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CNN: Stop ‘Doing Your Own Research’

Four little words — “do your own research” — are hurting the US pandemic response, CNN’s chief media correspondent Brian Stelter said on “Reliable Sources” Sunday. And it is having real consequences as personalities from Nicki Minaj to Sean Hannity continue to promote the idea.

Minaj helped raise doubts about Covid-19 vaccines on Twitter last week, claiming she would only get the shots once she’d “done enough research.” It may seem like a reasonable, even positive, attitude, and it is a favored talking point echoed by many in the right-wing media.

The problem is that most people simply don’t know how to do their own research, especially when it comes to understanding the complexities of medical science.

The concept has lately become associated with Covid-19 and QAnon, but the phrase “do your own research” dates back to the 1890s when it was associated with skepticism surrounding the smallpox vaccine[…]

“Nobody’s going to the library and looking up authoritative sources to do their own research,” Yael Eisenstat, a Future of Democracy fellow at the Berggruen Institute, said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note the "authoritative sources" comment. You know, authorities. The same authorities that told you Chantix and Vioxx were safe to use.

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