Earlier, I posted a video of Lizz Winstead having some fun at Michele Bachmann's expense on the subject of her outlandish statement about a woman who claimed that her daughter suffered "mental retardation" after getting the vaccine for HPV. (Bachmann later said she had "no idea" if it were true.)
But kidding aside, lies are not funny and can be downright harmful, especially when unsuspecting (read: uninformed, misinformed) voters take Bachmann's lies seriously and possibly put their own kids' health at risk.
Did Michele refuse to get her 23 foster kids and 5 biological children inoculated against polio, tetanus, mumps, etc? Has she herself been inoculated? And while we're at it, can we get inoculated against her lies?
Two bioethics professors have offered to pay more than $10,000 for medical records that prove the anecdote Bachmann told after Monday night's Republican presidential debate is true, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. [...]
"'These types of messages in this climate have the capacity to do enormous public health harm,'" [Steven Miles, a U of M bioethics professor] said of why he made the offer. 'The woman, assuming she exists, put this claim into the public domain and it's an extremely serious claim and it deserves to be analyzed.'"
Praying disease away doesn't work, Ms. Bachmann. And spreading lies or rumors about the effects of a vaccination about which you know nothing is dangerous and stupid.