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Me, on the news! For something respectable!

I was on the news! In a story so respectable, even my mom has seen it! Really! And no one had to edit around any of my drunken profanity laced rants!

If you read Skepchick, follow me on Twitter, are friends with me on Facebook, listen to Podcast Beyond Belief, have met me in person or walked past me in an airport or knows someone who knows someone who has, you know that vaccines are my passion project. When I rule the world, people will line up, happily, to get their shots and no one will die of a preventable disease ever again. No measles. No whooping cough. No polio. No chicken pox and no shingles. I will eradicate them from the face of the Earth. NO RUBELLA ALLOWED! Not in my world. Not on my watch.

Unfortunately, it’s a bit premature for me to announce my candidacy for World Ruler since there are no elections or coups planned any time soon. So, instead I have to help people make the right decision through education and pro-vaccine PR.

Fortunately, reporters like Joshua Lederman exist. Last week he talked to me about the importance of vaccinating. I think he did a great job on this story… and I’m not just saying that because of his phenomenal use of adorable children.

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Elyse

Elyse MoFo Anders is the bad ass behind forming the Women Thinking, inc and the superhero who launched the Hug Me! I'm Vaccinated campaign as well as podcaster emeritus, writer, slacktivist extraordinaire, cancer survivor and sometimes runs marathons for charity. You probably think she's awesome so you follow her on twitter.

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  1. I thought when we saw you on the news it would involve police tape and a neighbor saying, “she always seemed like such a nice, quiet person.”

    Instead you get a chance to channel you’re inner Phil Connors. Nicely done!

  2. Elyse, I am *shocked*. You are fully clothed, sober, and articulate! That is no way to appear on TV! :)

    You did great, we are all really very proud of you. Keep up the crusade, you _are_ making a difference.

  3. Nice job Elyse. Rebekah Ward Hays is a perfect example of the ignorant mouthpieces that speak eloquently on something they no nothing about. Then the station airs her baseless claims against your science-based views and those of health care workers.

    There is no debate, and it is sad when they frame it to look like there’s one.

  4. @helenrizzo:

    I’ve contacted the local media myself about WTF and our events. And we got coverage for when we went out and protested the Anti-vax rally. Hemant also throws media love our way, too.

    The reporter on this story contacted the WTF.

  5. @kevinf:

    I think she was painted in a sympathetic light. The other side does exist… Joshua put a token “I’m not sure” into the story, but refuted it. Plus, I think talking to a pediatrician is exactly what people who are unsure should do.

  6. Hi Elyse… yes, I think I just reacted to her first statement that there was some sort of danger. There is a general perception that there really is a link to autism (and a dozen other problems) because the anti-vaxers have such a pipleline to the average schmoe. It is easier to frighten than to educate, and I just wish that people like her would just say “I have no idea”, which is the truth.

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