A new website has just been created to counter to the anti-vaccine nonsense perpetrated by Jenny McCarthy - Stop Jenny McCarthy. As they say on their website:
Jenny has no educational background and no license to give any type of medical advice on any medically related topic. Becoming a parent of an autistic child is a huge job, but that does not make Jenny's google research and interpretation of the experiences more valid than others who have had the same experiences and come to different conclusions.
We ask that Jenny re-evaluate her assertions, and ask all parents to learn about the issue in depth.
A nice idea but somehow I don't think she will "re-evaluate her assertions," because they are just that - assertions. Jenny's views on vaccines were not arrived at following a rational review of the evidence. And that which is not arrived at through reason is unlikely to be reasoned away. Still, I think the idea of the Stop Jenny McCarthy site is a good one - not to "stop" her per se, but at least to provide a site that will counter Jenny's ridiculous claims for anyone who is actually researching the topic. (You know Oprah won't do it.) In future, anyone Googling Jenny McCarthy will now find at least one site presenting facts and rationality.