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Fox News' Dr. Keith Ablow Violates Professional Ethics?

Reported by Priscilla - July 6, 2011 -

As part of Fox News' retaliation against Media Matters for their "war" on Fox News, Fox & Friends' Steve Doocy provided (7/5) Fox medical correspondent Dr. Keith Ablow with a stage from which to perform a psychological diagnosis of Media Matters' president, David Brock. This "virtual" mental health evaluation, focusing on what Ablow felt were Brock's personality disorders, was clearly a personal attack and dovetailed nicely with another Fox & Friends segment, on the same day, in which Media Matters' vice-president Ari Rubin-Havt was attacked by Fox "friend" Brian Kilmeade. Ablow is certainly entitled to his right wing partisan opinion. However, there is a question of whether his public psychoanalysis, without having actually examined the client and without having been authorized to make these public comments, violates professional ethics. The American Psychiatrist Association's Code of Ethics states: "On occasion psychiatrists are asked for an opinion about an individual who is in the light of public attention or who has disclosed information about himself/herself through public media. In such circumstances, a psychiatrist may share with the public his or her expertise about psychiatric issues in general. However, it is unethical for a psychiatrist to offer a professional opinion unless he or she has conducted an examination and has been granted proper authorization for such a statement." So is Dr. Ablow in violation of his profession's code of ethics? I report, you decide!

H/T to reader who is a published psychologist

Addendum: Dr. Ablow's Fox "diagnoses" of Bill Maher and Chaz Bono were also personal attacks.

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