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NightlyPoe said:
Bofferbrauer2 said:

I think you missed the point of this news. 

The point is not the boy, or even his parents, but Andrew Wakefield, the British guy who amassed followers in his teaching that vaccines would cause autism and who is at the base of the measles outbreak in the US. It's point is that (mostly) ultraconservatives are following his teachings and are now reaping the foul fruits in form of outbreaks from diseases which are thought mostly eradicated in the developed countries.

Basically, it's trying to say "don't listen to this guy, it's safe to get vaccinated and you should do it if you haven't yet".

Actually, you're confirming that I was exactly right.  The press has a point of view and are pretending a non-story is a story in order to push it.

Instead of writing another story about how Wakefield is discredited, they try to turn this guy into a figurehead in order to make it a social movement of their own.  As a journalistic practice, is bankrupt and is so flimsy it would be an embarrassment to put in the opinion section.

Well, to be fair, I didn't hear about him or the measles outbreak before this thread, so for me it was big news