How the anti-vaccine movement took hold in the U.S.
The modern anti-vaccine movement began in the 1980s with a mother in Virginia. She believed her son had been injured by the DPT vaccine — and went on to start one of the most powerful anti-vaccination organizations in the United States.
The anti-vaccine advocates have a rhetorical advantage over scientists. They speak with certainty about the ill effects of vaccines. And today, in the echo chambers of social media, the movement has metastasized into something far darker, with charismatic speakers, scientific-sounding theories and well-produced videos to back it up.
“You have scientists and researchers who cannot talk in absolutes when it comes to risk. There is nothing that is without risk,” says health reporter Lena Sun. “They can say the preponderance of the evidence shows this, or the data shows this — that is not nearly as compelling or heart-wrenching as a mother who comes to you and says, ‘The light went out of my son's eyes after he got a vaccination.’ ”
- Anti-vaxxers target communities battling measles
- Senate panel warns of dangers of anti-vaccine movement
- New York City vaccination order shines spotlight on insular Jewish community
Trump softens Iran rhetoric
After ordering 1,500 troops to the Middle East, President Trump denied that the United States is seeking regime change in Iran.
“We’re not looking for regime change. I want to make that clear,” Trump said at a joint news conference Monday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. “We’re looking for no nuclear weapons.”
Michael Kranish, a national political investigative reporter, attributes Trump’s shift in tone on Iran to his businessman persona.
Green wave in European politics
European voters soured on traditional political parties in favor of climate-focused activists in a green wave that swept several countries over the course of the E.U.’s parliamentary elections.
Education reporter Perry Stein discusses a family weighing a decision of where to send their eighth-grader for high school — and how that decision has tested their political and social values.
Monday, May 27, 2019
Rosalind S. Helderman on Robert S. Mueller III’s first public comments on the Russia investigation. Reis Thebault on the latest state to take up a “heartbeat bill” -- and the Democratic governor who has said he’ll sign it. And the existence of UFOs.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019