Anti-Vaccination Fearmonger Jenny McCarthy Joins “The View”

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Now I have another reason not to watch The View — they’ve hired one of the most notorious fear-mongering anti-science spokespeople of the insane anti-vaccination movement: Jenny McCarthy Joins ‘The View’.

“We are delighted that Jenny will be joining us as a permanent co-host,” Walters says, adding McCarthy “brings us intelligence as well as warmth and humor. She can be serious and outrageous. She has connected with our audience and offers a fresh point of view.”

Not everybody shared Walters’ delight. McCarthy, who has embraced the controversial claim that vaccinations cause autism, has drawn the ire of pro-immunization advocacy groups.

McCarthy’s “unfounded claims that vaccines cause autism have been one of the greatest impediments to public health in recent decades,” said Amy Pisani, executive director of one such group, Every Child By Two, in a letter to Walters and Geddie. “These false assertions, in addition to her condemnation of public health officials and the medical community overall, has spread fear among young parents, which has lead to an increased number of children who have not received life-saving vaccines.”

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1 Bulworth  Mon, Jul 15, 2013 11:03:22am

There weren’t any race riots post-Zimmerman trial, but the derp is running wild and out of control. And it’s only Monday.

2 Kragar  Mon, Jul 15, 2013 11:03:48am

Kook.

3 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Jul 15, 2013 11:04:41am

token blonde?

4 Bulworth  Mon, Jul 15, 2013 11:06:24am

re: #3 FemNaziBitch

Giving blondes a bad name. Her and Hasselbeck.

5 Internet Tough Guy  Mon, Jul 15, 2013 11:06:53am

Were there no attractive Holocaust deniers available?

6 erik_t  Mon, Jul 15, 2013 11:07:05am

I can’t wait for the first time they get around to how abortion kills children that would otherwise grow up happy and healthy.

I’ll sharpen the irony-cleaver.

7 GeneJockey  Mon, Jul 15, 2013 11:08:04am

Seriously, is there no belief so stupid and dangerous that it precludes someone like her from getting a job talking to millions of people?

‘Vaccines cause autism’ is not an OPINION, it’s a LIE, a dangerous lie that infects ignorant, well meaning people who then endanger their children and everyone else’s.

I have a kid On The Spectrum. I know about the pain; the grieving for the perfect, normal child you wanted and expected; the daily reminder that your son will have a harder path than you ever wanted for him. I know about wanting it to be someone’s fault. But there’s wanting that, and there’s putting other children in danger to pursue your fantasies of conspiracy.

Fuck her.

8 Kragar  Mon, Jul 15, 2013 11:08:55am

re: #3 FemNaziBitch

token blonde?

Pretty much, yup. They hired her for eye candy.

9 Gus  Mon, Jul 15, 2013 11:10:00am
10 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Jul 15, 2013 11:10:12am

I went to the Dail bar but I wasn’t drinking excessively. There was nothing pre-meditated, it was stupid, it was disrespectful.

11 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Jul 15, 2013 11:11:37am

IIRC, her son, turned-out isn’t autistic.

12 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Jul 15, 2013 11:14:06am
13 jogiff  Mon, Jul 15, 2013 11:14:08am

I imagine that this is the average The View viewer
http://www.palupo.com/?p=435

14 lawhawk  Mon, Jul 15, 2013 11:14:12am

This is courtesy of ABC, Barwall Productions, and Barbara Walters, among others.

They’ve gone and put an anti-vaxxer on a show watched by millions where she’ll be able to share her “views” with those folks. It gives her a platform on which she’ll be able to spread her noxious views.

She’s done a tremendous disservice to public health for spreading her anti-vaxxer positions, and the body count will continue climbing.

Phil Plait has also spoken out against this nonsense - and even provides suggested form letters to send to express your outrage over this.

The type of misinformation McCarthy is spreading is incredibly dangerous, and the mainstreaming of her is a tacit acceptance of it. She has the right to believe whatever she wants, but we have the right to condemn her for it and to let the media know about it. The kind of anti-vax propaganda she promotes has an impact, and sadly that impact can fall on infants who go unvaccinated because their parents have been misled. It’s up to us to raise our voices and make sure reality, science, and the health of humanity triumph over nonsense.

