Update: It would appear that ABC NEWS WAS FORCED to change their badly written story after our report. Please read below.
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When we report on what a news anchor states or any network news source says, it’s always risky. Hence the reason we always put in the headline we are quoting from; you never know, things could change- it’s a chance all journalists take.
Even when you quote a news anchor sharing an ABC affiliate story, there’s never a guarantee.
Case in point: we couldn’t believe our eyes today when the famous TV anchor, who used to be with CNN then CBS and now has a show on ABC to millions, posted about this story. That’s right, two-time, Emmy Award-winning Sharyl Attkisson posted this report.
Then we saw one of the oldest vaccine non-profits in the country, the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), from Washington, DC share this news as well. It had nearly 700 likes in a few minutes (it appears they shared it from the famous news anchor’s page). So we did an article about her reporting this news on her page and it went viral (no pun intended).
The veteran TV anchor and former CBS news correspondent has covered vaccines for decades now and was one of the first to question Merck’s HPV vaccine Gardasil along with her colleague Katie Couric in a show they did together.
In a Tweet, Attkisson linked the ABC news (on which she has appeared) story as her source:
“Health Alert: 124 cases of measles now confirmed in Rockland County… 31 of those had not been vaccinated against measles. Do the math – 93 of 124 were vaccinated – that’s a 75% failure rate.” Egad. https://t.co/HkxJDyNcle
— Sharyl Attkisson🕵️♂️ (@SharylAttkisson) January 31, 2019
The issue is that the network affiliate small town ABC source she quoted had a stand-alone sentence that was confusing to the thousands who read it. Both on her Twitter and our page.
The article was about measles in New York, but then in the middle of it- it has a short paragraph about the Washington situation. Then, a full stop and a new paragraph. Many, including us and (evidently) Sharyl, thought they were talking about New York again. Even our editor was confused.
UPDATE DUE TO OUR VIRAL ARTICLE, IT APPEARS ABC WAS FORCED TO CHANGE THEIR UNCLEAR ARTICLE AND THEY HAVE UPDATED IT THANKS TO OUR READERS MAKING THIS STORY VIRAL!
See the screenshots below: Their first stab at the story (as we describe above- thank goodness we took a screenshot):
Now see the updated and corrected version of their unclear article they were FORCED to change (which thousands, including Emmy winning journalists, misinterpreted) thanks to YOU the reader making it go viral:
Since ABC couldn’t get their article right the first time and we’ve hundreds if not thousands of comments confirming this, we also put in a call to the NY Dept of Health to get the exact numbers for their outbreak, though we’re told- unlike Washington state- NY might not divulge such information. We just want to see if Ms. Attkison’s numbers are right.
Until then, we will continue to source our stories from mainstream, but sometimes even presidents are right (we’re not part of the 2 party system) and they’re just “fake news” (or we’ll give them a break in this case and chalk it up to bad editing on ABC’s part that we made go viral AF!)
If the British Medical Journal made a claim we’d report it in the headline, BMJ said this. Or in this case, a news anchor states that.
But I digress. Back to the measles.
Whether you are vaccinated or not, I think many would agree that the mainstream (not Ms. Attkisson, who we simply quoted) media loves terrifying people about the measles. Now, anytime a child (or any human) gets sick it’s nothing to celebrate (make sure you hear me, no one in our community is celebrating when anyone gets ill) but it’s hardly the time to panic, either.
And people are sometimes terrified that their children will die without vaccines. Having had an adverse vaccine reaction (encephalitis) after I was adopted during a cold January in Chicago, I get it. I had a bad cold and might have been double vaxxed as I was leaving the orphanage, was very sick and on antibiotics, I get it. And I know I’m lucky I made it at all. But I’d still rather have had natural measles; it protects against certain cancers and gives lifetime immunity. (Chicken pox was a breeze for me.)
So we feel for parents whose children are vaccine injured OR the who were injured by (which we rarely hear about) a childhood disease. But again, whether or not you vaccinate, just make your choice after educating yourself. That’s all we ask.
According to health officials in Rockland County, NY, the measles outbreak that began in October 2018 has now reached 124 confirmed cases (with one still being investigated) with no reported deaths. Also, these “confirmed cases are the total since the outbreak began”1 and not every case is active (meaning they had the measles and have recovered).
To quickly wrap up, since October 2018, 124 people have gotten the measles it is unclear right now exactly how many of them had been vaccinated.
“Rockland County’s Commissioner of Health, Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, announced in November that all schools in the Village of New Square were required to keep students who are un-vaccinated or under-vaccinated against the disease home until 21 days have passed since the last case of measles is confirmed in the county.
The same restriction applies to schools in Spring Valley and Monsey with a measles vaccination rate of less than 70 percent.”1
Again, between this “outbreak” and the current one in the northwest, there have been no fatalities.
The symptoms of measles can include fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis or a runny nose and can appear 10 to 12 days after exposure. The virus itself is highly contagious and can remain in the air or on surfaces for up to two hours.
Last year in the U.S. there were 17 “outbreaks” and about 350 cases of measles. None were fatal.
Emmy Award Winning Sharyl Attkisson interpreting a poorly written piece by ABC news which they were forced to change-apparently thanks to our article which YOU made go viral! (read the story before commenting- new rule on our site 🙂