CNN’s Brianna Keilar continued her dismantling of Fox News’ medical misinformation, this time explaining how Fox’s Dr. Marc Siegel misuses his medical credentials to propagandize on behalf of Donald Trump.
Keilar may have based her commentary on a Media Matters post from Monday night about Siegel’s appearance on the Tucker Carlson Tonight show. There, he baselessly speculated about Joe Biden’s health and drugs he may be taking to counter dementia. I won’t dignify most of Siegel’s ghastly, unprofessional remarks but I’ll post the video below.
Keilar addressed some of it in her commentary.
KEILAR: Siegel is paid actual money by a network with the word "news" in its title. Not to help spread the word about keeping people safe in a pandemic or to correct the anti-science rhetoric of the Trump administration that has cost lives. But to weaponize his medical credentials against a presidential candidate.
KEILAR: And Marc Siegel is the doctor who gave this medical advice to millions of FOX News viewers, most of whom are older and thus more vulnerable to the coronavirus.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) SIEGEL: Let me tell you something. This virus should be compared to the flu because at worst -- at worst, worst-case scenario, it could be the flu.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
KEILAR: We know FOX News is the green room for Trump sycophants. But it's also apparently the doctor's office. And it hands out some of the worst medical advice that money can buy.
Dr. Siegel remains a professor at NYU’s Grossman School of Medicine. You can let them know how he perverts the profession by tweeting them @nyugrossman.
Do be sure to watch Keilar’s comments below, from the September 22, 2020 CNN Newsroom. This alone, ought to disqualify Siegel as a professor of medicine. Underneath is Siegel’s appearance on the September 21, 2020 Tucker Carlson Tonight, via Media Matters.
Would that misspeaking were Trump’s worst flaw! No, Dr. Marc, the press “wolves” would not “be all over [Trump] if he made anything like [Biden’s misspeaking]”. At most, the late night comedy (not news) shows might have some fun with it, but the mainstream media PRESS likely would have little if any time for it given how busy they are keeping up with Trump’s much more serious, unending torrent of unmisspoken falsehoods.
Dr. Marc doesn’t happen to misspeak in this clip, but much worse, he does show signs of medical incompetence beyond his demonstrated disinformation about the coronavirus. He shows no awareness that speed/Adderall are for treatment of ADHD, not for dementia. He compounds that by bringing up Biden’s history of heart arrhythmia, which any doctor should know is a clear cut contraindication for speed/Adderall.
The name and reputation of Grossman School of Medicine is under severe, justifiable threat. As long as you continue to employ the propagandist and disinformation specialist Marc Siegel, your credibility as a world renowned medical authority will be questioned over and over again.
Mine is not the only comment – all our twitterers should let them know how they feel about Siegel the bought-and-paid-for quack. The site does not appear to accept direct messages, so you need to reply to one of their posts.