Mehmet Oz, who went to medical school and therefore is technically allowed to call himself Dr. Oz, has issued a clarification for statements he made yesterday on Fox News. It seems Mehmet learned the hard way that people get kind of turned off when you talk about the high cost of eating children. At least I think that’s what Mehmet thinks you think he said. What he actually said was marginally less diabolical. His exact words were “I tell ya, schools are a very appetizing opportunity. I just saw a nice piece in The Lancet arguing the opening of schools may only cost us 2 to 3% in terms of total mortality.” Mehmet recorded an emergency “oh shit” video saying he “misspoke” and posted it on Twitter (will he also clarify to the millions of people he addressed on national TV? Probably not!). He doesn’t actually want to eat children, even though their little chubby arms and legs are so appetizing. He just wants to make sure they get fed/fattened up, and if millions of preventable deaths are the cost, mightn’t that be worth it? You know, for mojo? I’m a doctor!
Here’s what Mehmet had to say about absolutely NOT wanting to eat children. (via New York Post)
“I’ve realized my comments on risks around opening schools have confused and upset people, which was never my intention,” Oz said. “I misspoke.”
He then attempted to clarify his comments on the program.
“As a heart surgeon, I spent my career fighting to save lives in the operating room by minimizing risks,” the doctor said. “At the same time, I’m being asked constantly, how will we be able to get people back to their normal lives? To do that, one of the important steps will be figuring out, how do we get our children safely back to school?”
“We know for many kids, school is a place of security, nutrition and learning that is missing right now,” he added. “These are issues that we are all wrestling with. And I will continue looking for solutions to beat this virus.”
Phew! He only wants to fatten up poor children. This clarification is just silly. He said exactly what he meant, and yes, people were upset, but nobody was confused by it! Here’s the video.
I’ve realized my comments on risks around opening schools have confused and upset people, which was never my intention. I misspoke. pic.twitter.com/Kq1utwiCjR
— Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) April 16, 2020
Unsurprisingly, according to The Washington Post, Mehmet is one of Fox News’ most treasured “experts” and his comment yesterday was just “one of dozens of pronouncements that Oz has offered on Fox since the advent of the coronavirus pandemic, during which the network has turned to him on a range of topics far outside his background as a cardiothoracic surgeon.” And in 2018, after having appeared on The Dr. Oz Show during the 2016 election, Donald Trump appointed him as an advisor to a health council in the Department of Health and Human Services, despite a 2014 congressional panel that was held to question him about “his promotion of weight-loss products on his television show.”
“The scientific community is almost monolithic against you in terms of the efficacy of the three products you called ‘miracles,'” Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, said during the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation subcommittee hearing.
The following year, a group of doctors criticized him harshly, saying he manifested “an egregious lack of integrity” in his TV and promotional work and called his faculty position at Columbia University unacceptable.
Furthermore, according to The New York Times, last month on Fox News, he “touted the use of hydroxychloroquine even though other researchers have warned that the drug’s benefits remain unproven to treat the coronavirus.” And just so you know, Mehmet didn’t go through six years of medical school to be called “Mr. Evil,” thank you very much.