Stein disappoints rational progressives, continues to pander to the anti-vaccine movement.
Given a chance to correct her abysmal anti-science record, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein fails.
Earlier this week Stein talked with the Washington Post’s Sarah Parnass and Alice Li, in an attempt to explain her stance on vaccines. When asked if she thought vaccines were harmful Stein said:
I think there’s no question that vaccines have been absolutely critical in ridding us of the scourge of many diseases — smallpox, polio, etc. So vaccines are an invaluable medication. Like any medication, they also should be — what shall we say? — approved by a regulatory board that people can trust. And I think right now, that is the problem. That people do not trust a Food and Drug Administration, or even the CDC for that matter, where corporate influence and the pharmaceutical industry has a lot of influence.
Writing for the Washington Post, Dave Weigel gently corrects Stein’s misinformation:
Stein’s warning about corporate influence in the vaccine approval process is often voiced by “anti-vaxxers.” In reality, most members of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee work at academic or medical institutions, not drug companies.
But it gets worse. Stein goes on to make the false and misleading claim that there are “real questions that needed to be addressed” about vaccines, and that she doesn’t “know if all of them have been addressed.”
As a medical doctor, there was a time where I looked very closely at those issues, and not all those issues were completely resolved. There were concerns among physicians about what the vaccination schedule meant, the toxic substances like mercury which used to be rampant in vaccines. There were real questions that needed to be addressed. I think some of them at least have been addressed. I don’t know if all of them have been addressed.”
This is medical malpractice. Full stop. To suggest that not all questions about vaccines “have been addressed” is not only false, it is pandering of the most odious nature. Stein’s obfuscation is despicable.
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Stein’s reply to the Washington Post is similar to an answer she gave in a recent AMA for Reddit. In both answers she panders to the anti-vaccine crowd, spreading fear and misinformation about the safety of vaccines.
Stein is always willing to say “vaccines work,” so it is not technically correct to suggest she is anti-vaccine. Rather than being explicitly anti-vaccine, Stein is worse. Instead of saying vaccines don’t work, Stein says something like this:
vaccines work, but you should be afraid, and they might not be safe, because big pharma, FDA, CDC, yada, yada, yada…
Stein feeds and promotes the conspiracy theory infested anti-vaccine movement, while pretending to keep her hands clean, by prefacing her fear-mongering and misinformation with: “vaccines work, but….”
In reality, Stein’s stance on vaccines is as cynical and corrupt as any mainstream politician on their worst day.
Bottom line: Stein is a medical doctor, and she should know better. Instead, she panders to the worst elements of the anti-science Green Party, and continues to give cover to the anti-vaccine movement. Her rhetoric is dangerous, and puts the lives of children at risk.