It was a record scratch of a momen t: Texas actor and potential gubernatorial hopeful Matthew McConaughey, who is vaccinated against COVID-19, declared in an interview this week that his younger children are unvaccinated and that he wants more information.

The comment sparked a headline frenzy and touched off waves of dismay and judgment on social media, where all nuance goes to die. But McConaughey is not Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who misled the public about his vaccination status, flouted NFL rules and used his fame to spread anti-vaccine rhetoric. Anyone who takes the time to absorb McConaughey’s full comments will learn that his wife, mother and 13-year-old child are vaccinated, that he supports mask use and that he rejects the belief that vaccines are a Big Pharma conspiracy.

This editorial first appeared in Saturday's edition of The Dallas Morning News.

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