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Dear ABC: Putting Jenny McCarthy on “The View” will kill children

Jenny McCarthy, a former model and comedienne, is set to be the next co-host of ABC's The View, a popular morning talk show with an all-woman cast. She is replacing Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who recently jumped ship to Fox News, cable's longtime home of attractive women who specialize in reactionary sneering.

McCarthy certainly has a more pleasant, or at least less confrontational, television style. Really the only problem with hiring her is that her life's mission at this point is the advancement of dangerous fictions about vaccines. She devotes a great deal of energy to promoting the untrue belief that vaccines lead to autism, and it seems possible that she now views her career as a television personality and prominent celebrity as a means of carrying out her mission to spread what she believes is the truth about autism.

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