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Monday, December 25, 2023

The Story Behind a"Whopper of the Year"

 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.

Katie Sanders, of PolitiFact, tells WMUR-TV (Manchester NH) how PolitiFact came to identify RFK Jr.'s conspiracy campaign as one of its "Whoppers of the Year."