A Breitbart news radio show that is hosted by Alex Marlow on SiriusXM had fake doctors claiming that they knew more about Hillary Clinton’s health than her own doctors. Of course the problem with these so called doctors is that they claimed they were doctors but only offered their first names and no proof they were actually doctors. Listeners were just supposed to take their word that they were in fact doctors. What is worse is that the show was somewhat taken over by Jane Orient from the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, an ultra right wing outfit that involves itself in medical quackery and junk science that is then peddled to other right wing extremists who believe whatever they are told by a semi official sounding group.
The association is generally recognized as politically conservative or ultra-conservative, and its publication advocates a range of scientifically discredited hypotheses, including the belief that HIV does not cause AIDS, that being gay reduces life expectancy, that there is a link between abortion and breast cancer, and that there are links between autism and vaccinations.
Yes that’s right friends and neighbors. These ultra right wing conservatives want you to know that they know more about the health of Hillary Clinton than you or anyone else does. Then, as if that wasn’t enough, they get a bunch of fake anonymous doctors to weigh in on the show, sort of like those commercials you see on TV that pump products out with first name only customers like Jane or Sue or John who touts the product as if these were actual endorsements from real people.
A caller named Andrew who identified himself as a stroke neurologist who has worked with patients who have blood-clot diagnoses similar to Clinton’s mentioned that the former Secretary of State has also suffered from blood clots in her legs, requiring a lifelong course of anti-coagulant medication.
A caller named Eric who identified as an ear, nose, and throat doctor said that Clinton’s fall on Sunday was a “neurological event,” either from the brain or brain stem, “which would be consistent with her previous history of the fall and then the blood clot.”
A caller named James from Arkansas who identified as an emergency-room physician described his profession as “medical detectives” who have to “find out what’s occurring with someone, what’s threatening their lives, and we have to find it out usually within thirty minutes to an hour, so that we can treat them and save their lives.”
He said a woman of Clinton’s age with her medical history suffering an event such as the one witnessed on Sunday was “a very serious situation — you don’t just go to an apartment for 90 minutes and come out and smile at people.”
A caller named Jim from Michigan who identified as a respiratory therapist with 25 years of experience suggested that the story of Clinton battling pneumonia might have been deployed to cover for her coughing fits.
A caller named Nick from Louisiana who also identified as an E.R. doctor discussed whether Clinton’s reported case of pneumonia would be contagious, suggesting that most patients who aren’t coughing a great deal “should be okay,” but adding, “I wouldn’t necessarily let her around children.”
A caller named Randy from Ohio who said he sees people every day who have been diagnosed with pneumonia said, “Hillary Clinton’s response was what we would have called an anoxic event, where basically her body is lacking oxygen, and that’s why you see the collapsing, the weakness, and all of that.”
A caller named Tony from Pennsylvania who identified as a physician pointed out that “It’s very easy to establish the fact that she has pneumonia with a chest x-ray.”
And on and on it went. Notice how none of these people actually identify themselves beyond a first name. The only group doing that was the ultra right wing Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. And of course anyone who decides to look into their history should be aware that they are just a nonprofit set up to make junk science look real. Of course all the usual suspects are included as past and present members. People like Ron Paul, Rand Paul and John Cooksey.
While AAPS describes itself as “non-partisan”, the organization is generally recognized as politically conservative or ultra-conservative. The AAPS opposed the Social Security Act of 1965 which established Medicare and Medicaid, arguing that “the effect of the law is evil and participation in carrying out its provisions is, in our opinion, immoral”, and encouraged member physicians to boycott Medicare and Medicaid. AAPS argues that individuals should purchase medical care directly from doctors, and that there is no right to medical care. The organization requires its members to sign a “declaration of independence” pledging that they will not work with Medicare, Medicaid, or even private insurance companies.
AAPS opposes mandated evidence-based medicine and practice guidelines, criticizing them as a usurpation of physician autonomy and a fascist merger of state and corporate power driven by the pharmaceutical industry. AAPS also opposes abortion and over-the-counter access to emergency contraception. AAPS also opposes electronic medical records as well as any “direct or de facto supervision or control over the practice of medicine by federal officers or employees.”
On October 25, 2008 the AAPS website published an editorial implying that Barack Obama was using Neuro-linguistic Programming, “a covert form of hypnosis”, to coerce people to vote for him in his 2008 presidential campaign.
Suffice it to say, none of these lunatics are believable, and none of them that identified themselves in this Breitbart story were actually real doctors. It was just more puffery from shady right wing outfits out to destroy Hillary Clinton and anyone that is liberal or identifies as a democrat.