My husband watches Fox News regularly. I really can’t watch anything myself because my free time is spent looking at autism stories on Google News. Anyway, on April 16, Richard told me that the Kelly Files had this scathing attack on Jenny McCarthy. I found the 5 minute video and listened in disbelief.
Megyn Kelly: “Jenny McCarthy is known by many as ‘an autism activist.’ The model and actress getting a lot of attention over the years for her warnings about vaccines, after her own child was diagnosed with autism. As cases of mumps, measles and whooping cough continue to pop up in America, she has come under fire for her vocal positions. AND NOW SHE SAYS SHE WAS NEVER ANTI-VACCINE.”
(The emphasis is mine because of the way Kelly said those words.)
Next was a clip from Larry King Live where McCarthy called for safe vaccines. “Make a better product and then parents will vaccinate.”
Several more clips were shown where McCarthy stated that she believes in the link between vaccines and autism.
Kelly then had Dana Loesch, conservative radio/TV show host, join her.
Kelly: “It’s really shocking to hear her now talk about how she actually says she’s PRO-VACCINE.”
(Background now showed viewers McCarthy at the “Green Our Vaccines” rally 2009.)
Dana Loesch: “Yeah, that kind of shocks me as well, Megyn. I know Jenny. I’ve guest co-hosted on The View and I’ve sat by her. And that’s one of the things she’s told me, …’I’ve never said I was against vaccinations.’ But her quotes clearly say otherwise. If you’re not against vaccination, you don’t say things like, ‘Well, if we’re going to stand in line for either autism or measles, then we’re going to stand in line for measles,’ because you’ve presupposing that all vaccinations are triggering autism. You’re entitled to your own opinion, but you’re not entitled to your own set of facts. Science is disputing this. This is a really serious issue. Megyn, I know you have little ones. I have kids as well. I don’t like being looked as though I’m a bad mother if I don’t believe whatever junk science comes out one day to the next about vaccinations. All I know is that when I have a question about vaccination schedules, I’m going to go to my pediatrician, the person who has studied this.”
Kelly: (interjecting) “And not Jenny McCarthy. …She raised a lot of people’s fears about this. In her defense, Dana, she did also come out and say along the years, ‘It’s not the vaccines per se, it’s what’s in the vaccines.’ But the overall message was very anti. But in her defense, I want to play some of the context that she is now saying has been ‘left out.’ ….”
What followed were various clips of Jenny McCarthy saying things like,
“What I really am, is anti-toxins in the vaccines.”
“We’re not telling people not to vaccinate. . .We deserve safe shots and a safer schedule.”
Kelly: “So she’s basically saying, ‘We’re not anti-vaccine, we’re just anti-several of the ingredients in every single vaccination that you want to give your child.’ “
Loesch: “And that’s not even supported by science. Megan, this is also the same woman who promoting E-cigarettes. You’re inhaling nicotine into your body. If you want to talk about toxins. She’s a big supporter of getting …Botox–that’s one of the deadliest things you can inject into your body. She’s for those toxins, so I’m not really quite sure where she draws the line on that. But, you’re right, she has a position of influence and it is wrong to sort of–”
Kelly: “I was told by a pediatrician I respect a lot that the pediatrician crowd has decided that they can’t fight her. What he said was, what are these pediatricians, these experts who do these studies, they’re old guys with beards and gray hair and they think, ‘I’m going to go out there. Who are people going to listen to? Me droning on about some study ‘or are they going to listen to this vivacious, beautiful well-known celebrity holding up her child who has autism, saying, I’m telling you, the vaccines did it.’
“What parent is going to walk away saying, ‘Oh, but she was only talking about a couple of ingredients, so I’ll go ahead and do it anyway.’”
Loesch: “Yeah, and that’s the other thing. I get a little angry at those parents who do that because if you care about the health of your child, go and investigate this further than just listening to what a celebrity says on it–”
Kelly: “Because a couple years later, she says something else.”
