Newsmax White House reporter busted for false claim vaccines contain Satan-linked 'bioluminescent markers' to 'track' you
Emerald Robinson, the White House correspondent for far right wing media operation Newsmax was inundated with fact checks and mockery Monday night after she posted a totally false tweet mixing religious right falsehoods with anti-vaxx falsehoods in a fear-mongering message directed to "Christians."
"Dear Christians," she began, "the vaccines contain a bioluminescent marker called LUCIFERASE so that you can be tracked."
"Read the last book of the New Testament to see how this ends," she added, referring to the "Book of Revelation."
Robinson has previously been labeled an "anti-vaxxer conspiracy theorist."
White House correspondents are assumed to hold some degree of objectivity, and some degree of fact-checking ability before reporting – and statements on social media by news professionals are frequently quoted as reporting.
But in this case there appears to have been none.
As some noted earlier, "Luciferase" was trending, thanks to Robinson's false claim, which has since been deleted. NCRM did capture it Monday night:
Many responded directly or indirectly to Robinson, including many medical professionals and scientists. A small sampling:
Virologist Dr. Angela Rasmussen, who has worked on Ebola and COVID-19, set the record straight, mocking Robinson to boot, concluding "Luciferase is a natural enzyme that makes fireflies' asses light up."
PSA: the Moderna vaccine doesn\u2019t contain luciferase. And luciferase isn\u2019t named after Lucifer \u2026it\u2019s a common biological reporter that produces light which can be measured. Lucifer is Latin for \u201clight bearer\u201d. Luciferase is a natural enzyme that makes fireflies\u2019 asses light up.https://twitter.com/justinbaragona/status/1455383530687565825\u00a0\u2026— Dr. Angela Rasmussen (@Dr. Angela Rasmussen) 1635859596
Scientist and healthcare professional Dr. Audrey Glover responded to one of many questions:
Luciferase, generic term for class of oxidative enzymes that produce bioluminescence,\nFirst used by Rapha\u00ebl Dubois (invented words luciferin and luciferase for substrate and enzyme, respectively) words are derived from the Latin word lucifer, meaning "lightbearer".— Dr Audrey Glover (@Dr Audrey Glover) 1635827438
Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, the Founding Director for the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases Policy & Research also blasted Robinson:
Think of how much misinformation would have been avoided if the reporter had just done a web search of luciferase.\n\nUnless, of course\u2026 spreading confusion and disinformation is the point.https://twitter.com/angie_rasmussen/status/1455526759491850246\u00a0\u2026— Dr. Nahid Bhadelia (@Dr. Nahid Bhadelia) 1635861579
And a reporter on USA Today's investigative team pointed to that paper's own fact check from April – meaning Robinson was spreading long-debunked disinformation.
Fact check: No luciferase enzymes \u2013 or satanic connections \u2013 in coronavirus vaccines https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2021/04/23/fact-check-coronavirus-vaccines-do-not-contain-luciferase-enzymes/7260660002/\u00a0\u2026 via @usatoday— Nick Penzenstadler (@Nick Penzenstadler) 1635818265
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