Big bad news: Silly celebrity gets major gig

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.

Jenny McCarthy officially joins “The View” –

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’s Dangerous Views on Vaccination : 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 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 .”

ABC’s hiring of Jenny McCarthy: a decision that could cost lives – MD Mama –

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.

  7 comments for “Big bad news: Silly celebrity gets major gig

  1. Todd Stonewall
    July 16, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    I wonder if the View is picking up Jenny McCarthy becuase she is willing to say stupid, potentially dangerous things. If it brings viewers the network won’t care. It’s never stopped Oprah from promoting garbage. Is there anybody else on the View with a brain that can counter Jenny?

  2. J
    July 16, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    She seems to be a parallel to Dr. Oz, without the medical background but perhaps a greater Halo effect.
    Hopefully she’ll say something so rediculous that even the other hosts will speak out against her, and some kind of ego deflation will change her ways. Hopefully, but not likely.

  3. Russell G.
    July 16, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    I’ve never been big on chat shows, but when the View first started, it seemed like a decent enough show if you like that kind of thing. But for the last 10 years every new co-host they’ve hired has been crazier than the last one.
    I wouldn’t call Elizabeth Hasselbeck “ultra conservative,” she seems like more of a neo-con. Shallow minded, definitely.
    I can’t remember the last time I saw the word “pulchritudinous” in an article…

  4. July 17, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    Don’t blame Jenny (she’s only trying to make a living). Blame the general public if you like.

  5. Brian
    July 17, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    I was unfortunate enough to see one of these episodes on tv while I was at a business. They had the volume UP, so ignoring it was nearly impossible. These ‘women’ (and I use the term loosely) were discussing how ugly their husbands were, and how they hated having sex with them. ON TV. People like me can go a million years without needing to hear that sort of thing, and the conversation was so…. so…. It actually made my head hurt from the sheer and utter idiocy they were spewing. Adding some famous blonde bimbo to the mix is like adding more hornets to a hornet nest. It wont make a difference, and it still sucks if you cant get away from it.

  6. One Eyed Jack
    July 17, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Don’t blame Jenny (she’s only trying to make a living).

    Jenny McCarthy’s anti-vaccination campaign has influenced parents to not vaccinate their children. She is part of an anti-science propaganda war that can be tracked by the number of graves it leaves in its wake.

    That’s not “just trying to make a living”. Bleep her and bleep… well I’ll stop myself there.

  7. July 23, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    My favorite reaction was from Bob Garfield of the excellent NPR show On The Media, who did an essay on this week’s show titled Dangerous View and referred to McCarthy as an “autism quacktivist”. (He then expressed disappointment on Twitter that he hadn’t, in fact, coined the word “quacktivist” but I told him that “autism quactivist” is definitely belongs to him).

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