Thousands of kids will suffer needless illnesses and deaths will occur but for the failure to vaccinate against wholly preventable diseases. That’s entirely on the anti-vaxxer community that is undermining the public health with completely baseless and nonsensical theories, conspiracies, and outright fraud (the Wakefield case).

15 jaunte  Mon, Jul 15, 2013 11:14:16am

“…Cut to Marin County, California 2011: The richest county in California (ranking 20th in the entire nation) is ground zero for a whooping cough epidemic. In the last ten years California has allowed parents to “choose” whether or not to immunize their children. This is because in the wake of a 1998 “study” by “Dr.” Andrew Wakefield falsely linking vaccinations to autism there has been widespread panic among well-meaning parents. So many children in privileged first-world homes are not getting immunized. This year six infants have died in California from whooping cough. Out of the 1500 reported cases so far this year in California - the highest rate of infection is in Marin County. It’s the worst epidemic, according to the CDC, the state has seen in 50 years. Doctors all across the state are telling their patients to get the whooping cough vaccination regardless of age. Now high school freshmen are being required to have the inoculation to enter school in the fall.”

16 darthstar  Mon, Jul 15, 2013 11:14:42am

So that answers the question of how to find someone even stupider than Hasselbeck.

17 Vicious Babushka  Mon, Jul 15, 2013 11:14:49am

Did they hire her because she is an anti-vaxx nutbag or because she is Mrs. Jim Carrey and a former Playboy Playmate?

18 CarleeCork  Mon, Jul 15, 2013 11:15:19am

At least she isn’t a RW Palin lover.

19 Kragar  Mon, Jul 15, 2013 11:15:42am
20 Kragar  Mon, Jul 15, 2013 11:16:59am

re: #17 Vicious Babushka

Did they hire her because she is an anti-vaxx nutbag or because she is Mrs. Jim Carrey and a former Playboy Playmate?

One of those and the first two don’t count.

21 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Jul 15, 2013 11:17:24am

re: #19 Kragar

Fox News host agrees that Black Panthers somehow caused Zimmerman trial

OFFS

OMG! I saw that story earlier on my phone and couldn’t find it again to post it here.

Thanks for doing so.

22 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Jul 15, 2013 11:17:37am

re: #20 Kragar

One of those and the first two don’t count.

x-Mrs. Jim Carrey —no?

23 GeneJockey  Mon, Jul 15, 2013 11:17:51am

re: #17 Vicious Babushka

Did they hire her because she is an anti-vaxx nutbag or because she is Mrs. Jim Carrey and a former Playboy Playmate?

There are 12 new Playmates every year, and she and Carrey split up. I think it’s because she adds ‘opinionated’ and ‘controversial’ to the ‘blonde with big boobs’ thing.

24 lawhawk  Mon, Jul 15, 2013 11:18:45am

re: #17 Vicious Babushka

She and Carrey broke up a few years ago. And she’s been going on and attacking Jim for not having contact with her son:

But a source close to Jim tells us, Jenny has NEVER personally contacted him about seeing her son.

As for Jenny’s timing — sources close to Jim think it’s strangely coincidental Jenny is making these accusations right when her new dating show is premiering … two years after she and Jim broke up.

That’s from last year - she’s publicity driven more than most.

25 Vicious Babushka  Mon, Jul 15, 2013 11:19:29am

Even Dana Loesch would be a better candidate than Jenny.

26 Vicious Babushka  Mon, Jul 15, 2013 11:20:11am

re: #4 Bulworth

Giving blondes a bad name. Her and Hasselbeck.

She is giving boobs a bad name.

27 darthstar  Mon, Jul 15, 2013 11:21:08am
28 FemNaziBitch  Mon, Jul 15, 2013 11:27:37am
An ongoing federal probe has been looking at whether Mr. Zimmerman could be prosecuted under the Shepard Act, which was passed in the wake of the brutal, high-profile killings of Matthew Shepard, who was a gay college student, and James Byrd Jr., a 49-year-old black man.
… .

Mr. Jealous was one of many civil rights and elected officials who spoke about the case Sunday on the morning talk shows. Rep. Raul Grijalva (D., Ariz.) said he supported a Justice Department investigation into the case. He stopped short of saying that Mr. Zimmerman should be charged at this point but said the investigation should “to lead to a consequence of charges, if necessary.”

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican and possible presidential candidate for 2016, defended the judicial process and the jury’s decision Sunday.

“I think our justice system is color blind,” he told CNN’s “State of the Union.” “That jury made the right decision from their standpoint.”

Mr. Jealous?

29 Wile E. Wonka  Mon, Jul 15, 2013 11:31:47am

re: #18 CarleeCork

At least she isn’t a RW Palin lover.

Eh, creationism, climate change denialism, anti-vax hysteria… same faith-based aw-shucksin’ anti-science channel if y’ask me.

(anti-vax-ism seems to be one of those things that hits both sides of the political spectrum. From fundie homeschoolers and their “chicken pox parties” to RFK Jr. and the “appeal to nature” cryptohippies, I guess it’s an equal-opportunity delusion.)

30 Justanotherhuman  Mon, Jul 15, 2013 11:36:07am

Who the hell would follow a celebrity’s recommendations about something as important as childhood vaccinations?

31 GeneJockey  Mon, Jul 15, 2013 11:38:02am

re: #30 Justanotherhuman

Who the hell would follow a celebrity’s recommendations about something as important as childhood vaccinations?

People who think Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc is an argument, not a fallacy.

32 Vicious Babushka  Mon, Jul 15, 2013 11:39:00am

re: #30 Justanotherhuman

Who the hell would follow a celebrity’s recommendations about something as important as childhood vaccinations?

The same idiots who Tweet Fake Quotes and have little Benghazi!!11 black-and-yellow ribbons on their Twitter profiles.

33 GeneJockey  Mon, Jul 15, 2013 11:39:59am

re: #26 Vicious Babushka

She is giving boobs a bad name.

Not with me! I don’t blame them for her actions.
//

34 Wile E. Wonka  Mon, Jul 15, 2013 11:53:05am

re: #30 Justanotherhuman

Who the hell would follow a celebrity’s recommendations about something as important as childhood vaccinations?

Oh, come now. R2D2 wouldn’t steer me wrong!
Youtube Video

35 SidewaysQuark  Mon, Jul 15, 2013 12:30:01pm

What are “Jenny McCarthy” and “intelligence” doing in the same sentence?

36 Decatur Deb  Mon, Jul 15, 2013 1:53:49pm
37 A Mom Anon  Mon, Jul 15, 2013 2:01:49pm

McCarthy got legitimized by Oprah. Her book about her son being autistic became a best seller because of that. I read it, it was obnoxious. It was mostly about “fixing” her son which annoyed the hell out of me. I suspected he wasn’t autistic after reading the book, because he had numerous seizures daily, which in turn interfered with his development, which in turn mimicked autism in a lot of ways. Had she stuck with the topic of what having a child with a disease or disability does to a marriage, I think she would have done some good. Instead, I believe she saw a way to use her B Celeb status to weasel into being a spokemodel for “autism moms”, it’s gross and I’d love to punch her right in the ovaries for it.

It’s not just that she’s anti-vax, she’s also promoted more than one “cure” for autism via lines of supplements and other dubious treatments. Look up alternative “medicine” treatments for autism sometime, it’s a horror show with everything from drinking diluted bleach and bleach enemas to strict diets and do it yourself chelation therapy to every kind of homeopathic and herbal treatment you can imagine. She’s made money off this, and what she’s offered is false hope and a sense of failure to parents who try all this stuff and it doesn’t work. I can not STAND her, and now she’s making another payday for no talent self. Yay.

38 Thorzdad  Tue, Jul 16, 2013 9:56:20am

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