Infectious Disease Hobbyist Dr. Phil Destroyed For Wild Coronavirus Appearance on Fox News


Talk show host and infectious disease hobbyist Dr. Phil McGraw — or just “Dr. Phil” to most — is getting a dose of bitter social media medicine after a Fox News segment filled with more quackery than a Ducktales marathon.

The doc’s appearance on Thursday night’s edition of The Ingraham Angle was a wild ride of illogic, misinformation, and just plain stupidity heightened by the fact that the subject was a deadly global pandemic.

Among the wild claims, Dr. Phil told host Laura Ingraham that “We probably shouldn’t have ever started” the coronavirus quarantine, and compared deaths from the coronavirus to swimming pool deaths — trotting out several patently inaccurate statistics while he was at it. Most absurdly, Dr. Phil claimed there are 360,000 “swimming pool deaths” a year, one hundred times the number of drowning deaths of any sort.

“But we don’t shut the country down for that!” he exclaimed.

The reaction was swift, most unkind, and focused greatly on Dr. Phil’s lack of medical credentials. His PhD is in clinical psychology, but as many users pointed out, he’s not licensed to practice in any state.

This was the nicest tweet we could find about Phil, which at least contained a constructive suggestion:

In a time of crisis, it’s nice that people can still come together, even if it is just to shame Dr. Phil.

Watch the segment that started it all above, via Fox News.

UPDATE: Dr. Phil walked back on his comments in a video on Friday. Watch it here.

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