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Sinclair Broadcasting gets slammed after airing ‘anti-vaxx propaganda’ produced by an Obama-hating journalist

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At least one Sinclair Broadcasting station aired a segment questioning the safety and effectiveness of vaccines.

WOAI-TV aired a “Full Measure” segment produced by journalist and vaccine skeptic Sharyl Attkisson, who quit CBS News after 21 years over what she perceived as liberal bias, that claimed a link between vaccines and autism.

Doctors and researchers have long complained that Attkisson presents the issue as a debatable controversy, although no scientific link between vaccines and autism has been found.

“As long as the mainstream media continues to refer to this as a ‘debate’ or ‘controversy’ and as long as they portray #antivax organizations as legitimate thoughtful or caring entities, #vaccine rates will decline and lives will be endangered #VaccinesWork,” tweeted Dr. Peter Hotez, a Baylor College of Medicine professor and Axios contributor.

Attkisson’s piece was also posted on anti-vaxx websites, and physicians wondered how it ended up on the right-wing Sinclair airwaves.

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“The real question is why @News4SA is running antivax propaganda from a longtime antivax crank as news,” tweeted Dr. David Gorski.

Attkisson quit CBS News in early 2014, complaining that the network had failed to sufficiently cover Obama administration scandals such as Benghazi, and that same year published the book, “Stonewalled: One Reporter’s Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction.”

Before leaving CBS, Attkisson claimed her personal and work computers had been hacked over more than two years, and she filed a lawsuit alleging unlawful surveillance in 2015 against top officials in the Department of Justice.

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Her claim was dismissed in 2017 after a court found the lawsuit offered insufficient evidence of surveillance activity.


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‘Washington is no longer functional’: Brian Williams admits he’s sad to report that ‘our government is broken’

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MSNBC anchor Brian Williams on Tuesday reported that America's federal government is broken.

"This was day 908 of the Trump Administration and while there is no joy in it, one way of summing up today is this: Our government’s broken, our politics are broken, Washington is no longer functional, and the cracks in our society are deepening," Williams reported.

"Much of this day was taken up by the discussion of racist statements by the president. Then tonight came the news that had so many people thinking back to when we were different, the death just tonight of retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens at the age of 99," he said.

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Trump ignored being condemned by Congress and instead praised Republicans on Twitter for defending his racism

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President Donald Trump celebrated on Tuesday night despite the House of Representatives having voted earlier in the day to condemn his racist statements.

By a final vote of 240 to 187, Congress voted for a resolution saying, "Trump’s racist comments have legitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.”

The resolution said Congress “strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color by saying that our fellow Americans who are immigrants, and those who may look to the President like immigrants, should “go back” to other countries, by referring to immigrants and asylum seekers as “invaders,” and by saying that Members of Congress who are immigrants (or those of our colleagues who are wrongly assumed to be immigrants) do not belong in Congress or in the United States of America.”

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The tortured madness of Donald Trump: It’s clear the president is out of his mind

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Where’s Shakespeare when we need him? Only the Bard of Avon could do literary justice to the tortured madness of Donald Trump, who fluctuates between petulant self-pity and weird self-praise.

His brags are especially weird because they usually involve achievements he hasn’t made. It’s as though his saying something makes it true — even though everyone except his most naive devotees can clearly see that he’s either hallucinating or lying. In June, for example, at a rally launching his reelection campaign, he retrumpeted an old campaign promise to “drain the swamp,” assuring the adoring crowd that “that’s exactly what we’re doing right now.”

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