- Overall, we rate the Vaccine Safety Research Foundation (VSRF) as a conspiracy-pseudoscience website based on the promotion of false and unproven claims related to Covid-19 and its associated vaccines.
Bias Rating: RIGHT CONSPIRACY-PSEUDOSCIENCE
Factual Reporting: LOW
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
The Vaccine Safety Research Foundation (VSRF) is a website that claims to focus on vaccine safety, especially in relation to Covid-19 vaccines. While the site does feature interviews and articles that purport to be from medical professionals, it has been known to advance misleading claims. The content includes discussions on vaccine injuries and other vaccine-related topics, but it does not consistently rely on credible medical expertise.
Funded by / Ownership
VSRF is an initiative of The Kirsch Foundation, a registered nonprofit organization recognized as tax-exempt by the IRS under section 501(c)(3) – EIN 87-3900704. The foundation is headed by Steve Kirsch, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and philanthropist. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Mr. Kirsch has routinely promoted misinformation related to the Covid-19 vaccines. The website generates revenue donations and a shop that sells merchandise.
Analysis / Bias
Upon review, VSRF offers articles and interviews that claim to address vaccine safety but frequently challenge the established medical consensus. The website hosts content discussing topics like “Covid-19 vaccine injuries we were never told about” and delves into issues such as “the consent crisis, the missing Pfizer BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet on FDA’s website, and anaphylaxis associated with the polyethylene glycol (PEG) compound and Covid-19.”
The site’s roster of experts includes figures like Robert Malone and Peter McCullough, MD, who are known for promoting misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines. Additionally, VSRF has disseminated false claims, such as the conspiracy theory that Covid-19 is a bioweapon and the pseudoscientific assertion that SV40 is increasing cancer rates. These claims have been refuted by credible sources, as seen in this Health Feedback fact-check.
Given its tendency to question vaccine safety and credible medical advice, the website leans heavily towards pseudoscience and vaccine misinformation. It fails to offer a balanced perspective on vaccine safety and efficacy, raising significant concerns about its credibility.
Failed Fact Checks
- A third party has not fact-checked them; however, the people associated with the website frequently fail fact-checks, and we provide examples above.
Overall, we rate the Vaccine Safety Research Foundation (VSRF) as a conspiracy-pseudoscience website based on the promotion of false and unproven claims related to Covid-19 and its associated vaccines. (D. Van Zandt 10/25/2023)
Last Updated on October 30, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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