Dr. Drew loses his CNN show a week after questioning Hillary’s health
The American media is now on notice. If you hit Hillary where it hurts, you will regret it, as the Age of Hillary is upon us. In The Game of Thrones, the message is delivered by placing a head on a pike (and making the head look like George W. Bush – this is a Time/Warner property, after all, just like CNN and Headline News). But in the real life Game of Clintons, they use other warnings. New Rules are in effect.
Dr. Drew Pinsky raised a lot of eyebrows a week ago when he said he was gravely concerned over Hillary Clinton’s health in an interview on KABC-AM radio. The interview went viral, and was taken down by the station (but a transcript lives on, courtesy of the Free Beacon). So the message had to be delivered in way tht would chill everyone who might think about revealing inconvenient truths. So, as Fred Barbash of the WaPo put it:
Dr. Drew Pinsky’s six-year-old HLN show, called “Dr. Drew On Call” has been canceled by CNN, effective Sept. 22.
In a statement, CNN executive vice president Ken Jautz said he and Pinsky “have mutually agreed to air the final episode of his show on September 22″ but gave no specific reason for the cancellation.
CNN Money, in its reporting of the announcement, connected it to a broader shakeup at HLN, including the end of Nancy Grace’s flamboyant show devoted to criminal court cases.
But the decision came eight days after Pinsky’s comments on a radio show on Aug. 17 questioning the health and medical care of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president. After looking at bits and pieces of Clinton’s health-care records she made public in 2015, he said he was “gravely concerned not just about her health, but her health care.”
His comments came as the campaign of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, along with its surrogates and supporters, including former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani and Fox News host Sean Hannity, have attempted to portray Clinton as lacking “the mental and physical stamina” demanded by the job, as Trump has put it.
Pinsky’s views, which he said were shared by another physician with whom he had consulted, aired on KABC’s “McIntyre in the Morning.”
Pinsky is making the best of a bad situation:
"It has been a privilege working at HLN," Pinsky said in a statement of his own. "My executive producer Burt Dubrow and our outstanding staff and contributors were consistently exceptional. I am very excited to stay within the CNN Worldwide family as a contributor."
The message is clear. If he behaves himself, he will get more airtime.
Can you imagine the level of intimidation that will envelop the media if Hillary is president?