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Tue Jul 16, 2013, 05:22 AM Jul 2013

ABC's hiring of Jenny McCarthy: a decision that could cost lives [View all]

By choosing Jenny McCarthy to be a host on "The View", ABC made a decision that could end up costing lives--even worse, the lives of children.

Jenny McCarthy believes that vaccines caused her son to be autistic. Never mind that it's not clear that he was actually autistic, none of the claims she has made about vaccines and autism are backed up by, um, any medical evidence. But that doesn't stop Jenny McCarthy from making those claims very publicly. She is a supporter of Andrew Wakefield, the British doctor whose study linking the MMR vaccine and autism was found to be based on fraudulent data. The fact that he has been discredited by the medical community and lost his license doesn't stop her from supporting him.

Vaccines save lives. So many fewer children get sick from polio, diphtheria, measles, chicken pox, tetanus, whooping cough and other vaccine-preventable illnesses. It's getting so that the latest generation of doctors haven't even seen some of these illnesses, these illnesses that used to be common--and sometimes kill. We have done, and continue to do, extensive research on vaccines and their safety. The consensus of the medical community--who care deeply about health, science and safety--is that for the overwhelming majority of people, vaccines are safe.

But that doesn't stop Jenny McCarthy from saying vaccines aren't safe. And the problem is, people listen to celebrities. They shouldn't--it's not like Jenny McCarthy has any kind of scientific training or expertise--but they do. Even though most people realize that celebrities aren't scientists, celebrities get our attention. And when they say things that scare us, well, it can be hard to shake. As my friend Seth Mnookin, the author of the great book The Panic Virus says, it's really hard to unscare people.



I don't know that I agree with the author/physician, but there is no doubt that McCarthy has been in the forefront of the anti-vaxxer movement.

