Jenny has a new book out about autism, and she is blitzing the media with her typical antivaccine propaganda. She was on Good Morning America this morning and Diane Sawyer just gave her a pass on the vaccine stuff and skipped to the “curing autism” stuff. It’s unbelievable what pussies the mainstream media is when it comes to calling Jenny McCarthy out on her shit.
Time Magazine’s science editor took Jenny McCarthy to task for her assertions about vaccines and autism. Of course, if you read the entire interview, you can see that he practically gives her a Free Pass on the extraordinary claim that she can “cure” autism. Whatever. Check out his hard hitting questions below, and my analysis of her answers…
Your book points out that autism rates between 1983 and 2008 have climbed in lockstep with vaccination rates, yet childhood obesity, diabetes and even cell-phone use have soared since then, too. Why do you find causation in one and not the others? I’m not saying it’s only the vaccines. But children are given so many shots from the moment they’re born. They get multiple injections all at once, and if they fall behind, doctors put them on a catch-up schedule. Babies get the hepatitis B vaccine immediately after they’re born and the only way for a newborn to contract that disease is if the mother is a carrier. Why not just screen the mother? Evan was handed to me pre-vaccinated with a Band-Aid on his foot.
She is totally dodging the question by claiming that it’s a straw man, but then following it up with an argument from incredulity and an appeal to emotion. Jenny is moving the goalposts to avoid admitting the truth: her hypothesis that vaccines cause autism is wrong (or, at least, an assumption based on a hunch).
Most people who blame autism on vaccines point to the mercury in the shots, yet mercury has been removed from most vaccines and autism rates continue to climb. We don’t believe it’s only the mercury. Aluminum and other toxins also play a role. The viruses in the vaccines themselves can be causing it, too.
Yet, Jenny chooses to go after vaccines instead of breast milk and formula, which also contain aluminum in much higher quantities. She is admitting that she has no clue. Maybe it’s the non-existent mercury. Maybe it’s aluminum. Maybe it’s the viruses. And how can we have vaccines without the viruses? She’s asking for scientists to clear an impossible hurdle.
Your collaborator recommends that parents accept only the haemophilus influenzae type B (HIB) and tetanus vaccine for newborns and then think about the rest. Not polio? What about the polio clusters in unvaccinated communities like the Amish in the U.S.? What about the 2004 outbreak that swept across Africa and Southeast Asia after a single province in northern Nigeria banned vaccines? I do believe sadly it’s going to take some diseases coming back to realize that we need to change and develop vaccines that are safe. If the vaccine companies are not listening to us, it’s their f___ing fault that the diseases are coming back. They’re making a product that’s s___. If you give us a safe vaccine, we’ll use it. It shouldn’t be polio versus autism.
Whoah. Somebody just got on the crazy train. She would gladly bring back deadly diseases if it furthered her cause of “greening” vaccines even though she has yet to actually point to one legitimate scientific study that would prove her point, or legitimize her claim.
And yet in many cases, vaccines have effectively eliminated diseases. Measles is among the top five killers in the world of children under 5 years old, yet it kills virtually no one in the U.S. thanks to vaccines. People have the misconception that we want to eliminate vaccines. Please understand that we are not an antivaccine group. We are demanding safe vaccines. We want to reduce the schedule and reduce the toxins. If you ask a parent of an autistic child if they want the measles or the autism, we will stand in line for the f___ing measles.
She offers a false dilemma fallacy here. Vaccines don’t cause autism, but she insists that choosing to vaccinate is equivalent to deciding to put your children at risk of autism. To her, “vaccines cause autism” is a fact when really it’s a false premise with evidence weighing heavily against it.
Many scientists believe we’re simply diagnosing autism differently now – both overdiagnosing it in kids who don’t have it and spotting it better in kids who do. That makes it look like the condition is on the rise when it’s not. All you have to do is find a schoolteacher or principal and ask them that question. They would say they’ve never seen so much ADHD, autism, OCD as in the past. I think we’re overdiagnosing it by maybe 1%. Now you look around and there are five shadows – kids with disabilities – in every class.
And we end with a hasty generalization. She is just positive that if you took a random school teacher or principal that they would agree with her, and yet this is not a fact, but a quickly composed conclusion based on an assumption. She thinks that overdiagnosing is maybe 1%, but she is an actress with no authority on that subject. Who is she trying to convince?