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TPM Reader FB flags this very interesting mini-documentary at The New York Times about the growth of vaccine skepticism. Very well put together piece of journalism. But what goes unstated is on several occasions when they're highlighting sloppy fear-mongering reporting, the reporter is none other than Sharyl Attkisson.

In recent years many progressive political thinkers have focused on the views of so-called millennials. They are more pro-gay rights, more racially inclusive and generally have more progressive political views on a host of issues. It's part of what gives people - rightly - such confidence on LGBT rights issues. It's generational. There's no going back. That's great. Unfortunately, a lot of these youngs seem to be complete a complete disaster on vaccination.

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The anti-Vaxx mindset is perhaps perfectly captured here. Anti-Vaxx cardiologist from Arizona says he doesn't care if his kids make other gravely ill. “I’m not going to sacrifice the well-being of my child. My child is pure,” Dr. Jack Wolfson. “It’s not my responsibility to be protecting their child.” Watch.

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When I first heard the news about Chris Christie being at least anti-Vaxx Curious, I figured he just didn't think through his words or was maybe trying to pander to fringe groups in the GOP presidential primaries. But it looks like there's more to it. He may really be anti-Vaxx. Back in 2009, when presidential runs were nowhere on the horizon, Christie said anti-vaxx parents "need a voice in these debates."

Chris Christie joins the burgeoning 'vaccine choice' movement. I'm not sure whether this was by design - an effort to appeal to fringe libertarians in the GOP primaries or just a goof because he wasn't thinking before he opened his mouth. I would say this. It is uncharacteristic for almost everything we know about Christie. Whatever else you think of the guy, it is his calling card to respond with impatience and even anger to people who are quibbling or yapping about silly points. You'd expect Christie to the type barking "C'mon, take your shots, you idiots" and then fine someone to yell at. That tendency, when he's identifying genuine nonsense, is one of his more endearing qualities. So this does make me wonder.

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