Obama spoke out about vaccinations. The predictable happened. Now, Fox host and former VJ, Kennedy, says that she knows exactly who to blame for the anti-vaccination movement: progressives.
Of course, the former MTV video jockey, who goes by just one name, wasn’t content to just lay the blame on insurance companies. Oh no; according to her, there’s another group who’s even worse: government bureaucrats.
“The only thing I despise more than irrational progressives who don’t vaccinate their children are government bureaucrats who tend to overblow these public health crises,” she said, while sitting in on Fox’s Outnumbered.
Kennedy noted that she didn’t think that the measles outbreak was a bad as people said it was. She pointed out that parents have a responsibility to vaccinate their child, saying that “Sure, it may be a parent’s choice whether or not they vaccinate a child” but “The problem is, when you get my child sick, it’s not just your problem or your choice.”
In contrast, General Jack Keane, a guest panelist and former vice chief of staff of the United States Army, offered a more forceful case for vaccination:
For the military, infectious disease is a readiness issue. If you don’t have a measles vaccination, we’re going to give it to you. Because our Army would fall apart if we had infectious diseases
Of course, this being Fox, Kennedy is still wrong. Religious groups like Christian Scientists and Catholics were dodging vaccines long before Wakefield and McCarthy made it cool for a certain breed of Beverly Hills airhead left-winger to do the same thing, and those groups probably make up a huge share of Fox’s viewership. Likewise, not all left-wingers are going to be progressives; progressivism is a specific term that refers to a broad ideology “based on the Idea of Progress, which asserts that advancement in science, technology, economic development, and social organization are vital to improve the human condition.” But there is significant overlap, and that’s a relatively minor reason why these people get under my skin as effectively as they do.