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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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Bagley: The missing manual - Jenny McCarthy and vaccines

For those of you who would never admit you aren’t hip enough to get every Pat Bagley cartoon - but weren’t sure about today’s - some background:

Jenny McCarthy’s dangerous views — Michael Specter | The New Yorker

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" ... McCarthy, who is savvy, telegenic, and pulchritudinous, is also the person most visibly associated with the deadly and authoritatively discredited anti-vaccine movement in the United States. ..."

And

I’ve Got Whooping Cough. Thanks a Lot, Jenny McCarthy. — Julie Ioffe | The New Republic

"... Vaccinations work by creating something called herd immunity: When most of a population is immunized against a disease, it protects even those in it who are not vaccinated, either because they are pregnant or babies or old or sick. For herd immunity to work, 95 percent of the population needs to be immunized. But the anti-vaccinators have done a good job undermining it. In 2010, for example, only 91 percent of California kindergarteners were up to date on their shots. Unsurprisingly, California had a massive pertussis outbreak. ..."

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Maybe Jenny McCarthy isn’t solely to blame for TNR writer’s whooping cough — Twitchy

"... While we agree that McCarthy is a font of misinformation on vaccines, there are other factors at work here. ..."

OK. You can laugh now.



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