For a little while at least, it seemed like Glenn Beck might make some attempt to swing to mainstream sanity. That at least appeared to be the play a couple months ago, when in the midst of selling “chiropractic neurology” snake oil, he claimed his recent insanity was due to “adrenal fatigue.” Caused, of course, by those damned liberals! But since then Beck’s been back in true form, handing out a new wave of medically related conspiracy theories. Unfortunately, these involve diseases that actually exist…and nobody sells a snake oil lineament for measles.
On this clip from The Blaze, Glenn expands on one of his more recently asinine opinions that anti-vaxxer parents have been “persecuted like Galileo.” Except that those parents, far from being persecuted by the church for understanding heavenly bodies, are more often “persecuted” by doctors for not understanding antibodies. Beck does, though — and he smells a conspiracy.
Here, he says that the measly (!) 644 cases that have occurred in a population of 300 million are nothing to worry about, and that the entire “outbreak” story was due to some Amish people and a family of Filipinos visiting Disneyland.
“If you look at the 102 children in California who have been detected with measles, you look at where they came from, you see that the two cases came from 1) an Amish community and 2) a group of travelers who entered the U.S. from the Philippines. If you eliminate those two sources, there is no uptrend in measles.”
According to Glenn and a fat guy, the government is intentionally creating a “hoax” epidemic after measles was declared eradicated, so they didn’t have to blame that exact epidemic on the immigrants that caused it. Which proves once again that Beck loves reality and reason like Walt Disney loves Jews.
Reality No. 1: The measles outbreak Glenn’s referring to was from April of 2014, and took place “among unvaccinated Amish communities in Ohio.” A few Amish people contracted measles while doing missionary work in the Philippines, and brought the contagion back with them. There were never any plague-ridden immigrants to sweep under the rug of lamestream media — it was the Amish themselves who infected their neighbors.
Reality No. 2: That outbreak among the Amish last year had nothing — absolutely nothing whatsoever — to do with the outbreak at Disneyland. The 600-plus infected there have in no way been linked to the Ohio outbreak more than 2,000 miles away.
Reason: Now, some might posit that it was in fact a small group of Amish visiting Disneyland who spread the plague. Which somehow seems a bit less likely than a small group of Filipinos doing the same. But, okay. Let’s go with that logic: Even if either of those two scenarios were true, all that proves is that a small number of people are capable of spreading contagion to a great number more, if those people haven’t been vaccinated. So even if Beck’s facts weren’t completely wrong (which they are), his own internal “logic” makes a better case for vaccination than anything else.
We’re thinking maybe Glenn should stick to handing out medical advice on “chiropractic neurology.” Unless he’s planning on selling an all-natural, snake-oil salve to cure measles.
Wait a minute…
We smell a conspiracy here.