Otherwise serious people are spooked about the impact Jenny McCarthy’s hiring on The View might have for the health of a nation.
Dr. Claire McCarthy writes:
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.
OK, I don’t find McCarthy particularly talented but isn’t that a bit extreme? Oh wait, there’s more to it.
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.
McCarthy is, by all accounts, a flake, but if any parent makes health decisions for their children based on what a panel member of The View tells them should have their children taken from their custody immediately.
Our fear of free speech stems from our fear that people are too lazy or stupid or both to rigorously investigate what they see, hear, and read. That’s not entirely unfounded, though, as I’m still getting Daily Currant articles forwarded to me as serious journalism.
Oh, I was going to use a photo of McCarthy for this post but I couldn’t find one that wasn’t offensive in some way. Take that as you will.