Professional Liar Lies About Measles and Immigrants

Betsy McGaughey is a professional liar. She lies for a living, on behalf of right wing causes. Her most famous lie was the now-infamous and non-existent “death panels” in the Affordable Care Act that she extracted from her rectum and made them an immediate talking point among conservatives. Now she’s lying by blaming the measles outbreaks on immigrants:

But it’s not just anti-vaxxers who are to blame for the outbreak, McCaughey said. She also blamed the measles outbreak on immigrants, saying that “sadly our federal government is not taking any responsibility at all for preventing people who are carrying measles from entering the country.”

J.D. Hayworth, the former Arizona congressman and host of “America’s Forum,” was eager to blame the measles outbreak on immigrants as well, particularly the Central American children who fled to the southern border earlier this year who, as far as we know, have absolutely no connection to the measles outbreak that started at Disneyland. (In fact, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, where most of the children came from, have higher measles vaccination rates than the U.S.)

“You’re just talking about legal immigration, and you take a look at the last year and the influx of juveniles from Central America and obviously we have problems, so there are a couple of reasons at work,” Hayworth said.

“So, Betsy, you’re telling us that part of it is an anti-vaccine movement, but the other part is illegal immigration,” he prompted.

“It’s immigration of all sorts,” McCaughey said, citing the case of unvaccinated Amish missionaries (U.S. citizens) from Ohio who carried the disease back from the Philippines and a outbreak in Houston in the 1990s that reportedly stemmed from immigrants from Mexico but was worsened by low vaccination rates.

And now, a word from reality: Vaccination rates for measles are actually higher in Mexico and Central America than in the United States.

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But why let a little thing like facts get in the way of a politically convenient xenophobic rant?

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  • StevoR

    Why? Well you may want to be taken seriously and make an actual case would be one good reason I’d imagine, yeah?

    There’s also personal integrity and honour too.

    Plus being ethical and accurate.

  • StevoR

    But then all that does kinda rukle out the anti-vaxxers donntit?

  • Sastra

    “It’s immigration of all sorts,” McCaughey said,

    To her credit she’s right here — if the phrase “immigration of all sorts” really broadens the definition enough. If “immigration” now includes everything from traveling from country to country, moving from state to state, going to Disneyland, or even stepping outside your house or bedroom, then a ban on ‘immigration’ would essentially put everyone into permanent quarantine. Success!

    Professional liars are masters at what might be called “terminological inexactitude.”

  • Larry

    So I guess all them immigrants switch from transporting Ebola into the US to the measles. What’s next? Whooping cough.?The vapors? My guess it will be whatever registers next on the RWNJ talking-point-du-jour.

  • Sastra

    McGaughey better be careful. One of the popular conservative causes is what’s called “Health Freedom,” which basically translates into no restrictions on quackery and “de gubmint not gonna tell me what to do.” Anti-vaxx is included in that network of the proud, the free, the uninformed, the misinformed, and the unregulated.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Well, obviously the first thing that an illegal infant from the Isthmus is going to do is head for the Magic Kingdom.

  • tubi

    Vaccination rates for measles are actually higher in Mexico and Central America than in the United States.

    Well, sure. But what is the vaccination rate among children illegally transferred across the border by the Obama Infiltration Apparatus and then immediately deployed to Disneyland? I suspect it’s closer to 0%, given that he had his choice of which child soldiers to user.

  • dingojack

    Using Google Maps I’d estimate it would take you in excess of 1050 hours to get from Medellin, Columbia to El Paso, Texas (Crossing by ferry or boat at least twice, and over seven separate borders) on foot*, Assuming you walk 12 hours a day that’s 175 days, which is considerably longer than Measles period of contagiousness of 14 days. It would take about 50 days to walk across Mexico alone, which has a vaccination rate of 99% (as opposed to the US’s of 92%).

    Dingo

    ——–

    * if you drove/were driven you could just about do it in 19 days).

  • hunter

    Sastra, @5: And the infectious.

  • dingojack

    Mea culpa, about 2 or 5 days by car (depending if you drive 24 or 12 hours a day) or about 92.5 days on foot (12 hour days).

    Dingo

  • caseloweraz

    But it’s not just anti-vaxxers who are to blame for the outbreak, McCaughey said. She also blamed the measles outbreak on immigrants, saying that “sadly our federal government is not taking any responsibility at all for preventing people who are carrying measles from entering the country.”

    Sure! Because these measles-bearers cross the border and head straight for Anaheim, hankering for a chance at the E-ticket rides at Disneyland. And they can totally afford it, too!

  • John Pieret

    I don’t know if she actually checked to see what the vaccination rates are in Mexico and Central America, but it’s interesting that she simply assumes that her intended audience will assume that those brown people south of the border aren’t vaccinating their kids.

  • raven

    The main people coming into the USA are..American citizens. Most of them white.

    It’s tourism and business travel.

    The numbers are huge. Something like 30-60 million Americans openly leave the USA every year. And then they return.

    The kooks are assuming the only people entering the USA are immigrants, illegal or otherwise. Immigrants are a small minority compared to the number of US citizesn running the borders.

  • raven

    Why more Americans don’t travel abroad – CNN.com

    www. cnn. com/2011/TRAVEL/02/04/americans.travel.domestically/

    Feb 4, 2011 – There were 61.5 million trips outside the United States in 2009, down 3% …

    There you go. According to CNN there were 62 million trips outside the USA in 2009.

    It’s inevitable that they bring back diseases. This is a consequence of having open borders. There are very few countries that don’t, e.g. North Korea, hardly a role model.

  • Michael Heath

    A small city near where I live, Traverse City, has had a recent outbreak of Whooping Cough and a similar disease, parapertussis. One reason is one American family, whose children were not vaccinated, visited Indonesia and returned with the disease which they then spread.

    That city’s local paper, the Traverse City Record-Eagle [1], has done an OK job reporting how much higher contagious diseases are in the area’s schools relative to other outcomes, and reporting the increase of children that aren’t vaccinated. However that same paper’s failed miserably by not explaining why the above-mentioned parents failed to have their children vaccinated or the other non-vaccinated kids aren’t either.

    Here’s one of several articles they’ve published: http://goo.gl/6YsnWL.

  • raven

    I really hate this stupid minded paranoia and xenophobia.

    Even if we abolished all immigration, it wouldn’t make any difference. A huge number of foreigners who come to the USA are tourists, students, and business people. They come in, and then go out. Can’t explain that!!!

    U.S. Sees Record Number of International College Students …

    www .usnews. com/…colleges/…/us-sees-recor…

    Nov 11, 2013 – The United States enrolled the highest number of international students in its history during the 2012-2013 school year, welcoming 819,644 undergraduate and graduate students to colleges and universities

    To take just one group, almost 1 million foreigners are college students in the USA. An American education is highly prized in much of the world. And this is one way we exert our influence. A huge number of foreign elites were and are educated in the USA.

    The only people I’ve seen who bought this immigrants are diseased lie were fundie xians who were stupid, ignorant, and thoughtless. Dull witted. They can’t collect facts and put them together to draw conclusions.

  • John Pieret

    raven:

    They come in, and then go out. Can’t explain that!!!

    Heh! I know what you did there.

  • blf

    Something like 30-60 million Americans openly leave the USA every year.

    No, that’s trips (c.62M in 2009), not individuals. Which seems plausible since there are only c.110M valid USAlienstan passports (c.30% of the (eligible?) population).

    And apparently about half of those trips are to Mexico or Canada.