Only Some Conspiracy Theories Welcome at Huffington Post

Have to agree, the Huffington Post loves to embrace all sort of crazy pseudoscientific theories about your health, but has a problem with this post from Jesse Ventura. (You can read the Ventura post on InfoWars.) Alex Pareene writes on Gawker:

The Huffington Post removed a 9/11 “Truther” post from former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura. According to their editor’s note, “The Huffington Post’s editorial policy, laid out in our blogger guidelines, prohibits the promotion and promulgation of conspiracy theories….” Oh, really?

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Because today, the very same Huffington Post published this wonderful post from dangerous nutcase Jenny McCarthy about how autism is caused by vaccines and can be cured with experimental treatments that the established medical community doesn’t want you to know about. We can only assume that as soon as the editors discover this conspiratorial nonsense, they will promptly remove it.

The fun thing about Jenny McCarthy’s conspiracy is that if it catches on enough, it will literally lead to the death of children. Trutherism just makes you really annoying!

It’s not only Huffington Post who gives the former Playboy playmate lip service, ABC News was willing to seek a medical opinion from her. Even if you disagree with Ventura’s claims on 9/11 (and I am in that camp), Ventura is not saying he is qualified to dispense an engineering analysis, or even claiming he is 100% right about his conclusions.

For more on Jenny McCarthy’s lunatic crusade, check out Jenny McCarthy Body Count.

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  • emperorreagan

    I tried to email their various contact addresses to bitch at them, but they're apparently all over quota!

  • tonyviner

    I am a huge Bill Maher fan, but the way he treats this situation sickens me. It is one thing to disagree with someone over something, it is another to treat them like idiots or buffoons, especially when the majority of those people could be classified as being on the same side as Maher. Ariana Huffington was a guest on his show this past weekend. Weird. It is almost as if he is worried about losing yet another show for having skewed opinions on his show, which is also weird, because he has his share of views that I am sure get under the skin of at least one person every week. Sorry I am rambling, but…

  • Rheokhu

    The lesson I get out of this is that Ventura would have more credibility if he had sold photos of his nether regions to a magazine in his twenties.

  • J Ricardo

    Point well made! (From one who agrees in essence with Ventura's claims that the official conspiracy story does not stand up to serious scrutiny).

  • oman28

    The reason that Jenny McCarthy is given lip service is because a large number of people think she is an idiot and she is definitely unqualified to make medical opinions. What better person to show as supporting anti vaccine theory? It actually gives ammunition to those people like this author who believe vaccines are safe. I did my own research into this matter and decided not to vaccinate my child who is now 7 and in perfect health.
    If vaccines are harmless then why hasn't anybody taken Jock Doubleday up on his offer? ( visit http://www.spontaneouscreation.org/SC/VaccineOf…) Since 2001 he has offered big money (currently$250,000) to any US registered doctor or pharmaceutical CEO to drink a standard vaccine, minus the virus and bacteria, that is routinely administered to a 6 year old child.
    The fact that in 9 years not one individual has taken this offer of very easy money speaks volumes about the safety and toxicity of vaccine additives. I'm sure the Huffington Post would not publish anything about Jock Doubleday.

    • pb

      Ralph = disinformation agent?

      A one-two punch in this post. First, poopooing the 9/11 truth movement (“Even if you disagree with Ventura’s claims on 9/11 (and I am in that camp)”), and then making fun of McCarthy and by extension the anti-vaccine movement.

      • http://disinfo.com ralph

        If by disinformation agent, you mean Disinformation with a capital “D” — the ability to think you yourself and not take hand-fed opinions right down the throat from what is called “conspiracy” movements, then yes, I am a Disinformation agent.

        All I said was I didn't agree with Ventura completely, not that I don't have my own doubts about what happened on 9/11. And I had ample opportunity to explore that, by editing Jim Marrs' “The Terror Conspiracy” which is published by Disinformation, and still continue to do my own research on the topic.

        The point of this post is that the Huffington Post's availed policy of prohibiting “conspiracy theory” makes no sense, since Jenny McCarthy's opinion obviously falls into that category. And I take oman28's point that she may be a public face for the anti-vaccination movement because she is not a great representative for it.

        It's a response like that is why I wanted to post this.

        And instead of just linking to the Ventura post on InfoWars, I plan to post it on disinfo.com later tonight. We, at Disinformation, had the chance to interview Ventura tonight (look for that post soon) and, no surprise, he wasn't too happy about his post being pulled off Huffington Post.

    • Stutz

      It only speaks volumes about the reluctance of serious medical professionals to humor a nutcase. I doubt anybody has even heard of this Mr Doubleday, whoever he is.

      People don't “believe” vaccines are safe. They are confident that the current scientific understanding is trustworthy, and that paranoid theories are far less trustworthy. Is that irrational? If real scientific evidence ever suggests that vaccines are less safe than the diseases they prevent, then rational people will demand change, but they won't give Jenny McCarthy and Mr Whoever and yourself credit for just happening to have been right. We're all worse off for listening to conspiracy theorists, whether they happen to get one right or not.

  • pb

    Ralph = disinformation agent?

    A one-two punch in this post. First, poopooing the 9/11 truth movement (“Even if you disagree with Ventura’s claims on 9/11 (and I am in that camp)”), and then making fun of McCarthy and by extension the anti-vaccine movement.

  • Stutz

    It only speaks volumes about the reluctance of serious medical professionals to humor a nutcase. I doubt anybody has even heard of this Mr Doubleday, whoever he is.

    People don’t “believe” vaccines are safe. They are confident that the current scientific understanding is trustworthy, and that paranoid theories are far less trustworthy. Is that irrational? If real scientific evidence ever suggests that vaccines are less safe than the diseases they prevent, then rational people will demand change, but they won’t give Jenny McCarthy and Mr Whoever and yourself credit for just happening to have been right. We’re all worse off for listening to conspiracy theorists, whether they happen to get one right or not.

  • Truman Green

    Listen up people because I’m only going to tell you this once. The Jesse Ventura show tells about 95% of the truth about its topics, but the show is staged in such a way–including stupid over dramatic music–that viewers will subconsciously get the idea that it’s all a bunch of crap, even if they are intriqued by it. Ventura knows exactly what’s going on, and his mandate for the big bucks is to present a lot of absolutely true stuff about 911 and HAARP, for example, in a way that it will be seen as just another goofy tv show.

    Get it, people?

  • Truman Green

    Listen up people because I’m only going to tell you this once. The Jesse Ventura show tells about 95% of the truth about its topics, but the show is staged in such a way–including stupid over dramatic music–that viewers will subconsciously get the idea that it’s all a bunch of crap, even if they are intriqued by it. Ventura knows exactly what’s going on, and his mandate for the big bucks is to present a lot of absolutely true stuff about 911 and HAARP, for example, in a way that it will be seen as just another goofy tv show.

    Get it, people?

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