Christian radio host Frank Sontag, who has been a COVID-19 skeptic and misinformer, attacked Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer during his KKLA broadcast on May 22.
Sontag — a “pro-life” Trump supporter who previously mocked a COVID-19 nurse, went after Dr. Ferrer because she is not a medical doctor (M.D.) and is paid around $500,000 for being responsible for the public health of the second largest city in the U.S.
In a weak smear attempt, Sontag said Dr. Ferrer “may or may not” have misrepresented herself as an M.D., and then whined about some third-party websites that have inaccurately claimed she was an M.D..
Dr. Ferrer told KTLA on May 16 the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health employs more than 100 physicians, dozens of them infectious disease doctors:
This is a tough job for for anybody to have to do The one thing I do want to note is I don’t make decisions by myself. I have an amazing team of public health practitioners… There’s no way I, by myself, would be either reviewing the massive amounts of data that’s out there, or making independent decisions from the clinical team that’s really doing a stellar job.
Dr. Ferrer — who has provided life-saving information for 10 million Los Angeles residents since the COVID-19 crisis began — has a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from Brandeis University, a Master of Arts in Public Health from Boston University, a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and a Bachelor of Arts in Community Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Sontag also attacked Dr. Ferrer for saying on May 13 that Los Angeles County stay-at-home orders will “with all certainty” be extended for the three months, but she added that restrictions will be “gradually relaxed” based on scientific data under a five-step plan.