Dr. Oz Casts Himself as Brave Truthteller in Response to Criticism

Dr. Oz has pretended to respond to the vast amounts of (entirely legitimate) criticism from his fellow doctors (the ones who actually have ethics) and, predictably, he is ignoring the substance of those criticisms and instead casting himself as the brave truthteller, the martyr and the courageous warrior against censorship.

“I know I’ve irritated some potential allies in our quest to make America healthy,” he says, as if his critics are opposed to health, when in fact they are trying to protect people’s health against his quack faux medicine. “No matter our disagreements, freedom of speech is the most fundamental right we have as Americans. And these 10 doctors are trying to silence that right.”

The martyrdom conclusion: “So I vow to you right here and right now: we will not be silenced, we will not give in.”

Gee, who didn’t see that coming? You haven’t irritated people in your alleged attempt to “make America healthy,” you con man, but because you have deliberately misled them and made them less healthy as a result. And this has nothing remotely to do with free speech. You’re being criticized. You’re being expected to live up to the ethical standards of your profession, the touchstone of which is that you should never sell people “miracle” cures for things without the evidence to back it up. Yet that is what you do on an almost daily basis on your show.

You’re not a martyr, you’re a fraud. You’re a hustler. You’re a paid liar. And you’re hurting the health of America by pushing bullshit “cures” that don’t cure anything but are very likely to lead people not to follow actual medical treatment recommendations.

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  • Phillip IV

    he is ignoring the substance of those criticisms

    If it ducks like a quack…

  • Trebuchet

    I’m hoping to see Ken White comment on this.

  • dugglebogey

    Notice he never addresses the criticism, only the character of those who make them.

  • karmacat

    Notice he is complaining about freedom on expression on his own damn TV show and of course doesn’t notice the irony.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    There’s a local morning radio show here that has a guy who says almost nothing I agree with. When this subject came up in the “trending” segment, he went off on Oz and I almost called to thank him…almost.

    “If it ducks like a quack…”

    Dude! The man is talkin’ power to truth!

  • grumpyoldfart

    I bet he’ll still be on TV selling diet pills in ten years from now.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie


    I would not bet against that. He was on the tube this morning doing his martychampiondoctor schtick. He and Deepshit Chopra are cut from the same cloth.