NBC News reporter admits Oz ‘does the media report on Fetterman’s health’

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NBC News senior political reporter Jonathan Allen admitted on Tuesday that GOP candidate for the Pennsylvania Senate, Dr. Mehmet Oz, forced the hand of the media by covering the impending health issues of his Democratic opponent, Lt. Governor John Fetterman.

Oz railed against Fetterman for his refusal to commit to debate him before the midterm elections.

“Today we have a clear decision. Either John Fetterman is in good health and he is ducking the debate because he does not want to answer for his radical left positions,” Oz said at a press conference on Tuesday. , “or he is too ill to participate in the debate.”

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Pennsylvania U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz speaks during a Republican leadership forum at the Newtown Athletic Club on May 11, 2022 in Newtown, Pennsylvania.
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On MSNBC, Allen was asked if Oz’s rhetoric emphasizing Fetterman’s health helped or hurt him with Pennsylvania voters.

“I don’t know if that helps or hurts him with voters right now. What he does, though, is report in the media about Fetterman’s health. And that is something that there hadn’t been a lot of over the summer,” Allen said.

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Allen continued, “So Oz is talking about this. Republicans have been talking about it and hoping it gets a little more coverage. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, newspaper in the western part of the state, obviously, editorialized today that if Fetterman wasn’t able to debate, then that would be a problem for him as a senator.”

NBC News reporter Jonathan Allen admits Dr. Mehmet Oz forced the media to report on John Fetterman's health.

NBC News reporter Jonathan Allen admits Dr. Mehmet Oz forced the media to report on John Fetterman’s health.
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Last week, Fetterman rejected Oz’s offer of hosting to take part in their first debate in early September, accusing his opponent of shedding light on the stroke he suffered earlier this year.

“My recovery may be a joke to Dr. Oz and his team, but it’s real to me,” the lieutenant governor said in a statement. “I won’t be participating in a debate the first week of September, but I look forward to having a productive discussion about how we can move forward and have a real conversation about this once Dr. Oz and his team will be ready to take this seriously.”

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Appearing on “America’s Newsroom,” Dr. Oz denied claims that his campaign was “mocking” Fetterman’s stroke and later hit out at the Democrat for ducking himself out of the debate.

“I have offered John Fetterman many opportunities to explain to me how I can facilitate the debate for him, but at this stage, since he has given many reasons for not showing up, including the fact that he does not didn’t have time in his schedule, I’m of the opinion that he’s hiding his radical views because he’s the most far-left radical candidate in all the Senate races this cycle, and he doesn’t want those views exposed,” Oz said. co-host Dana Perino.

Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman addresses supporters during a rally August 12, 2022 in Erie, Pennsylvania.  - The event marked Fetterman's first campaign rally since suffering a stroke caused by a blood clot on May 15, 2022.

Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman addresses supporters during a rally August 12, 2022 in Erie, Pennsylvania. – The event marked Fetterman’s first campaign rally since suffering a stroke caused by a blood clot on May 15, 2022.
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In recent weeks, Fetterman has reappeared on the campaign trail after taking much of the summer off due to his stroke recovery.

During his first TV interview since his stroke, Fetterman was asked if he would debate Oz before the election.

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Fetterman responded with a no answer.

“Again, like I just said, it’s just a sad approach at this point because they’re trying not to focus on the state of their campaign right now,” Fetterman told Stephanie Ruhle. , MSNBC anchor, last week. “And when they want to start a serious conversation and really talk about having a debate, I’d be happy to engage in that. But right now the fact that they’ve chosen to have a deeply unserious campaign to just ridicule someone who has just recovered from a stroke.”