On Tuesday night’s Daily Show, Jon Stewart took on one of his favorite, and easiest, targets, the crowd at Fox News. This time it was their ‘Medical A Team’ in a segment he called ‘Assume the Physician.’
He began by talking about the rocky roll out of the Obamacare website Healthcare.gov and how it has caused a spate of expert commentators in the form of physicians to be brought in on nearly every news program to discuss the ramifications of the new law.
After running some sound bites from several doctors on various networks he comes to one with Dr. Manny Alvarez, editor at Foxnewshealth.com, who says, “This is socialized medicine,” at which point he jumps in to say, “Wait — what — what was that last one?”
Continuing on he says, “That last one seemed less like medical advice and more like Thanksgiving with your crazy Republican uncle. What was that?”
He does give Alvarez his due, noting that he is there because, “he’s got the medical knowledge that it takes to make the A Team.”
This is followed by a rapid succession of Alvarez’s announcements of his topics du jour — Hemorrhoids — Athletes Foot — Erectile Dysfunction — Man Boobs.
He goes on to point out that medical advice is not the reason that Fox has these experts on the payroll, noting that they serve a much more important purpose, “To agree with Fox News talking points, for example, say the President wants everyone to have insurance, who better to say that’s a bad idea than a doctor.”
This is followed by a clip of Fox contributor Dr. Marc Siegel who, as we reported a couple of weeks ago said, “Before they started this we were all in trouble with insurance to begin with. There’s too much health insurance, it covers too much, too many people have it.”
Dumbfounded Jon says, “Congratulations, I’ve never heard that before. There’s just too many people, here’s the problem in health care, too many people have health insurance — and food and shelter!”
He goes on to say that they don’t confine themselves to medical issues and carry their ‘expertise’ over into any Fox talking point — “now we feel like it’s un-American to be patriotic in this country” — “everything in this country, at every level is about regulation” — “it’s very suspicious that the President is not coming forward with his college records” — you get the idea.
Jon accurately notes that, “These guys seem less like doctors and more like the shady expert witnesses paid by the defense to lie under oath.”
He finishes up by saying that they seem kind of crazy and that, “What Fox really needs is an in-house psychiatrist.”
Enter Dr. Kieth Ablow, you’ll remember him as the shrink who has analyzed the President from a distance and has found that he hates his grandmother for being white and is taking that hatred out on the whole country, because so many of us are white.
This, of course leads Stewart into an extended face palm after which he points out that it is troubling that the man who is supposed to be a mental health expert hosts a segment called, “Normal or Nuts.”
This, ladies and gentlemen, is what passes for medical expertise in the rarefied atmosphere at Fox News.
Enjoy the entire segment in the video below from Comedy Central.