No self-respecting thinking person is a fan of Jenny McCarthy who is known for her nude photos in Playboy, crass TV and advertising appearance and, lately, her self-proclaimed expertise in parenting and autism activism, primarily against vaccinations. Now, she has quite a substantial forum to advocate her views as she has been chosen as a host for ABC’s The View. This news is not going over well AT ALL. What were they thinking? Oh wait… they obviously were NOT thinking.
She is taking the place of the ultra conservative, very shallow-minded, evolution-denying, Elisabeth Hasselbeck. This is NOT an improvement. Barbara Walters notes they wanted a fresh view. The View has never been one for a smart, critical thinking view of current events and issues. They have their moments of good and their moments of total dumb.
Michael Specter, author of Denialist: writes in the New Yorker
Jenny McCarthy, who will join “The View” in September, will be the show’s first co-host whose dangerous views on childhood vaccination may—if only indirectly—have contributed to the sickness and death of people throughout the Western world. (See jennymccarthybodycount.com.) McCarthy, who is savvy, telegenic, and pulchritudinous, is also the person most visibly associated with the deadly and authoritatively discredited anti-vaccine movement in the United States. She is not subtle: McCarthy once essentially threatened the actress Amanda Peet, who has often spoken out about the obvious benefits of childhood vaccinations, by warning Peet that she had an angry mob on her side. When people disagree with her views on television, McCarthy has been known to refute scientific data by shouting “bullshit .”
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.
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.
Here is the funniest line I’ve seen:
Jenny 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.
WHAT?! What planet are you on Barbara. Jenny may be career-smart but how does this serve the millions of parents who watch the view and trust the information and opinions given. There is a basic rule everyone should follow — do not go to celebrities for professional advice. This is utterly disgraceful. As many other sites have iterated (please distribute), ABC should be ashamed.
However, I don’t and will not watch the show. It’s vapid. But as this post notes, she has been steering clear of the vaccine controversy. I don’t think she can overcome it and many will not let her since she has done so much damage. If she avoids talking about it entirely, not much harm is done but, fair warning, we’re watching. Always watching… Jenny McCarthy: ABC hires antivaccine “View” – Respectful Insolence.