Response to Dr. Peter Hotez’s false, defamatory claims

UPDATE: The false tweet by Peter Hotez has been removed from Twitter.

Below is my response to MSNBC, which asked me about the false information Dr. Peter Hotez tweeted out today.

Here is the Hotez tweet, which remains published as of 2:02pm EST:


Thank you for reaching out.

First, please be extremely cautious in reporting the malicious, damaging and false accusations about me that’s contained in Hotez’s tweet. I have contacted my attorney about it in the past hour.

The only Hotez tweet I’m aware of falsely claims: “The website Natural News called on their followers to contact me, providing contact info phones emails, comparing me to Mengele sending image after image of Nuremberg. Then Sharyl Attkisson endorsed it on her website.”

First, no endorsement of any such thing exists on my website (or anywhere else).

Second, I have neither read/seen nor endorsed Natural News a) calling on their followers to contact Hotez; b) providing contact info phones emails; or c) comparing to Mengele sending after image of Nuremberg (whatever that means).

Third, Hotez’s tweet is the first I became aware of Natural News’ call to action (if, indeed, that characterization is true).

If you think there is evidence or proof that any of Hotez’s claims about me are true, please send me the information immediately, as I am unaware of it and am concerned that any such article or proof would be fabricated in nature.

If you see there is no evidence or proof for Hotez’s claims, and you intend to report them anyway, it would be irresponsible and unethical for you not to point out that no such article or endorsement exists on my website, and that he appears to be promulgating false and defamatory information about me.

In publishing his false information, Hotez has targeted me (and it’s not the first time), and ensured I am the recipient of angry attacks based on his untrue claims.  

Please let me know if you intend to proceed with reporting Hotez’s false accusation against me, and if you have any follow up questions.

Thank you,Sharyl Attkisson

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21 thoughts on “Response to Dr. Peter Hotez’s false, defamatory claims”

  1. I may have some information to aid in fighting against violation of your civil rights. Indeed, it appears you are the target of organized harassment. Much of what I can share may seem consoiratorial– that is because it is. How may I best contact you in a secure manner. I am not confident in security of my computer. Thank you

  2. I think you hit your mark Sharyl. As per WarEagle82 it has been removed, BUT I don’t know whether the person made a correction and apologize to you.

  3. Stephen Triesch

    So who is Dr. Hotez and what is this controversy ultimately about? The origins of Covid-19? The efficacy or safety of vaccines? The necessity (or lack thereof) of masks and other Covid-19 protocols?

  4. Hotez and his Texas medical mafia are advocating tracking down persons who do not consent to take and untested, unapproved gene therapy, and jab them by force…

  5. Perhaps at a later time, you can provide your readers with more information about Hotez and these crazy claims. I’ve never heard of him.

    Fight the good fight.

    Thank you

  6. I am just so in awe of how calm, rational, & intelligent Sharyl remains while under a horrendous slanderous attack!

  7. Do people really watch MSNBC? If so, why?

    Isn’t it always the case that being uninformed is better than being misinformed?

  8. I read the piece about him on Natural News. The writer discusses an article by Hotez, published by Nature, in which he writes about “anti-vaxxers” and calls on authorities to do whatever is necessary to stop and silence them. Hotez’s language is quite strong and can be characterized as a rant.

    The Natural News writer provides Hotez’s publicly available contact information and urges anyone wanting to write him to be courteous and use no violent language. He also asks readers to pray for Hotez.

    I saw nothing in the article that would provoke a normal person or cause someone to feel threatened.

    1. have been sub’d to Natural News for a long time and find it a very pleasant platform – it presents a variety of articles, mostly knowledgable and quite informative. hotez might be a case of bad apples?

  9. Hotez always appears to be whining to the teacher. Must be a carry over from his childhood he still lives in.

  10. I believe Hotez recently announced on CNN or MSNBC that he has developed a new covid vaccine. He stated it uses well known and tested ingredients. Now that’s a story, if at all true not his ranting at imagined slights!

  11. I will never forget watching the News the day Rodney King was released from the Hospital, when asked by a white female Reporter, what he learned from his beating by the white Police Hosifer’s in L.A.; he looked into the camera and said, “Why can’t we all just get along’?
    Life is to short and precious. Ironically a shot life is a Blessing on this World, Perhaps one of many
    Insane Asylum’s in the Milky Way. We have a long way to go………

  12. I will never forget watching the News the day Rodney King was released from the Hospital, when asked by a white female Reporter, what he learned from his beating by the white Police Hosifer’s in L.A.; he looked into the camera and said, “Why can’t we all just get along’?
    Life is to short and precious. Ironically a short life is a Blessing on this World, Perhaps one of many
    Insane Asylum’s in the Milky Way. We have a long way to go………

  13. Here is the extract in question, in brief, Hortez is asking for a task force reporting to the UN secretary-general against people who don’t trust Big Pharma (who are called “anti-science” and almost compared to terrorists).
    “Efforts must expand into the realm of cyber security, law enforcement, public education and international relations. A high-level inter-agency task force reporting to the UN secretary-general could assess the full impact of anti-vaccine aggression, and propose tough, balanced measures. The task force should include experts who have tackled complex global threats such as terrorism, cyber attacks and nuclear armament, because anti-science is now approaching similar levels of peril.”

    Mike Adams: “In my podcast, I’m calling for readers and fans to pray for this sad monster of a man, to pray that he might set himself free from the evil demons who obviously possess his tired body, from what I can tell. Pray that he may return to God and seek forgiveness for the crimes against humanity being committed by whatever twisted, dark soul currently occupies his once-human body.
    Here’s how to contact him using publicly-available contact information published on the Baylor website. I insist that if you choose to contact Hotez, be polite and do not engage in the kind of threats of violence that he levels against others. We do not have to stoop to such lows, as we have truth, justice and God on our side.
    I’m also officially inviting Peter Hotez to an interview to allow him to answer questions, should he choose to do so. But I’m not holding my breath…”
    “Be polite. No threats.”
    Nature used to be a great and reputable scientific journal, it is clearly compromised, biased and plagued with conflicts of interest.
    Well, it make only sense when you know that Hotez is founded by… guess who?
    You know, that guy, no conflict of interest here, invested 10 billion dollars in vaccines, return on investment “over a 20:1 return” (made 200 billion). That’s what we call philanthropy :)

    Just a little reminder that Big Pharma has been sued and convicted numerous times for fraud and corruption. A few examples again here, why would we trust these people with our life? Really?
    GlaxoSmithKline pleaded guilty to criminal charges and agreed to a $3 billion settlement for illegal promotion of prescription drugs, its failure to report safety data, bribing doctors, and promoting medicines for uses for which they were not licensed. Pfizer settled multiple civil and criminal allegations for $2.3 billion in the largest case of pharmaceutical and health care fraud in US history. Johnson & Johnson had to pay $2.2 billion in 2012 for Off-label promotion, kickbacks (negotioated bribery). Come on, man, please, some courageous and honest lawyers to sue them now. A little reminder about Johnson & Johnson: AP (April 1, 2021). Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine batch fails quality check. “A vaccine ingredient made by Emergent BioSolutions — one of about 10 companies that Johnson & Johnson is using to speed up manufacturing of its recently approved vaccine — did not meet quality standards, J&J said.” “Emergent, a little known pharmaceutical company granted a major role in the federal government’s response to coronavirus pandemic, has been repeatedly cited by the FDA for problems ranging from poorly trained employees to cracked vials and mold around one of its facilities.”

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