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#4. Anti-Vaxxer Jenny McCarthy Joins The View

In July, ABC announced that Jenny McCarthy, an actress and television personality noted for her anti-vaccination views, would be joining the daytime program The View. So began a righteous uproar from writers and organizations concerned with public health.

For years, McCarthy has trumpeted the discredited idea that vaccines cause autism and has actively campaigned against them. 

Writing at The New Yorker, Michael Specter had this to say about McCarthy's hiring: "Jenny McCarthy, who will join 'The View' in September, will be the show’s first co-host whose dangerous views on childhood vaccination may—if only indirectly—have contributed to the sickness and death of people throughout the Western world."

Since joining The View in October, McCarthy has wisely remained silent on vaccination. Hopefully, this will continue.

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