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Controversy Surrounds Jenny McCarthy Hire On ‘The View’

As we noted this week, actress Jenny McCarthy will be joining ABC’s “The View” in the Fall. The addition may have seemed innocuous at first, but has in fact resulted in a firestorm of controversy.

At issue is this: McCarthy is an advocate for the idea that childhood vaccinations are the root cause of Autism, an idea that has been thoroughly discredited by the medical community. Moreover, in communities where vaccination rates have slipped, diseases that have long vanished are springing up again, like measles and whooping cough.

As it happens, after the McCarthy announcement, ABC News chief medical editor Richard Besser took to Twitter to show his support for vaccinations:

Besser has been an outspoken critic of those who propagate the vaccine/autism connection. The debate even made it to other channels, with Howard Kurtz talking about the issue on Fox News, noting that McCarthy’s claims are unfounded, but also wondering if ABC hung her out to dry.


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