O'Reilly Caught Lying About NEJM Health Care Survey
By: Steve - March 17, 2010 - 1:00pm
What I'm about to tell you is simply stunning. Not really, it's just more lies from O'Reilly about the so-called New England Journal of Medicine Doctor Survey. Here is what the lying O'Reilly said last night, I quote:
O'REILLY: What I'm about to tell you is simply stunning.Too bad it's all lies, Here is what Media Matters wrote about the so-called survey.
A new survey published by The New England Journal of Medicine, a prestigious magazine, says that nearly half of primary care doctors in America could leave the medical profession if Obamacare is passed.
According to the Journal, 63 percent of physicians feel that health care reform is needed but should be done in a more gradual way. And an astounding 72 percent of doctors believe a public option, that is a government-run health insurance company, would have a negative impact on medical care in the USA.
From the jump, "Talking Points" has been telling you about the unintended consequences of Obamacare. But if half the nation's doctors are considering getting out, that's by far the most frightening offshoot of health care reform.
Members of the Right-wing media have seized on a dubious, three-month old email "survey" that purports to show that physicians are concerned about health care reform and that 46 percent of the primary care doctors surveyed "indicated that they would leave medicine - or try to leave medicine - as a result of health reform."Now think about this, O'Reilly claims to have a crack staff of 10 people that research everything and never make a mistake. Yet they make a massive mistake like this, which is about as big of a mistake a so-called journalist can make. The question is, will O'Reilly do a correction tonight. The fact that he would even make that dishonest claim shows what a partisan right-wing hack he is, because only right-wing spin doctors are saying it was a NEJM survey.
Many media figures have falsely attributed this survey to the New England Journal of Medicine. For example, on Fox & Friends, co-host Brian Kilmeade said: "The New England Journal of Medicine has published a report and did a survey, and they said the impact of reform on primary care physicians, 46 percent, they say, feel reform will force them out or make them want to leave medicine."
This is false.
Media Matters for America contacted the New England Journal of Medicine, which confirmed it neither conducted nor published the "survey."
NEJM spokesperson Jennifer Zeis told Media Matters that the study "was not published by the New England Journal of Medicine," and said that "we are taking steps to clarify the source of the survey."
And btw, the actual survey was also bogus, because it was an unscientific e-mail survey. It was not a real scientific survey, a real survey is random and done by phone. Internet and e-mail surveys are bogus because they are not scientific. The whole thing is dishonest garbage, by O'Reilly and all his right-wing friends.
It shows that O'Reilly and his right-wing friends will do anything to make people oppose the Obama health care plan, including lie about a NEJM survey that never happened. And if O'Reilly does not do a correction tonight, his credibility is zero.
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