FACT CHECK: No, Fox News Did Not Report On Dr. Oz Being Sued For ‘Diabetes-Curing Diet’
A video shared on Facebook allegedly shows a Fox News segment featuring host Laura Ingraham saying Mehmet Oz has been sued by “Big Pharma” for sharing a “diabetes-curing diet.”
The video is digitally fabricated. No such segment aired, a Fox News spokesperson confirmed in an email to Check Your Fact.
A recent study found that following a plant-based diet will only prevent type two diabetes if it avoids foods that are highly processed or heavy on sugar, according to CNN. The diet’s benefit extends to people genetically predisposed to diabetes or with other risk factors such as obesity, the outlet reported.
A Facebook purports Dr. Oz is being sued for sharing a diet that cures diabetes. The post shares a video that appears to show Ingraham saying Oz is facing a lawsuit from “Big Pharma” sharing information on a “diabetes-curing” diet.
“Currently, Dr. Oz is trending on social media because of a legal battle between him and three of the biggest pharmaceutical companies around,” Ingraham appears to say. “Why is Dr. Oz being sued by Big Pharma for sharing this revolutionary diabetes-curing diet?” The video then cuts to Oz talking about the diet and three others sharing anecdotes on how the diet helped their diabetes.
The video is digitally fabricated, however. “This segment did not air on Fox News,” a Fox News spokesperson told Check Your Fact in an email. Further proof of manipulation of the video is that nobody’s mouth movements align with what they are saying. Ingraham’s mouth seems to be lower quality than the rest of her face and also misaligned. (RELATED: Did Dr. Oz Receive A Nobel Prize For Medicine?)
There are no credible news reports about Oz sharing information about such a diet. Oz made a Facebook post in 2019 confirming that any ads featuring him discussing a cure for diabetes are not genuine. Last week, Oz posted on TikTok saying that people have expressed concern about fake ads using his name and likeness.
Check Your Fact has reached out to a spokesperson for Oz for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.