Accuracy in Media

Is Dr. Gina a doctor?

The mainstream media says no, but the records say yes.

The controversy began Sept. 5, when Dr. Gina Loudon said on Hannity that it is “quite possible” President Trump is “the most sound-minded person to ever occupy the White House.”

Eight days later, the Daily Beast posted a story by Tanya Basu, entitled “Trump Adviser Gina Loudon’s Book Claims She has a Ph.D. in Psychology. She Doesn’t.” The subhead reads: “Gina Loudon’s book jacket proclaims she’s ‘America’s favorite psychological expert.’ The problem? She doesn’t have the credentials to be one.”

The lead read: “Gina Loudoun, the Republican commentator and author, recently declared that she has scientific evidence that Donald Trump might be the ‘most sound-minded’ president in history. It’s a claim that might carry more weight if her new book didn’t falsely describe her as having a doctorate in psychology.”

The story says Loudon obtained a Ph.D. “in a field called human and organizational systems from an online school called Fielding Graduate University.”

It goes on to say Loudon “does not have a psychology degree or license,” that the flap on the jacket of her new book, “Mad Politics: Keeping Your Sanity in a World Gone Crazy,” refers to her as “America’s favorite psychological expert” and “a blurb inside gushes that she ‘has the depth of a credential psychoanalyst.”

The Daily Beast reached out to Regnery, the conservative book company that published her work, and said the firm “takes responsibilityor the erroneous descriptions.” A spokesman said the company had simplified ‘human and organizational systems,’ which is a field of psychology, to “psychology.”

Later, after President Trump tweeted “Gina is great” in response to another remark praising the book, the Daily Beast wrote another piece.

“In the wake of a Daily Beast report early Thursday, Donald Trump later in the day praised a Republican commentator who claims to use ‘science’ to offer glowing psychological assessments of the president despite having no clinical training.”

“Loudon, who refers to herself as ‘Dr. Gina,’ has said she used ‘science’ and ‘true psychological theory’ in her book to prove that ‘this president is the most sound-minded person ever to occupy the White House.’ But several facts included in the book raised questions about Loudon’s credentials, the Daily Beast reported,” the piece noted.

The only facts mentioned were the previously raised questions about her credentials.

Loudon’s website says she has a master’s degree in counseling from St. Louis University. She also has a master’s degree in Human and Organization Systems from Fielding Graduate University and a Ph.D. in Human Development, also from Fielding Graduate University.

Fielding Graduate University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission For Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

The chair of her dissertation committee was Marie Farrell, Ed.D., MPH, RN, FAAN, ACC, an adjunct professor at Harvard for 16 years who has worked extensively with distance learning students.

But that didn’t stop the attacks.

“Trump’s Not Crazy, You’re Crazy, Fake Doctor Argues on Hannity’s Fake Show,” wrote Wonkette in a headline.

“Fox News’ Trump-Loving ‘Psychology Expert’ Is A Fake,” wrote Crooks and Liars in a headline.

“The Daily Beast has exposed Loudon’s shocking lack of credentials in psychology,” Newshound Ellen wrote in the Crooks and Liars piece.

“On Sept. 5, Loudon presented herself as more knowledgeable about Donald Trump’s psychology than Bob Woodward or the anonymous ‘senior official’ New York Times editorial writer, each of whom had just cast doubt on Trump’s mental illness. Loudoun did not come right out and call herself a credentialed psychologist. But she and Hannity suggested she was a legit expert.”

What she said was that her book “actually uses science and real data and true psychological theory to explain why it is quite possible that this president is the most sound-minded person to ever occupy the White House.”

The media says she is not qualified to express that opinion, but it could be the media simply doesn’t like that opinion.

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