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Pharma's McCarthy-ism in Full View

Dollar-sign-of-pills"McCarthyism is the practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without proper regard for evidence. It also means "the practice of making unfair allegations or using unfair investigative techniques, especially in order to restrict dissent or political criticism."[1] The term has its origins in the period in the United States known as the Second Red Scare, lasting roughly from 1950 to 1956 and characterized by heightened fears of communist influence on American institutions and espionage by Soviet agents."

By JB Handley

What do Dr. Bernadine Healy, Don Imus, Donald Trump, Doug Flutie, Gary Cole, Ed Asner, Charlie Sheen, Holly Robinson Peet, Deirdre Imus, Bob Wright, Aidan Quinn,  Andrew Wakefield, and Jenny McCarthy all have in common?

Of course, we all know the answer: they have publicly expressed concerns about the relationship between vaccines and autism.

If you just started reading newspapers this week, you may not realize all the company Jenny has in a controversy that's far from over. Wasn't it just a few short months ago that a congressional panel was hammering CDC employees in a hearing about this very same link? Where are all the articles calling for all these powerful elected officials to step down?

Pharma's PR play book is an impressive piece of work, and it was rolled out for all of us to see this week. Here's how it works:

- Every Child By Two, a Pharma front group, leads the charge. ECBT's funding comes from 2 sources: Wyeth and Sanofi (any reporter could easily confirm this by reading their 990, but they don't.) They appear to be a responsible advocate for vaccinating because they were founded by Rosalyn Carter thirty years ago, so the group is a great way for Pharma to hide behind something credible-sounding. ECBT takes charge of press briefings, etc.

ECBT 990

- Behind the scenes, ECBT and Paul Offit--who has had his career funded and his millions made by Merck--call every reporter on the planet to arrange a well-coordinated barrage of negative articles.  See:

- The writers and quote-makers are called in on all fronts:

1. Pharma-whore writers who are literally on Pharma's payroll

2. Pharma-benefitting writers (think Seth Mnookin) who have benefitted greatly from Pharma's largesse (speaking fees, etc)

3. Orac-types who work in medical facilities that rely on Pharma's funding

4. And, finally, publications that receive a majority of their ad dollars from Pharma

- Then, Pharma's army of paid trolls start dominating the comment boards to make it appear like the public is equally outraged

In general, the Pharma-derived articles share certain qualities:

- They claim the case against vaccines is over, the verdict is in, there is no proof (someone failed to convince Congress or Bob Wright of this reality...)

- They go after Jenny mercilessly, I've seen the "homicidal maniac" quote in several articles

- They call on ABC to remove Jenny

I have seen some much more moderate articles about Jenny, too, that offer a much more balanced take.

We should all be pleased with the violent reaction from Pharma. It shows how deeply the concerns about the vaccine-autism link have spread. Parents are doing their own research! I sincerely hope ABC has done their own independent research to discover what's actually true:

- The majority (certainly not all) of parents of children with autism believe vaccines played a role in their child developing autism

- Nearly half of new parents are concerned about giving their babies vaccines

- Millions of moms trust Jenny to be honest, courageous, and fearless about her feelings and beliefs, no matter how much pressure there may be to hide or change

I hope readers of AoA will take some (but not too much!) time to correct some of these writers and trolls about the reality of our community, our kids, and the still very much alive debate about the CDC's vaccine schedule's role in an autism disaster now impacting 1 in 50 American children. Use this easy form from Autism Action Network to tell ABC "Thank you" as well.

JB Handley is Co-Founder of Generation Rescue.


cia parker

another parent,
You need to read Louder Than Words to read about Evan's clear symptoms of autism and their eventual diagnosis as autism by several famous specialists. The pharma shills have come up with L-K syndrome, are saying it's a genetic disorder that first manifests in toddlers, because that supports their lie that this would completely explain Evan's condition and would have nothing to do with vaccines. I don't think it's correct at all, I learned when I reread Louder than Words last night that Evan really didn't regress, he had never developed much language or social skills to start with (like my daughter). I'm sure that, like her, he reacted to the baby vaccines which prevented him from developing skills.

cia parker

I just reread Louder Than Words, which I had first read five years ago, and find that there is little information about the MMR he got. I had mistakenly remembered it as having more. He apparently got mercury-containing vaccines when he was small, since mercury chelation was suggested by a DAN doctor. I'm going to read Mother Warriors and hope to glean more information on Evan's symptoms, the time of their appearance, and their relationship to the vaccines he got. His symptoms of autism, not recognized for what they were until after his horrific ongoing seizures started Jenny on the search for answers, were almost identical to those of my daughter, starting when he was very small. Against the L-K hypothesis is his never having developed much language at the time the seizures started at 2 and a half, since L-K seems to depend on a loss of acquired language. One of the first doctors to examine him diagnosed epilepsy, and Jenny's mom sent her information about epilepsy, but Jenny never believed it and it seems to have been discarded as a diagnosis.


" This is a disorder that sets in during early childhood (usually between 6-10) and features a regression of communication and social skills along with seizures for a period of time."

Doesn't that definition of Landau-Kleffner Syndrome actually blow the theory that Evan has it out of the water?

Evan wasn't 6 to 10 years old when he developed Autism. He was a few months old.

For Twyla


It is, indeed, speculation that is being presented as fact.

One Daniel Rubin made this claim. He never examined Evan, and he never saw Evan's medical records. And yet, his armchair diagnosis somehow trumps the diagnosis of the doctors who did examine Evan.

And then, a certain clueless and infinitely moronic bint keeps perpetuating this falsehood, repeating that Jenny said that Evan does not have Autism, but LKS.

This is an outright lie. Jenny has NEVER said that he has LKS. They use a cherry-picked and out of context quote from Jenny as proof. But, in the quote, she says that some of his symptoms are *similar* to LKS.

So are most symptoms of Autism.

The same clueless and moronic bint keeps saying that Jenny cured Evan. Jenny has NEVER said that Evan is cured. She says that Evan is *recovered*. But, the clueless bint (who claims she is a "nurse") is utterly incapable of understanding the difference between cure and recover. She has been soundly schooled on this, yet keeps repeating this lie.

Once again, perpetuating lies and misinformation. Doesn't Orac say that only Anti-vaxxers do that?


@ another parent -

This is the kind of speculation one can read in various internet articles:

"But unlike other sufferers of autism, he [Evan McCarthy] also suffered a series of severe seizures that came under control as he got older. Additionally, he seems to be 'cured' of the ailment of autism now, acting like a normal, healthy boy.

"This has led to speculation that Evan never really had epilepsy, but that he had the rare neurological condition Landau-Kleffner syndrome. This is a disorder that sets in during early childhood (usually between 6-10) and features a regression of communication and social skills along with seizures for a period of time. The syndrome only lasts for a finite period of time and usually goes away as the child grows older. The amount of damage done to the child’s speech and language capabilities varies case by case. In many cases, children with Landau-Kleffner syndrome are able to regain much of their lost skills and can live normal, seizure-free lives. On the other hand, children with autism live with their affliction forever, though they can learn to work around challenges through occupational therapy and special education."

In other words, there is speculation that since autism isn't caused by vaccines, and since autism isn't curable, ergo Evan never had autism. That is one of the standard reactions to stories of vaccine-induced autism and autism recovery.

But, since there is no known cause for Landau-Kleffner syndrome, that is not even an explanation. Maybe L-K is just environmentally induced inflammation of the brain that happens to strike at a later age than the brain inflammation which we call autism.

I don't know, but I don't think Jenny McCarthy has changed her opinion on her son's diagnosis.

P.S. Lots of children with autism have seizures.


Captain -
Please try harder not to be idiotic.


You left out Rob Schneider. Surely the fact that he believes that vaccines cause autism means that it must be true?

I mean when he signed on to the anti-vaccine movement, I thought to myself "golly, he is such an intellect, and I'm sure he has studied the issue in great depth. And, after all, he has the background to sift through and understand the vast scientific literature on vaccines" and that was the moment I became convinced that vaccines are in fact EVIL INCARNATE.

I could be convinced otherwise, perhaps if Pee Wee Hermon came out Pro-Vaccine. That would probably do it.



So who's the intellect who convinced you that vaccines were safe and effective ...... Amanda Peet??

Golly Captain, maybe she's a Pee Wee Hermon fan too.

