The wife of (now former) White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Bill Shine is bothered by the way mainstream media outlets are reporting on a measles outbreak in Washington State — specifically a CNN report, which she decried as “fake hysteria” on Wednesday.
Darla Shine took to Twitter to blast the news outlet and call for the return of childhood diseases.
Shine accused CNN of scare mongering and said that there was nothing wrong with more kids coming down with measles.
“Here we go LOL measles outbreak on CNN,” she wrote. “The entire Baby Boom population alive today had the measles as kids. Bring back our childhood diseases, they keep you healthy and fight cancer.”
While many people did and do survive the measles, not everyone is so fortunate.
RawStory noted that the World Health Organization says measles are more likely to cause complications among young children:
“Most measles-related deaths are caused by complications associated with the disease,” the World Health Organization claims. “Serious complications are more common in children under the age of 5, or adults over the age of 30. The most serious complications include blindness, encephalitis (an infection that causes brain swelling), severe diarrhoea and related dehydration, ear infections, or severe respiratory infections such as pneumonia.”
Despite an immediate backlash to her first tweet, Shine doubled down and invited her detractors to “bring it on” in a subsequent Twitter post: