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Matt Lauer Blasts NYT for Painting GOP as Anti-Vaccine

• February 3, 2015 9:43 am

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The New York Times is now politicizing science.

The newspaper described the vaccine debate sparked by the United States measles outbreak as one that conservatives are having among themselves while the scientific world scoffs at their irresponsible rhetoric.

Despite their best attempts to frame the argument in that context, Matt Lauer said that is simply not the case.

"Let’s make it clear: This does not break down neatly between the right and the left. There are pockets of liberal affluent America where parents don't want kids vaccinated," Lauer said.

Lauer’s correction is directed to a line in the Times article, saying, "The vaccination controversy is a twist on an old problem for the Republican Party."

Chuck Todd pointed the finger toward 2016 presumptive nominee for doing the same.

"Look at Hillary Clinton’s comment. That can come across condescending. The problem for politicians is maybe because the trust gap is so wide for the public, they ought to stay out of the debate," Todd said.

"And we ought to be pushing forward that if you are a political leader and you care about the issue, push forward medical experts on this. At the end of the day, the more politicians weigh in, the more it splits on political lines and that will solve nothing."

Although Clinton sent out an arrogant tweet comparing anti-vaccine theories to the people who thought the earth was flat, she may be forgetting that she was one of those skeptics in 2008.

"I am committed to make investments to find the causes of autism, including possible environmental causes like vaccines," Clinton said in a written statement.