Cherry Sperlin Misra

To Cia Parker, I much appreciate the work that you are doing, andwould like to be in touch with you to share ideas/research , etc. Would you take my email through AOA ? Dont be discouraged if some people dont heed your message. there are a variety of reasons. Some have been so brain washed into thinking that doctors know everything, the public health people care about each and every human being, and the pharma industry would never market a bad product because they are terrified of being sued....that they will not listen until their own child has been injured. Though I would like to make a good list of research papers, such as you are collecting- I dont think it has much impact on most people. And yet, I cant explain it entirely- but the movement is growing steadily. I also suggest that you take a look at the work done on dental mercury causing a variety of medical problems- which has been beautifully compiled by interested people. You could Google on mercury+ Alzheimers , for example. I find it useful to campaign against both vaccines with mercury and mercury in adults. Hey- There are a lot of older adults out there, looking forward and wondering if they are going to develop Alzheimers - and they also have kids and grandkids. However- This is interesting- In India I do not talk about Alzheimers to the Indians who dont eat fish. There are millions and millions of people in India who never eat a bite of fish in their life, Never take flu vaccines and Never (or rarely) have dental work with mercury. And you just cannot find Alzheimers among these people (or to be accurate, probably I should say "rarely" . For sure, in 45 years of living in India , and meeting lots of people through running a school- I have never heard of anyone in this category with Alzheimers.But AD is found among Indians who eat fish. Sorry all, if Im getting off topic here.

Cherry Sperlin Misra

Hey, am I off base here, or did I hear that Rosalyn Carter has Alzheimers? That would be a nice piece of irony for someone who believes in Every Child by Two. Autism when you're young- Alzheimers when you're old. Now lets see what kind of vaccines we can give the ones left in between. .

another parent

Please provide the source that Jenny's son Evan had/has Landau Kleffner and not an autism diagnosis?

I have seen articles refer to this but not provide a citation. This is definitely different than her books on her experiences.

Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB

Every reader of this website is aware that the media tells shameless lies. Surprisingly, their lies include the story of Senator Joe McCarthy of Wisconsin! The paragraph you quoted about “McCarthyism” is exactly what I believed until a few years ago. Then I read McCarthy’s book “America’s Retreat from Victory” (1951), and have since followed that up with oodles of research. He was genuinely warning us about traitors in the State Department, such as George Marshall. McCarthy thought such men were pro-Commie (think Yalta), but they were actually World Orderists. By the way, Senator McCarthy “up and died” at age 49, in Bethesda Hospital.
Does any of this have a tie-in with autism? Sure does! I am keen to interest folks in these things, but there’s a fantastic barrier to communication. Please go to my website: ProsecutionForTreason.com. Thank you for listening!


"What do Dr. Bernadine Healy, Don Imus, Donald Trump, Doug Flutie, Gary Cole, Ed Asner, Charlie Sheen, Holly Robinson Peet, Deirdre Imus, Bob Wright, Aidan Quinn, Andrew Wakefield, and Jenny McCarthy all have in common?"

You left out Rob Schneider. Surely the fact that he believes that vaccines cause autism means that it must be true?

I mean when he signed on to the anti-vaccine movement, I thought to myself "golly, he is such an intellect, and I'm sure he has studied the issue in great depth. And, after all, he has the background to sift through and understand the vast scientific literature on vaccines" and that was the moment I became convinced that vaccines are in fact EVIL INCARNATE.

I could be convinced otherwise, perhaps if Pee Wee Hermon came out Pro-Vaccine. That would probably do it.



I finally read Jenny's book, "Louder Than Words," yesterday. I read the whole thing in one sitting (save for an occasional bathroom break and a brief interruption for lunch). She is definitely a strong story-teller. And it's even more clear to me now than ever before that her VIEWS about vaccines are not scary, her EXPERIENCE with Evan is what is so utterly terrifying. And it's not just what may have caused his autism, but how truly inept the medical establishment is, not just at treating autism, but at treating seizures! That part was really very frightening to me. The fact that her three-year-old was seizing non-stop and they were in the hospital with him for a full two days before they even got to see a neurologist. And in the meantime, all the staff could think to do was give him VALIUM!!! My GOD!!! Talk about third-world!!! I swear you can find better health care for working-class people in India than what you can find for wealthy people in America. In any case, I can see why the medical establishment and the drug companies are so afraid of this particular Playboy bunny. I would be too if I were them.

cia parker

Thanks, Twyla, I really have been anxious about not knowing if Jenny no longer thought Evan had autism, but "just" Landau-Kleffner triggered by the MMR which looked just like autism. All the pharma sharks are saying that she has admitted Evan never had autism, and that since he is now recovered, that "proves" he didn't have autism, since we all "know" that recovery is impossible.


For anyone whose interested, check out the CNN article on Jenny McCarthy and post your comments along with adh1729, who seems to be the lone commenter on our side.



Great story, JB! Good job at pointing out the hypocrisy.

Chris Hemmings

"Every child by two"??

Clearly this is simply an aggressive business objective!


Meanwhile, vaccine research fraudster Poul Thorsen still sits atop the Office of the Inspector General's Most Wanted List....


Cia, I don't think Jenny ever said her son didn't have autism. Someone started a rumor that he actually had Landau-Kleffner Syndrome. Per the NIH:

"What is Landau-Kleffner Syndrome?

"Landau-Kleffner syndrome (LKS) is a rare, childhood neurological disorder characterized by the sudden or gradual development of aphasia (the inability to understand or express language) and an abnormal electro-encephalogram (EEG). LKS affects the parts of the brain that control comprehension and speech. The disorder usually occurs in children between the ages of 5 and 7 years. Typically, children with LKS develop normally but then lose their language skills for no apparent reason. While many of the affected individuals have seizures, some do not."

There is no known cause for Landau-Kleffner. In other words, it is probably just another term for regressive autism! Except starting at an older age.

One of the bloggers referred to a Time magazine article where the writer apparently mentioned L-K, but soon after that article Jenny wrote this article in Huffpo:


Watching the new documentary "TWA Flight 800" yesterday, I was struck by NTSB official David Mayer explaining why none of the hundreds of independent eyewitnesses to the crash would be called to testify. It's because they can't be believed, don'cha know. Just like the parents of vaccine-injured children can't be believed. Same arguments.

It's a fascinating look at media manipulation and propaganda. You can watch it at epixhd.com, if you're interested.


I hate to beat a dead horse, but German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer had it right when he said that "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

The following article is a little old (...2008), but it offers an interesting perspective on that belief:


The paragraph that really jumped out for me was:

" ... For example, looking back historically at how cigarettes were recommended by doctors, anyone who initially said that cigarettes caused cancer was summarily laughed at. Still, as more and more knowledge was evinced, the masses moved to only reject this information as being totally incorrect without accepting the truth of it. But, over time the laughable idea that smoking could cause serious health problems including death, became self-evident..... "

Our kids are the most heavily vaccinated in the history of mankind. And what's finally becoming self-evident to their parents, is that they're also the sickest. And by a considerable margin.

Those parents will soon be demanding answers, followed by calls for justice. And no amount desperate "internet trolling" can derail that train now.

John Stone

I've never known Angus short of words either.

Christina Waldman

Here is someone sympathetic to Jenny and open to the idea of vaccine damage. It could use some play. http://www.libertariannews.org/2013/07/17/how-safe-and-effective-are-todays-vaccines/


Will try again...

Hope things are well with you and yours JB.

Perhaps Jenny McCarthy could set up a "Jenny's List" in each and every state in the USA for locating a pediatrician.

Obviously, being on the list would provide ...much lower Autism rates...soon become the "standard of excellence" required.


Hope this are well with you and yours JB.

Perhaps Jenny McCarthy could set up a "Jenny's List" in each and every state in the USA for locating a pediatrician.

Obviously, being on the list would soon become the "standard of excellence" required.


You are right JB just having the autism debate in the news causes problems for Pharma & Co. which is why they have to stop Jenny because they will never know with what guest or what day she will mention the vaccines = autism facts and unleash nightmarish problems for them.

Angus Files

On you go Jenny..you certainly have Pharma rattled ...how are they going to shut Jenny up..saying that I have never seen a woman stopped from talking in my life...go get-em !Jenny..were behind you.


Cherry Sperlin Misra

- Welcome the battles, my friends - With each new battle more Americans become educated and curious about vaccines and autism. So, no matter what transpires, we always win.


JB always glad to see your posts.
I am afraid that we, the families that have experienced Autism first hand, are considered to be cannon fodder. Fodder in the profit war by pharma, fodder in the war on disease by medicine. A generation of families tied to a nightmare of health issues.
The attempt to create a new normal, the autism was always here, you just did not know it generation is setting in.

