Anti-vaccine headlines less than 4% accurate, study finds

BOSTON, MA – A new study from the Harvard School of Public Health and Interneting found that less than 4% of the headlines from anti-vaccine websites were actually true. The team looked at over 1000 articles which were published between 2011 and 2014 on a variety of anti-vaccine and conspiracy websites.

“We found that of the 1007 articles we looked at, only 34 of them were what we would classify as truthful or accurate,” explained lead researcher Dr. Gee Eskay. “Those 34 were accurate in the sense that they didn’t completely make stuff up, they just really stretched the truth.”

In the age of click-bait headlines, one can grant the anti-vaccers a little bit of slack when it comes to writing these types of headlines argues Mike Adams from Natural News.

“We have to make our headlines as attractive as possible in order to get clicks and pay for all my laboratory equipment,” explained Adams. “If there is a story about an outbreak for example, we’ll make the headline about how many kids in the outbreak were fully vaccinated, and just ignore all the other stuff.”

Age of Autism, Natural News, Green Med Info and Vac Truth had the lowest scores of all the tested websites, with an average accuracy rating of less than 1%.

“Who paid for this study?” asked Sayer Ji from Green Med Info. “Every study that doesn’t show how evil vaccines and medicine are is not to be trusted. The most trusted sources on the internet are the ones that have online stores. That’s a scientific FACT.”

 

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