Wow, they are pretty hard on her.
I understand that emotions run hot on the vaccine debate. Let me say first that I'm on the vaccinate your kid side of it, and I often poke fun at the people who are against it, but this response strikes me as extreme.
1) Is it that wrong to question the establishment? Look at how many drugs get recalled EVERY year with serious side effects. I find it troubling that those who want more accountability and testing for the drugs we put into our children's bodies to be so severely demonized. I mean the article literally calls her a mass murderer, and stops just short of baby killer.
2) As a new parent I understand the anxiety, I can only imagine the turmoil if your child develops some sort of disorder. The medical establishment has no answers, especially when it comes to a lot of these mental diseases and disorders. So again, I can understand the motivation to just start looking for answers on your own.
3) She doesn't even preach "no vaccines" anymore. From her HuffPost column it seems she now talks about moderation, to spread out the vaccines and just wants further testing. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jenny-mccarthy/vaccine-autism-debate_b_806857.html
4) She's a model/actress/comedian.
Again, I'm almost always on the side of science but this backlash is wrong. This isn't climate change or pollution studies where the scientists present hard evidence, and then people deny it for political reasons. The medical community is still clueless about many things.
I've seen way too many relatives run the gambit of having to change out medications for SEVERE side effects. Again, I'm not saying that vaccines are bad and cause autism, I'm just saying that I sure as hell don't trust Big Pharma when they say anything is perfectly safe.