A: Because its staff is lazy, inattentive and irresponsible.
It isn’t news. It is poison. The press release makes the false claim that vaccinations spread measles, as well as other diseases. This is standard anti-vaxx hysteria, and it gets children killed. It is false. “Measles live vaccine doesn’t transmit easily at all,” said Dr. Jane Seward of the CDC’s Division of Viral Diseases told NBC, which apparently doesn’t communicate with its subsidiaries. “I don’t think there has ever been a secondary transmission,” she added. “There is no evidence of any transmission of measles virus from a child to household contacts.” As for the Foundation itself:
“The Weston A. Price Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charity founded in 1999 to disseminate the research of nutrition pioneer Dr. Weston Price, whose studies of isolated nonindustrialized peoples established the parameters of human health and determined the optimum characteristics of human diets. Dr. Price’s research demonstrated that humans achieve perfect physical form and perfect health generation after generation only when they consume nutrient-dense whole foods and the vital fat-soluble activators found exclusively in animal fats….
Yes, it is strange, like Dr. Price’s theories, and not in a benign way. Among the foundation’s other objectives is to show that vaccinations are unnecessary if you eat right, or something: when a home page prominently displays a link that reads, COD LIVER OIL: Our Most Important Superfood, my eyes tend to gloss over, I file the group under “Nut Balls” and move on.
CNBC posted this promotional piece uncritically and without context, leaving the impression that it was actual news, thus allowing fake news to go to the top of Google searches for gullible readers. At the bottom of the screen it says “More from CNBC” and not “More from health food hyping anti-science fanatics.“
Meanwhile, over at ABC, I am informed that late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel is getting hosannas and kudos for slamming the anti-vaccination movement and parents that fall for its lies. That makes him better than Jenny McCarthy, but here’s the ethics problem: Kimmel also advocates parents engaging in child abuse for the fun of it. His judgment is suspect; his common sense is suspect; his ethics aren’t even suspect: they stink. Cognitive dissonance rules: if I have to stand shoulder to shoulder with a guy who persuades parents to make their kids cry so he can show funny videos, I’m choosing another cause, thanks. Kimmel can become a credible vaccination warrior when he stops being an ethics corrupter. As it stands right now, Jimmy Kimmel has no standing or credibility when he calls parents out for being irresponsible. He sent out his “community activist team” the streets with a petition in support of “a child’s right to choose,” asking parents, “Is there anything else you’ve injected your child with, besides betrayal?” Funny, except that Kimmel entices parents to wrap up an old sneaker and make their 6 year old think its his birthday present so that America can howl along with Jimmy at the child’s disappointment. What is that, if not betrayal?
OK, Jimmy’s child abuse doesn’t kill anyone.
Whoopie. Rationalization #22.
He will become an effective voice for vaccination when he stops being a hypocrite.
Q: Does Jimmy Kimmel care enough about the issue to give up a funny bit?
A: Don’t ask.
Pointer: Alexander Cheezem