Right-wing lunatics are coming from all corners of the Internet to defend Dr. Drew Pinksy. There has been a coincidental lining up of Pinksy’s comments about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s health, and the canceling of Pinsky’s boring cable show. Individuals on the right are crying foul claiming Pinksy has been persecuted for asking legitimate questions about Clinton’s health. Observers of Pinksy’s show say the comments he made about Clinton are indicative of why his show was canceled; he’s not particularly good at his job or insightful as a medical expert.
Pinksy’s comments came a week ago when he said on the radio, “We dispassionately sat and evaluated the medical record that she had released. Based on the information that she has provided and her doctors have provided, we were gravely concerned not just about her health but her health care.” The good doctor also went on to point out Clinton was wearing prism glasses when she made her famed “What difference does it make?” comment about Benghazi. To Pinksy those glasses were the smoking gun to prove Clinton’s ailing health.
After exposing himself as an individual who trades in speculation about health, Pinksy’s show was canceled. But the two scenarios were not related.
CNN’s executive vice president, Ken Jautz, said of Pinsky’s cancelation, “Dr. Drew and his team have delivered more than five years of creative shows and I want to thank them for their hard work and distinctive programming. Their audience-driven shows, in particular, were innovative and memorable TV. And Dr. Drew has been an authoritative voice on addiction and on many other topical issues facing America today.”
Authoritative on addiction, so why would Pinksy comment about Clinton’s health with baseless analysis? It doesn’t really matter. He was giving voice to a baseless conspiracy.
The truth is Pinksy’s ratings were dropping, and his show lost part of its audience. His show was one of the lowest rated programs on cable in the 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. timeslot. Television executives are in the business of earning money, not of placating hosts. Hillary Clinton didn’t call in a favor and have Pinsky fired. His ratings didn’t suddenly fall because he had made comments about Clinton’s health. The ratings were in decline for months, and executives pulled the plug. It is really that simple. Sorry wingnuts.