Megyn Kelly: 'Shocking' for McCarthy to Claim She Was Never 'Anti-Vaccine'
As an activist for autism awareness, "The View" co-host Jenny McCarthy has long been at the forefront of the debate over the vaccination schedule for children. She has pointed to a link between vaccinations and her son's autism, even though the link has been strongly disputed by many in the medical community.
But in a new op-ed, the model and actress wrote that she's actually not against vaccines, and lashed out at the media for inaccurately branding her as "anti-vaccine." She wrote:
My beautiful son, Evan, inspired this mother to question the “one size fits all” philosophy of the recommended vaccine schedule. I embarked on this quest not only for myself and my family, but for countless parents who shared my desire for knowledge that could lead to options and alternate schedules, but never to eliminate the vaccines.
Blatantly inaccurate blog posts about my position have been accepted as truth by the public at large as well as media outlets (legitimate and otherwise), who have taken those false stories and repeatedly turned them into headlines. What happened to critical thinking? What happened to asking questions because every child is different?
For my child, I asked for a schedule that would allow one shot per visit instead of the multiple shots they were and still are giving infants.
On The Kelly File Tuesday night, Megyn questioned whether the media's portrayal of McCarthy has really been inaccurate. In one of several clips, McCarthy is shown telling Larry King that vaccines "aren't safe," while in another she says that "without a doubt in my mind, I believe vaccinations triggered Evan's autism."
Doctors believe that the spike in mumps and whooping cough cases is related to parents choosing not to vaccinate.
Megyn Kelly called it "shocking" for McCarthy to now claim that she's "pro-vaccine" after all of these years of publicly referring to a link between autism and vaccinations.
"You're not entitled to your own set of facts," said radio host Dana Loesch. "Science is disputing this. This is a really serious issue."
Loesch said that, along with Megyn, she's a mother and doesn't like "being looked at as though I'm a bad mother if I don't believe whatever junk science comes out one day to the next." Both agreed that if parents are concerned about the vaccination schedule, they should talk with their pediatrician.
Megyn played additional clips that highlighted some context within McCarthy's remarks over the years. In one, McCarthy says she isn't telling people not to vaccinate, but questioning the safety of the vaccines and the schedule.
Megyn and Dana agreed that the message McCarthy has sent to the public in recent years is that parents should be fearful of vaccinations.
"She has such a high profile. She raised a lot of people's fears about this," said Kelly, disputing McCarthy's argument that she's never been "anti-vaccine."
"So she's basically saying, 'we're not anti-vaccine, we're just anti several of the ingredients in every single vaccination that you want to give your child.'"
Watch the full discussion above, and let us know your stance on this hotly debated topic. Plus, check out The Kelly File, tonight at 9p/12a ET as Megyn investigates whether doctors could become a threat to gun owners.