Bachmann's vaccine claim draws fire

  • Article by: JEREMY HERB , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 14, 2011 - 10:30 PM

Scientists offer reward for proof of link between HPV vaccine, mental disability.

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spendmoreSep. 14, 1110:45 PM

Now a University of Minnesota scientist and his former boss are offering more than $10,000 in rewards if the story Bachmann told after Monday's GOP presidential debate in Tampa about a vaccine causing mental disability can be verified. - It will take 15 years to exhibit effects, but don't worry, the government said it's okay... I had my paycheck withheld if I didn't take a flu shot. If it is that good, you shouldn't have to legislate someone take it or force someone to have it. I wouldn't worry though, its pappy government taking care of you, once again.

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goferfanzSep. 14, 1110:49 PM

Scientists? Can't we describe Miles for what he really is-->mega-DFL activist? Didnt we just go thru this with Trump offering money for Owebama's birth certificate? How about just the facts, ie, ask the trial bar about HPV settlements. There is a national Vaccine tracking group for adverse events. It isnt rocket science getting to the truth, but that usually isnt the point.................

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vegas2112Sep. 14, 1110:53 PM

Misinformation, untruths, and blatant lies tend to draw "fire." The sad thing is that Bachmann's currency is anything but truthful.

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cmart6Sep. 14, 1111:02 PM

"There's a woman that came up crying to me tonight after the debate," Bachmann told Fox News. "She said her daughter was given that vaccine. She said her daughter suffered mental retardation as a result of that vaccine." Later, on Sean Hannity's radio show, Bachmann said she had "no idea" if the HPV vaccine was linked to mental disability. "I'm not a doctor, I'm not a scientist, I'm not a physician," she said. "All I was doing is reporting what this woman told me last night at the debate." The American Academy of Pediatrics said of Bachmann's claim: "There is absolutely no scientific validity to this statement." The false claim was not from Bachmann but rather from The AAP, who falsely attributed the claim to Bachamann. Read your own story. She simply passed along information she received from a woman whose daughter had suffered from mental retardation after getting the vaccine. Bachmann responsibly did not generalize on that fact. Both the AAP (directly) and The Star Tribune (by implication) false attributed the claim to Bachmann. That is political propaganda, not reporting.

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adri0801Sep. 14, 1111:12 PM

She reminds me of Amy Winehouse..

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ReporterSep. 14, 1111:12 PM

Truth has always had a bit role in politics. Fear is much more compelling.

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rds1449Sep. 14, 1111:12 PM

goferfanz, only if you agree that Bachmann is now pro-choice.

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crunchyboySep. 14, 1111:14 PM

From the U of M website: "Steven Miles, MD is Professor of Medicine and Bioethics at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis. He is an Affiliate Faculty for the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and for the Law School’s Concentration in Health Law and Bioethics. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics and teaches and practices internal medicine at the University of Minnesota." So... he sounds like a scientist to me. Unless you know something about science that we don't know, goferfanz. Generally mega-activists throw around more than a grand. Just so you know...

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chuckdancerSep. 14, 1111:23 PM

What has the truth got to do with it?

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antondekatSep. 14, 1111:32 PM

I like how Perry's not offended for her saying he could be bought, just with the amount.

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