Vell, Oz’s just zis guy, you know?

Vell, Oz’s just zis guy, you know?

It is hard to admit error. Except for the happily married. For Doctors it is particularly hard. There are medical-legal issues and self-esteem issues. I suspect it is also because it is difficult to admit that you may have harmed someone. I have noticed, in a pop psychology kind of way, that surgeons are particularly prone to denying having made a mistake.Some may call it arrogance or hubris, I have always thought it was self-defense. I wonder if it is to protect themselves from having to admit they harmed another. Few doctors have the potential to directly arm quite like a surgeon.  

Dr. Oz continues that tradition,  giving the most lame admission of error on Fox and Friends this week:

“I wish I’d never used the laudatory terms I used for weight loss supplements,” Oz said. “That was the big mistake I think we all acknowledge. I stopped doing that a long time ago, over a year ago.”


Wow. Over a year ago. His only mistake in 877 episodes over 5 years where more than half of the information is not supported by data.

Not have psychics or Mercola or Mike Adams on his show. Dr. Oz promulgates all sorts of wackaloon ideas. Being laudatory about weight loss problems is the least of his mistakes.

To truly admit his mistakes, he would have to acknowledge that his understanding of reality is fundamentally flawed. He would have to admit his continued disregard for medical evidence and science. And we know that will not happen, as he appears to have a fluid concept of evidence at best:

I was still puzzled. “Either data works or it doesn’t,” I said. “Science is supposed to answer, or at least address, those questions. Surely you don’t think that all information is created equal?”

Oz sighed. “Medicine is a very religious experience,” he said. “I have my religion and you have yours. It becomes difficult for us to agree on what we think works, since so much of it is in the eye of the beholder. Data is rarely clean.” All facts come with a point of view. But his spin on it—that one can simply choose those which make sense, rather than data that happen to be true—was chilling. “You find the arguments that support your data,” he said, “and it’s my fact versus your fact.”

Besides, what does he have to apologize for? He again notes

It’s not a medical press show. My job is to take America and elevate the conversation.

He can’t make a medical mistake if the show isn’t medical.

…his show looks like medical advice and sounds (sort of) like medical advice, but it definitely is not medical advice, per Dr. Oz himself.

The Dr. in the show title is teeny-tiny after all.  

We very purposely, on the logo, have 'Oz' as the middle, and the 'Doctor' is actually up in the little bar for a reason.

Teeny-tiny Dr. logos lead to the teeny-tiny mistake of using bad adjectives.

Because being Dr. Oz means never having to you are really sorry.

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