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Tuesday, August 22, 2023
Newsma's Reagan Rants About Many Things
Topic: Newsmax

In recent months, we've documented some of the wacky and extreme things Newsmax columnist Michael Reagan has ranted about (with help from co-writer Michael Shannon). But he has ranted about many other things as well:

  • In his April 8 column, he raged against ranked-choice voting, calling it "Rigged Choice  Voting" because it allegedly increases the chance that Democrats might win.
  • On April 18, Reagan cheered that the president of West Texas A&M University canceled a drag show on campus, proclaiming that he "is not intimidated by the 'Rainbow Reich.'"
  • Reagan used his May 19 column to whine that special counsel John Duruam "didn’t produce one indictment or criminal referral" though he purportedly documented things that "far exceeds the criminality of the Watergate Scandal of the 1970s," allegedly showing that "The Deep State was essentially attempting a slow-motion coup of an elected president." He went on to huff that "this DOJ is simply the armed wing of the Democratic Party" and that "The entire Department of Justice is an arm of the left and it exists to serve only the left."
  • In his May 30 column, Reagan blamed Democrats and "pressitutes" for drama over the federal debt ceiling and possible government shutdowns, asserting that "Stopping the growth of out-of-control spending is the issue now," adding, "Insist on cuts that are quantifiable and enforceable. Anything less is a defeat."
  • Reagan's July 11 column ranted about people toying with the idea of finding ways to block the sun's rays to reduce global warming: "Fresh off killing and injuring thousands with a "safe and effective" vaccine, our science overlords now want to take on the weather."

Reagan also likes to spread dubious medical advice; he has done so over COVID vaccines. He spent his Feb. 10 column raging against the idea of using the diabetes drug metformin to treat childhood obesity, attacking allegedly money-grubbing pharmaceutical firms (even though metformin is a generic drug) and the very idea that obesity could be considered a disease:

Obesity isn’t a disease and children don’t catch it like they do a sore throat.

Obesity begins with poor lifestyle choices, either on the part of the parents or the child.

Eliminating sugary drinks, fast food and candy can do the work of drugs and at much lower cost. 

Other examples include: parents exercising with their children. Taking walks, playing basketball, pickleball or even catch can introduce the child to a healthier lifestyle.

Better advice than taking drugs would be for the parents and child to attend the calorie equivalent of AA. That is, assuming one exists.


Of course, changing a child’s eating habits and lifestyle is a group project with parents and the child participating.

So Big Pharma can just butt out. Please.

Reagan's column was topped with an editor's note stating that "The following article has been authored by non-clinicians."

Posted by Terry K. at 2:20 PM EDT

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