Kim Walsh-Childers Comments on Florida Surgeon General’s Appearance on Controversial Podcast
Kim Walsh-Childers, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Journalism Professor, is quoted in “Florida Surgeon General Touts Book on Show That Backs QAnon Conspiracy Theory” published in the Tampa Bay Times on Oct. 21.
Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo recently appeared on the X22 Report, a far-right podcast known for sharing QAnon-related conspiracy theories and misinformation, to promote his new book about public health leadership. His appearance was questioned by some experts who said that his participation may give credibility to far-right podcasts and shows.
“This show should not exist and any support you provide for it, including appearing on the show, is helping to further its mission,” said Walsh-Childers. “Its mission is antithetical to public health. It’s a little weird for the head of public health in any state to be providing, essentially, his stamp of approval.”
Walsh-Childers said it would have been a public service if Ladapo had urged X22 listeners to get vaccinated according to current COVID-19 guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.