Radar Online filed this report as an “exclusive” and announced that in a “new interview” with Time magazine, anti-vaxxer Jenny McCarthy is “changing her tune” on vaccines and autism.
Here’s a screenshot of the article about the co-host of the “The View”:
First problem? That “new interview with Time magazine” linked in Radar’s article is dated Feb. 25, 2010.
It recently resurfaced on Reddit and the Twitter buzz machine went into overdrive.
Access to the 2010 Time interview is limited to subscribers, but a copy archived by the Wayback Machine indicates Radar misrepresented what McCarthy said to Time. From the Time article:
McCarthy’s way, however, is one that flies in the face of all credible research on what does and does not cause autism and whether it can be treated. McCarthy claims Evan was healed through a range of experimental and unproved biomedical treatments; even more controversially, she blames the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine for giving her son autism.
On the second page of the article, the author asks, “Was her son ever really autistic?”
McCarthy is calling b.s.
McCarthy’s full post via TwitLonger:
Stories circulating online, claiming that I said my son Evan may not have autism after all, are blatantly inaccurate and completely ridiculous. Evan was diagnosed with autism by the Autism Evaluation Clinic at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital and was confirmed by the State of California (through their Regional Center). The implication that I have changed my position, that my child was not initially diagnosed with autism (and instead may suffer from Landau-Kleffner Syndrome), is both irresponsible and inaccurate. These stories cite a “new” Time Magazine interview with me, which was actually published in 2010, that never contained any such statements by me. Continued misrepresentations, such as these, only serve to open wounds of the many families who are courageously dealing with this disorder. Please know that I am taking every legal measure necessary to set this straight.
Radar got the story wrong. But is McCarthy suggesting — with a straight face — that “inaccurate” stories about autism and vaccines are “irresponsible”? Say it ain’t so, Jenny!
To sum up her post:
Radar published a new article reporting McCarthy’s tweets, but the original post has not been corrected.
As for Jenny McCarthy, like the Times Square tot on New Year’s Eve, we’re still giving her a well-deserved side eye.
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Radar has quietly deleted its original post.