It’s late, and I’m working on tomorrow’s installment of Your Friday Dose of Woo; so I don’t have the time to give this particularly dumb guest editorial Think twice before you vaccinate your child in the Winona Daily News, which is packed full of antivaccinationist lies and pseudoscience, a proper dose of the not-so-Respectful Insolence that it deserves. Suffice it to say that, while denying that they are antivaccination (as all antivaccinationists do), writers Jim and Laurie Jenkinson then go on to prove exactly the opposite by spewing an amazing collection of idiocy, including citing Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Boyd Haley, as well as invoking the purely antivaccinationist “toxins” distortion and praising Jenny McCarthy. They even go on to praise DAN! doctors and say the most over-the-top thing I’ve ever heard about vaccines:
Little did we know that our son received lethal doses of neurotoxins (thimerosal, aluminum and formaldehyde to name just a few) in his immunizations.
The stupid, it goes supernova.
It’s getting depressing. There’s so much of this stuff out there. I don’t want the main topic of this blog to be refuting antivaccinationists, but lately there seems to be such a sustained uptick of activity on that front that I feel as though it’s taken over and pushed out other topics. In any case, some letters to the editor telling him or her just how full of misinformation and pseudoscience this editorial is would be one small act that anyone can do.