Fiorina Campaign Responds to the Liberal Media on Vaccinations: ‘Dear MSM: Game on’

Rebulican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina fields questions from the press following a presidential forum hosted by FOX News and Facebook at the Quicken Loans Arena August 6, 2015 in Cleveland, OH. Seven GOP candidates were selected to participate in the forum based on their rank in an average of the …
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GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina’s campaign is hitting back after mainstream media reports circled about her stance on vaccinations.

Recently, the Huffington Post republished a report from on Fiorina’s position in regards to vaccines.

The article began, “Carly Fiorina recently said some unnamed vaccine-preventable diseases are ‘not communicable’ and ‘not contagious,’ and some immunizations are not ‘necessary’ for school-age children. The fact is that every immunization recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention covers a highly communicable disease.”

Breitbart News reached out to Fiorina’s spokesperson Sarah Isgur Flores on this report. Flores referred Breitbart to an email she sent three days before the Huffington Post republished the report, clarifying Fiorina’s position in light of some “liberal media” news reports.

Flores’ email responded to what she hinted were mainstream media bias after Fiorina’s standout performance at the first GOP presidential primary debate:

“This one might be my favorite example of the liberal media running wild with a non-story. Yep, this was actually a headline: ‘Carly Fiorina Comes Out in Favor of Kids Getting Measles,’” Flores began, addressing and clarifying Fiorina’s stance on vaccinations.

As she usually does, Carly took dozens of questions during an event in Iowa last week. One mother asked about vaccines. In context, Carly was actually objecting to states mandating vaccines like those that prevent HPV.

She then discussed other vaccines. Here’s what Carly actually said about common communicable diseases:

“When you have highly communicable diseases where you have a vaccine that’s proven, like measles or mumps, then I think a parent can make that choice.” This is, of course, the only part that made the headlines.

But, as you’ll note from the correction Slate begrudgingly added and several other organizations either buried or ignored, the rest of the quote is:

“—but then I think a school district is well within their rights to say: ‘I’m sorry, your child cannot then attend public school.’ So a parent has to make that trade-off.”

Slate, then, goes on to misunderstand how the law currently works in all 50 states.


Dear MSM: Game on.