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O’Reilly Trots Out A Psychotherapist To Diagnose Occupy Wall Street Protesters As Sickos

Reported by Ellen - October 19, 2011 -

Bill O’Reilly and his Fox News producers came up with their most creative way yet to smear the Occupy Wall Street protesters: Find a therapist to diagnose them as mentally ill! In a move reminiscent of Senator Bill Frist offering his medical opinion about Terri Schiavo’s persistent vegetative state from watching videos, The O’Reilly Factor brought on a Dr. Karen Ruskin, psychotherapist, who offered her “psychological insights” into a diverse movement of thousands without having conducted any apparent personal examination. In fact, it never even seemed to occur to him that maybe she should have.

O’Reilly began by saying, “It isn’t fair to generalize about any group of people,” and then he proceeded to do just that.

“I’m actually extremely concerned,” Ruskin said. “What they’re actually asking for is to be out of control… They’re asking for others to take control of their life by giving me, give me, give me, give me, rather than self-empowerment, rather than self-enhancement… That does lead to mental instability.

“These people should make honest choices to make an honest living,” Ruskin later said, sounding more like a Fox News pundit than a medical professional.

“So you think those people down there are largely screwed up?” O’Reilly asked, near the end of the interview.

Those weren’t the words Ruskin wanted to use but she said, “I feel that they are lacking in strength and the courage in order to move themselves forward.”

“The bottom line on this whole thing is, you agree with me, they want your stuff. They want other peoples’ stuff,” O’Reilly said.

“I 100% agree with you and that is awful for one’s mental health, wellness and well-being,” Ruskin concluded.

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