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.
The self-loathing atheist defends public prayer by using her favorite method: making stuff up.
Jenny McCarthy: Come for the anti-vaccination crusading; stay for the irresponsible implications.
Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd may be out, but the good news for fans of 'The View' is that it'll be extremely easy to replace them with more intelligent hosts.
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" for an abortion she had years earlier. Is what she really said about her son's autism as bad as people think it is, or worse?
It would be wonderful to think that this will be the silver bullet that finally puts the anti-vaccine movement in the ground, but of course we all know better. When you aren't basing your views on evidence in the first place, further evidence of any kind is meaningless.
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 by someone who seems completely rational. But don't be fooled.
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 believes that the Second Amendment allows for private ownership of chemical and nuclear weapons, took turns scolding McCarthy for, of all things, ignoring science.
In an op-ed in yesterday's Chicago Sun-Times, Jenny McCarthy comes right out and says, "I am not ‘anti-vaccine.’" She then attempts to clarify her position, one she claims has been falsely represented in various stories attacking her. Unfortunately, what she writes is complete bullshit.
It's easy to point and laugh at people like Jenny McCarthy and Kristin Cavallari, idiots peddling C-list celebrity pseudoscience and mothers who believe that their ability to create life has naturally imbued them with inherent moral superiority and a mainline into some secret medical knowledge doctors just don't have. It would be easy to dismiss their arrogance and their ongoing insemination of the national conversation with ignorance -- if only it weren't for the fact that doing so has the potential to get people killed.
In order to stem the tide of anti-scientific gibberish polluting public discourse on matters of great importance, here's a very quick guide to vaccines and why you absolutely must get your child vaccinated
Here's former reality star Kristin Cavallari being every bit as stupid as you figured she was back when she was on The Hills, defending her decision not to vaccinate the boy she already has with Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and the one they have on the way.
Outbreaks of whooping cough, thought to be eradicated almost entirely, now appear in places like the United States and Europe with even greater frequency and in larger numbers than in the economically underdeveloped world.
This column isn't about how Jenny McCarthy shouldn't be given a nationwide platform on The View to almost assuredly bring her anti-vaccination crusade to its largest audience yet, how being complicit in such a move is irresponsible and dangerous. This column is about why Jenny McCarthy shouldn't be given a nationwide platform on The View to spout her anti-vaccination evangelism, why it's irresponsible and dangerous and why ABC should put people's lives over profits and immediately withdraw its unholy offer to McCarthy.
By now you've probably heard that Elisabeth Hasselbeck is leaving The View to head on over to Fox News where she'll be the next XX-chromo unit in the unenviable position of fielding stupid sexist comments from Brian Kilmeade and just plain old regular stupid comments from Steve Doocy on Fox & Friends. This is one of those moves that should surprise absolutely no one anywhere.