In his zest to pull his a$$ out of the firestorm he created, by knowingly going on prominent white-supremacist and anti-semite David Duke's radio program, Jimmy Moore has done a great service to the community by "outing" two prominent MD's associations with same.
Don't you mean disservice? No. Service, because nobody seemed to be aware of this, and it is important information. Unlike the one-man Jimmy Moore show, these are prominent men with "real jobs", besides their books, blogs and whatever else, as medical doctors. They also have books published by mainstream large publishing houses and "handlers" -- whatever the title: managers, agents, publicists, assistants, you get the picture.
The following post was brought to my attention in comments here, and just so it doesn't get buried, I'm putting it here and encouraging all of my readers to go read it: Two prominent physician/authors -- one a NY Times bestseller -- promoted their books on white supremacist David Duke's radio show.
I'm sure that both McGuff and Davis knew pretty quickly that Jimmy Moore had tied their names to the term neo-Nazi in a title of a blog post on a fairly well-traveled blog:
If I’m A Neo-Nazi, Then I Guess Dr. William Davis And Dr. Doug McGuff Are Too?
I realize this was on a Saturday (Dec. 29), and it's a holiday season and all that, but the silence in a community that went viral (with disinformation) over Dr. Jack Kruse within 24 hours is rather deafening. The accusations made by Kruse & Co. were serious -- terrorism, "calling in" fake terror attacks and all that. The sanctimony was flying all around about how awful the three haters, especially yours truly, were, and how we should rot in jail for our crimes. Heck, FatHead still went on in defense of JimKKKins long past the time everyone knew it was Jack that was the lying hack. But so far ... not a whole lot except for the not-unexpected support for JimKKKins by Nikoley.
So McGuff did respond on Jimmy's blog (appropriate venue) and on Free the Animal. I don't suppose someone who claims to be duped into appearing for not one, but two, hours on David Duke radio has kept up with paleo politiks, but just reading Richard's take should have given him a clue that it might not be the best place for a serious response. In any case, below is a screenshot of his response on LLVLCblog.
At first blush, and especially compared to JimKKKins' lame whine and cheezy excuse rant, this was well received here. It is how apologies are done. Take responsibility, don't point fingers of blame, apologize.
But after mulling it over, and (forgive me for not naming names) in consideration of the questions raised by some commenters, this apology rings a bit hollow in the end and raises more questions than it answers.
First, it is missing one key component of a good apology for something of this magnitude: What are you going to do about it? There is no indication that McGuff plans to do anything. Specifically, the explanation is missing a direct and unequivocal denouncement of David Duke. Just saying "I wouldn't have done the interview were I not duped" (paraphrase obviously) is insufficient here. And here is where I put on my what-if-I-were-in-their shoes and think on what I would do. It is a very serious reputation killer to be associated with a notorious neo-Nazi. If I were duped into this -- which he basically has to admit to a certain level of stupidity/idiocy expecting us to believe that -- I'd be doing all I could to expose Duke's deceptive tactics. First, to preserve my reputation, and second, so that others are warned and spared having it done to them as well. Indeed when (or if) we get Davis' side of the story, he could have been saved his own mistake had McGuff spoken out.
McGuff's response was to want to hurl, but he did NOTHING??? Whomever vetted this and set me up would be fired. Gone. Buh bye! I want to see the innocuous links Duke sent to his manager at Ultimate Science to see if they are really innocuous. The way I'm reading this apology, McGuff knew he was interviewing with *A* David Duke, but he didn't realize until some weeks later that it was *THE* David Duke????? So nobody in his outfit bothered to listen to the radio show? Check out the link? C'mon!
Here is a screenshot of a Google Search on American University England David Duke. So here we have an MD with a popular fitness book who couldn't be bothered to spend 30 seconds to do that? Who vetted Duke and do they have a job McGuff???? I mean this guy ain't exactly Donald Trump ... or even Wheat Belly for that matter ... but it doesn't sound like he was just fitting in one more interview if a flurry of PR appearances. Body by Science has been out since May 2010 ... almost 2 years before this interview. I would say this is more than sloppy.
So as suggested here in comments, I'd be on the horn to my lawyer had I been legitimately duped. There would be an announcement -- front and center -- on my website denouncing Duke and putting my side of the "I was duped" story out. I would at least reach out behind the scenes to people who might be equally targeted by Duke.
Speaking of websites, there is one: http://www.bodybyscience.net/home.html/ What you'll see is that McGuff "blogs" on the home page. WHERE IS HIS DENOUNCEMENT OF DAVID DUKE, A COPY OF THE COMMENT ON LLVLC & FTA THERE??? The cynic in me says he's hoping this blows over with the fewer readers/followers knowing, the better.
No folks, there is more fire to hold to this man's feet.
And now on to Dr. William "Wheat Belly" Davis. That book is an abomination of bad science and it's no wonder Duke didn't pick up and run with the addiction and conspiracy theories nature of it all. Davis has, thusfar, been silent. Folks posted on his blog, and no response yet. One responder urged Davis not to "go there". Here is my comment in moderation.
There has been a lot of urging in comments for me to lead some kind of charge to pressure Jimmy Moore by getting "big guns" to pressure him. I will have more to say on that shortly, but suffice it for now that I have neither the time nor inclination to do that! Yes, I will continue to share information here, name names and connect dots and whatnot. As this new year unfolds, I'll be on top of who is appearing with whom and invited to speak where and all of that. And I won't hold my tongue. It matters not if Jimmy apologizes tomorrow. He sank his own boat and anyone that associates with him moving forward is subject to being called out here, and let the chips fall where they may. I am sharing my opinions, not telling others how they should think, feel, respond.
But there are bigger fish here. Mainstream publishing houses involved. And it's now almost a year that has elapsed, and admission by one of these authors that he knew in relatively short order but did nothing about it. I think the questions of who booked the appearances must be answered. If the publishers were involved, that needs to be explored further. If they were not? Then the onus falls more squarely on these authors and their "peeps".
If you're so inclined to join Heimlich to contact the publishers, here ya go:
Press Contact: Staci Shands
Body by Science ISBN-10: 0071597174; ISBN-13: 978-0071597173
From WB website: Contacts for media appearance only ... well this is about one!
Public Relations Manager
733 Third Avenue, 9th Floor
New York, New York 10017
Dr. Davis’ Office address:2600 N. Mayfair Rd., Suite 950
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53226
Wheat Belly ISBN-10: 1609611543; ISBN-13: 978-1609611545
Oh ... and the publisher of some popular paleo books is set to publish a book by Jimmy Moore some time this fall. Victory Belt. Just saying. Don't want to be accused of employing "gestapo tactics" by someone who never heard of a neo-Nazi.