RUSH: Now, about an hour ago when the program began, I noted yesterday the only thing the Drive-Bys wanted to talk about was vaccines, yes, and how the Republicans were the Neanderthals and the Republicans didn’t care about the children. The Drive-Bys and Obama were trying to create the next wedge issue such as they did with the War on Women and contraception, now it was vaccines. And now, lo and behold, you don’t find a word about it in the Drive-By Media today.
No, instead today we’ve got ISIS. But even so, even with ISIS, why did the Drive-Bys drop all the focus on vaccinations? I will tell you why. They moved off the measles story because of the unearthed quotes from Obama and Hillary that we dug up from 2008 that are worse than anything any Republican has ever said about it. Back in 2008 Obama and Hillary were out there supporting this idea that vaccines cause autism. Yeah. They were out there trying to get votes.
It was during a Democrat primary, and they rolled the dice. The said the American people believe this stuff about vaccines causing autism, and so they both said we need to research this, need to look into it, could be viable links. Obama gets elected in 2010 and miraculously there’s a study two years later which debunks the whole thing, which allows Obama to say, “Well, yeah, I did it, but I didn’t really mean it back then.” But the fact that we went — and a lot of people did — and dredged up what Obama and Hillary said about 2008 is why the Drive-Bys have dropped that story.
Another reason is so many people made the point that the only reason it’s an issue now is Obama’s immigration policy, that we had conquered the disease. The CDC had officially proclaimed measles to be a conquered disease in 2000. Meaning there was no need for anymore vaccines. And yet there were Obama and Hillary in 2008 (paraphrasing), “Oh, yeah, well, there could be a link to autism.” That was dredged up and then the idea that Obama and his immigration policy is largely responsible for this, so they drop it.
But still, as far as the Drive-Bys are concerned, mission accomplished, because the Drive-Bys successfully made a link to Republicans and heartlessness again in the eyes of low-information voters, so mission accomplished. In the minds of low-information voters, the Republicans are once again the cold-hearted, mean-spirited, uncaring extremists. That’s all they wanted out of the measles vaccinations story anyway.
Now, the New York Times ran a huge correction, one of the biggest corrections I have ever seen in the New York Times. It’s a correction to their article tying Republicans to this anti-vaccination movement. It’s a 180-word correction to three factual errors in their story yesterday.
Here’s the correction: “An earlier version of this article gave incomplete context for a quote by President Obama. When he said of autism and other disorders among children, ‘Some people are suspicious that itÂ’s connected to the vaccines, this person included,’ he was not referring to himself, he was pointing to a member of the crowd. An earlier version also misattributed a quote. It was Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control, who said on the ABC News program ‘This Week’ that the science was clear and convincing. ‘Study after study has shown that there are no negative long-term consequences. And the more kids who are not vaccinated, the more theyÂ’re at risk and the more they put their neighborsÂ’ kids at risk as well.’ It was not Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, a possible 2016 presidential candidate who also appeared on the show.”
They tried to tie Scott Walker on that and they had to point out it was not Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin who also appeared on the show. They just lied through their teeth, and they tried to link Scott Walker because he’s the Republican front-runner in terms of some one poll in Iowa right now. They tried to link him to all of this in the New York Times. They got caught and they had to run this correction.
Then they said: “Also, because of an editing error, a previous version of the article misstated the TV show on which Mr. Obama was appearing when he urged parents to ‘get your kids vaccinated.’ It was the ‘Today Show,’ not ‘Meet the Press.'”
Mixing up a couple NBC shows is not a big deal. But attributing a quote from a CDC official to Scott Walker? It was Thomas Frieden. They said that Scott Walker issued this quote that was actually issued by the CDC guy. That’s not an editing error. That is purposeful. That’s almost an out-front lie just to see if they can get away with this. In fact, they may look at it as though they did. Whoever reads corrections? So they attribute a story from Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control, to Scott Walker, and it was a quote that was embarrassing, by the way.
And then they turned Obama’s trying to appear ambivalent about it into a full-blown skepticism of vaccines. So, anyway, they’ve had to run a correction, mission accomplished. But that’s why the vaccine story and the measles are not on the news. ‘Cause they were making it up yesterday. The whole point of this whole story yesterday was to tie it somehow to Republicans just like they did contraception, Romney in 2012, to paint them as mean-spirited extremists, cold-hearted, not caring about kids.