By Dan Rather
"I'm not a scientist." How
many times have you heard that lately from politicians who are trying to duck
questions about important scientific topics like climate change and vaccines?
So many times that it's even become a Wikipedia entry. But what does that phrase even mean? I'm not a cardiologist. So I go to
one to have my heart checked. I'm not an electrician, so I hire one to rewire
my house. I trust people who have training in those fields to give me advice on
important things. You're right, Mr. or Ms. Presidential Candidate, you are not
a scientist. So, why won't you listen to the men and women who are?
I grew up in an age where children were crippled and died from diseases like
polio and measles, and now we have Donald Trump irresponsibly repeating
long-discredited links between vaccines and autism. It's an offense to reason.
Equally, so was the reaction of the two doctors on stage, Rand
Paul and Ben Carson. Sure, if you read their words, they support vaccines, yet raise
questions about the timing of giving vaccines that is without scientific merit.
Moreover, their tone is apologetic and equivocal. About vaccines! These are
medical advances that have done more to alleviate human suffering than anything
ever conjured by the ingenuity of the human mind.
And make no mistake, this isn't just a Republican problem. Many of the anti-vaccine hotspots are
in ZIP codes that vote overwhelmingly Democratic......To Read More....
My Take - Dan
Rather has so little credibility with me I almost didn't post this, but since
he's such a leftist fear mongering “journalist”, I thought it worthwhile to
post his commentary. Although he is doing a bit of fence sitting here he makes
some valid points and it demonstrates even a blind monkey can find a coconut by
accident. When he comes out and decries the lies, misinformation and claptrap
about Alar promoted by his colleagues on 60 Minutes we'll know he's had an
epiphany. Then again, perhaps it's the Alar story he's talking about when he says the media doesn't do science very well.