Anger Over Anti-Vaccine Jenny McCarthy as View Host
Critics pile on ABC's decision
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2013 10:44 AM CDT
This undated image released by ABC shows Jenny McCarthy on "The View," in New York.   (AP Photo/ABC, Donna Svennevik)

(Newser) The View has, apparently, traded one controversial blonde for another. As expected, Jenny McCarthy was officially named as Elisabeth Hasselbeck's replacement on the daytime talk show yesterday; she'll start appearing as co-host Sept. 9. But quite a few people are less than pleased that McCarthy has been given such a huge platform from which to air her well-known belief that childhood vaccines cause autism, the Los Angeles Times reports.

One author and critic describes McCarthy as "a homicidal maniac" and the View audience as "impressionable" moms with young kids—a bad combination, in his opinion. Indeed, when McCarthy's hiring was rumored, at least two anti-McCarthy letter-writing campaigns to ABC were organized, and both left- and right-leaning media decried her as a threat to public health. Clearly, the efforts were in vain. After McCarthy was confirmed, Twitter exploded with snark; the Hollywood Reporter has a roundup of reactions.

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Jul 25, 2013 8:44 PM CDT
She's one of the only people in the world to have cured a child of autism. She recognized the cause was environmental and took steps to reverse the damage done. First of all, she realized diet was a major factor. She removed all artificial flavors, colors, additives, etc from his diet. He consumed totally natural foods in their original form. He avoided any artificial sweetener and especially HFCS. Then he went through an intensive therapy regime. At the end of it all, he went from being a very reclusive, typical autistic kid to an outgoing fun filled kid. The problem with her choice of treatment is that many people cannot afford the solution to the problem. Its not cheap going all natural on a diet. Fast food is surely out. Then figuring out how to not eat any Monsanto foods is very hard to do. Most bread products on the American shelves contain modified grain with a special amino to induce a craving for bread products. It takes a while to cast off the craving after you have consumed bread for a long time. There is a withdrawal process. Once a child enters the last phase of a multi-phase diet, the main signs of autism go away. Its surprising how much diet causes autism.
Jul 23, 2013 6:46 AM CDT
Jul 23, 2013 6:45 AM CDT
Let's not confuse people with the facts, go Jenny.