Her latest mistake was picking a scrap after Julia Grace Patterson, who you can tell as she’s a doctor, told “If you were ill, and needed some treatment, would you go to an actor or a right wing journalist for help? No? Then stop listening to them during a pandemic. Doctors and scientists use evidence based medicine. That’s what we’re trained to do”.
Ms Hartley Dooda wasn’t having any of that. So she bit. “Who's telling people to get medical help from journalists?! Pandemic policy, inc lockdown, is a POLITICAL, not a medical, decision based on ALL the evidence of the benefits & costs. Locking 67 million healthy people in their homes is *way* out of this doctor's area of expertise”.
Admitting to being right-wing, lying about people being “locked in their homes”, claiming the authority on what a doctor is or is not qualified to pronounce upon, misinformation as to the nature of current restrictions? That’s the Hartley Dooda way. Dr Patterson countered “Julia, you’re neither a doctor, nor a politician. I’m a doctor who runs a political campaigning organisation and works closely with politicians across the spectrum. If you’d like to talk about the importance of evidence, get in touch”. OUCH! Come on JHB!
“What are you questioning in my tweet? It's factually correct. I talk about evidence with medical and scientific experts on my show every day. Deciding to lockdown millions of healthy people is a political, not a medical, decision”. Lockdown lie repeated, passing off opinion as fact, and as to those experts, well. Dr Patterson was undeterred.
“Politicians rely on medical experts to inform them. Just as they rely on experts in all fields to inform them. You have continually refuted scientific evidence throughout this pandemic and encouraged others to do so in the name of personal freedom”. Double OUCH! And one Tweeter decided to take issue with Ms Hartley Dooda on her so-called “experts”.
"You’ve had Clare Craig and Michael Yeadon on your show. I’d slow down on the ‘experts’ there”. She wasn’t having that. "So 2 people out of the roughly 4 experts I've spoken to EVERY DAY for the past year? Well done. You'll hear a range of views on my show. Crazy idea, eh?” OH WHAT A GIVEAWAY. And one of the other two is probably Karol Sikora.
The Tweeter was unimpressed. "Considering the size of your platform and the responsibility you have not to amplify medical disinformation, that’s still two Covid cranks too many, wouldn’t you say?” To which Ms Hartley Dooda simply snapped “They're not cranks”. But the Tweeter with whom she was engaging pointed out the reality, also quoting Dominic Pimenta, another doctor who doesn’t get invited on TalkRADIO.
That’s because Ms Hartley Dooda claims he doesn’t know what he’s on about. On the basis of, er, most likely being scared he’d show up her ignorance.
Broadcasters have a responsibility not to spread misinformation. Some take that responsibility seriously. And some need to try harder. Hello Julia Hartley Dooda.
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