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Donald Trump’s ‘Secret’: Americans Love Bullsh*t Peddlers and Miracle Cures – by Michael Moynihan

Absolute must read article:

Indeed, Americans have a particular talent for transforming charlatans, cranks, and frauds into celebrities—and a particular tolerance for fact-free fads promoted by already-existing celebrities. Our favorite medical man is arguably Dr. Oz, who indulges all sorts of unscientific mysticism. We’ve made the absurd television “medium” John Edward absurdly wealthy for pretending he can communicate with your dead pet newt. Ours is a culture in which an Oscar-winning actress has a second act as a lifestyle guru peddling pseudoscientific nonsense, forcing Canadian academic Timothy Caufield to publish the book Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? (Spoiler: pretty much.)

Source: Donald Trump’s ‘Secret’: Americans Love Bullsh*t Peddlers and Miracle Cures – The Daily Beast

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11 comments on “Donald Trump’s ‘Secret’: Americans Love Bullsh*t Peddlers and Miracle Cures – by Michael Moynihan

  1. kjennings952
    June 4, 2016

    Facts are inconvenient to Americans because with them comes responsibility (gasp!) The real irony is that the source of factlessness is the massive amounts of data being mined to shape political perceptions and sell more stuff!

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  2. silenceofmind
    June 4, 2016

    Let’s just say that after 8 years of the O’Bama Regime, the Americans are in the mood for another brand of BS.

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    • clubschadenfreude
      June 5, 2016

      another brand? So, SOM, how about fleshing out your claim? Surely a Christian wouldn’t bear false witness would they?

      Or is this again one more lie by a TrueChristian and your usual attempt at throwing shit at a wall and hoping some sticks?

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  3. inspiredbythedivine1
    June 4, 2016

    Good article indeed. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to Mexico to watch them start paying for, and building, that huge wall Lord Trump asked them to build.

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  4. Cara
    June 4, 2016

    Some Americans love bullshit, are addicted to it. I don’t see how Dr. Oz is a real doctor…every episode of his show seems to have the SAME topic, that of “weight loss for women”. Tune into Dr. Oz on a random day & hear him announce that “Today’s show is all about your belly,” and you’ll swear you heard that same announcement at the top of last week’s show. He’ll talk diet (so many diets a woman can do to reduce weight), and while he mentions cutting carbs, he mentions zilch about having your thyroid checked or regular mammograms. Seems to me “Doctor” Oz is just a fat-phobic man who wants the world to know he likes his women slim. One of his guests was his own daughter, there to talk about how she gained weight freshman year at college & that was so not good that her parents intervened to put her on a diet & her mother wrote a book about the experience (and, of course, she’s much happier now that she’s lost the weight). What kind of a man brings his daughter on live TV to publicly shame her for having gained weight at college?

    Donald Trump, like “Doctor” Oz, likes his women to maintain a certain shape. He also likes (according to a clip from an old interview that recently surfaced) his women not to work. Apparently the problem in his first marriage was that his wife started working & she’d be yelling on the phone as she made business deals, and he didn’t like that.

    Perhaps Trump should consider “Doctor” Oz as a potential running mate. They both seem interested in controlling women (something the religious right is very much into) and they’re both big bullshit artists, so they’ll get along.

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    • inspiredbythedivine1
      June 4, 2016

      Perhaps Doctor Oz can sell Trump his mustache. This way, Trump will fully and completely look like a giant, orange walking tribble from Star Trek. *My apologies to tribbles for the insult of this comparison.

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      • Cara
        June 4, 2016

        Interesting…you think Trump can’t grow his own mustache?

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      • inspiredbythedivine1
        June 4, 2016

        All his hair-growing energy has been displaced to that massive abomination growing on his orange head.

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  5. foolsmusings
    June 4, 2016

    We’ve come to a very scary crossroads where something needs to be done about dwindling journalist/media integrity or we are simply fucked. Donald Trump for instance has to this point been able to spread lies on a daily basis with almost no one in the mainstream willing to take him to task on it. Claims by celebrities of miracle cures and pseudoscience are pushing out real science and the media is more than willing the play along with sound bite “studies” that push often dangerous information or worse further this ridiculous notion that’s it’s science itself that’s hogwash. I’d be very interested to get a true feel for what the tone was like at the beginning of the twentieth century, but I have a feeling it was similar to now where the voices of reason were drown out by the charlatans, xenophobes, and barbarians. We all know where that led.

    Ps I’m writing this on my phone so I blame that if it is riddled with errors and makes no sense. :p

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  6. clubschadenfreude
    June 5, 2016

    well, at least a rather large number of Americans love liars. I, for one, do not. This vast gullibility and outright stupidity does seem to be prevalent in America. My opinion is that this is the toxic result of mixing other lies e.g. the American dream, that free speech means its true and American exceptionalism. My fellow citizens are largely of average intelligence or less, and can’t conceive that anyone of their tribe would lie to them.

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