NYT's Frank Bruni on Vaccines: "The Internet Is A Problem Because It Allows Everybody To Be Their Own Researcher"

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On Monday's broadcast of CNN Tonight, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni criticized those skeptical of vaccines for children for using the internet as a research tool.

"There's a whole lot kind of self-education going on here that's dangerous," Bruni said.

Bruni also blamed the internet, saying "it's a problem here" because "it allows everybody to be their own researcher."

"I think there's a little bit of I'm smarter than the others," New York Times columnist Frank Bruni said on CNN. "Everybody else is blindly following the herd and I'm thinking for myself."

"The internet is a problem here because it allows everybody to be their own researcher. It brings you to sites that are there in abundance whether they have any merit or whether they have no merit at all. So there's a whole lot kind of self-education going on here that's dangerous."

DON LEMON, CNN: I was at a place the other day, and they said, and on the menu they said, 'Would you like this or this?' And I said, 'Which one do you like?' and the person said, well, I'm taking a class now on -- some sort of, you know, your choice, and your brain works. And I said, I just wanted to know which one you liked better. Whatever they said, I was going to eat it. But I am wondering about if there's a cache, a social cache, that goes around not getting your child vaccinated. 'I'm taking classes on how natural it is' and it's just the wrong information.

FRANK BRUNI, NEW YORK TIMES: I think there's a little bit of I'm smarter than the others. Everybody else is blindly following the herd and I'm thinking for myself. But you know what? The people who are not having their kids vaccinated. They're not really thinking for themselves. They're getting a lot of this from internet sites that they've gone to. The internet is a problem here because it allows everybody to be their own researcher. It brings you to sites that are there in abundance whether they have any merit or whether they have no merit at all. So there's a whole lot kind of self-education going on here that's dangerous.

LEMON: So get your child vaccinated?

BRUNI: Get your child vaccinated.

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