Cue an eternal eye roll, because as long as Dr. Anthony Fauci is talking, that is how I will respond. His arguments are weak and invalid.
On Saturday, he told CNN anchor Jim Acosta that Conservatives spread misinformation about vaccines, and if right-wing media had existed in the past, then smallpox would not have been eradicated.
Acosta said, “The most-watched television show on Fox News right now is outright hostile to the vaccine. In this environment, do you think we could have defeated the measles or eradicated polio if you had Fox News night after night warning people act these vaccine issues that are just bunk?”
Fauci replied, “Well, that is a very good point, Jim. If you look at the extraordinary, historic success in eradicating smallpox and eliminating polio from most of the world — and we’re on the brink of eradicating polio — if we had the pushback for vaccines the way we’re seeing on certain media, I don’t think it would have been possible at all to not only eradicate smallpox, we probably would still have smallpox, and we probably would still have polio in this country if we had the kind of false information that’s being spread now. If we had that back decades ago, I would be certain that we’d still have polio in this country.”
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