C. Everett Koop Was A Pawn

Contrary to the false impression created by media hype, former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop was not the instigator of the intensified persecution of smokers during the 1980s. He was nominated for the post solely because the pro-lifers who were influential in the Reagan administration believed that he would serve their agenda. In the 1970s he had denounced abortion in a college commencement address and in a speech to the American Academy of Pediatrics; written an anti-abortion essay, "The Slide to Auschwitz," and a book, "The Right to Live, the Right to Die;" and had collaborated in a project that was to consist of 5 movies and a book, "Whatever Happened to the Human Race?"

According to C. Everett Koop's autobiography ("Koop, the memoirs of America's Family Doctor," Random House, 1991), those who advocated for his nomination included Sen. Jesse Helms, the Heritage Foundation, and other Reagan-Bush headhunters. He was invited to Washington by Sen. Orrin Hatch, whose committee would deal with his nomination, and was warmly received by Sen. Strom Thurmond, who told him, "I hope to see you around here in the future." Rep. Henry Hyde visited Reagan on behalf of a group of pro-life marchers, and said that "The only thing I could have done that I did not do was to take a spray can and paint Koop's name on the wall of the Oval Office. If I had had one, I would have." And, it was "most Republicans and some pro-life Democrats" who signed a crucial discharge petition to get a bill removing the legal impediment of Koop's age out of Lasker stooge Rep. Henry Waxman's committee.

Those who opposed Koop did so on the basis of his perceived position against abortion as well. The Lasker Syndicate was actually bitterly opposed to him, for this reason. In a November 20, 1964 interview with Mary Lasker, Mary Lasker is described as "An admirer of Margaret Sanger and a long-time champion and supporter of the Planned Parenthood Federation (her husband coined the term "planned parenthood"), she feels that population pressures are of greatest importance because they sow the seeds of social unrest and therefore represent a threat to the peace." The American Public Health Association was a longtime Lasker collaborator, and the media are virtually synonymous with the Lasker Syndciate.

According to Koop, "The American Public Health Association (which had supported abortion on demand even before Roe v. Wade) began a vigorous campaign to block my nomination, trumpeting that I was 'almost uniquely unqualified' to be Surgeon General. They claimed, among other things, that I had no experience in public health. Several supposedly reliable sources told me that Planned Parenthood had spent $100,000 to block my nomination. Who knows? A series of articles appeared in the local press, portraying me as nothing more than an anti-abortion religious zealot. It did not take long for me to feel abused by the press. I was disillusioned to see what passed for 'investigative reporting' about the Koop case. It usually amounted to a reporter reading a hostile article about me in some newspaper and then writing a similar article for publication in his or her own paper. Months went by before any reporter asked me anything."

Koop whines extensively about how he was mistreated by the press. The poor thing. Later on, after Koop had won their hearts with his uncritical endorsement of their every anti-smoking lie and deceit, he would be happy to see them inflict this kind of abuse against tens of millions of innocent people, on his own behalf. The first part of this could have been written by any smokers' advocate: "One day I gave an interview to Mary Hager of Newsweek, who assured me her reporting would be accurate. But when Newsweek devoted its entire medical section to "The Koop Controversy," the article was nothing more than a rehash of the same old quotations by Waxman and the APHA. I later found out that Hager's editor had written the article even while she was doing the interview with me, and he refused to change it, ignoring the new information she had brought to him. Hager wrote other things about me over the years - always solid, truthful reporting." After Koop had proven that he was in the Lasker syndicate's pocket, it was all right to say nice things about him.

Koop goes on self-pityingly, "Occasionally I had to wonder if this were all a conspiracy. Did the whole world really feel that I was incompetent? How could people not see that as a pioneer in pediatric surgery many of my innovations amounted to measures in public health? Was my thirty-five year record as chief surgeon and professor indicative of someone who would flub the job as Surgeon General?"

Yes, Dr. Koop, it was a conspiracy. And what that code-phrase, "almost uniquely unqualified," really meant was that Koop was an outsider, espousing views unacceptable to the ruling Lasker Syndicate, and not one of their own. And, although he was in fact utterly incompetent at epidemiology, this quality would later endear him to the Syndicate.

