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Oprah drinks the antivax Kool Aid

Posted in Bad Astronomy by Skepdude on May 4, 2009

I knew that Oprah Winfrey was prone to antiscience; she has all sorts of New Age nonsense on her show, and the one time Randi was on in recent years he found the experience frustrating; Oprah unabashedly promotes all kinds of superstitious garbage.

But now she’s gone way, way too far: she’s signed Jenny McCarthy — notorious for her misleading statements about vaccines and autism — on for a multi-platform deal.

McCarthy has advocated a link between autism and vaccinations for years. She has written and spoken about it at length in very large venues like Oprah’s and Larry King’s shows, but her claims are wrong. Worse, they’re dangerous: by claiming vaccines are dangerous, she is scaring parents into delaying or even preventing their children from being vaccinated.

I don’t think this threat to the health of our children can be overstated: we have already seen a dramatic rise in outbreaks in preventable diseases due to the rise in media presence of antivax claptrap, and there have been deaths of children, deaths of babies, because of it.

And now Oprah is giving the premier mouthpiece for this movement a huge loudspeaker.



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  1. Zenobia Kastanes said, on January 29, 2010 at 12:09 AM

    I love Oprah. She’s such a sweet lady. She has helped a lot of people in the world solve their issues. She had a hard life but made something of herself, admirable!

    • Skepdude said, on January 29, 2010 at 9:59 AM

      Sure, and how many more has she helped take the plunge over the cliff through her unquestioning endorsing of all kinds of antiscientific nonsense; the latest being Jenny McCarthy.

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