"Jenny McCarthy is blonde, beautiful, a former Playboy playmate, a published author, a prominent comedic actress, and a Weight Watchers spokesperson. So why is the announcement that the 40-year-old will replace Elisabeth Hasslebeck as a co-host on ABC's "The View" in September causing such an outcry?
"One word: vaccines.
"McCarthy has long been an outspoken opponent of vaccinating children, claiming that her 11-year-old son's diagnosis with autism in 2005 was due to his baby vaccinations....
"And according to Los Angeles-based health and wellness expert, Heather Lounsbury of Live Natural Live Well, McCarthy has every right to express her opinions.
"'People just don't want to hear that their doctors might be wrong or that pharmaceuticals can be dangerous. While I'm not a fan of vaccines, I understand parents wanting to give them to their children,' she added. 'But Jenny has personal experience with autism and should be allowed to share her story without fear.'"
Fox did something I'm not seeing in any other coverage of the JENNY McCARTHY--THE VIEW story. They quoted someone who said that she has a right to express her opinion.
"People just don't want to hear..." Really, watch an evening of TV. "Have you or a loved taken the drug XXX and suffered....? Contact the law firm of XXX You may be entitled to compensation...." Why can't it also be true about vaccines? Is it that the implications are just too horrible to consider? Salon.com
"McCarthy is not expressing a disagreeable political position, she is spreading misinformation that has actual, tangible health risks. America's public health authorities should be sounding the alarm. The American Medical Association and the surgeon general should be publicly calling on ABC to reverse its decision to hire McCarthy. They should have begun the campaign before the announcement was official....
"If you care about keeping misinformation - misinformation that could hurt or kill not just the children of people who intentionally don't vaccinate but other children as well - from being transmitted to people everywhere in the country every weekday, you should probably write ABC a polite note expressing your dismay. You should also, and this may be more effective, contact your senator and member of Congress and urge them to publicly criticize this hire. Parents and pediatricians, especially, should be loudly complaining."
Alex Pareene stops at nothing to vilify Jenny McCarthy and rally the people against her being allowed on 'The View.' I posted comments.KOMO News Seattle
"McCarthy drew attention from the medical community in 2007 with claims that her son Evan's autism was caused by childhood immunizations. For years she spoke out in support of Dr. Andrew Wakefield, whose work was later called an "elaborate fraud" by the British medical journal BMJ. She is also president of Generation Rescue, a nonprofit providing assistance to families affected by autism.
"The View has received significant backlash since Monday's announcement from those concerned McCarthy now has a new platform for dishing out medical advice. There have been several online campaigns urging the show to reconsider their hiring."
That evil Jenny McCarthy! If she gets on "The View" children will die. Honestly, I can't believe the coverage. Everywhere in the country, stories are slamming her. I can only imagine how much effort is behind this! I POSTED COMMENTS!
"It all started with bad science. The now-debunked theory that autism is caused by the common immunizations nearly all children receive beginning in infancy began with a fabricated piece of research, a 1998 study published-and later retracted-in the journal Lancet. In 2010, Great Britain stripped Andrew Wakefield, the lead author of the study, of his medical license. An investigation had deemed his research an elaborate fraud.
"Maybe, just maybe, Jenny McCarthy won't even mention autism and vaccines from her new perch on The View. That's the hope of Paul Offit, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. 'In a more rational world, this discussion would be un-reopenable,' Offit says. 'The answerable questions have all been answered.' It's not the vaccine, or anything in the vaccine. It's not the number or timing of vaccinations. Scientifically, he says, we know that."
Who isn't slamming Jenny McCarthy at this moment? Here was a great chance to post comments.Forbes
"What we'd like to see, before McCarthy joins 'The View'-she reportedly debuts September 9-is for her to chill her vaccine and autism stance and publicly state what the evidence demonstrates: She was wrong about both. After all, there's a mountain of evidence that supports that view."
WOW. This sounds like "reeducation" in the old Soviet Union. So Jenny McCarthy is supposed to repent of her past transgressions and forget about what happened to her son.
First Coast News (FL)
"About one in four adults said they were familiar with McCarthy's views about vaccines, according to a USA TODAY/Gallup poll taken in 2008. Of those adults, 40% said her claims made them more likely to question vaccine safety...
"After reading McCarthy's books, Meghan Dawson decided to take her two autistic children to Jerry Kartzinel, who co-wrote a book with McCarthy and treated the actress' son."
Liz Szabo at USA Today wrote this. Jerry Kartzinel is just a guy McCarthy wrote a book with. We're not told he's a doctor with his own autistic son. More cover-up from Szabo.
"In recent years, McCarthy has become as well-known for her claims that vaccines cause autism as for her roles as a late-night host on VH1 and a 1993 Playboy model.
"McCarthy, a best-selling author, has blamed vaccines for causing her son, Evan, to develop autism."
Autism Speaks sees no connection between vaccines and autism... SO WHAT'S THE CAUSE? Oh, that's right...fat, drinking, smoking, druggie moms with bad genes and deadly antibodies. All the science that Autism Speaks is happy to fund. I posted comments.