October 11, 2021

Kurt Eichenwald on Discredited Doctor Andrew Wakefield and the Origin of the Anti-Vax Movement

Over the past nearly two years, we’ve seen the horrible and deadly harm the anti-vaccine movement has done to our nation and our world. While we know that vaccines are safe and effective, charlatans spreading lies, snake oil, and disinformation have eroded the public’s confidence and belief in those vaccines, and so many people are dead as a result. In a recent article Kurt Eichenwald exposed Andrew Wakefield, a doctor at the root of much of this skepticism. Kurt joins the podcast today to discuss.


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Sources for audio clips

Vaccine Link to Autism Retracted - CBS News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBh7-qI9G08
Vaccine Link to Autism Retracted - CBS News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBh7-qI9G08
Fox News Implements Vaccine Passports While Waging War Against Vaccines On Air - MSNBC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=db_DH2BfMu8
Biden: 'Patience wearing thin with unvaccinated Americans' - Guardian News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7chQfQ67SM
Vaccines Autism
Controversial researcher claims link between vaccine and autism | 60 Minutes Australia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqizB87kkhc
Elle MacPherson Dating Andrew Wakefield
Elle Macpherson dating famous anti-vaxxer -  news.com.au https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8o5mBk9YSI
Christian Anti-vaxxers
Religious-based coronavirus vaccine conspiracies circulating online - CBS News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DgWSlcpnE4
Distrust of Expertise
The problem with thinking you know more than the experts - PBS NewsHour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sg6lk6RYuEU&t=43s
Trump Antivaxxer Mindset
President Donald Trump downplays the need for the coronavirus vaccine - CNBC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EA2hRLiaoMI
False balance in journalism
Obama Presses Journalists On False Equivalence - TPM TV https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zuHm9ZtiCA
Tik Toker Dies of COVID
Unvaccinated TikToker Who Died of COVID Spent Last Days Urging Followers to Get the Vaccine | PEOPLE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7i_abe3qoZA
Measels Outbreak
Michigan measles outbreak growing - Fox 47 News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8l_wXDHNFok
Public Supports Vaccine Mandates
81% of Americans Support Federal Mask Requirements - Bloomberg QuicktakeNOW https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fRErXo6Om0
Misinformation of COVID-19 vaccine is costing lives, doctor says - WMKG News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9b7qSDIwEYo

Show Credits

Host: Alyssa Milano
Executive Producer: Alyssa Milano
Associate Producer: Ben Jackson
Editing and Sound Production: Maciej Lewandowski
Music by: Josh Cooke & Eleisha Eagle and Milo Bugliari