Day: 2013.08.27

Another FOX Flameout

Can we just file this, please, as (ahem!) “one of those things”?

No? Damn. Okay … so … right. Let us start with two words: Fox News.

Aye. You know this one is going to be silly:

I may be a doctor, but I play an asshole on television.A Fox News medical expert on Tuesday argued that President Barack Obama’s administration was wrong to force gender equality for health insurance rates because men “only have the prostate,” while women “have the breasts, they have the ovaries.”

“Look, it’s not bias, I’m not saying this as a man,” Fox News Medical A-Team contributor Dr. David Samadi told the hosts of Fox & Friends. “They go through a lot of preventive screenings, they give birth, they have the whole mammogram, the Pap smear. Guys, we don’t like to go to doctors, right? Seventy percent of health care decisions are made by women. In my own practice, I see it’s the women who bring the guys, who say, go get screened.”

“Yeah, but shouldn’t that earn us a discount?” Fox News host Gretchen Carlson interrupted. “Basic fact that we are responsible for getting our men to come to the doctor? And what about the fact that women, because they do all this preventative care, maybe their health issues end up costing less than men’s, who don’t go to the doctor until it’s a crisis and a big deal.”

And … well … it sort of just goes downhill from there. Dr. Samadi, a renowned urologist, argued that while pregnancy is, indeed, a shared responsibility, “in my field, we only have the prostate”. Well, right. He’s a urologist. And, as the renowned urologist explained, “Women have the breasts, they have the ovaries, they have the uterus.”

No, really. Thanks for the insight, Doc.