June 22, 2019


Insider.com did a deep dive into one of the largest purveyors of anti-vaxxer conspiracies — the Huffington Post — and discovered that it may have been a primary driver in the early days of vaccine paranoia:

Under Huffington’s leadership in the 2000s, the site was one of the largest platforms for the then-novel allegation that vaccines, or certain ingredients used in vaccines, could trigger autism in young children. It was in part through their frequent posts on the site, then known as the Huffington Post, that McCarthy and Kennedy became so publicly associated with the discredited theory. But it wasn’t just by virtue of HuffPost’s status as an open platform for celebrities that the conspiracy theory took hold there; INSIDER has learned that Huffington actively recruited at least one writer who questioned the safety of vaccines to air his views on her site.

Arianna Huffington was making the transition from conservative-ish to liberal back then and, like all libs, was enamored of anything celebrities had to say. That’s how a former Playboy Playmate became the well-publicized spokesperson for a nascent movement of anti-science zealots.

All is proceeding as Andrew Breitbart foresaw.

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