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February 21, 2011 - 2:58 pm

I was just looking through the Atlantic article linked under the Tatler below. [Note: I somehow bolluxed the Atlantic link, fixed now.]

I simply don’t have the energy to deliver the overall fisking it needs and deserves, but let’s look at a single paragraph from it:

There’s little left to confirm. I expect we will be hearing more from UW this week. UW’s unwitting family doctors were swarmed by enterprising conservative videographers who know an O’Keefe moment when it slaps them upside the head. They handily outmaneuvered their naïve prey, succeeding in recording every foible. The videos, including an especially uncomfortable one featuring resident Dr. Patrick McKenna (son of a teacher!), make their intentions transparent and reveal they didn’t think too far ahead.

The promised fisking:

There’s little left to confirm.

Since they’re caught red-handed on camera, giving their real names as they write obviously fraudulent doctor’s excuses.

I expect we will be hearing more from UW this week.

Probably through University counsel as they announce the suspension of privileges for all of these doctors.

UW’s unwitting family doctors were swarmed by enterprising conservative videographers who know an O’Keefe moment when it slaps them upside the head.

An “O’Keefe moment” being the observation that people are openly committing crimes figuring their political connections will protect them.

They handily outmaneuvered

by walking up to them openly and interviewing them on camera

their naïve prey, succeeding in recording every foible.

“Naive” meaning not considering what those electronic thingies with the lenses were. Or that not everyone in the crowd agreed with them. (What, there are people in Madison who aren’t right-thinking?)

The videos, including an especially uncomfortable one featuring resident Dr. Patrick McKenna (son of a teacher!), make their intentions transparent and reveal they didn’t think too far ahead.

No doubt they didn’t.  Had they done some, they might have considered that (this is a best guess first list)

  • committing something like 250 frauds
  • and conspiracy to commit fraud
  • and  accessory before the fact to fraud
  • along with various and sundry violations of medical ethics, state medical regulations, federal medical regulations, and HIPAA violations

Might possibly be a career-limiting act.

I left him this comment:

My God, man.  Did you re-read this?  Did the editors at Atlantic read it?
One hopes that you’re using a pseudonym.  Otherwise, among other things, you just suggested under your own name that no Democrat would be interested in filing a complaint for literally hundreds of frauds, and a conspiracy to commit fraud involving at least a dozen people including the Director of Residency at UW Medical School, that cost Madison schools what probably adds up to millions of dollars, cost every school child in Madison three or more days of school, and cost God alone knows how much in lost wages, forced vacation days, aggravation and disturbance.
I’m not actually cynical enough to believe that, quite, but it does lead me to suspect that your entire acquaintance with medical ethics, personal ethics, or straight  out simple day to day morality comes from having looked up the words in preparation of this article.

Charlie Martin writes on science, health, culture and technology for PJ Media. Follow his 13 week diet and exercise experiment on Facebook and at PJ Lifestyle
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