NBC’s Matt Lauer went after the New York Times on Tuesday morning for seemingly mischaracterizing the Republican Party as anti-vaccine — putting the “liberal” caveat in front of the newspaper as he prefaced what was written in a Times article about the vaccine issue among 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls.
“It becomes a hot potato,” Lauer told Meet the Press host Chuck Todd. “The New York Times — the liberal New York Times — puts it this way in an article this morning.”
Lauer then read the following passage from the article:
The vaccination controversy is a twist on an old problem for the Republican Party: how to approach matters that have largely been settled among scientists but are not widely accepted by conservatives.
“And even as I read that, Chuck, let’s make it clear: this does not break down neatly between the right and the left,” he continued. “There are pockets of liberal affluent American where parents don’t want their kids vaccinated.”
Todd agreed, saying politicians should not be “politicizing science,” and adding that Hillary Clinton’s tweet about vaccinations came off as “condescending.”
Watch the video below, via NBC:
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