A Twitter account run by NBC's Today earned internet scorn Thursday after tweeting that there was a "debate" over the safety of vaccination.
Actress and three-time Golden Raspberry Award nominee Jessica Biel appeared before the California State Assembly this week to oppose SB 276, a bill that would tighten the requirements for parents to claim a medical exemption for mandatory vaccinations. Amid criticism, Biel said on social media she was "not against vaccinations," but wished to "support families having the right to make educated medical decisions for their children alongside their physicians."
Today was among the outlets covering the dust-up. But while its story called the claim that vaccines cause autism a "myth," its tweet linking to the story asked "Are vaccines safe? Jessica Biel reignites debate."
The tweet quickly became swarmed with angry Twitter denizens noting that there is no serious medical debate over the vaccination and that the "anti-vaxxer" position costs lives.
There is no "debate" on this, this is a shockingly irresponsible way to frame this story. https://t.co/ALwrOLE7r9
— Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) June 13, 2019
Reignite your account https://t.co/A1gi6VLHhK
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) June 13, 2019
This is not a debate.
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— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) June 13, 2019
hey I know a lot of people are saying this is a bad, irresponsible, and even dangerous tweet but I'm just here to let you know that they are absolutely right
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) June 13, 2019
Looking forward to the other @TODAYshowHealth features this week:
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— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) June 13, 2019
The tweet was eventually deleted, but not before earning one of the all-time high "ratios," Twitter's universal metric for disagreement. One screenshot found there was a whopping 1759 mentions to only eleven retweets, nearly 160 Ioffes.
Legendary ratio pic.twitter.com/PHHuF7p1yw
— funding (@chipnurk) June 13, 2019