From Tom Henderson at Parent Dish:
You hear the rooster crow. You see the sun come up. The cause-and-effect relationship here is obvious.
All hail the chicken god!
This is the problem with observations and anecdotal evidence. They’re not very scientific. Neither, say actual scientists, are Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey.
Henderson is writing about a statement by the nonprofit health care organization National Committee for Quality Assurance that blames Hollywood celebrities for a decline in vaccination rates among privately insured persons.
McCarthy has a son with autism and apparently believes in a purported link between autism and diet, metal poisoning and childhood vaccines. When she and Carrey were an item, he joined her in making speeches and otherwise crusading against vaccinations.
The thing is, they’re wrong.
Such straight up statements of fact are rare these days, and not just in vaccine coverage. Judging by news reports of Sarah Palin’s Tea Party, one might believe the Founding Fathers were all Christian fundamentalists.
The article is remarkable for what it doesn’t say – “vaccines are controversial”, “yet some parents say”, or “according to SafeMinds.” No false balance or equivocating. Jenny McCarthy, eminence sleaze of America’s anti-vaccine movement, is wrong.
What’s so hard about that?