– Bias and Credibility

Doctor OZ - Conspiracy - Fake News - Not Credible - Alternative HealthDoctor OZ - Pseudoscience - Fake News - Not Credible - Alternative Health

Factual Reporting: Mixed - Not always Credible or Reliable


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  • Overall, we rate Dr. Oz and as quackery level pseudoscience. While many of the products that Oz promotes are safe and harmless, there are others that are misleading or downright dangerous.

Detailed Report

Factual Reporting: MIXED
Country: USA
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY


Mehmet Cengiz Öz, better known as Dr. Oz, is a Turkish-American cardiothoracic surgeon, Columbia University professor, author, and television personality. He is a proponent of alternative medicine, and has been criticized by physicians, government officials, and publications for giving non-scientific advice and promoting pseudoscience. In 2014 the British Medical Journal examined over 400 medical or health recommendations from 40 episodes of his program and found that only 46% of his claims were supported by reputable research, while 15% of his claims contradicted medical research, and the remainder of Oz’s advice was either vague or unsupported by research.

In 2022, became his official campaign website for a Senate seat in Pennsylvania.

Read our profile on United States government and media.

Funded by / Ownership is owned by Mehmet Cengiz Öz and is funded through donations to his campaign and a store that sells election-themed merchandise.

Analysis / Bias

In review, both the Dr. Oz television show and his website routinely promote pseudoscience. Some examples are miracle weight loss products, natural teeth whitening mixtures that do not work, and promotion of anti-GMO propaganda. In 2012, Dr. Oz won James Randi’s “The Pigasus Award for Refusal to Face Reality” for his continued promotion of “quack medical practices, paranormal belief, and pseudoscience.” Further, Dr. Oz has promoted one of the worst purveyors of Pseudoscience, Joseph Mercola on his TV show.

As of early April 2020, Dr. Oz frequently appears on the Sean Hannity radio program (Far right-wing) promoting hydroxychloroquine to fight Covid-19. However, there is not sufficient evidence to prove its effectiveness or safety.

Currently, the website contains only information about his campaign. Dr. Oz is a republican candidate endorsed by former President Donald Trump. This review covers the previous content on this website.

Failed Fact Checks

Overall, we rate Dr. Oz and as quackery-level pseudoscience. While many of the products that Oz promotes are safe and harmless, there are others that are misleading or downright dangerous. (D. Van Zandt 4/8/2018) Updated (09/02/2022)


Last Updated on May 24, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check

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