Why scientific arguments don’t go very far anymore

Do vaccines cause autism? Here’s your answer.

Jenny McCarthy, by virtue of being a former Playboy Playmate who claims her son had autism but that she personally cured him, has been anointed an expert by the media as evidenced by appearances on such shows as Oprah, ABC’s 20/20, and Good Morning America. Typical of her evidence was her appearance on Larry King Live in which she countered three knowledgeable physicians  with “Bullshit!” immediately followed by “My son died in front of me from a vaccine injury!” (Yes, it’s on YouTube.)

A stunned King asked what or who she was talking about, whereupon she admitted he was actually alive.  This woman to many Americans – including the newsmakers – has more authority than every medical journal in print or every scientific panel that’s ever met.