Marc K. Siegel
|Occupation||Physician, Clinical Professor|
|Employer||NYU Langone Medical Center, Fox News|
|Known for||Physician and faculty member NYU Langone Medical Center, Medical contributor Fox News Channel, author|
|Title||Doctor of Medicine|
Books and media commentary
He has written the books False Alarm: the Truth About the Epidemic of Fear (2005), Bird Flu: Everything You Need to Know About the Next Pandemic (2006), and The Inner Pulse: Unlocking the Secret Code of Sickness and Health (2011). In his writings and interviews, Siegel criticized public health officials and the press for what he considered to be overreactions to, or excessive focus on, infectious disease outbreaks, such as the swine flu, SARS, and Avian influenza outbreaks, arguing that resources should be directed toward other health threats.
Siegel criticized President Barack Obama over his Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), a health care reform legislation. In 2017, Siegel wrote an op-ed in the New York Times that criticized the ACA and its essential health benefits provision (which he described as "an overstuffed prix fixe meal filled with benefits like maternity and mental health coverage") and praised the Republican legislation to repeal the ACA.
In Fox News appearances during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, Siegel provided that candidate Hillary Clinton had a hidden serious illness that raised questions about her physical fitness for office.
During the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, Siegel appeared in media where he discussed medical advice that coincided with CDC guidelines. In an March 2020 appearance on Fox News'Hannity, Siegel stated the coronavirus "should be compared to the flu. Because at worst, at worst, worst-case scenario it could be the flu." A study by Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Dolores Albarracin, published in the peer-reviewed Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review in April 2020, identified Siegel's statement as part of a broader set of COVID-19 misinformation circulating in conservative media; the study found that Americans who relied upon Fox News and other right-wing sources for news were more likely to credit conspiracy theories or baseless rumors than Americans who relied upon mainstream sources. Author and media analyst Brian Stelter, in his book Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth, wrote that Siegel's "just-the-flu" claim "was shockingly irresponsible stuff" and that Fox News executives were aware of this, because they had at the time already begun taking precautions.
Siegel has praised President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. In July 2020, Siegel interviewed Trump on Fox News about the results of his recent cognitive assessment. During the interview, Trump described the test's contents using the phrase "person, woman, man, camera, TV"; Trump's remark was parodied.
- "Dr. Marc Siegel". Profile. Fox News. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
- Marc Siegel, False Alarm: The Truth about the Epidemic of Fear (Wiley, 2005), Google Books.
- Gross, Terry (Feb 2, 2006). "The Next Pandemic: Bird Flu, or Fear?". NPR. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
- Book Review. "The Inner Pulse: Unlocking the Secret Code of Sickness and Health". 16 May 2011. Publisher's Weekly. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
- Siegel, Marc K. (August 26, 2009). "Jewish Doctor: I choose Maimonides over Obama". New York Post. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
- Marc K. Siegel, What the Republican Health Plan Gets Right, New York Times (May 5, 2017).
- James Hamblin, When Hillary Clinton Coughs, The Atlantic (September 6, 2016).
- David Weigel, In prime time, Sean Hannity carries out a Clinton medical 'investigation', Washington Post (August 11, 2016).
- Callum Borchers, A guide to Hillary Clinton’s many 'illnesses,' as diagnosed in the conservative media, Washington Post (August 23, 2016).
- Pesca, Mike (2020-04-13). "Fox's Favorite Physician Has Bad Advice for Viewers". Slate. Retrieved 2020-10-09.
- Egan, Elisabeth (2020-09-10). "In 'Hoax,' Brian Stelter Ventures Where No Author Has Gone Before". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-10-09.
- Christopher Ingraham (June 25, 2020). "New research explores how conservative media misinformation may have intensified the severity of the pandemic". The Washington Post.
- Staff. "Fox's Dr. Marc Siegel says "worse case scenario" for coronavirus is "it could be the flu"". Media Matters for America. Retrieved 2020-10-09.
- Kathleen Hall Jamieson & Dolores Albarracin, The Relation between Media Consumption and Misinformation at the Outset of the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic in the US, Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review (April 20, 2020).
- In 'Hoax,' Brian Stelter Ventures Where No Author Has Gone Before, New York Times (September 10, 2020).
- Late Night Isn't Impressed with Trump’s Cognitive Dissonance, New York Times (July 24, 2020).
- Katie Rogers, Trump Defends His Cognitive Testing Results on Fox News. Again., New York Times (July 22, 2020).