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I am curious about this vaccine newfie11 Jul 2013 #1
Try this link: Motown_Johnny Jul 2013 #78
Thanks for the link newfie11 Jul 2013 #79
Is she a right-wing numbnut? burnodo Jul 2013 #2
No she is not a RW nut. She has an autistic child and there have been many live love laugh Jul 2013 #70
In point of fact... Orrex Jul 2013 #71
The writer's hyperventilating. McCarthy should be banned from all TV jobs pnwmom Jul 2013 #3
wtf? Am I calling for her to be banned from all TV jobs? cali Jul 2013 #4
You are not the writer. pnwmom Jul 2013 #7
bwahahahaha. yeah. I gave her the platform cali Jul 2013 #9
You must have missed this: "to scold vehemently." pnwmom Jul 2013 #10
Sorry, there's nothing particularly vehement about that piece: cali Jul 2013 #14
I say her comments were "characterized by rancor or anger." You disagree. pnwmom Jul 2013 #17
not a lie. anyone can check out your former posts. cali Jul 2013 #19
Show me a single post where I have spoken against vaccines in general. pnwmom Jul 2013 #25
I said you posted anti-vaxxer shit, not that you "spoke out against vaccines in general" cali Jul 2013 #39
What you actually said was, pnwmom Jul 2013 #45
yeppers, that's what I said. cali Jul 2013 #48
So, Cali should be banned from making all posts? EOTE Jul 2013 #15
Where did I say Cali should be banned from posts or that I am anti-vaccines? n/t pnwmom Jul 2013 #30
Oh, so only you are allowed to post stupid shit that no one actually says? EOTE Jul 2013 #32
Oh, fine. As long as we're clear that you're purposely posting "stupid shit." pnwmom Jul 2013 #33
Turn about is fair play, right? EOTE Jul 2013 #35
Why shouldn't the writer be given a platform? Orrex Jul 2013 #43
I can't speak for Cali davidpdx Jul 2013 #21
Yes, no one should hire her. Deep13 Jul 2013 #27
So she should be banned from entertainment TV for life because of her views on pnwmom Jul 2013 #31
Her views get lots of people killed. EOTE Jul 2013 #36
Free speech is often a dangerous thing. pnwmom Jul 2013 #40
Having alternative views on the show allows the appearance of objectivity. EOTE Jul 2013 #44
You clearly haven't watched that show. She's going to be interviewing celebrities, pnwmom Jul 2013 #46
I'm guessing you haven't. Do you remember Elizabeth Hasselbeck? EOTE Jul 2013 #49
This message was self-deleted by its author cali Jul 2013 #51
Which would put her in the exact same position as... Deep13 Jul 2013 #38
Yep Spider Jerusalem Jul 2013 #63
No, she should be banned JoDog Jul 2013 #37
She's cute, personable and funny. It's no wonder to me why she's still in the public eye. EOTE Jul 2013 #47
To each their own JoDog Jul 2013 #67
No she should be banned from this job because she relies on a theory that grantcart Jul 2013 #42
Jenny McCarthy's speech has a body count. longship Jul 2013 #61
Until scientists come up with an explanation as to LuvNewcastle Jul 2013 #5
actually, it doesn't take a lot of parents to stop vaccinating their children cali Jul 2013 #6
Wow it's hard to believe the vaccination rate is only 60% LuvNewcastle Jul 2013 #8
More than 94% of WA state kindergartners are fully vaccinated -- more than the 90% required pnwmom Jul 2013 #13
The anti-vaccers in Australia have set a sham church to allow people SwissTony Jul 2013 #55
Here in the state of vermont, it's even worse. cali Jul 2013 #58
I'd like to know why this dame is suddenly all over TV. WinkyDink Jul 2013 #11
nobody is forced to adopt her opinions nt treestar Jul 2013 #12
Wrong. Children are forced to adopt them... Deep13 Jul 2013 #28
The parents don't have to believe her treestar Jul 2013 #54
I don't think you understand what 'freedom of speech' means. n/t Dawgs Jul 2013 #64
But many will. Deep13 Jul 2013 #68
I totally agree with you davidpdx Jul 2013 #16
If you'd ever watched The View, you'd know that this is ridiculous. pnwmom Jul 2013 #18
they also discuss big news items and politics. cali Jul 2013 #20
So do you agree with the writer you quoted or not? pnwmom Jul 2013 #23
no, I certainly don't think Jenny McCarthy "should be muzzled forever" cali Jul 2013 #29
Anti-science zealots in general... Orrex Jul 2013 #50
yeah, I should have caught that earlier. dumb of me. cali Jul 2013 #52
Meh. You and me both. Orrex Jul 2013 #53
Not hiring her to be on TV again IS NOT the same as preventing free speech. Dawgs Jul 2013 #65
I actually have watched it davidpdx Jul 2013 #22
No, it probably wouldn't turn into The Vaccine View, but... Orrex Jul 2013 #56
Jenny McCarthy body count... SidDithers Jul 2013 #24
tks for the link grantcart Jul 2013 #41
She is replacing 'Lizbeth who went to Fox and Friends liberal N proud Jul 2013 #26
You know mstinamotorcity2 Jul 2013 #34
If you are getting your kid's medical guidance from Jenny McCarthy ... JoePhilly Jul 2013 #57
Any moron who bases a decision like this on what a TV Ilsa Jul 2013 #59
meh... Javaman Jul 2013 #60
Agree. Safetykitten Jul 2013 #62
I'm sorry I posted this because honestly, who really gives a shit? cali Jul 2013 #66
LOL... 5 Hour energy's work better than coffee... SomethingFishy Jul 2013 #69
That's a facile and silly objection Orrex Jul 2013 #72
Ok, agreed, it was kinda lame... SomethingFishy Jul 2013 #76
You've identified a serious problem, in fact Orrex Jul 2013 #77
I don't think she should be prevented from working LittleBlue Jul 2013 #73
Here's an idea for people, stop watching TV as it's nothing but propaganda Corruption Inc Jul 2013 #74
Anti-vaxxers are the worst type of people. Apophis Jul 2013 #75
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