Daily Show targets blue state science denial

June 3

On Monday evening’s episode of “The Daily Show,” Samantha Bee explored the anti-science denialism that infects blue America: the anti-vaccine movement.

Alas, she concludes that the only cure is more outbreaks or, as she puts it, everything will be okay once Florida is under water and everyone has polio. 

UPDATE: The Daily Show piece highlights disease outbreaks in “wealthy, white, liberal enclaves” as a consequence of anti-vaccine sentiment.  Yet, as noted in this paper, survey data suggests that anti-vaccine sentiment does not correlate with ideological orientation (unlike, say, views about climate or GMOs).  The CDC also provides state and local vaccine coverage data here.

Jonathan H. Adler teaches courses in constitutional, administrative, and environmental law at the Case Western University School of Law, where he is the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation.
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