“After framing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for the Boston bombing, there’s nothing I love more than a delicious salad!”
So yesterday, a reader wrote in to let us know he was doing a piece on Jenny McCarthy and, like a professional journalist, wanted to know if we had a source for a quote of hers that was being reported across several “legitimate” news outlets after it was announced she’s joining The View. A question that confused me at first because we link to everything we’re commenting on, until I realized he was talking about the comedic captions we sometimes put under pics. Captions like the Royal Baby demanding his freedom to flip more people off. That’s what was being reported as an actual quote, and after a little research, pretty fucking widely. Here’s the original caption for reference from a June 2012 post about Jenny McCarthy buying her kid a stuffed deer head. (Apparently if you rub the antlers, it cures autism. Who knows?)
“Let me see if I can put this in scientific terms: Think of autism like a fart, and vaccines are the finger you pull to make it happen.”
And now here are the several publications that reported that joke as an actual quote:
Business Insider: 17 Things Jenny McCarthy Has Actually Said
USA Today: Jenny McCarthy’s most outrageous quotes
The National Ledger: Jenny McCarthy Quotes on Autism, Vaccines Draw Fire – New Host of ‘The View’
The Independent: Is Jenny McCarthy the most dangerous woman on US television?
And somehow our own sister publication Celebuzz: Jenny McCarthy Officially Joins ‘The View’
I don’t know if I should be impressed with myself for writing something so perfectly stupid no one would question Jenny McCarthy said it or be taking a mental inventory of anything I believed after reading it online which should be nothing. Believe nothing. Case in point: Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman aren’t even real people. The whole thing was just a Penny Arcade strip. True story.
[Ed. Note: Added The LA Times after Frank Burns so graciously pointed it out in the comments. Interestingly enough, the Times also seems to predate all the other links without any sourcing whatsoever of when or where Jenny McCarthy actually said the quote because apparently just writing, "so memorably put it," after quotes is attribution enough now. We live in a bold new age. - SW]
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