Posted on Oct 07, 2015

Anti-Vaxxers Fund Autism Study, Accidentally Prove Themselves Wrong

Posted in Science/Environment

At the very least, you have to commend anti-vaxxers who are willing to put their money where their mouth is and commit to independent verification of their claims that vaccinations lead to autism. Sadly, this didn't turn out too well for autism advocacy organization SafeMinds when they funded a scientific study looking at the long term effects of childhood vaccines....

Posted on Jan 05, 2015

Doctor Shows The Right Way to Deal With Parents Who Won’t Vaccinate Their Kids

Posted in Science/Environment

We’ve covered the idiocy of anti-vaccinators quite a bit here at the Banter, largely out of the goodness of our own hearts. Not vaccinating your kids puts everyone else in danger, so our relentless mockery of the likes Jenny McCarthy is sort of like a public service (okay, maybe that’s not entirely true – ridiculing celebrities who have confused themselves with doctors because Oprah Winfrey likes them is always fun)....

Posted on May 23, 2014

Does Toni Braxton Think Autism Is A Punishment From God?

Posted in Media

Singer Toni Braxton is getting a lot of attention for her new book, Unbreak My Heart, and not all of it is good. The R&B mainstay and reality TV star has become something of a star among anti-abortion conservatives, and a subject of ire among autism advocates, over widely-reported remarks in her book explaining that when she learned of her son's autism diagnosis, she thought it was "God's payback"...

Posted on Apr 22, 2014

No, You Can’t Be Reasonable and Be Anti-Vaccine

Posted in Politics

There's been so much push-back lately against this intellectually dishonest crap that those who espouse it are now tempering their language and tone because they know they have to. And that makes an already dangerous situation even more dangerous because while it's easy to dismiss someone who comes at you with their arms swinging and their voice raised it's a much more seductive and convincing proposition when you're approached...

Posted on Apr 16, 2014

How Wrong is Jenny McCarthy? Fox News and Dana Loesch Are Now Schooling Her

Posted in Media

Recent pro-vaccine convert and co-host of ABC's The View Jenny McCarthy has taken a long, well-deserved beating in these pages for her dangerous campaign of misinformation about vaccines, but if you needed further proof of just how disconnected McCarthy is from reality, check out lat night's The Kelly File. Host Megyn Kelly, who believes in Santa Claus and is certain he's white, and conservative media icon Dana Loesch, who...