Was it Bill O’Reilly I was hearing? Sean Hannity?
No, it was CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, badgering Lucy Marion, PhD, RN, a member of the US Preventive Services Task Force in what felt like a paternalistic, heavy-handed, show-how-tough-you-can-be style.
His line of questioning:
“Are you comfortable with what you’re saying?
You’re a nurse….What you’re saying is that some lives are not worth it – that’s why we’re changing these recommendations.
That’s an incredibly frightening thing to hear from someone like yourself. Is that what you’re saying?”
The “you’re a nurse” comment could be interpreted many ways. One of them could be, “I’m a doctor and you’re only a nurse….” That was certainly the tone of the interview.
This segment was brought to my attention by a reader of this blog – who wrote:
“She was basically made to defend a position (that Dr. Gupta asserted as fact) that she thinks increased deaths due to reduced screening are okay. It was a pretty crappy tactic.
…It’s a shame that a physician would use his credibility to bolster the tactics of hit-and-run media, but that’s about what this amounts to. …
I hope physicians-that-are-also-journalists start realizing that by (ab)using their positions of trust as doctors to lend credibility to hit-and-run stories, they cheapen both medicine and journalism.”