Loesch: “I’m not going to lecture people about heart surgery. I’m not a heart surgeon. . . . Go beyond and get a different medical opinion, not Jenny McCarthy’s opinion.”
Dear Megyn Kelly and Dana Loesch,
I had to listen to your conversation here quite carefully because I was transcribing it for this piece. I sincerely hope you go back and listen to yourselves.
Jenny McCarthy said she’s NOT ANTI-VACCINE. It seems you take issue with her daring to ask that doctors stop injecting toxins into babies and pregnant women.
Fox News showed a clip of McCarthy on Larry King Live with Dr. Jerry Kartzinel. That was in 2009. You don’t mention the fact that she had a physician with her. He is never named.
She co-authored the best-selling book, Healing and Preventing Autism, with Dr. Kartzinel.
Kartzinel is a well-known advocate for children’s health which includes his use of bio-medical treatments on hundreds of children with autism. He used these therapies to recover his own vaccine-injured son from autism.
In 2008 McCarthy appeared with Jay Gordon, MD on Larry King Live.
Dr. Gordon is a nationally known pediatrician, member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and an assistant professor of pediatrics at UCLA Medical School.
In McCarthy’s book, Louder Than Words, the foreword is by David Feinberg, MD.
Dr. Feinberg was the medical director of Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA.
It’s a little difficult to dismiss the experts who are right there with Jenny McCarthy. However you two chose not to acknowledge them.
It’s incredible to my way of thinking that this report was on the Fox network. Have you ever seen the interviews done by Alisyn Camerota at Fox?
On Fox News, May 10, 2011, Camerota talked with New York University law professor Mary Holland. They discussed the fact that a stunning report from Pace Law School revealed that for years, parents have won vaccine damage suits resulting in autism in federal court, all the while the government denied doing so.
Camerota also talked to Dr. Sarah Bridges about how her son developed autism following routine vaccinations. The government agreed and she was awarded a $7 to $8 million settlement for lifetime care.
Check out this Fox News report from 2010. It was about Hannah Poling.
Fox’s Alisyn Camerota: “Last week, we told you about the landmark case of the nine year old girl, Hannah Poling, who was just awarded more than one and a half million dollars after developing autism as a result of receiving vaccines for mumps, measles, and other childhood diseases.”
Many of us in the autism community are fed up with the way members of the media show no interest in why one in every 68 U.S. children has autism, yet at the same time, they challenge anyone who dares to link the condition to vaccinations. We’ve learned not to trust reports that cover up the case of Hannah Poling and the dozens of other vaccine damage cases recognized by the federal government.
Dana Loesch, you advise mothers to talk to their pediatricians, but you don’t mention that no doctor is liable for any injury from a vaccination. They’ve all been protected by federal law. Instead, parents have to appeal to a federal compensation program where they’re up against government lawyers defending the government’s vaccine schedule, using government money. Few parents are ever compensated. Those that are reported take between three and fourteen years.
Megyn, you infer that Jenny McCarthy is routinely changing her story on vaccines, but there is simply no proof of that. You also imply that parents are so gullible that just because she’s a “vivacious, beautiful, well-known celebrity,” we’d believe her, not the medical community. The truth is, thousands of parents in the U.S. tell the same story as McCarthy. They took perfectly healthy kids in for routine vaccinations and they were never the same again. And when a child suddenly stops making eye contact, stops talking, loses learned skills, doctors are helpless–totally helpless. When my son suddenly stopped looking at me and didn’t respond to his name, the only thing I was told by the doctor to have his hearing tested.
I noticed that you mentioned that McCarthy’s son has autism but nothing was said about how her healthy, typically developing son suddenly came down with febrile seizures and went into cardiac arrest following routine vaccinations.
She’s written about it in her books.
You might want to watch this video message about the media attacks on Jenny McCarthy by Barbara Loe Fisher of the National Vaccine Information Center.
There’s a lot you could learn.
You two should consider the genuine coverage Alisyn Camerota has given this issue. It wasn’t Jenny McCarthy saying these things, it was Fox News. Parents were listening.
Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism