The Rogue Doctors Spreading Right-Wing Conspiracy Theories about Clinton's Health - 2016-09-23
When Hillary Clinton seemed to collapse while getting helped into the back of a black van earlier this month, Jane Orient, a physician in Tucson, Arizona, says it felt like a vindication. In early August, she'd published an op-ed on the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons' website questioning whether Clinton has a traumatic brain injury that would make her unfit for the presidency. And this month, the Association—of which Orient is the executive director—published a survey apparently showing that other physicians believe much the same thing. Almost instantly, that survey made it to Facebook's coveted Trending Topics section.
For Orient—and the many media organizations that have recently been circulating her work—Clinton's stumble looked like proof that they were right.
There's just one thing: Orient and the Association are not just the broad-based coalition of dispassionate, unbiased medical spectators that the conservative media makes them out to be.