Fox News calls in psychiatrist: Bill Maher has mental problems

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  2. quagmire macrumors 603

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    I stopped watching when the psychiatrist was using Maher's stance on abortion as a reason why he has mental problems......:rolleyes:
     
  3. Huntn macrumors G5

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    Faux loves throwing stones, loves destroying the character of its critics. This man could in no way, shape, or form have valid points, instead he must be mentally ill. LOL.
     
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    Does this psychiatrist have a history of misdiagnosis?
     
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    Yeah, they were just being fair and balanced. Like always!
     
  6. WestonHarvey1 macrumors 68020

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    I don't think he has mental problems. He's an arrogant leftist prick, but that's not a mental illness. He's also extremely funny and intelligent and talented.

    Psychiatrists willing to "diagnose" people who aren't their patients should have their licenses suspended.
     
  7. IntelliUser thread starter macrumors 6502

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    If they have them in the first place.
     
  8. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    FOX News spends an awful lot of time responding to comedians (Jon Stewart, Maher). How sad.

    Any "doctor" who would go on TV and spout **** like that should have their medical license revoked.
     
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    I'd say that's a pretty good indication of their credibility, wouldn't you?
     
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    I always wondered if a certain member allowed his religious beliefs to 'direct' his professional diagnosis.

    If politicians have trouble keeping their church out of their service to their constituents, this phenomenon could be prevalent in other professions.

    I remember a long-ago visit to the HeX's family doctor, to "discuss" birth control.

    Yes, he was a devout Catholic.
     
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    Frankly, I thought it was a great opportunity to continue zinging Bristol Palin in front of an audience who would rarely (if ever) tune into Bill Maher.

    Thanks FAUX and Fiends.
     
  13. Huntn macrumors G5

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    Just as big a problem as Faux, all the buffoons who lap it up.
     
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    Try the off button. It's particularly satisfying.
     
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    Maybe if Bill believed in an invisible man in the sky who created everything in one week and sees everything we do, they would think he was sane.
     
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    no it's more satisfying to rage.
     
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    "So, Dr Ablow, having never met or spoken to Bill Maher, what would your exact diagnosis of his condition be?"

    "Mental problems."

    "There you have it folks. A doctor said it, and doctors don't ever lie or distort the truth to their own ends, we all know that from such landmark cases as the Harold Shipman trial in the United Kingdom"
     
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    Rather than a new thread - interesting article on propaganda at Fox

    I have seen and discussed college course materials related to propaganda during WWII and how many of the same techniques are used at Fox News. This is an interesting article that expands on that idea.

    I'm posting it here rather than creating another thread b/c this entire idea of using a psychiatrist to attack their opponent hits on at least one if not more of the 14 ways identified in the article.

    Here are the 14 items. Each has a paragraph of discussion at the link above.
     
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    Those 14 really work well if your IQ is double digits or you think the Earth was made in 5,000 years.:p
     
  20. Gelfin macrumors 68020

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    Pathologizing a political viewpoint merits being listed as a separate technique altogether. I would be remiss if I didn't mention how common this is on the left as well. It's not especially hard to find pop-psych analysis explaining how "conservatives" are constitutionally paranoid and xenophobic, have enlarged amygdala, react fearfully to novelty and so forth.

    Attributing an opponent's position to mental illness in order to dismiss it is a generally common fallacy in and out of politics.
     
  21. Huntn macrumors G5

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    Really? I'm trying to remember a national "liberal leaning" media corporation hiring a shrink to attack someone of a contrary political view.
     
  22. IntelliUser, Jul 9, 2011
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    Bill Maher commented on this in the latest episode and challenged him to come on the show.
     
  23. Gelfin macrumors 68020

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    That is, of course, far more specific than what I said while failing to address the point at all. Characterizing an opposing political view as mental illness, generally, is not particular to any side, and even when I share disagreement with the viewpoint, I am equally offended by this tactic no matter who applies it.
     
  24. Mr. Chewbacca macrumors 6502a

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    Well according to Faux I also have a mental illness. I don’t feel that I have to have kids and find a belief in god to be silly
     

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