My best friend was off work and she called me in a tizzy. "Do you know what daytime TV is telling me?" she asked. She then listed a myriad of ridiculous "health" claims that she heard by so-called experts on television.
My BFF is a doctor. As a trained medical professional, the statements coming from people who have no training beyond Google University was very alarming to her. And it should scare those of us without medical degrees as well.
And it is only going to get worse. Jenny McCarthy the "actress" and anti-vaccine advocate is now joining the ABC's The View.
As a commenter on Jezebel said: "I need to figure out how to spend less than the 0% of the time I already spent watching The View." I totally agree. And I feel bad that this is going to be Barbara Walter's legacy. She was a legitimate journalist at one time.
In recent years, Jenny has become famous for her crusade against vaccinations and how she cured her son of autism. She is very vocal about a supposed (but consistently disproven) link between autism and vaccinations. Her views have been proven false many times.
Because of opinions like hers, we have seen outbreaks of dangerous illnesses like pertussis, rubella and measles. People who do not vaccinate put children, seniors and other people with compromised immune systems at immense risk.
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She has every right to her opinion. But her opinion does not carry equal weight with scientist facts. There may be issues with vaccines, but I would much rather hear two doctors discuss it than Jenny.
And the fact that a national TV show that is aimed at women, and watched by bleary-eyed new moms everywhere gives (hopefully unintended) weight to the claims that she is best known for.
The announcement met with much derision on my Twitter and Facebook feeds, but since people are now talking about The View, maybe hiring her was a good idea. There was a #mccarthysongs hashtag on Twitter, which included such gems as: "Me and Polio Down By The Schoolyard" and "Mumps, My lovely lady mumps".
I'm sorry that I can't watch The View any less. And I hope that the parents who smile at her jokes, laugh at her non-sequiters and enjoy the banter also take at least equal time researching vaccines from credible sources like their pediatrician.
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