ABC News Significantly Edits RFK Jr. Interview Over Alleged COVID-19 Vaccine ‘False Claims’

Originally published April 28, 2023 8:05 am PDT

ABC News has confirmed that it altered a recent interview with Democrat presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (RFK Jr.), removing what the left-wing news outlet referred to as “false claims” he made regarding COVID-19 vaccines.

“We should note that during our conversation, Kennedy made false claims about the COVID-19 vaccines,” ABC News Live anchor Linsey Davis claimed. “We’ve used our editorial judgement in not including portions of that exchange in our interview.”

Davis continued to emphasize Federal Government messaging, saying, “Data shows that the COVID-19 vaccine has prevented millions of hospitalizations and deaths from the disease.”

She also addressed RFK Jr.’s statements about the connection between vaccines and autism, asserting, “Research shows that vaccines and the ingredients used in the vaccines do not cause autism, including multiple studies involving more than a million children and major medical associations like the American Academy of Pediatrics and the advocacy group Autism Speaks.”

Data made public by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms the COVID vaccine has been linked to 35,152 deaths, 197,564 hospitalizations, and 1,547,355 injuries.

Kennedy is known for his criticism of COVID-19 vaccines and his long-time skepticism of childhood vaccinations, linking them to autism. Some children’s vaccines contain mercury, a chemical that peer-reviewed medical journals have designated as a risk factor for autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

In its report, ABC News referenced a Fox News poll that showed 19 percent of probable Democratic voters would like to see RFK Jr. secure the nomination.

ABC News’ decision not to release the full interview with RFK Jr. raises questions about the news network’s commitment to providing complete and unbiased coverage of important issues, even when the views expressed may be controversial or unpopular.

As a trusted source of news, it is important for media outlets to prioritize transparency and uphold the principles of journalistic integrity in order to maintain the public’s trust.

It is important to note that The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is owned by The Walt Disney Company, which in turn is owned by BlackRock Inc., an asset manager which also owns major shares in COVID vaccine manufacturers Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson.

Last month, RFK Jr. told his Twitter followers that if he were to become a candidate, his main objective would be to terminate the corrupt consolidation of state and corporate authority.

“If it looks like I can raise the money and mobilize enough people to win, I’ll jump in the race,” he tweeted in March. “If I run, my top priority will be to end the corrupt merger between state and corporate power that has ruined our economy, shattered the middle class, polluted our landscapes and waters, poisoned our children, and robbed us of our values and freedoms.”

“Together we can restore America’s democracy,” he concluded.

Watch the ABC interview: