Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

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Kennedy Has Surprising Support in New Poll

'USA Today' poll puts RFK Jr. at 14% as he enters the Democratic race

(Newser) - The 2024 presidential race got a new entrant on Wednesday: Robert Kennedy Jr. , prominent both for his last name and his skepticism about vaccines, formally launched his campaign, reports the Hill . Despite controversy over the latter issue, a USA Today poll conducted with Suffolk University suggests that Kennedy enters the...

Biden Has Another Primary Challenger

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Democrat and anti-vaccine activist, is running for president

(Newser) - President Biden has his second primary challenger: Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who is almost as well-known for his anti - vaccine activism as he is for the political dynasty of which he is a member, has filed the paperwork to run for president as a Democrat in 2024. RFK Jr....

Critics Fault Facebook Move on RFK Jr.'s Group: 'Too Late'

Children's Health Defense anti-vax nonprofit also booted off Instagram

(Newser) - Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has already been personally kicked off of Instagram. Now the social media platform—along with Facebook, also owned by Meta—has booted Kennedy's nonprofit, too, for repeatedly breaching rules on spreading misinformation about COVID-19, vaccines, and other pandemic health measures. The two platforms this week...

Evangeline Lilly Says She Was at RFK Jr. Anti-Vax Rally

She says she was there to support 'bodily sovereignty'

(Newser) - Almost two years after she apologized for saying she wouldn't self-isolate or change her daily routine because of the pandemic, Evangeline Lilly is back in the news over her COVID-related stance. In an Instagram post Thursday, the Canadian actress confirmed that she was at an anti-vaccine mandate protest in...

Cheryl Hines Blasts Husband's 'Reprehensible' Vax Stance

Nazi atrocities 'should never be compared to anyone or anything,' she says of RFK Jr.

(Newser) - Actor Cheryl Hines has distanced herself from her husband Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s anti-vaccination views—which have seen him banned from YouTube and Instagram —after what the Daily Beast calls a long "loud silence." After a Twitter user demanded that the Curb Your Enthusiasm actor...

Groups Object to Kennedy's 'Anne Frank' Comment

Anti-vax leader was arguing COVID restrictions violate individual rights

(Newser) - Anti-vaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. drew condemnation Monday for his suggestion that things are worse for people today than they were for Anne Frank, the teenager who died in a Nazi concentration camp after hiding with her family in an Amsterdam house for two years. Several Jewish advocacy and...

Kennedy's Killer Isn't Ready for Release, Newsom Decides

California board had recommended Sirhan Sirhan for parole

(Newser) - Update: Gov. Gavin Newsom has decided Sen. Robert F. Kennedy's killer will remain in a California prison, ignoring a parole board's recommendation. Newsom said Sirhan Sirhan has yet to accept responsibility for the crime, Politico reports. Nor has he disclaimed violence, the governor's statement said. "Sirhan...

YouTube Makes Big Move on Anti-Vaccine Content

Ban now covers false claims on all vaccines

(Newser) - YouTube is cracking down on medical misinformation—especially anti-vaccine content. In a blog post Wednesday, the platform said it is expanding a ban on false claims about COVID vaccines to cover other vaccines. YouTube said the ban includes content that "falsely alleges that approved vaccines are dangerous and cause...

Report: 65% of Anti-Vax Social Posts Tied to 12 People

Researchers urge social media sites to crack down on 'Disinformation Dozen'

(Newser) - High rates of vaccine hesitancy are holding America back from herd immunity—and much of the blame lies with the "Disinformation Dozen," researchers say. A March study and a recent follow-up from the Center for Countering Digital Hate identify a dozen figures responsible for an estimated 65% of...

Instagram Bans Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

RFK Jr.'s vaccine posts get him booted

(Newser) - Robert F. Kennedy Jr. isn't just a Kennedy, he's a well-known anti-vaxxer —and now that stance has gotten him banned from Instagram. "We removed this account for repeatedly sharing debunked claims about the coronavirus or vaccines," a spokesperson for the social media site's parent...

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We're All Family. But RFK Jr. Is So Wrong

Three Kennedys resist his anti-vaccination claims

(Newser) - With measles on the rise again, three voices are standing up to Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s claims about vaccines—and they're all Kennedys. "We love Bobby," write siblings Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and Joseph Kennedy II, and niece Maeve Kennedy McKean, at Politico . "...However, on...

RFK Jr: It Wasn't Sirhan Sirhan
RFK Jr: It Wasn't Sirhan Sirhan 

RFK Jr: It Wasn't Sirhan Sirhan

Slain candidate's son says he believes there was a 2nd shooter who fired the fatal shots

(Newser) - Nearly a half-century after bullets took the life of Robert F. Kennedy, Sirhan Sirhan, the man convicted of firing those bullets, has an unlikely defender: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. The slain presidential candidate's third-eldest child tells the Washington Post that "I got to a place where I had...

De Niro Making News Again Over Vaccines

Supports $100K reward offered for proof of debunked link to autism

(Newser) - Despite once expressing a desire to punch him, Robert De Niro now says he's open to working President Trump—at least indirectly—on exploring the debunked link between autism and vaccines, the Washington Post reports. "If he does the right thing, he does the right thing," the...

'Vaccine Conspiracy Theorist' to Maybe Head Trump Vaccine Commission

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. met with Trump on Tuesday

(Newser) - An "outspoken vaccine conspiracy theorist" says he's been tapped by Donald Trump to "chair a commission on vaccine safety and scientific integrity," the Atlantic reports. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. met with Trump on Tuesday, saying Trump, like himself, "has some doubts about the current vaccine...

RFK's Grandson Arrested in Aspen Bar Fight

John Conor Kennedy charged with disorderly conduct

(Newser) - Police say a member of the Kennedy family was arrested after a bar fight in the Colorado resort town of Aspen. Police say 22-year-old John Conor Kennedy was charged with disorderly conduct in the Thursday morning scuffle, the AP reports. Kennedy is the oldest son of Robert Kennedy Jr., an...

Robert Kennedy Jr. Weds Actress Cheryl Hines Today

It's the third marriage for Kennedy

(Newser) - Robert Kennedy Jr. and Curb Your Enthusiasm actress Cheryl Hines are getting hitched at the Kennedy compound in Massachusetts this afternoon. Cousin Patrick Kennedy says the wedding is at Ethel Kennedy's home in Hyannis Port on Cape Cod. The 60-year-old Robert Kennedy is an environmental lawyer and activist who...

'Dangerous' RFK Jr Keeps Slamming Vaccines

Yet people still listen to him, writes Laura Helmuth

(Newser) - Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has grabbed the spotlight in his fight against vaccines, and Laura Helmuth can barely believe it. "Fascinating it is, and absolutely maddening," she writes at Slate. "And dangerous." Kennedy believes that a vaccine preservative, thimerosal, causes autism, even though one medical organization...

RFK Jr. Cheated on Actress Fiancée: Sources

Kennedy accused of having affair behind Cheryl Hines' back

(Newser) - Another day, another Kennedy accused of cheating on his significant other : Sources tell the Daily Mail that Robert F. Kennedy Jr. cheated on his actress fiancée Cheryl Hines—and their wedding at the Kennedys' Hyannis Port compound is just weeks away. The sources say Kennedy met Chelsea Chapman Kirwan,...

1st Act of Civil Disobedience in Sierra Club's 120 Years

Daryl Hannah, Robert Kennedy Jr. among those arrested in Keystone XL protest

(Newser) - More than 40 protesters, including the likes of Robert Kennedy Jr. and Daryl Hannah, were arrested yesterday after protesting the Keystone XL oil pipeline, reports NPR . The event, which saw demonstrators tying themselves to the gates of the White House, was the first act of civil disobedience for the 120-year-old...

RFK Jr: Oswald Didn't Act Alone

Evidence is 'very convincing' a lone gunman didn't kill JFK, he says

(Newser) - Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is convinced that a lone gunman wasn't solely responsible for the assassination of his uncle, President John F. Kennedy. "The evidence at this point I think is very, very convincing that it was not a lone gunman," he told interviewer Charlie Rose in...

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