I’ve written this column for a long, long, long time, covering celebrities who do stupid and irresponsible things. But there is no one more stupid and more irresponsible than known anti-vac personality Jenny McCarthy, who was just named the new cohost of “The View” on Monday morning.
“We are delighted that Jenny will be joining us as a permanent cohost on ‘The View’ starting in September,” Barbara Walters said in a statement. “Jenny brings us intelligence as well as warmth and humor. She can be serious and outrageous.” For her part, McCarthy said, “I’m beyond thrilled to be joining Barbara and the other amazing women at the table. I look forward to helping make hot topics a little bit hotter.”
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Are those hot topics whether or not you should vaccinate your children? McCarthy has claimed that vaccines cause autism to such mainstream news organizations as “Larry King Live” and “Frontline,” and she has worked as a spokesperson for various fringe anti-vaccination groups. There is absolutely no scientific evidence that vaccines — which keep our children from succumbing to terrible diseases and protect our littlest ones from certain death — cause autism.
Her stance is extremely dangerous for the wellbeing of our children and society as a whole. It is my sincere hope that “The View” explicitly states in her contract that she is not allowed to spew her anti-science lies on broadcast television. Shame on Barbara Walters, a true journalist, for giving this fearmongering nitwit a microphone.