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Dr. Phil McGraw rocketed to fame after Oprah Winfrey took him under her wing, but he’s recently come under fire for coming out against social distancing and stay-at-home orders during a recent appearance on Laura Ingraham’s Fox News program. That isn’t sitting well with actor and comedian Seth MacFarlane.
But MacFarlane isn’t just singling out McGraw. He’s also criticizing Winfrey for giving him a platform on The Oprah Winfrey Show, along with Dr. Mehmet Oz, and prominent anti-vaxxer Jenny McCarthy.
In an April 17 tweet that also provided a link to a Los Angeles Times Article, MacFarlane noted: “Oprah has done some wonderfully opportunistic things with her career, but the use of her platform to amplify the voices of dubious characters rather than legitimate scientists has been a disservice.”
Wilstein noted that article illuminates the medical misinformation McGraw and Oz have disseminated during the pandemic.
And in an interview on Vice TV’s political talk show Seat at The Table With Anand Giridharadas, MacFarlane once again lauded Winfrey for her good works but also had this to say:
“The exception to that is the elevation of these purveyors of pseudoscience. People like Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, all the way back to Jenny McCarthy and the anti-vax movement. And it’s a strange dichotomy that I think a lot of people, particularly right now, are having trouble reconciling. You know this person has done all of this positive work for the world, and yet somehow has gotten caught up in this web of junk science on many occasions. So it’s a tough thing to balance.”
Watch the video below.