Jenny needs my help!!

5 Aug

I just got this email. I never thought I’d have the chance to help Jenny McCarthy, but here it is:


URGENT! – From Jenny McCarthy

Big old banner:

We need your help right now!


Greetings! (Contact First Name)

I love how close we’ve become over time! Not everyone calls me “Contact First Name”.

You won’t believe this! AAP is kicking off a “Vaccinate Your Baby” campaign.

Uh, the American Academy of Pediatrics is kicking off a “Vaccinate Your Baby” campaign, this is unbelievable? Next week: nutritionists urge, “Eat Food”. Personal trainers say, “Exercise”.

I mean, seriously, the AAP recomending vaccinating babies.  This is a stunner to someone?  How far removed from the mainstream do you have to be to think that “you can’t believe this” can be tied to “AAP is kicking of a vaccinate your baby” campaign?

Speaking to the press tomorrow is Amanda Peet, Rosalynn Carter, Betty Bumpers, the President of AAP, Paul Offit (holder of several vaccine patents), and a mom of a child with autism!  They say, “This initiative will address misinformation about vaccines that causes confusion among parents and puts children at risk.”

So, we have

1) Amanda Peet. Uh, is it bad to have an actress talking about vaccines?

2) Rosalynn Carter. Don’t even take your nasty smear campaign there. I think even Generation Rescue is smarter than that. I think.

3) Betty Bumpers. She’s the “Former First Lady of Arkansas and Cofounder of Every Child by Two”. I guess GR haven’t created any smear on her either. Smart move GR, keep it up.

4) The president of AAP. Is there a reason why they edited Renee Jenkins’ name?

5) Paul Offit, holder of several vaccine patents. Uh, perhaps Jenny McCarthy would like to read up on the difference between an “inventor” and the “assignee”. Dr. Offit “holds” no patents. Ah well, that doesn’t make good smear copy, does it?

6) And a mom of a child with autism!

Again, with the editing out of the name. This could be a blessing, as the mother might not get harassed. But the name is public: Ann Hotez.

I don’t know for certain, but “Hotez” is not that common of a name. This sounds like no ordinary “autism mom”, but the wife of the noted vaccinologist Peter Hotez.

First–thanks Mrs. Hotez. Thanks for taking the heat. Thanks for stepping forward. Thanks for helping kids.

Second–assuming I have the right person, I’d say that Ann Hotez probably knows a bit more about vaccines than, say, Jenny McCarthy. I’ll take any bet anyone wants to make that her husband knows more about vaccines than Jenny McCarthy’s partner, Jim Carrey.

“This initiative will address misinformation about vaccines that causes confusion among parents and puts children at risk.”

Not if Jenny has anything to say about it. As we can see, she’s already working hard on keeping the misinformation alive.

The press conference is tomorrow (Tuesday, August 5th, 2008) at the Peninsula Hotel, 3rd Floor Gramercy Room from 10:30 to 11:30. We need every family we can to go and tell the press the truth about this idiocy.

I’d love to tell the press there about the idiocy. Why do I suspect Jenny doesn’t want me talking to the press about the idiocy?

Thanks Jenny. Thanks for making the autism community look like an anti-vaccine crowd.

On the reality side of this–there is a website that is launching on this subject

After the launch of Voices for Vaccines, Generation Rescue made some sort of claim that they (VFV) were copying GR by creating a website. Look, here’s another group with the gall to create a website and not give credit to GR. I am shocked and amazed!

Back to the real world– here is the press release for the actual event tomorrow.

Thank you everyone working on this “vaccinate your baby” campaign. Thank you Amanda Peet. Thank you Ann Hotez. I apologize in advance for the reception my fellow autism parents are about to give you.

edit–one note: my email client has flagged the Jenny McCarthy email as a possible “scam”. I haven’t been able to make myself click the “not a scam” button.

9 Responses to “Jenny needs my help!!”

  1. Epi Wonk August 5, 2008 at 05:05 #

    I find the comments after press release genuinely frightening. So far, every comment is from an anti-vaxxer. Do you think there’s a chance that these people will try to disrupt the event?

  2. Sullivan August 5, 2008 at 05:20 #

    Ack, I hadn’t seen the comments. So much for “we aren’t anti-vaccine”.

    Do I think they might try to disrupt? There’s a chance. I think they are smarter than that, though. Better to wait for the end and follow reporters out the door.

  3. Sullivan August 5, 2008 at 05:28 #


    here’s a bit from the press release:

    RSVP: Please e-mail Jennifer Zavolinsky ( if you will be attending or participating by phone. Due to hotel security, RSVPs are required.

    Let’s hope that the approved list was full by the time Jenny sent her email.

  4. transcriber August 5, 2008 at 06:17 #

    Sullivan wrote-
    “RSVP: … Due to hotel security, RSVPs are required”

    And due to the notoriousness of rabid anti-vaccinists security is required. Someone from the leadership of Generation Rescue already made a threat against Amanda Peet, and threats are ongoing against Dr. Offit, so maybe security will be extra vigilant. If the press is well informed they’ll give the interlopers the brush off or describe them accurately, “foaming at the mouth,” etc.

  5. isles August 5, 2008 at 06:23 #

    I hope one of the reporters coming out of the press conference gets some wild-eyed mercury mommy on tape frothing on about how Julie Gerberding and the Bush clan are plotting to poison babies.

  6. the thinker August 5, 2008 at 06:29 #

    I just got an **update** from Jenny! (screenshot of her email at the above link) She gives the correct address of the hotel this time and emphasizes the need to stand outside in bunches. I’m breathless. It’s all so exciting to be taking orders from a d-list gross-out actress who won’t even be there. 😀

  7. Liz Ditz August 5, 2008 at 17:39 #

    One of the people listed on the email was Avrielle Gallagher

    Avrielle Gallagher


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  8. Sharon August 5, 2008 at 18:24 #

    Oh exciting! An email from Jenny herself, who really does seem to be astonished that a group of paediatricians are promoting vaccination. Funny woman.

    Yes, from one mum of an autistic child to another, well done and thanks to Ann Hotez and the others. I hope she will not have to endure the petty attacks of the anti-vaccine crowd.

  9. Patrick August 5, 2008 at 23:49 #

    Alligator tears. Professionals have already tried to help her out, all she could do was yell bullshit at them.

    I’ll look forward to the reports of their interaction, though I think it will be hyperbolized as some major victory on the disinformation blogsite.

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