Newsmax’s Steve Malzberg seemed slightly disappointed yesterday when he invited conservative pundit Ben Stein on to his program to discuss the controversy over Sen. Rand Paul’s comments on vaccines, and Stein responded in an uncharacteristically reasonable way.
“The science is 100 percent clear-cut that vaccinations have nothing to do with autism,” Stein said, adding that he was “very, very disappointed” with Paul for perpetuating the “hoax.”
In response, Malzberg insisted that Paul was only talking about the “reaction that he has seen” to vaccinations from some parents, for instance Malzberg’s own reluctance to get his teenage son an HPV vaccine in order to protect “some female” from cervical cancer in the future.
“I’m not going to vaccinate my kid so that some female won’t get cervical cancer maybe when she’s 60 years old,” he said.
“Now, there you’re totally right and if that’s what Sen. Paul meant,” Stein responded. “If he meant that certain vaccines have reactions, he’s absolutely right about that and I congratulate him for saying that.”