Update: Donald Trump's interview on the "Dr. Oz Show" now sounds like it will be even less substantive than previously thought. Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told CNN Wednesday morning that the Republican presidential nominee actually won't reveal the results of a recent medical exam on the program but will speak generally about his health habits and health care policies. Our original story from Tuesday — when Oz said the interview would include discussion of Trump's exam — follows.
As you probably know by now, Donald Trump plans to reveal the results of a recent medical exam Thursday on the "Dr. Oz Show," which is a rather unorthodox way for a presidential candidate to make records public. But, hey, Trump is a former reality TV star. As long as all relevant health information comes out, who cares if it is presented in showbiz style?
The problem is that all relevant information might not come out. Based on the way Mehmet Oz is talking about his upcoming interview with the Republican presidential candidate, it sure sounds like we're about to get an incomplete picture of Trump's physical condition.
Here is an exchange between Oz and Fox News Radio host Brian Kilmeade that aired Tuesday:
KILMEADE: What if there's some embarrassing things on there?
OZ: Well, I bet you he won't release them.
KILMEADE: Oh, it's still going to be his decision?
OZ: It's his decision. You know, I — the metaphor for me is it's the doctor's office, the studio. So I'm not going to ask him questions he doesn't want to have answered.
So, to review, Oz says Trump will publicize only the good parts of his medical report and that the interview will not include any questions Trump would not want to answer.
There was always a public relations component to Trump's pledge to release more medical information this week. He is obviously trying to appear more forthcoming — and healthier — than Hillary Clinton, who is taking a break from campaigning to recover from pneumonia, an illness she kept hidden for two days and disclosed only after it forced her to leave a 9/11 memorial service early.
But Trump's appearance on Oz's TV show now sounds like a pure PR stunt designed to hype the candidate's fitness, regardless of what his physician might have found. It sounds like a total joke.