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Keeping tabs on McCarthy

February 12th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Narrative

Nothing matches the tabloid press for pure spite. Celebrities are ripped to shreds for the clothes they wear, or being 10 pounds overweight, or flashing cellulite at the beach. “Evidence” is a fluid concept to an enterprise that traffics in gossip and schadenfreude – just being seen in the same restaurant with somebody else is enough to allege adultery or worse.

So it’s no surprise when a D-list sort porn comedienne and her clueless boy toy are crucified by E! Online for putting childrens’ lives at risk. That’s even worse than slapping a paparazzi, or wearing cargo pants to the mall.

Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey are at it again, this time issuing a ridiculous press release in support of Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the UK doctor who started the vaccine panic that keeps on giving.

According to Carrey and McCarthy, Wakefield is now having an awful time getting his current work published, for no good reason other than corporate treachery.

“Dr. Andrew Wakefield is being discredited to prevent a historic study from being published that for the first time looks at vaccinated versus unvaccinated primates and compares health outcomes, with potentially devastating consequences for vaccine makers and public health officials,” read part of a long, detailed statement issued Friday by the couple.

That historic study, by the way, was just withdrawn by the editor of Neurotoxicology. Oops.

Jezebel.com, which divides its attention between “celebrity, sex, and fashion for women”, sums up the press release with a headline and a quote. First the header: To Jenny McCarthy, Science Is “Censorship”. Now the quote: “Jenny, honey, the science has left the building. Why are you still here?” The quote is from Strollerderby, “The mother of all parenting blogs”, whose previous hit pieces include “Bye bye, baby food”, and “Mom advice from Martina McBride”.

Who else could join the LA tabloid press and mothering blogs in common cause besides Jenny McCarthy, whose mothering advice includes turning your kid into a science project and exposing him to dangerous pathogens?

What McCarthy lacks in scientific literacy she makes up for in media savvy. Until recently she’s been a master at bamboozling news reporters, and manipulating her angry mob. But publicity is a double edged sword. One one hand, it’s free, and comes disguised as vetted truth. But publicity is difficult to control, especially when one’s message is “Parents! Stop vaccinating your children!”

As more and more media catch on to vaccine rejectionism, McCarthy and her angry mob will find themselves in the crosshairs of more bad publicity, from a surprising variety of sources.

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  • 1 Ali // Feb 12, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Jezebel is so much more than its tagline might suggest–they also run science, technology, political science, anything that might interest their (well educated and liberal) readership. They’ve actually run a fair number of pieces on autism in the past year or so, and a handful of us are doing our best to educate the masses in the comments section. I’m a upper-level commenter there and make no secret of being on the spectrum. It seems to have opened a lot of minds.

  • 2 Laurentius Rex // Feb 13, 2010 at 2:35 am

    Jezebel – well the name just about sums it up doesn’t it?

  • 3 autblog // Feb 13, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Great video, LRex!

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