Behind Dr. Oz’s Curtain

Mehmet Oz poses during a photocall for the TV series The Dr. Oz Show at the Monte Carlo Television Festival in Monaco in 2012. (Eric Gaillard/Reuters)
The TV doctor and Senate candidate’s political and financial ties to the Turkish government deserve closer scrutiny.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A fter announcing his decision to run for U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania, celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz has been publicly lambasted for peddling “miracle” weight-loss supplements and other medical misinformation. However, Pennsylvania voters should be far more concerned with the daytime television star’s connections to Turkey’s Islamist government.

Oz’s links to Turkey’s authoritarian Justice and Development Party (AKP) extend to foreign agents and proxies accused of operating a secret lobby in the U.S. and spying on American citizens. These associations raise urgent questions about the Senate candidate’s loyalty to an illiberal, often antagonistic foreign government that finds itself increasingly at odds with American interests.

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