Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey were on Larry King Live Friday with their antivaccine cohorts. Somebody has to document the parade of stupid that Jenny McCarthy and her pals are bringing to television lately. It might as well be me. The good news is that Larry King gave the medical experts their own segment where they wouldn’t be shouted down by Jenny. The bad news is that the medical experts did not prepare well enough for the onslaught of dumb coming from McCarthy and friends.
I also consider it good news that Jenny has decided to ease off the gas on her crusade to stop vaccines. She does seem to contradict herself when she keeps puking out word vomit about how she thinks we deserve to have deadly diseases coming back because our vaccines are not up to her standard, but she has made it very clear that she believes vaccinations are not inherently bad.
Here are some quotes that I cherry picked. Check out the original transcript for the context. Also representing Jenny’s arguments were J.B. Handley and Dr. Jerry Kartzinel
Handley: This is the CDC schedule. Saying that the MMR — or vaccines do not cause autism because of this one vaccine is like having a plane crash, suspecting chemical failure, looking at one wing, saying that one wing is safe so therefore the whole plane is safe.
Wow. He is talking about the omnibus in which thousands of people CLAIMED that the MMR caused autism in their children. Now he is retracting all the times that he accused MMR of being a trigger for autism? I wonder if he would have had the same attitude if the families had won the autism omnibus. I doubt it.
KARTZINEL: Well, because I think there are a lot of toxins out there that are in the environment. I think the bloated shot schedule that we now have. We’re asking women to get a flu vaccine at six months. And the flu vaccine has never been shown to be safe for fetuses. Yet we’re going ahead and asking our women to take that.
Here is what the CDC has to say about Kartzinel’s claim that the flu vaccine has NEVER been shown to be safe for fetuses. “Yes. A study of influenza vaccination examining over 2,000 pregnant women demonstrated no adverse fetal effects associated with influenza vaccine. Case reports and limited studies indicate that pregnancy can increase the risk for serious medical complications of influenza. One study found that out of every 10,000 women in their third trimester of pregnancy during an average flu season, 25 will be hospitalized for flu related complications.
Additionally, influenza-associated excess deaths among pregnant women have been documented during influenza pandemics. Because pregnant women are at increased risk for influenza-related complications and because a substantial safety margin has been incorporated into the health guidance values for organic mercury exposure, the benefits of influenza vaccine with reduced or standard thimerosal content outweighs the theoretical risk, if any, of thimerosal.”
MCCARTHY: But things like the rotavirus which is a diarrhea vaccine, we say really?
CARREY: If you have access to clean water and health care, it’s very difficult to die of diarrhea.
Again, from the CDC: “Rotavirus is a virus that causes severe diarrhea, often accompanied by vomiting, fever, and dehydration, mostly in babies and young children.
Each year in the U.S., rotavirus is responsible for more than 400,000 doctor visits; more than 200,000 emergency room visits; 55,000 to 70,000 hospitalizations; and between 20 and 60 deaths. Rotavirus leads to about $1 billion in health care costs and lost productivity per year in the U.S.
In developing countries, rotavirus is a major cause of childhood deaths, causing more than a half a million deaths each year in children younger than five years old.”
KING: Isn’t the problem here, Jenny, that people sometimes listen with one ear are going to panic. And not vaccine at all?
MCCARTHY: Probably. But guess what? It’s not my fault. The reason why they’re not vaccinating is because the vaccines are not safe. Make a better product and then parents will vaccinate.
CARREY: We’re not the problem. The problem is the problem.
The reason they aren’t vaccinating is because Jenny McCarthy CONVINCED them that the vaccines are unsafe. So sorry that vaccines aren’t up to Jenny’s standard of absolute nirvana. Jim Carrey offers his pearls of wisdom too. The problem is the problem??? WHA????
OK. So, those were some of the quotes I noticed. They also made a lot more claims that can probably be refuted, but I don’t have time to research them all. Anyone else want to take a stab at it?
UPDATE: David Gorski has a better take down of Jenny and the gang here. Where does he get the time?
Natural Variation Autism Blog has another good dismantling of this Larry King episode here.