Why did the producers of the ABC show, The View, hire Jenny McCarthy to replace Elizabeth Hasselbeck on their panel?
Michael Specter makes the case against McCarthy in The New Yorker:
Executives at ABC should be ashamed of themselves for offering McCarthy a regular platform on which she can peddle denialism and fear to the parents of young children who may have legitimate questions about vaccine safety. Presumably, those executives have decided that the revenues Jenny McCarthy might generate are worth more than the truth. That’s their right. But it’s a strike against reason and progress and hope. That is a cost that the network won’t be able to afford for long, and neither will the rest of us.
Let’s assume that the executives at ABC know about McCarthy’s denialism and her fear mongering. Perhaps that was why they hired her. By making her a national spokesperson for a conservative point of view they will be able to trash all conservatives as anti-science and anti-children.
They did not choose McCarthy because they wanted to provide her with a platform. They chose her because they wanted to discredit conservatives.
If that was not their reasoning, the only other plausible explanation is that Meghan McCain was not available.