Johnson’s office did not provide any details to back up his claim on Thursday. “The senator pushed for transparency in government, especially in our federal health agencies, so that the American people have as much information as possible before making health care decisions for themselves. and his family,” a spokeswoman said.
It’s not a scandal. Mainly because it doesn’t work.
The “report” on which the Gateway Pundit article is based comes from a website called “Good Science” – an anonymously run website that is larded with anti-vaccine pseudoscience. “We are a small team of investigators, editors, reporters and truth seekers, now supported by others, who are uncovering information we can investigate,” reads the ‘About’ page. ” from the website. “It doesn’t matter who we are.”
“More than 300 athletes – including students, professionals, amateurs and retirees – from around the world were included. We reviewed publicly available information for each of the 19 professional athletes who came to or played in the United States. United. We found no evidence of a causal relationship in any of the cases between vaccines and injuries or deaths.”
And there’s also this: “Although Good Science claims that COVID-19 vaccines were responsible for deaths or injuries, the website provides no evidence in most cases – 16 out of 19 – that athletes and former athletes have even been vaccinated.”
What is happening here is the deliberate and deeply misleading confusion of correlation with causation.
What stands out to me most about these kinds of claims is how easy they are to debunk. A simple Google search may reveal that things like the Gateway Pundit “story” or a tweet or Facebook message your uncle sent you are, in fact, totally and completely overlapping.
That’s bad enough anybody believe this scumbag. For a sitting US senator to not only believe it, but feel confident enough in these false reports to pass them on publicly is just plain awful. And deeply irresponsible.
This story has been updated to include additional comments from Johnson’s office.