***Update***: The Sun-Times would like me to clarify that this is not a “parenting” blog; it’s a “lifestyle” blog. I fail to see how that matters. I’ve asked them for clarification.
The Chicago Sun-Times just hired anti-vaxxer Jenny McCarthy to write a column on a subject she has no business writing about: Being a good parent:
And now, as she nears her 40th birthday on Nov. 1, she’s going from being the news to making the news: McCarthy has signed on to be a six-times-a-week Splash columnist, a new platform that she hopes to make the anchor of a multimedia career based in Chicago. Starting immediately, McCarthy will debut a cheeky weekly advice column called “Ask Jenny” inside the Splash print edition, as well as a Monday-through-Friday blog on the Splash website… about her life as a single mom.
For those who don’t know, McCarthy believes (with no scientific evidence to back her up) that her son’s autism was caused by childhood vaccines he received. She has done this based on faulty information and has never apologized for it. For years, she has been pushing a harmful message that other parents should stop vaccinating their children because, you know, I HAVE A POWERFUL ANECDOTE!
As a celebrity, she should know better than to spread misinformation about a subject that people ought to be taking seriously. People die without vaccinations — other children are put at risk when your children don’t receive their shots — and there has been no credible link between vaccines and autism.
The Sun-Times are just desperate for attention.
(via Time Out Chicago)