grata.

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