Tamiflunatics, vaccine bullies and their media gatekeepers spread misinformation that destroys lives
Beware of clickbait character assassins masquerading as "journalists."
This is a lesson America should have learned after the mass media defamation of the Covington Catholic schoolboys last year. Just a few weeks ago, innocent teenager Nick Sandmann won a multimillion-dollar settlement against CNN for leaping to conclusions and attempting to ruin his life in pursuit of a political agenda driven by confirmation bias. The Washington Post and NBC News face similar lawsuits for potential damages totaling more than a half-billion dollars.
False allegations have consequences. And yet, here we are again.
In Colorado last week, a young family was hurled into a national firestorm created by a single, powerful NBC News vigilante with an ideological ax to grind. "Investigative reporter" Brandy Zadrozny lit the fuse on Feb. 6 with a Twitter post announcing that a 4-year-old had died of the flu. According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 10,000 Americans (including nearly 70 children) have died of the flu this season. So what made this Colorado toddler's tragic death newsworthy?
The NBC News journalist condemned the boy's mom for having reached out to a Facebook health-centered parents' group whose members recommended that she not give her child Tamiflu medicine that a pediatrician had prescribed. Some commenters on the group had advised home remedies, including essential oils and vitamin C. Zadrozny linked to her incendiary hit piece on the mom and the "Stop Mandatory Vaccination" Facebook group, which was titled: "On Facebook, anti-vaxxers urged a mom not to give her son Tamiflu. He later died."
The toxic inference is clear: "Anti-vaxxers" are guilty of spreading online "misinformation" that led the mom to withhold a purportedly life-saving modern medicine -- and Facebook is guilty for not stopping it.
Zadrozny is a self-anointed and self-appointed social media policewoman whose main focus is pressuring Facebook to shut down discussion groups she doesn't like. She labels all vaccine skeptics as conspiracy theorists without refuting facts or responding to peer-reviewed journal citations and historical data. She uses her bully pulpit to harangue Facebook into censoring laypeople seeking alternatives to "mainstream" medicine.
Zadrozny quoted "experts" fretting about parents who discuss their objections to coercive mandates and missives of Big Pharma and Big Government. Her article sneered at "natural remedies." The magic words "anti-vaxx" triggered the Two Minutes Hate theater that sent "Tamiflu" trending on Twitter.
The nicer messages called for the boy's grieving mom to be arrested and imprisoned. Many advocated that she die, including one Twitter warrior who wrote that since "she's an anti-vaxxer, lethal injection would be appropriate" and another who fumed that "she and everybody in that (Facebook) group should get the death penalty." User Ann raged that the mother should "go to prison."
User Hayden chimed in: "She clearly should be executed, as should the person who posted the nonsense on FB, as well as anyone who liked said nonsense, ALL EXECUTED!!"