By Dan Olmsted
Back when Time magazine was a cultural touchstone, a critic named Woolcott Gibbs wrote a parody of its staccato, object-first style that included this immortal line: "Backwards ran sentences until reeled the mind. Where it ends, knows God."
I thought of that for some quirky reason this week as I watched the screeching hysteria around Jenny McCarthy's appointment to The View. Backwards ran logic until reeled the mind! Claim taken as fact is link between vaccines and autism has been debunked, disproved, discredited or whatever other "D" word was being offered up.
Idea then follows that since it's been discredited, it's dangerous to otherwise say. Killing babies is Jenny! And therefore, modus ponens style, censored must she be.
That's back-asswards. As John Stone put it here this week, Jenny is not wrong. Vaccines do cause autism. That's beyond D-E-N-I-A-L. Furthermore, in my view, based on my own reporting, vaccines and vaccine-type mercury are deeply implicated in the roots and rise of the autism epidemic. They are driving the autism epidemic. Anyone who doubts it ought to look at "How Mercury Triggered the Age of Autism," a short video on this page.
Also, check out the video above. It's a first try at a weekly video component to my Weekly Wrap. Thanks, Dan Burns, for getting it up and going. Next time, I won't sit in front of a sunny window.
Hey, a start it is. Where it all ends, knows God. Meanwhile, to Jenny, Godspeed!
Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism