A new CNN expose reveals how some prominent anti-vaccination advocates have raked in cash while peddling what one expert describes as "snake oil" alternatives to vaccines.
In the segment, CNN reporter Drew Griffin showed how purported "alternative medicine" practitioners Ty and Charlene Bollinger organized their own "Stop the Steal" rally in Washington, D.C., on January 6th in which they not only railed against the "stolen" 2020 presidential election, but they also attacked vaccinations.
Imran Ahmed, the CEO of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, told Griffin that at the heart of the Bollingers' pro-Trump and anti-vaxx initiatives is a single motive: Greed.
"These are snake oil salesman, the oldest kind of liar and seller of deceit, of misinformation," he explained. "Snake oil salesmen need to turn a profit."
Griffin then goes on to document just how much the Bollingers have profited by noting that they live in a "7,600-square-foot, $1.5 million mansion in rural Tennessee."
The Bollingers make their money by selling informational videos on alternative medicines that cost up to $500 each, air purifiers that sell for $300, and an assortment of "body cleansers and other unproven health products" that come complete with fine-print disclaimers stating that they are not "intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or treat any disease."
Watch the video below.