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Another U.S. government advisor from Columbia University!

Cool! We’ve had Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Clarida, Jeff Sachs, those guys from the movie Inside Job, and now . . . Dr. Oz. Government service at its finest.

The pizzagate guy was from Cornell, though.


  1. TD says:

    Cornell also has the unique distinction of producing both Ann Coulter and Keith Olbermann.

  2. Julien says:

    You gotta love hiw wikipedia intro:

    “Mehmet Cengiz Öz, better known as Dr. Oz, is a Turkish-American cardiothoracic surgeon, Columbia University professor, pseudoscience promoter, author, and television personality.”

  3. jrkrideau says:

    HUD was already taken.

  4. zbicyclist says:

    At least it’s not the VA, which would be a real job.

  5. Gat says:

    On the bright side, Dr. Oz won’t be making foreign policy like Ben Rhodes, the National Security Advisor (fiction writer), or Tommy Vietor, National Security Spokesman and Special Assistant to the President (van driver).
    At least he’s an MD. this makes him more qualified for initiating public health programs than say, a president’s wife (who won’t eat food out of a box because she believes it isn’t “real food” as well as other pseudo scientific beliefs).

    No, I’m not a Trump fan, nor a Dr. Oz fan. I’m simply suggesting that the constant hyperventilation is silly.

    • Andrew says:


      1. I disagree with your statement that, “at least he’s an MD. this makes him more qualified . . .” Dr. Oz is leveraging his M.D. to hawk suspicious dietary supplements or whatever. I think he’d be less dangerous if he didn’t have that M.D. so that he wouldn’t be able to fake people out like that.

      2. To be disturbed that Dr. Oz (or, before him, Brian Wansink) is a government advisor should not be taken as approval for earlier disturbing government advisors. I think it makes sense to object to each one of these people as they come up.

      • Gat says:

        I basically agree, but I would want to see what policies they propose before I pass judgement.
        Any person this administration hires would fail the purity test in the public eye. In this atmosphere of constant panic, real issues will inevitably be muted.
        A quack like Dr. Oz is still able to come up with good suggestions, and more importantly, popularize them, that’s the point of getting celebrities on board.
        previous qualified committees haven’t made a dent in childhood obesity rates. I will judge them by their results. If he promotes green coffee enemas. Sure, pillory, tar and feather them.

        In the case of Wansink, the policies were supposedly based on sound science. Coincidentally that whole affair was a great example of why policy should be driven by studies with publicly-available data only (just imagine they hadn’t been so sloppy fabricating data). Contrast that to the panic surrounding the proposed EPA rule on this matter, it doesn’t add up.

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