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      ABC's Hiring of Jenny Mccarthy: A Decision that Could Cost Lives

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      ABC's Hiring of Jenny Mccarthy: A Decision that Could Cost Lives

      Posted by Dr. Claire McCarthy

      July 15, 2013 04:27 PM

      Boston Globe

      http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/mdmama/2013/07/
      abcs_hiring_of_jenny_mccarthy_a_decision_that_could_cost_lives.html

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      http://tinyurl.com/ldbwuen

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      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.

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      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.

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      Vaccines save lives. So many fewer children get sick from polio,
      diphtheria, measles, chicken pox, tetanus, whooping cough and other
      vaccine-preventable illnesses. It's getting so that the latest generation
      of doctors haven't even seen some of these illnesses, these illnesses that
      used to be common--and sometimes kill. We have done, and continue to do,
      extensive research on vaccines and their safety. The consensus of the
      medical community--who care deeply about health, science and safety--is
      that for the overwhelming majority of people, vaccines are safe.

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      Anti-Vaccine Body Count

      http://www.jennymccarthybodycount.com/Anti-Vaccine_Body_Count/Home.html

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      Vaccines and Jenny McCarthy:
      the Oprah mea culpa interview doctors want to see

      Posted by Dr. Jen Gunter

      January 23, 2013

      http://drjengunter.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/
      vaccines-and-jenny-mccarthy-the-oprah-mea-culpa-
      interview-doctors-want-to-see/

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      Until Jenny McCarthy got major air time the link between vaccines and
      autism was relatively fringe. But with Oprah in September of 2007
      McCarthy, and by extension Andrew Wakefield, the erroneous link between
      vaccines and autism hit the jackpot. Oprah, instead of producing a show
      with any kind of balance simply read a brief statement from the CDC to
      counter McCarthys 45 minute diatribe of warrior-mom-against-the-world.
      Whether by design or by chance Dr. Bobs Vaccine book was published the
      very next month and the rest, as they say, is history.

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      Vaccine rates plummeted, reportable diseases made a resurgence, and
      pediatricians everywhere groaned. Also, millions of dollars were spent
      re-studying vaccines to try to prove to the now skeptics that vaccines are
      indeed safe. The problem? The crux of McCarthys and many other vaccine
      warriors is that their beliefs are propped up by conspiracy theory, not
      science or even common sense.

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      Vaccines & Autism: Controversy Persists, But Why?

      Cara Santa Maria

      Posted: 06/12/2012 1:30 pm

      Updated: 06/15/2012 2:02 am

      Huffington Post

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/11/
      vaccines-autism-controversy-why_n_1586898.html

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      The vaccine-autism controversy has been brewing ever since Andrew
      Wakefield published his infamous 1998 paper in The Lancet. Fourteen years
      later, the study has been retracted and scientists have had no luck
      finding a legitimate link between childhood vaccinations and autism. Yet,
      the debate rages on.

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      Why does over 20 percent of the population still think that vaccines cause
      autism? And what happens when parents act on their fears, refusing to
      inoculate their own children against dangerous diseases like measles,
      mumps, and rubella?

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      To learn more, I spoke with Seth Mnookin, lecturer in MIT's graduate
      program in science writing and author of "The Panic Virus" To hear what he
      had to say, watch the video above and/or click the link below.

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      Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 10:01 AM PDT

      Anti-vaccine quack Jenny McCarthy joins "The View" as new co-host

      by mconvente

      Daily Kos

      http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/07/15/1223812/
      -Anti-vaccine-quack-Jenny-McCarthy-joins-The-View-as-new-co-host

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      Let me be blunt about this - giving Jenny McCarthy a day-time television
      platform to spew her anti-vaccine bullshit is going to be a signifcant
      setback the movement of doctors, scientists, and thoughtful parents that
      has been working tirelessly to counter anti-vaccine garbage since Andrew
      Wakefield published in 1998 his now entirely fraudulent "study" linking
      the MMR vaccine to autism.

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      I've written a few times about Jenny McCarthy's anti-vaccine crusade. You
      can read those diaries here and here. I wrote that first article way back
      in August 2009, so as you can see, Jenny McCarthy still has the ability to
      grab the spotlight and corrupt America's parents into thinking that
      vaccines are dangerous.

