What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “Anti-vaxxer”? Do you conjure an image of a moron, so ignorant of science, that they are not worth arguing with? Well, guess what? That is precisely what that epithet is meant to do. It is meant to derail and avoid an intelligent discussion before it even starts. While a handful of people may actually be completely anti-vaccine, most of the people lumped in this category are not. They are decent, reasonable people with legitimate concerns. But by calling anyone with even the mildest questions about even a single vaccine an “anti-vaxxer,” the media (and politicians) get to avoid any and all discussions of the subject. This is a very clever technique that shields, in this case, Big Pharma from challenge. The liberal media and politicians engage in this strategy to silence opposing viewpoints.
Source: The mainstream media’s great trick: Ridiculing people into silence