Koop continues, "My sense of isolation grew even worse. It was really more like solitary confinement. I had been on the job as deputy assistant secretary for several weeks, and I still had no job assignment, no obligations to perform. I had lost any sense of purpose, except perhaps my desire to be confirmed one day. The wheels of the political machinery ground on around me, but I was never privy to any of the process. While I was still doing very little, I was introduced to Ted Cron in the Public Health Service Office of Public Affairs, who said he would serve as my speechwriter. I told him that I had always written my own speeches and didn't need his services. But Ted insisted - prophetically - that eventually I would be too busy to write my own speeches, and furthermore, I would need someone as a speechwriter who could protect me, someone who knew the history and workings of the department, someone who knew where the land mines were."

In other words, Ted Cron was to be Koop's handler for the Lasker Syndicate. And, taken out of his familiar element of medicine where he held power and authority, lost in an unfamiliar world of Washington politics, and clinging to nothing but his own ambition for power, Koop fell for it hook, line, and sinker: "Ted Cron was right in everything he said. He became one of my closest associates, a valued advisor. Our differing political perspectives did not seem to matter so much because we shared a quest for fairness, for protection of those people in our society who needed help. [Sic, sic.] I count Ted Cron as one of the great assets of my time in Washington, a person who not only aided me in my mission, but also taught me a great deal." But not the truth about was really going on.

Koop relates: "As I made the rounds of other senators, I was discouraged to learn that each of them had received letters from public health workers in their state, urging my rejection. It was clear evidence of the continuing campaign of the American Public Health Association to cut me off at the hearing. Most of the senators recognized the letters as part of an orchestrated maneuver; only Senator Dan Quayle, who otherwise was pleasant, seemed uncertain." On the day of the vote, those who spoke against Koop all parroted Sen. Ted Kennedy's Laskerite line, attacking Koop's "inexperience" in public health. However, the final vote went 68 to 24 to confirm him.

C. Everett Koop didn't even play a small role in "his" first report on smoking. It was all decided beforehand, and written for him, by the anti-smoking Lasker conspirators: "My first step in the anti-smoking crusade came with the 1982 Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health, then the most serious indictment of cigarette smoking the Public Health Service had ever made. During those long months of my confirmation struggle I had heard words here and there about this upcoming report, but no one had thought to include me in its preparation. It was not until the early weeks of 1982 that I began to realize that I would have to present the report at my first major press conference since assuming office."

"I looked up Don Shopland to find out what was going on. Don, the acting director of the Office on Smoking and Health, had been on the staff of the original Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General way back in 1963-64, when the first Surgeon General's report on smoking had been released, and he probably had the best memory on smoking of anyone in the government. He was an indefatiguable worker, and I knew immediately that I would enjoy working with him in following years, when I would play an active part in the preparation of the Surgeon General's Report. Eventually, he would become one of the first recipients of the surgeon General's Medallion, the highest award I could give."

Koop's only role in that report was to memorize the script he'd been given, just like an actor, and then play his role at the press conference. "As the scheduled date for the press conference, February 22, 1982, drew closer, my tension began to mount. I spent the weekend before the Monday press conference reviewing the report once more, going over my briefing book, and, I admit, dealing with no small amount of nervousness. My concerns were not only for my own reputation, but also for the reputation of the Office of the Surgeon General. Maintaining the integrity of the office of the Surgeon General had become one of my objectives from the first time my name was associated with the office." "Integrity?" There was no integrity, when Koop was nothing but the obsequious pawn of a corrupt conspiracy that ought to be prosecuted by the Justice Department.

As Koop observes, "This marked the turning point in my relationship with the press. They had arrived at my first press conference displaying their pre-confirmation hostility, and they left neutral. The next press conference saw them arrive neutral, and leave favorably impressed. Eventually, the press even became friendly [What an understatement! The media now adored him for his bashing and smearing of smokers, and particularly for the 1986 passive smoking report, which empowered them to hysterically accuse innocent people of killing babies], and in 1986, when I returned to the public eye following neck surgery, some even applauded. I thanked them and wondered if I were blushing - under my beard, of course." It helped as well that Koop had been submissively silent on the views about abortion for which he had been nominated.

