Fake Medical News by Erin Schumaker of the Huffington Post

There is a lot of attention to the term “fake news” recently.  For example, I just saw this:

Hillary Clinton challenged policymakers to combat fake and misleading news on social media, as she used a post-election appearance to tackle an issue that gripped her presidential campaign and led to a shooting incident in Washington on Sunday.

Obama talks about it too:

The outgoing US president has lamented an age where ‘active misinformation’ can spread as quickly and easily as the truth.

We should all be bothered by lies and misinformation.  We need to be vet our sources carefully.  The medical community has been guilty of fake medical news for years.  We see it in bad research.  We saw how drug companies manipulate data to manipulate doctors.  We see with studies that are leaked to the media that are way too small and have no power behind them but it has a major effect on patients.  It does make great news, though.

I have another fake medical news story for you, too.  This one is more medico-political.  This headline comes from the Huffington Post:

Disappointed By The AMA, Doctors Start A New Organization To Fight Trump’s Health Care Policies

I bit on this this right away.  Yes, the AMA sucks but they were pro-Obamacare and I never saw the HuffPo talk negative about them 4 years ago. I was suspicious right away.  Then I began to read this piece of garbage. Here are some more tidbits so you understand my angst:

  • More surprising was the American Medical Association’s strong endorsement of Price in a statement from board of trustees chair Dr. Patrice Harris, who urged the Senate to “promptly consider and confirm Dr. Price for this important role.”
  • Backlash from physicians was swift. Among those who spoke out were Drs. Manik Chhabra, Navin Vij and Jane Zhu of the University of Pennsylvania, who wrote a post on Medium titled, “The AMA Does Not Speak for Us.” The trio challenged the association’s endorsement in their letter and invited fellow physicians to sign on.
  • As of Thursday, more than 5,000 health care providers have done so.
  • Chhabra, Vij and Zhu are part of the Clinician Action Network, a nascent alternative organization that has grown in response to Trump’s election. And their letter struck a chord. Before its publication, the initial group of CAN members included 60 health care providers. Network membership has since swelled to several hundred individuals, including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, social workers and community members.

This, my friends, is a perfect example of cherry picking an article to make your point. The biased Huffington Post is so left leaning that they jumped at anything that fit their agenda.  “Backlash from physicians”?  Really?  All I see is three doctors!  They go on to say 5000 health care providers.  How many are doctors?  There are 800,000 doctors and even if 5000 signed the letter, who cares?   Lastly, they try to legitimize their group called the Clinician Action Network that has 60 members!!!  Sixty!!!  There are more members a group of left-handed, crocheting alien abductees.  Oh, but this group in the article has swelled to several hundred?  Wow.  Are you kidding me?  With all this, the author has the audacity to use the headline “Disappointed by the AMA, Doctors Start A New Organization to Fight Trump’s Health Care Policies?  When the layperson reads this he or she will think that doctors in general are against Dr. Price. That is misleading. That is misinformation.

This is beyond cherry picking.  Erin Schumacher wrote this “fake medical news” piece.  She embellished facts to fit her agenda.  It is embarrassing.  Where were you, Erin, when there was REAL backlash to Obamacare in 2010-2012 by physicians?   Exactly.  If there were a license for journalism then yours should be suspended for this piece of propaganda.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  2 comments for “Fake Medical News by Erin Schumaker of the Huffington Post

  1. Steve O'
    December 13, 2016 at 7:43 am

    When passions flare, people frequently endorse and repeat lies. The game of objectifying and degrading the image of the enemy in the press is familiar propaganda during wartime; but not only then.

    Barbarities of the War. Published: July 25, 1861 NY Times
    “Must shocking stories begin to be reported of the barbarities practised by the rebels upon the wounded men and prisoners of the Union forces that fall into their hands. We are told of their slashing the throats of some from ear to ear; of their cutting off the heads of others, and kicking them about as footballs; and of their setting up the wounded against trees, and firing at them as targets, or torturing them with the plunges of bayonets at their bodies. To cap the climax of atrocities, it is stated that a hospital in which many wounded soldiers were suffering extreme agony, or quietly yielding up the battle of life, was fired upon and burned.”

    See online archive of NY Times, http://www.nytimes.com/1861/07/25/news/barbarities-of-the-war.html

  2. Thomas Guastavino
    December 10, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Why would anyone give the main stream media, let alone any far left media, any attention Whatsoever? Not only did they lose any shred of credibility they ever had, they are doing nothing to change. They are to be ignored and hopefully they will wither away.

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