I suppose it takes a good measure of denialism to be able to say that the war’s not going horribly, but this still shocked me
McCain said, per ABC News’ Bret Hovell, that “It’s indisputable that (autism) is on the rise amongst children, the question is what’s causing it. And we go back and forth and there’s strong evidence that indicates that it’s got to do with a preservative in vaccines.”
Really? It’s indisputable? No, it’s indisputable that autism diagnoses are on the rise, but there are people who wonder how much of it is real and how much of it is related to changing diagnostic standards and greater awareness. As for strong evidence? Huh? Oh, you mean something like the evidence that the US is winning in Iraq, and that Saddam had WMDs? So does McCain simply not care whether he knows anything before he chooses to run his mouth on a subject, or is this just part of his outright falsehoods (I never met with Buckingham, I don’t do favours for lobbyists,…) Or maybe it’s the Ronald Reagan excuse – after all, he’s older than Reagan was when he ran for the presidency.
McCain said there’s “divided scientific opinion” on the matter, with “many on the other side that are credible scientists that are saying that’s not the cause of it.”
Ahh. Teach the ControversyTM, shall we?
Fortunately, ABC’s Jake Tapper got the actual facts into the story
The established medical community is not as divided as McCain made it sound, however. Overwhelmingly the “credible scientists,” at least as the government and the medical establishment so ordain them, side against McCain’s view.
Moreover, those scientists and organizations fear that powerful people lending credence to the thimerosal theory could dissuade parents from getting their children immunized — which in their view would lead to a very real health crisis.