The offending reports stem from an assertion that McCarthy recently gave an interview in which she stated that her 11-year-old son does not have autism. Since McCarthy has spoken publicly for years about her son’s condition — and has caused controversy by claiming that vaccinations may have been responsible for autism — these stories hit the Internet hard.
There’s just one problem: They’re not accurate reports. The “recent” interview actually refers to a 2010 Time article, and McCarthy asserts that the quotes are inaccurate as well. On Saturday, McCarthy posted a lengthy response to the situation via Twitter.
“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.”
McCarthy did not address her controversial views on vaccination in her statement.