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      The aspect of myself that I like the most is my self-awareness - it allows
      me to see myself in other people's shoes and at least attempt to give me
      perspective on a wide range of issues. I've always considered Barbara
      Walters to have no self-awareness (the same goes for Oprah), and you can
      see why I think this when you read Barbara's statement on Jenny McCarthy
      joining The View. (Bold my emphasis):

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      "We are delighted that Jenny will be joining us as a permanent co-host
      on 'The View' starting in September," said Walters. "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. Jenny will be a great addition to the show as we usher in an
      exciting new chapter for 'The View.'"

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      Pardon me for not acknowledging an individual's intelligence when the only
      claim to fame for that person is posing for Playboy Magazine, being a
      ditsy comic relief co-host of a stupid ass MTV show called "Singled Out",
      and being married to dating actor Jim Carrey for a moderate amount of
      time.

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      At the University of Pennsylvania (where I am currently a 4th year
      graduate student in cell and molecular biology), my fellow graduate
      students and I have discussed the anti-vaccine. We have talked about the
      most effective method to counteract anti-vaccine quackery, and whether
      anti-vaccine spokespeople even deserve a platform in main stream media. I
      have argued that anti-vaccine people should not get a platform, and David
      M. Perry from The Atlantic agrees.

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      Thursday, Jan 6, 2011 03:01 PM EDT

      Jenny McCarthys autism fight grows more misguided

      So what if a study linking autism and vaccination has been called
      fraudulent? The "warrior mother" still believes

      By Mary Elizabeth Williams

      http://www.salon.com/2011/01/06/jenny_mccarthy_autism_debate/

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      Jenny McCarthy is loyal to a fault. And Andrew Wakefield isnt a fraud in
      her book. Since her son Evan was diagnosed with autism in 2005, the former
      pinup turned self-described mother warrior has become one of the most
      prominent advocates for autism awareness in the world. Shes written books
      chronicling Evans condition and what she describes as his recovery; she is
      at the forefront of Jenny McCarthys Autism Organization Generation
      Rescue. And she is the woman who publicly, most steadfastly has demanded,
      for people just to start listening to what the mothers of children who
      have seen autism have been saying for years, which is, We vaccinated our
      baby and something happened.

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      Yet despite numerous studies, a definitive correlation between vaccination
      and autism has never been proven. And this week, Dr. Andrew Wakefields
      controversial, already largely discredited study that kicked off the whole
      debate back in 1998 was branded an elaborate fraud by the British Medical
      Journal (BMJ). BMJ further noted that not one of the 12 cases reported in
      the 1998 Lancet paper was free of misrepresentation or undisclosed
      alteration, and that in no single case could the medical records be fully
      reconciled with the descriptions, diagnoses, or histories published in the
      journal. Wakefields medical license was revoked last year for serious
      professional misconduct.

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      All of this is what is known around Jenny McCarthys organization as a
      vaccine-industry funded media circus thats much ado about nothing.

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      Jenny McCarthy To Bring Her Anti-Vaccine Activism To The View As New
      Co-Host

      By Alyssa Rosenberg

      July 15, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      Think Progress

      http://thinkprogress.org/alyssa/2013/07/15/2302631/
      jenny-mccarthy-to-bring-her-anti-vaccine-activism-
      to-the-view-as-new-co-host/

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      And even a small number of parents who decide not to vaccinate on the word
      of someone like McCarthy, or Andrew Wakefield, the doctor who wrote the
      initial paper linking autism and vaccines, and has since been banned from
      practicing medicine in the UK, can have significant public health impacts.
      California saw a spike in whooping cough in 2010 that resulted in a number
      of deaths. Wakefields work contributed to a rise in measles cases in the
      United Kingdom. And fears of vaccines in general have lead to suspicion of
      the HPV vaccine, which is a critical way to help girls reduce their risk
      of certain kinds of cancers.

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      If perpetuating myths about vaccines that save childrens lives is enough
      to get you banned from medical practice in the United States, youd think
      it might be a disqualifying factor when considering someone for a job that
      involves communicating information to the public.

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      I absolutely understand that parents who are raising children with autism,
      given that the range of disorders included on the spectrum, want to
      explore every possible potential cause and treatment for their childrens
      conditions. But the best way news organizations can fulfill their
      obligation to inform the public, and to show respect for their consumers
      is to pick through evidence, be discerning in which ideas and which
      advocates they give airtime to. Maybe Jenny McCarthy has a range of other
      opinions that ABC, which airs The View, thinks will be valuable to its
      audience. But the company is a news organization in addition to an
      entertainment company. And ABC should consider the damage McCarthys done
      to the public interest against whatever else she might have to offer.

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      The complete articles may be read at the URLs provided for each.


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