The thought never even dawned on Koop to challenge a single word of those rancid piles of pseudo-science. He was so flattered by being permitted to "Play an Important Role in History" that he didn't care what that role was. Not that there is any evidence that he had the intellectual capacity to do so in the first place. There is no indication that Koop grasped the concept of confounding, and understood how it produces bogus "smoking risks" when the real cause of a supposed "smoking-related disease" is an infection, with a high odds ratio, which has not been evaluated in the studies. Certainly nobody in the conspiratorial clique that compiled the report even cared a whit, and it conclusively demonstrates their fundamental intellectual corruption that there has been no reassessment of the purported health risks of smoking since Koop's final Surgeon General report of 1989. The claims upon which the majority of alleged "smoking-related deaths" are based have either been proven false, or else are in serious doubt, due to the discoveries of the role of infectious agents in these diseases in the last decade. And there will be more such discoveries in the future.

Nor did the Reagan administration attempt to intervene in any meaningful way in defense of smokers. The 1986 flap over proposed cigarette advertising regulations is a typical example of how they practically seemed to be collaborating with the anti-smokers to make themselves (and the tobacco industry) look as bad as possible. Koop had been scheduled to testify to Congress: "My White House spies told me that Jim Miller, the director of OMB, was annoyed by my testimony because of its economic implications. Miller voiced his displeasure at a White House senior staff meeting, and [Reagan's chief-of-staff Donald] Regan said I should not be allowed to testify. The Washington Post, responding to a tip, called Regan to ask if I had been forbidden to testify. Regan said, 'Yes.' ...It was a pleasure to watch the next events unfold, as the heavy-handed White House tactics boomeranged. Throughout the following day, at least a hundred people spoke to me, encouraging me to stand my ground. Regan had obviously shot himself in the foot, and my position and the crusade against tobacco advertising benefited from favorable press coverage that we could not have come by for a million dollars. Regan's action made front-page and prime-time coverage out of a story that ordinarily might have been lost."

The Republican elite forgot all about their disappointment over abortion, and worshipped at Koop's feet. The right-wingers are so stupid that they don't even realize when their guy is getting subverted, or else so two-faced that they don't care. It is a microcosm of why so-called "democracy" in America is nothing but a sham and fraud. Those whom "the people" elect are nothing but figureheads, and the people themselves are nothing but ignorant, brainwashed dupes. Democracy is all a lie! The real government in Washington is this bureaucratic dictatorship-for-life that's been reigning for longer than the Castro regime. What America needs is not another empty, meaningless election of another bunch of obtuse, cliche-spouting bunglers, but a genuine ruthless purge, to eradicate all those entrenched anti-smoking vermin like Shopland. And Shopland, incidentally, was still ensconced in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences [sic] of Mary Lasker's flagship, the National Cancer Institute, in the year 2000.

"The Health Consequences of Smoking, Cancer, A Report of the Surgeon General" 1982 / UCSF (pdf, 81 pp)
"The Health Consequences of Smoking, Cardiovascular Disease, a Report of the Surgeon General," 1983 / UCSF (pdf, 204 pp)
"The Health Consequences of Involuntary Smoking. A Report of the Surgeon General," 1986 / CDC
"The Health Consequences of Smoking, Nicotine Addiction. A Report of the Surgeon General," 1988 / CDC
Reducing the Health Consequences of Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General, 1989 / CDC

C. Everett Koop (1982-1989) / Surgeon General.gov

Koop was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1916. His father was John Everett Koop, an "assistant vice president at one of the nation's largest banks," which is not named. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1937, and Cornell University Medical School in 1941.

