Lets say you are a professional/expert on Topic X.
One day, you get a call from an Emmy winning, top day-time talk show. They want you to come on their show to talk about Topic X! “OMG!!! YAAAAAY!!!” you would surely be thinking. “A platform to educate the public about Topic X! Millions of people via TV, internet, just the exposure for Topic X, this is FANTASTIC!!!”
Now, lets say that Emmy winning, top day-time talk show is “Dr. Oz”.
That ‘opportunity to educate millions of people’?
If you are a regular reader of SciBlogs, you know that Dr. Oz utterly wasted our Pam Ronalds time when he had her on as an expert on GMOs. Orac has a virtual library cataloging the instances where Dr. Oz does a show on ‘scientific’ topic, only to give nutbars and a parade of snake-oil salesmen the spotlight (or doesnt even pretend he is trying to be scientific, just throws a psychic on the stage and calls it a day).
Nothing is below contempt for Oz, apparently, as the latest pile of poo he stepped in was giving ‘Reparative Therapy’ proponents a forum (the assholes who use unscientific at best, outright physically and psychologically dangerous methods at worst, to ‘cure’ homosexuals), framing the show with “WOW! This is such a controversy!!!”, when there is zero controversy over Reparative Therapy at all. It doesnt work and it is dangerous and literally no psychological or psychiatric or medical organization anywhere supports it.
When you read what happened to the GLAAD professionals who went on the Dr. Oz Show to talk about the dangers of Reparative Therapy, it sounds exactly like what happened to Pam and all the other scientists who have agreed to be on that show– The majority of the time was spent on the quacks, zero questioning of the quacks, quacks put on the same ‘level’ as actual experts/professionals, the professionals were not given much time, and the most of the time they were given was left on the cutting room floor, Oz more interested in pushing CONTROVERSY over reality.
And all of the experts who go on Dr. Oz, including GLAAD, have the same conclusion– They would have never agreed to be on the show if they knew that was going to happen, and they refuse be on the show again.
There is also something else– This actually happened a couple weeks ago– I was in the grocery store, and overheard a few stock boys making fun of Dr. Oz. Something along the lines of “Why are we so low on Granny Smith apples?” “Dr. Oz must have told everyone eating 100 Granny Smith apples a day cures cancer.” *round of laughter* I had to butt in “No, Dr. Oz wouldnt say that! Well, he would, but then he would say how you can buy his friends SUPER SPECIAL Granny Smith apple miracle supplement for 5000x the cost of a Granny Smith apple” *cue more laughing*
The 16-18 year old stock boys at the grocery store know Dr. Oz is a joke. Even if you were given a genuine platform, without edits or tricks, whos to say anyone would believe you were really an expert anyway, when so many of Dr. Ozs ‘guests’ are charlatans?
The Dr. Oz show might appear to be a useful forum for disseminating information, education.
It is NOT.
Dr. Ozs platform is an illusion.
There is NO REASON for any serious professional to go on the Dr. Oz show.
And once again, shame on Chris Mooney, supposed science journalist and supposed science educator, for promoting Dr. Oz as a ‘rock star of science’ (link 1, link 2). Dr. Oz might be a rock star to anti-science proponents, but he is a goddamn disgrace to physicians and scientists. Has Mooney *ever* apologized for that crap?