What does Lou Dobbs and vaccines know about vaccines?
Like Larry King, Lou Dobbs used to be on CNN.
Lou Dobbs, with a degree in economics, used to focus more on business issues, unlike King, who interviewed politicians and people in the entertainment industry.
They had some crossover in that they both seem to like conspiracy theories.
And they both did some shows with an anti-vaccine focus.
For Larry King, of course, it was usually the shows that featured Jenny McCarthy.
Lou Dobbs went a different route.
On his show Lou Dobbs Tonight, he pushed the false idea that “illegal aliens” were fueling outbreaks of disease in the United States:
The invasion of illegal aliens is threatening the health of many Americans. Highly-contagious diseases are now crossing our borders decades after those diseases had been eradicated in this country.
He warned that “there are rising fears that once eradicated diseases are now returning to this country through our open borders. Those diseases are threatening the health of nearly every American as well as illegal aliens themselves.”
While Dobbs typically talked about leprosy, others blame measles and outbreaks of other vaccine-preventable diseases on undocumented immigrants.
Lou Dobbs also featured so-called “vaccine watchdog” Barbara Loe Fisher in a story about “Forced Vaccinations” in 2009.