Biographical Information - The C. Everett Koop Papers / National Library of Medicine

Everett Koop received no less than three prizes upon his graduation from the Flatbush School in 1932. Rev.Dr. Lewis T. Reed, general secretary of the Congregational Boards, exhorted the graduates about "the responsibility of exerting their influence toward the reform of the economic and governmental order of the United States, particularly the administration of New York City." (Seniors receive awards. New York Times, June 14, 1932.) The Rev. Lewis Thurston Reed, who had been pastor of the Flatbush Congregational Church from 1907 to 1928, had also been on the faculty of Robert College in Istanbul (then Constantinople), Turkey, between 1893 and 1899, where John S. Kennedy of the Central Trust was Chairman of the Board of Trustees. (Rev. Dr. Lewis Reed, a minister 54 years. New York Times, Sep. 5, 1953.)

History of Bogazici University / Bogazici University

Koop's internet health site, drkoop.com, filed for bankruptcy in January 2002, and Koop has no connection to its new owners.

Biopure

Koop has been a director of Biopure since 1990, practically since his job as US Surgeon General ended. In 1997, Charles A. Sanders, a principal of the Washington Advisory Group and an emeritus director of Research!America, among many unsavory connections, joined the board. In 2002, they were joined by Thomas A. Moore, Chairman of the Board of the American Health Foundation (now calling itself the Institute for Cancer Prevention), as director, President and CEO.

Biopure 2003 DEF-14A / Securities and Exchange Commission

Research!America

"Also elected to the board of directors were Dr. Robert Petersdorf, president of the Association of American Medical Colleges and Dr. Richard Cohen, current president of the American Federation for Clinical Research. Other members of the Research!America Board of Directors include former Speaker of the House Thomas "Tip" O'Neill, writer and researcher Lewis Thomas, MD, former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, MD, and president of the Howard Hughes Medical Foundation Purnell Choppin, MD. Edwin C. Whitehead, chairman of the board of Research!America, also announced that Mary Wooley has been elected president and chief executive officer of the organization." (FASEB President Dr. Thomas Edgington Elected to Research!America Board. FASEB Newsletter Dec. 1990.)

FASEB Newsletter, 1990 / UCSF (pdf, 4 pp)

Former Minnesota Attorney General Hubert H. Humphrey III and C. Everett Koop were the incorporators of the infamous Minnesota Partnership for Action Against Tobacco (MPAAT), created to use the money stolen from smokers in the tobacco settlement to spread lies and defamations against smokers and lobby for smoking bans.

MPAAT Incorporators, 1998 / UCSF (pdf, 26 pp)

Koop is a Trustee Emeritus of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. The late Katherine Graham was once a trustee. Trustees include David A. Hamburg, former President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and John E. Pepper, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Procter & Gamble, where Hamburg's crony Joshua Lederberg was a director. Thomas H. Kean, the former anti-smoker governor of New Jersey and a trustee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is chairman.

Leaders / National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Ted Cron

"FTC initial request for Fishbein information," 7/28/no year / UCSF (pdf, 1 p)

Magnificent Publications - "Suzanne Harris established Magnificent Publications, Inc., in 1995 to assist clients in preparing complex subject matter to general audiences... Ted Cron managed communications programs in the Federal government for 25 years. He was Special Assistant and Speechwriter to Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, MD, and has written speeches and developed publications for the National Institutes of Health, the Federal Trade Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, and the US Public Health Service." Brian Adams has done publications and websites for the National Science Foundation, US Public Health Service, Price Waterhouse, and Arizona Dept. of Health. Mary Lou Rife managed the Clinical Trials Communication Project for the National Cancer Institute, and has developed materials for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the NIH Office of Research on Women's Health (Ruth Kirschstein's bailiwick).

Bios / Magnificent Publications

The lavish lifestyle of Lasker links: Ted Cron's annual ski trip was at Val d'Isere, France, staying at La Savoyarde hotel.

Ski and Biking Club / Temple Micah

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine of the NIH, minutes, Jul 8-9, 1999. Introductory remarks by Dr. Ernst L. Wynder, of the American Health Foundation, Chairperson; Ted Cron present.

July 9, 1999 Meeting Minutes / NCCAM, NIH

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