One Step Forward, Two Steps Backwards…

Kind of off topic here but this just begs to be noted. Dr. Nancy Snyderman returned to NBC News and the Today Show this morning after being banished given time off because her violation of an Ebola quarantine reflected so badly upon her network, given that she’s a medical professional, that she had to be hidden from view in the hopes that the furor would die down. Some were openly speculating that she had become so radioactive that it was an open question as to whether NBC could ever bring her back.

However, like with CBS and Lara Logan and CNN and Fareed Zakaria, sometimes network hotshots ignore the direction the wind is blowing and plow ahead anyways. Snyderman was interviewed by Matt Lauer this morning where she apologized up and down for screwing up. Brian Stelter chronicled the appearance on

“I stepped outside the boundaries of what I promised to do and what the public expected of me. And for that, I’m sorry.”

So far so good…

“When I came back from Liberia with my team, we had already been taking our temperatures four, five six times a day, and we knew our risks in our heads — but didn’t really appreciate, and frankly, we were not sensitive to, how absolutely frightened Americans were,” Snyderman told Lauer Wednesday.

Saying all the right things…

“Good people can make mistakes,”

Ugh. What an elitist egotistical thing to say. Good people? As in “I’m a good person and I don’t deserve this!”???

What Snyderman is really saying here is this apology is a faux apology. She knows it was an error but she doesn’t believe she deserves the backlash she received. It was a mistake people. Lighten up!

Snyderman still doesn’t get it. And based on this it doesn’t look like she ever will get it.

Whoever prepped Snyderman for this interview…and you can bet the bank she was absolutely coached…didn’t do a good enough job. Whatever goodwill Snyderman could have received from falling on her sword just evaporated when it was revealed that the sword was made of rubber.


11 Responses to “One Step Forward, Two Steps Backwards…”

  1. Synderman just doesn’t come across a caring and humble person; which is a problem for an on air doctor. She has the same flaws (hectoring people and a ‘I know what’s best for you’ attitude) that makes Mika Brzezinski hard to take at times. It’s no surprise she probably thinks she did nothing wrong and doesn’t deserve criticism.

  2. Well I think NBC bosses have proven themselves to have questionable judgement. Afterall, they wanted John Stewart for MTP!. that may excite lefties but that’s about it

  3. Oops. Don’t know how that happened

  4. The one TV doctor I liked was the guy that used to be on ABC. Can’t remember his name.

  5. Bob Arnott? I’ve seen him around, lately.

  6. Bob Arnott was with NBC…wipam is thinking of Dr Tim Johnson.

  7. Ah, yes. From back when Dateline did “news”.

  8. What an elitist egotistical thing to say

    In defence of Dr. Snyderman, I don’t think I’d be giving away the secret handshake or anything to point out that such belief in one’s own self-importance is sorta/kinda bestowed along with that “MD” we get to put after our names. Not every doc is afforded the privilege of having a strong mother or maybe a particularly ballsy RN around who is so unimpressed by our talents that they’ll not hesitate to offer a good smack upside the head when it’s deserved, in hopes of knocking just a little humility back in.

  9. “that such belief in one’s own self-importance is sorta/kinda bestowed along with that “MD” we get to put after our names.”

    ^^I think that’s a bit harsh Al. Lots of doctors have great on air bedside manner and give the appearance, at least, of a being a caring professional. Sanjay Gupta and Zeke Emanual are good examples of doctors with a good on air bedside manner. Dr. Snyderman, not so much.

  10. In hindsight, I’d say Dr. Nancy got caught knowing what was a reasonable amount of quarantine when most of the media was having hysterics (witch doctors!) about a hard-to-transmit disease. I agree her latest performance is bad, but I understand her attitude about all this.

  11. -Hard-to-transmit-

    One of the red flags of viral epidemics is when the disease begins showing up in places where it never was before. Usually this can be quickly attributed to a singe infected person getting through under the radar, as was the case with the man who died in Texas But epidemiologists start waving that red flag (privately, not in public) when it’s the docs and nurses who are the experts in that disease that are the ones coming down with it, and that was also happening within the same time-frame.

    “There is zero chance of infecting another before an infected person begins showing symptoms, and even after that, infection requires direct contact with bodily fluids.” Yes, but…

    A virus changes every time it goes from one host to another. Most of the time this variant is an irrelevant one. Sometimes this mutation is harmful to the virus itself, and that lineage simply goes away. But every so often the change results in a variation of the virus that is much more easily spread. This is actually the method by which Ebola migrated from other primates to humans. When we started to see that rat-tat-tat of unexpected Ebola infections the prudent thing to do, without inciting panic, was to quarantine long enough to find out if these are simply normal method infections or if something has changed. Why did CDC allow that nurse on the plane? Because they were following out-dated protocol. Dr. Snyderman should have kept herself quarantined despite what she thought she knew.

    Sanjay Gupta and Zeke Emanual are good examples of doctors with a good…

    Sanjay has a wonderful strong mother and his dad is a hoot. I doubt being humble was optional for him. I pass by his boyhood home regularly.

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