Should Columbia University fire this guy just cos he says things like this:
“You may think magic is make believe but this little bean has scientists saying they’ve found the magic weight loss cure for every body type—it’s green coffee extract.”
“I’ve got the No. 1 miracle in a bottle to burn your fat. It’s raspberry ketones.”
“Garcinia Camboja. It may be the simple solution you’ve been looking for to bust your body fat for good.”
Probably not. Exaggerating or even lying, trading off your university affiliation, I don’t think that’s a firing offense. Even the possibly “outrageous conflicts of interest,” maybe there’s no hard evidence there. And it might be that in the classes he sticks to the more standard material, or labels his speculations as such.
Or maybe they should just reduce his salary and give him a very tiny office in a faraway building, and schedule his classes for Sundays at 3 in the morning? I have no idea.
Having this sort of joker on the faculty is embarrassing for Columbia, sure, but firing or even reprimanding him could be even worse. After all, where do you draw the line? Should faculty be canned for plagiarizing, or for making up interviews in ethnographic studies, or for expressing noxious political or legal opinions, or for refusing to retract or correct the errors in their published work?
Probably Columbia has to just take the reputational hit, which means they have to continue seeing this sort of thing in the press:
Astoundingly, Dr. Oz is the vice chairman and professor of surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Just like Cornell with Daryl Bem: it’s all an embarrassment, but Bem’s Cornell affiliation is a currency of diminishing value. When his study first got publicity, Bem benefited from the Ivy League affiliation, but now his work is evaluated on its own terms.
Dr. Oz is different, maybe, because he remains in the news. If Columbia does decide they want to get rid of the guy, I don’t think they’d fire him. They’d just make his working conditions worse and worse until he quits of his own accord.
Or maybe Columbia will go on the offensive and fight for the Vice-Chairman’s right to party—ketones style!
But not just any ketones. It’s gotta be raspberry ketones.
Hey, I eat celery almost every day but I don’t go all TV about it.
P.S. I’m thinking we should add Oz to the scripts for “Second Chance U” and “The New Dirty Dozen”. And, hey, graphics designers: I’d still like some movie posters for these!