Without evidence of benefit, an intervention should not be presumed to be beneficial or safe.

- Rogue Medic

Does CNN have Any Credibility Left?

Apparently, Jon Stewart is now writing material for CNN. The network that I have criticized for their incompetent reporting of medical topics, has decided to branch out into comedy.

Wolf Blitzer, who either has a great poker face, or really believes what he is saying, claims that SNL (Saturday Night Live) has not been completely accurate in their portayal of President Obama. Wait! Let me check my calendar. Maybe I had a Rip van Winkle episode, here. No, I did not sleep until April Fool’s Day, nor is it mischief night. This is just CNN demonstrating that the future of journalism is definitely not on their network.

Next, CNN investigates professional wrestling to see if WWE is as scripted as reality TV.

Jon Stewart did a great job of reporting on the way CNBC covered financial news during the financial crash of a year ago. Jon Stewart had me laughing and had me impressed with his understanding of finance. CNN? Not so much.

This just in – CNN has unearthed an incredible story. Amos ‘n’ Andy were white. They were wearing makeup. Stop the presses!

I should send in a resume. Their hiring standards are incredibly low. I, Hildy Johnson, have experience covering executions. Nah, too obvious.

Just kidding. This is CNN. Nothing is obvious to them.

In the video, there is a guy assessing the accuracy of the facts presented in the comedy skit. He makes a big deal of claiming, that even though everything else is accurate, you can’t tell the difference between Afghanistan and Maybery. I guess, I just misunderstood why George Will was writing that it is Time to Get Out of Afghanistan. I thought that George Will was saying that things are really bad – that we do not have any more chance of winning than the Soviets did a couple of decades ago, or the British over a century ago. Silly me – I was reading. CNN does not appear to be competing for an audience that reads.

Maybe we should ship CNN over to Afghanistan. The jihadists will be laughing so hard at these journalists that they won’t be able to shoot straight.

I wrote about CNN’s medical coverage of a brain dead baby. This was a year and a half ago. They still have not changed the video. I wrote to the station and I wrote to Dr. Sanjay Gupta. You know Ask Dr. Gupta, their medical expert. He is somebody who should be able to look at this and say, That is completely wrong. Change it. After all, Dr. Gupta is a neurosurgeon. For those of you who get your medical information from CNN and might not understand the big word, a neurosurgeon is a brain surgeon.

I am still waiting. The video is still there with the same completely wrong information. Maybe Dr. Gupta is still looking for his medical dictionary.

I almost feel guilty for picking on such obvious idiots. Then I rememeber that they are getting paid for their incompetence. I guess Wolf Blitzer got into journalism, because the basket weaving class was too difficult. If Dr. Gupta is your surgeon, don’t bother writing, Other Side on the part of your head he is not supposed to operate on. That may be too complex. Maybe draw a skull and crossbones. Better yet just run away.

Maybe he did his residency with Mitchell and Webb.

CNN is Selling Snake Oil – All You Have to Do is Believe.

Atomic Nerds take some shots at CNN, as well. LOOK OUT, MR. PRESIDENT! MOCKERY! H/T The Smallest Minority – CNN Fact-Checks SNL.


Numerologist Predicts Success For Michael Jackson!

From CNN (Comically Negligent Nonsense) comes this prediction. According to a numerologist –


Somebody who thinks numbers are controlling our lives, and encourages others in this ridiculous magical thinking.

Anyway, according to a numerologists, Michael Jackson has the right numbers to become a success.

When Glynis McCants looks at Michael Jackson’s life, she sees the number five.

Jackson’s talent was discovered when he was 5 years old, he came to fame as a member of the Jackson 5 and he planned a series of 50 concert dates in London, England, as part of a comeback tour before he died on June 25 at the age of 50.

He died on 6/25/2009. The 25 is 5 times 5. He died at the age of 50 – 5 times 5, but doubled. Of course the 6 and the 2009 don’t really follow the plan, but she isn’t calling our attention to them, is she?

I thought she was saying that the number 5 was associated with good luck.

No, just drama. His death was dramatic, but still the number 5 is only where she can find it.

by taking Jackson’s birth date (August 29, 1958, or 8/29/1958) she could chart his personality.

His was “six life path,” she said, meaning he was magnetic and drew people to him. That, coupled with the fact that he was born on a two day made him irresistible, she said.

“If you are born on a two day and are a six life path then America and the world seem to fall in love with you,” McCants said.

Just look at his success. I’m convinced.

In order for this to work, we would have to look at all of the other people who are born on a two day and are a six life path. She lists some other examples of people with this kind of famous birthday, but says nothing about the thousands of people born the same day, who go on to lead lives without fame, without America and the world falling in love with them.

And despite all of Jackson’s troubles, Conner said he believes the star will have an opportunity at success and fame again.

Unlike other souls that stay in the nonphysical realm anywhere from 70 to 150 years, he said, he believes the singer’s soul will return quickly — within the next 20 years — because Jackson was such a perfectionist that he will want to “pick up where he left off.”

Of course there is no way to disprove these assertions. They are just as scientific as alternative medicine. You cannot prove that these are not possible, but why would anyone believe them? Because they want to believe in magic. Magic is what we believe in as children, and some of us just never develop the ability to think as adults.

Rourke said he fully expects people to come forward claiming to have communicated with Jackson, but that any credible professional psychic or medium will not attempt to connect with Jackson for at least six months to a year and will only do so at the behest of a family member or an intimate friend of the singer.

In other words, We may be frauds, but we pretend to have some kinds of standards. It would be wrong to rip off the gullible so soon after his death. If we hold off, pretend to care, we can charge far more. As with OPEC, we don’t want somebody else making a profit off of our marks, so we chase them away with some pseudo-ethics that will allow us to scam them for far more in the future.

There really is nothing wrong with talking to the dead.

The problem is when you claim that dead people talk back to you, or just initiate unsolicited conversations.

A bigger problem is when other people believe the frauds who claim that dead people talk to frauds. Or when they give these people money in stead of clozapine.

And CNN reports on this nonsense as news.

Psychics see magic in Michael Jackson’s life

For a sensible explanation of why we believe some weird things watch this explanation.

Michael Shermer – Why People Believe Weird Things – TED talks


CNN is Selling Snake Oil – All You Have to Do is Believe.

CNN has recently run two stories that seem to have nothing to do with journalism. Rather, they mock journalism.

Brain-dead baby recovers trumpets the news that a baby who was brain-dead really recovered. In the story, not that anyone reads details any more, they only mention that the baby was pulseless. Nowhere in the story is there any mention that he was brain dead.

Should CNN change the misleading and unethical title?

No, this brings viewers and CNN can do anything to make more money.

In the more recent story, Man declared dead, says he feels ‘pretty good, in the article CNN claims that the man was brain-dead, but no medical staff are quoted. No mention of attempting to obtain comments from the doctor in charge of this man’s care.

His father, Doug, said he saw the results of the brain scan.

“There was no activity at all, no blood flow at all.”

Maybe I am a cynic, but I’m guessing that this is the first “brain scan” that he has claimed to have seen. We might want a second opinion, maybe from someone trained to interpret them.

Not if you are CNN or Associated Press – the attributed source of the story.

What happened to at least two sources?

What happened to common sense?

What happened to medicine?

It seems that CNN has become jealous of the ratings of reality TV shows and want to join in.

Well, reality TV is as much about reality as homeopathy is about patient care.

Maybe I will vary my patient pseudonym between CNN and Dr. Deborah Peel – two peas in a pod.