On the O’Reilly Factor, a Thanksgiving Eve topic was why people are depressed about the state of our nation. For answers, the show turned to Fox News’ “Medical A-Team” psychiatrist, Dr. Keith Ablow. Sure, he’s a crackpot, himself, but Ablow always knows whom to blame for nearly every social ill. Meanwhile, O’Reilly announced that he’s a “working class” kind of guy, not a “chichi Manhattan” guy who is concerned about the kind of “invective” he hears. Oy vey!
Sure enough, Ablow found that our national malaise is “not just a calamity” but “a message from Washington” preventing you from being “the master of your destiny.” Or something. He said:
(T)his is about a message from Washington that you ought not practice autonomy, that you are not the master of your destiny, that you need help in order to make the right decisions and you’re going to have to buy things that we want you to buy, like health care insurance, even if it isn’t the best product or the one you would choose. A disempowering message from the government, just like one from a family, is depressing.
Well, at least there was another opinion. Dr. Gail Saltz, the other guest said:
I think people are more unhappy about their individual states, but I do think it has a lot to do with what is going on in the country, which is trouble in the economy. …I think people are frightened about a lot of the violence that’s going on right now. What’s happening with guns right now, and feeling helpless in terms of most Americans wanted there to be better background checks and they couldn’t get that through.
…I would say that seeing on TV mass shootings like Newtown and like the Colorado movie theater - while it doesn’t happen to most Americans, it’s so present in their living rooms, I think people are afraid.
O’Reilly disagreed. He said, “Gun violence doesn’t really affect most people personally, when the economy does... I don’t know one person worried about guns.” The multi-millionaire explained, “I don’t know one person in my set – and my set is working class. It’s not chichi Manhattan people.”
Sure it is. O’Reilly’s just a regular fellow who goes to work in a chauffeured limousine from Long Island. Who treats his local police department like a private security force. Doesn’t everyone who’s not a chichi elitist?
O’Reilly thought talk radio might be part of the problem. He said, “I hear invective on radio and television - is disgusting and hateful and I think harmful to the people who hear it, and I hear this from both sides.” Which would be fine if Fox News wasn’t such such a big part of the problem.
Even as he spoke, O’Reilly began throwing stones from his glass house. As an example of hate-filled invective, O’Reilly cited Sandra Fluke as an example – when it’s O’Reilly who has repeatedly smeared her because she advocates for contraception coverage in health insurance..
Saltz said, “I think we’ve lost a certain decorum, a certain empathy to stand in the shoes of the person that we’re screaming at.”
Ablow again blamed Obama: “There can be no height of rhetoric too high when you have a guy in the corner office who wants to, in a wholesale way, disengage us from our freedoms. ...This disempowerment President is creating depression in people who are being told not to actualize their own selves. That’s depressing.”
If you're finding Ablow depressing, check out Jon Stewart's hilarious take down of him and the rest of the Fox News Medical A-Team.
Video below is a segment from the November 27, 2013 O'Reilly Factor.
Funny — you wingnuts said the same thing in 2006, 2008, and 2012 . . .
O’Reilly disagreed. He said, “Gun violence doesn’t really affect most people personally, when the economy does… I don’t know one person worried about guns.” The multi-millionaire explained, “I don’t know one person in my set – and my set is working class. It’s not chichi Manhattan people.”
You heard from the horse’s ass’s mouth: if it didn’t happen to America’s Daddy, BillO, it didn’t happen at all.
That’s life in the Faux sNooze bubble . . .
Check the numbers- The Republicans in office rank 0.2% over prostate cancer. And they’re still dropping because more people are realizing that Republicans have no plan, other than stepping on the people.
Your slogan " We watch Fox so you dont have to" is interesting.. Why claim you watch something when it’s clear you either don’t understand the content or are regugitating selective bits in a manner that suits your liberal agenda? Is that what the others you have assumed this burden for need to hear? I guess that makes you a matyr then. What self-sacrifice! What courage! Keep watching. Eventually you MAY grow up to understand.
Welcome to ‘obsolescence’, fuckwads.
It IS you.