John Stone

The NYT have a column 'Just the Facts — No ‘False Balance’ Wanted Here' but could not accept the baldest facts and would not post this:


'But the trouble is that vaccines do cause autism. After the Hannah Poling case Julie Gerberding, at the time head of the CDC but now of Merck's vaccine division was forced to admit:

'“….. if you’re predisposed with the mitochondrial disorder, it [vaccination] can certainly set off some damage. Some of the symptoms can be symptoms that have characteristics of autism.”.


'While Vaccine Injury Compensation Program officials told Sharyl Attkisson:

'"The government has never compensated, nor has it ever been ordered to compensate, any case based on a determination that autism was actually caused by vaccines. We have compensated cases in which children exhibited an encephalopathy, or general brain disease. Encephalopathy may be accompanied by a medical progression of an array of symptoms including autistic behavior, autism, or seizures."


'Vaccines cause autism and all the pompous rhetoric in the world will not change it. Jenny is not wrong.'

Laura Hayes

Great article, J.B. Thank you. How ironic that I was reading Ch. 11 of a book called "Deadly Spin" this morning. Chapter 11 is titled "The Playbook," and it chronicles the ruthless, unethical, and immoral methods used by big business to deceive the public while laughing all the way to the bank, tactics which you so aptly describe in your article. Hopefully, American citizens are becoming more savvy by the day regarding the "spin" that is being spoon-fed to them, paid for by companies making billions of dollars every year from toxic products that are poisoning the consumers who purchase and use them (think vaccines, cigarettes, Round Up, GMO-laced foods, etc., etc., etc.). It's all so sick, not to mention tragic.

cia parker

Thank you, J.B.! I was feeling very depressed and discouraged. I have put up dozens of posts in the last few days about my daughter reacting to the hep-B vax at birth with encephalitis and to the DTaP booster at 18 months with having her only two words erased, and being diagnosed with autism two months later. Did you see how they all ganged up on Kelly on The Atlantic's piece? Probably twenty of them, all insulting her for daring to ask for a civil conversation respecting diverse points of view. They have called out dozens of their shills to do battle, and it is very disheartening to see strings of dozens of their comments, one after another, proclaiming that the science has proven that vaccines never, ever do anyone any harm. I finally resigned myself to just putting in one of my comments in the middle of each string. I have made reference to the hundreds of scientific, peer-reviewed studies published in journals like the Lancet and the JAMA, the hundreds of studies in the lists of works cited in Neil Miller's books, Dr. Mayer Eisenstein, The Age of Autism, Evidence of Harm, Callous Disregard, Raising a Vaccine-Free Child, Just a Little Prick, and From One Prick to Another. The tens of thousands of parental reports filed with the NAERVS. I said this blog and The Refusers post links to new studies proving the ways in which vaccines do their damage, several every month. I hope to give people the phrases they need to google to access the truth. The reasons for vaccine damage: the inflammation expected and necessary to produce antibodies often affects the brain (encephalitic brain damage), vaccins skew immune response from appropriate development toward a Th-1 response to an inappropriate preference for an autoimmune Th-2 response, the vaccine ingredients like mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, antifreeze, neomycin, and animal and human proteins in the culture media, all highly antigenic and allergy-provoking, the peanut oil used as an adjuvant sensitizing to peanut protein and causing sometimes fatal peanut allergies. Just a disaster, and all in the name of possibly sometimes preventing for an unknown length of time usually mild or very rare diseases.

Sorry, I'm really upset, and have been posting all week now on this. I need to know: is it true that Jenny is now saying that Evan didn't ever have autism? I found one article that included an interview with her which said it was really a genetic syndrome (Landau-Kleffner), not autism. I read Louder than Words, and know that the reaction was severe and immediate. It was clearly triggered by the vaccine even if it started out as the potential for a genetic disease. But the article didn't actually say that Jenny had disavowed the autism. Has she?

Please, everybody, please join the fray. I'm afraid that many people will see this as, as J.B. said, the consensus of the intelligent and educated, that vaccines are necessary to combat deadly threats like measles and pertussis (not!), and that they do not do the harm that many stupid, malicious people charge them with.

Victor Pavlovic

JB, great work, now this message has to be sent to Jenny McCarthy and it would be a great starting point for her to show all the media outlets behind the attacks on her and why. I imagine (soon) she will have encounters about vaccines/vaccine dangers , probably many of them, since it will be unavoidable with the current shill uproar against her, she might as well let them have it.

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