E.J. Dionne Jr.: It's Time To Face The Truth About Trump

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Buggs, to start off, I will again repeat Thompson's opinion of vaccinations, because, despite me bringing this up a dozen or more times, you will not address it:

Thompson: "I want to be absolutely clear that I believe vaccines have saved and continue to save countless lives. I would never suggest that any parent avoid vaccinating children of any race. Vaccines prevent serious diseases, and the risks associated with their administration are vastly outweighed by their individual and societal benefits."

As for the allegations, the study in question showed I believe a significantly higher incidence of autism in black male toddlers getting the MMR vaccine. However, on closer inspection of that group of black male toddlers cited in the study, it turned out that they were not a random population sample but from a population group that going into the study had a greater likelihood of experiencing autism, and the MMR vaccination would not have affected that outcome one way or the other:

"What got lost in the brouhaha over Dr. Thompson’s . . . allegations about a “cover-up” at the CDC, and threats of whistleblower lawsuits was what should have been the main point: Did collected data actually prove that the MMR vaccine produces a 340% increased risk of autism in African-American boys? The answer is no, it did not.

"As the CDC noted, the authors of that study suggested that the most likely explanation for the moderate correlation between autism and vaccination in young children was the existence of immunization requirements for autistic children enrolled in special education preschool programs:

"Access to the information on the birth certificates allowed researchers to assess more complete information on race as well as other important characteristics, including possible risk factors for autism such as the child’s birth weight, mother’s age, and education. This information was not available for the children without birth certificates; hence CDC study did not present data by race on black, white, or other race children from the whole study sample. It presented the results on black and white/other race children from the group with birth certificates.

"The study looked at different age groups: children vaccinated by 18 months, 24 months, and 36 months. The findings revealed that vaccination between 24 and 36 months was slightly more common among children with autism, and that association was strongest among children 3-5 years of age. The authors reported this finding was most likely a result of immunization requirements for preschool special education program attendance in children with autism."

Of course Buggs has an iron-clad argument against this. He will, without providing anything of substance to support his contention, declare it "fake" and demand the rest of the world agree with him.

Astroturf, indeed. The only thing deep about you, Buggs, is your gullibility, which is a chasm that drops to depths far beyond where the sun can reach and shine upon the truth.

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