I find it hilarious that Glenn Beck dismisses Alex Jones as a conspiracy nut that should be ignored when he routinely pushes the exact same conspiracies as Jones. For instance, he told his audience last week that the current measles outbreak is a hoax designed to get people to obey the government.
As Beck told it, “if you look at the 102 children in California who have been detected with measles, you look at where they came from, you see that the two cases came from 1) an Amish community and 2) a group of travelers who entered the U.S. from the Philippines. If you eliminate those two sources, there is no uptrend in measles.”
Beck and co-host Pat Gray then went on to assert that even though immigrants from the Philippines are responsible for the measles outbreak, the media won’t report that because their intention is “to make the case that you’ve got to obey the government” and get vaccinated.
“Do everything you can just to obey the government,” Beck said…
As usual, apparently nobody within Beck’s entire company could find five minutes to do some basic research on these claims, because if they had, they would have quickly realized that Beck’s assertions were entirely wrong.As the CDC explained, there was a large outbreak of measles “among unvaccinated Amish communities in Ohio” in 2014, but that outbreak started when “unvaccinated Amish missionaries traveled to the Philippines and returned with the virus.”
The current measles outbreak has literally nothing to do with this 2014 incident and Beck’s assertion that the current outbreak can be tied to “this Filipino family or group of travelers” is entirely false as it was not Filipino tourists who brought the disease into the U.S. but rather unvaccinated Amish missionaries who brought it back to the U.S. from the Philippines in April of last year!
And hey, you know why the Amish are so good at spreading measles? Because they weren’t vaccinated. And if everyone else would get vaccinated, it wouldn’t matter if a few unvaccinated people brought measles back after going abroad.