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‘He’s just a quack’: TV’s Dr. Oz doling out contradictory coronavirus advice on NBC’s Today show

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Television doctor Mehmet Oz has been prominently featured by NBC News as a coronavirus expert.

The thoracic surgeon has been dispensing advice on the “Today” show as part of the network’s “coronavirus crisis team,” but the former Oprah Winfrey protégé has a history of doling out scientifically dubious claims on his own syndicated program, reported The Daily Beast.

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“He’s just a quack,” said physician and researcher Henry I. Miller, one of Oz’s most outspoken critics. “He’s been dishonest and he has been dispensing misinformation to millions now for years. I wouldn’t trust any of his observations, and don’t see how he would have responsible and valid views on coronavirus.”

The 59-year-old Oz has been recommending “Today” viewers to wash their thumbs and fingertips to prevent the spread of the virus — which is medically valid — but he’s also been contradicting himself about the risks of traveling during the outbreak for those over age 60.

“If I was younger I would go ahead and travel, but if I was older, I wouldn’t—and would avoid crowded places,” Oz told “Today” co-host Craig Melvin. “Why take a chance?”

However, just days earlier Oz urged actor William Shatner, age 88, to keep his scheduled for an upcoming international lecture tour.

“He can go anywhere he wants, do not make decisions based on fear,” Oz said on “Access Daily.” “We’ve got to live our lives.”

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NBC News declined to comment on Oz’s role in the network’s coronavirus coverage, and the physician defended his work.

“There are lots of detractors in life who have trouble hearing the truth or engaging in difficult debates about multi-sided topics,” Oz told The Daily Beast in a statement. “I have spent my career with the belief that knowledge is power and I have never shied away from that mantra. We are in the midst of one of the biggest epidemics in recent time and my focus is on educating and calming a fearful public. That’s what we all should be focused on right now.”


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Trump draws ridicule for press conference after Biden/Harris event: ‘Did someone give him a Valium?’

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On Wednesday, just as former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) were winding down their first official joint campaign event, President Donald Trump kicked off his latest White House briefing.

As usual, the president triggered a round of mockery from social media.

A somnambulant Trump starts his August 12 press briefing with some casual xenophobia and then starts hyping the stock market pic.twitter.com/T4ObIke7qN

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 12, 2020

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Trump doubles down after being confronted with his claim Biden wants an ‘invasion’ of suburbs

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At Wednesday's press conference, President Donald Trump was confronted with his claim that former Vice President Joe Biden would trigger an "invasion" of suburban neighborhoods — widely considered to be a racist dog whistle for affordable housing that will attract more people of color.

“What do you mean by invasion?” the reporter asked.

“They’re going to open up areas of your neighborhoods — they’re going to destroy suburbia,” insisted Trump. He added that "by the way, 30 percent of the people in suburbia are minorities," evidently on the defensive from claims that he was appealing to racism.

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Newsweek attacked after editorial column starts a new birther conspiracy about Kamala Harris

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Newsweek is being attacked after they ran an opinion column by John Eastman, a law professor at Chapman University. "Some Questions for Kamala Harris About Eligibility," was the headline.

The opening of the story already speculates that Harris is somehow ineligible for the position because she's also somehow ineligible to be president.

"The fact that Senator Kamala Harris has just been named the vice presidential running mate for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has some questioning her eligibility for the position," said the Chapman University professor. "The 12th Amendment provides that 'no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.' And Article II of the Constitution specifies that '[n]o person except a natural born citizen...shall be eligible to the office of President.' Her father was (and is) a Jamaican national, her mother was from India, and neither was a naturalized U.S. citizen at the time of Harris' birth in 1964. That, according to these commentators, makes her not a 'natural born citizen'—and therefore ineligible for the office of the president and, hence, ineligible for the office of the vice president."

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