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Friday, June 23, 2023

Tucker and RFK Jr

In The Politics of Autism, I analyze the discredited notion that vaccines cause autism. This bogus idea can hurt people by allowing diseases to spread  And among those diseases could be COVID-19.

Antivaxxers are sometimes violent, often abusive, and always wrongA leading anti-vaxxer is presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.  He has repeatedly compared vaccine mandates to the Holocaust.  Rolling Stone and Salon retracted an RFK article linking vaccines to autism.

While still at Fox, Tucker Carlson hosted him on Fox.  It figures.  Tucker once compared vaccines to the Jonestown Massacre poison.

Kennedy is an avid COVID-19 vaccine denier who before that embraced widely dismissed theories that link childhood vaccines to autism.

He faces mounting criticism from congressional Democrats for challenging President Joe Biden in the 2024 election.

But he has a fan in Carlson, who was Fox News’ highest-profile sower of vaccine doubt before he got canned in April.

“Thanks,” Kennedy wrote to Carlson on Twitter Thursday. “Grateful.”