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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Darla Shine, Social Media Antivaxxer

In The Politics of Autism, I look at the discredited notion that vaccines cause autismTwitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms have helped spread this dangerous myth.

Caleb Ecarma at Mediaite reports on Darla Shine,, the wife of Bill Shine — former Fox News co-president who just became White House communications chief.
The belief that vaccinations cause autism, despite being thoroughly debunked, featured prominently on Shine’s social media accounts.

Of all her controversial opinions, conspiracy theories on vaccinations appears to be what Shine is most passionate about. Mediaite found that she has posted unfounded anti-vaccination theories over two dozen times.
“Our biggest national security threat isn’t ISIS it’s that 1 out of 2 boys will be autistic by 2050. @JohnKasich @BernieSanders #vaxxed,” she tweeted in 2016, which is pretty representative of the rest of her oeuvre.
Shine also frequently writes about vaccinations on her blog and her Facebook page.

Yashar Ali at The Huffington Post:
An November 2016, Shine tweeted an article from a blog that frequently promotes conspiracy theories and tagged Trump in it. The tweet read: “Putin says Western Civilization being destroyed by over vaccinating @realDonaldTrump #toomanyvaccines.”

The headline of the blog post Shine linked to read, “Russian president Vladimir Putin says that Western governments are enslaving humanity through vaccines.”
Shine also frequently tied the vaccination of children to autism, once tweeting: “Biggest national security threat is autism! @realDonaldTrump How can we run a country when half of all boys will be autistic by 2050?”