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Censoring a Kennedy: ABC News Scrubs Vaccine Claims

ABC News, one of the largest television networks in the United States, has openly cut out parts with his vaccine claims from an exclusive interview with Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a candidate for the presidency in the US.

Last week, 69-year-old Kennedy announced his bid for the presidency and has already gained significant momentum with 19% of Democrats showing their support for him. Despite his political pedigree – Kennedy is the nephew of former President John F. Kennedy and the son of US Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated while campaigning for the Democratic nomination in 1968 – he is a vocal opponent of the COVID vaccination initiatives in the US and has even claimed in his 2021 book that Anthony Fauci, the COVID czar, helped perpetrate “a historic coup d’état against Western democracy.”

During the interview, Kennedy was set to talk about his decision to run for the 2024 Democratic nomination and discuss his campaign platform. However, the interview segment that aired on ABC News was heavily edited, with the anchor accusing Kennedy of spreading false information about COVID-19 vaccines and autism. The anchor then stated that ABC News had used editorial judgment in not including the majority of their exchange on vaccines in the interview.

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The censorship was bookended by Davis’ introduction to Kennedy at the beginning of the clip, in which she characterized him as “one of the biggest voices pushing anti-vaccine rhetoric,” and as someone who regularly distributes “misinformation and disinformation about vaccines, which scientific and medical experts overwhelmingly say are safe and effective based on rigorous scientific studies.”

In what was left from the interview, Kennedy was given the chance to elaborate on his reasons for running for president, citing concerns over the “growth of corporatism in America” and the country’s fixation on war, as well as his belief that the modern Democratic Party has transformed into a “party of censorship, war, fear, neoconservatism, and Wall Street”. Kennedy, who has four decades’ experience as an environmental lawyer, accused various US regulatory agencies of being “captured by corrupt leaders who are willing to carry water for industry.” He also expressed concern about the state of American democracy and the need for the Democratic Party to set an example during the election cycle.

The decision by ABC News Live to censor Kennedy has been met with criticism by those who believe that the network should have allowed him to express his views on vaccines without censorship.

Others argue that given the scientific consensus on the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, it was appropriate for the network to exclude portions of the interview that contained false or misleading information.

Kennedy’s interview on ABC News highlights the ongoing debate around censorship and media bias in the United States. The accusations of censorship against ABC News, combined with the network’s clear bias against Kennedy, raise important questions about the role of the media in shaping public opinion and the potential impact of media censorship on democratic processes.


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