Crazy might be the best term for describing the first segment of CNN’s so-called Reliable Sources on Sunday. Media janitor Brian Stelter invited on two far-left psychiatrists to debate how the media should cover President Trump alleged mental illness. While one was busy advocating to throw out professional ethics, the other one was declaring Trump had been worse than some of the last century’s most evil people.
Dr. Allen Frances was there to counter the argument that the media should tap psychiatrists to get medical opinions about the President’s mental health. “Well, I think that medicalizing politics has three very dire consequences. The first is that it stigmatizes the mentally ill. I’ve known thousands of patients, almost all of them have been well-behaved, well-mannered good people. Trump is none of these,” he pressed.
From there Dr. Frances became more unhinged as he wildly lashed out at the President, the “crazy” public for electing him, and suggested Trump was worse than some of mankind’s most heinous killers (click “expand”):
The second issue is that calling Trump crazy hides the fact that we’re crazy for having elected him and even crazier for allowing his crazy policies to persist. Trump is as destructive a person in this century as Hitler, Stalin, and Mao were in the last century. He may be responsible for many more million deaths than they were. He needs to be contained but he needs to be contained by attacking his policies, not his person.
It’s crazy for us to be destroying the climate our children will live in. It’s crazy to be giving tax cuts to the rich that will add trillions of dollars to the debt our children will have to pay. It’s crazy to be destroying our democracy by claiming that the press and the courts of the enemy of the people. We have to face these policies not Trump’s person.
Communism killed more than 100 million people during the last century alone with Nazism killing more than 20 million. Stelter sat idly by and said nothing while Francis slandered the President. On Twitter, he blamed his passiveness to the lies on “tech difficulties”. But he’s admitted to willfully letting lies slide on his show.
“Discussing the issue in psychological name-calling terms distracts us from getting out to vote. The important thing is to get Trump out of office,” Dr. Frances declared loudly.
He was there to counterbalance to Dr. Bandy X. Lee who was the president of the World Mental Health Collision, an organization that apparently wanted to upend the American Psychiatric Association’s staunch “Goldwater rule,” an ethical guideline, so they could give mental health evaluations of the President with impunity.
Dr. Frances lashed out at them too:
Well, the problem is that the diagnosis offered have been amateurish. They don’t apply to Trump. They will never get Trump out of office and I’m worried that in dealing with the psychological motivations and inaccurate diagnosis, we lose the focus on getting out to vote and that’s much more important at this point.
“First of all, I’d like to clarify that I have never diagnosed, in fact, I have always emphasized dangerousness of overdiagnosis. Dangerousness is about the situation, not the person. Mr. Trump as a private citizen would not be such a great danger,” Dr. Lee argued.
She insisted her organization was “not trying to medicalize politics” but “trying to meet our professional responsibility to society,” which was apparently to warn the public about Trump’s mental health. That’s some strenuous mental gymnastics.
Stelter even encouraged her in her organization’s mission (click “expand”):
STELTER: So, your advice to the press to outlets like CNN and NBC that are trying to cover Trump, what’s your advice?
LEE: My advice is, consult us. There are now thousands of mental health experts who are eager to speak beyond belief. In fact, they have formed a professional organization called the World Mental Health Collision and made me president. People can go to the website dangerouscase.org.
And that’s no surprise. Stelter told Dr. Frances that he didn’t “care about the political stuff” and only want to “connect the dots” to push his anti-Trump narrative:
I care about connecting the dots be between all of these ridiculous things that happen every day. And my fear is that people are a little bit too afraid to say, “Whoa, this is a problem. There is something wrong here when he’s attacking his Federal Reserve chair, misspelling the guy’s name and doing 50 of those things a day.” Kind of grasping for the language to use around this, but it’s sensitive. I hear you, it’s complicated.
Despite previously urging for not diagnosing Trump and name-calling, Dr. Frances gave in; describing the President as a “baby”, a “spoiled brat”, a “conman”, and “the most narcissistic person maybe in our time, a narcissist for all times.”
This is CNN.
LifeNews Note: Nicholas Fondacaro writes for Newsbusters, where this originally appeared.