Fox Psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow sounded uncharacteristically reasonable in his analysis of Megyn Kelly’s interview with Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar last night. Clearly, it was not the “Christian conservative victim” message Fox has helped spin.
In concert, a lower-third banner quoted the Duggars: “WE WERE DEVASTATED.”
But Ablow wasn’t buying it. He said he thinks the family “is still locked in denial.”
ABLOW: I don’t know if it’s willful denial or not. But I was stunned when the dad said, “Well, now we don’t think our son is attracted to children because, after all, he wasn’t 18.”
…I don’t trust, frankly, the Duggars to be perfect arbiters of whether the girls realized or did not realize whether they were being touched.
I don’t care for Ablow’s long-distance diagnosing of people but his dismissal of the Duggars as victims was stunning in its sweep.
ABLOW: The bottom line is, look, this family, in my opinion, isn’t very much keyed in to empathy and the feelings of others, it seems, because after all - Look, they chose to have 19 kids. Not everybody would make that decision given that you’d worry, “Wow, am I going to be able to pay attention enough to each of them?” And here we have four of their kids who were violated.
Hasselbeck jumped in to argue that the Duggars said they had “put up safeguards” and that their son’s behavior while “inexcusable” was not “unforgiveable.”
As for those sealed records Fox has tried to use as deflection from the family’s sordid history? Ablow wasn’t buying that either.
ABLOW: Sealed juvenile records should not be released. With that being the case, however, this family is so blinded, apparently, they don’t even address: Did you tell other babysitters (one of Josh’s victims was a babysitter)? Did you worry about your son, as to his friends, whether they had younger sisters? Are you worried now? The answer’s, “No we’re not worried now ‘cause we sent him to work construction with an older man in another state and that cured him.” Come on!
Cohost Steve Doocy ended the segment right after that. He said – not quite approvingly to Ablow, “It certainly is a tough story but it’s something everybody’s talking about.”
Watch it below, from today’s Fox & Friends and yesterday's The Five.
. . . now, he’s actually calling the Duggars to account, after fellow Fox contributor Mike Huckabee suggested anyone who criticizes them is being “mean”.
I think you’re right, Warp; Ailes has probably decided the segments featuring him weren’t pulling in the ratings and is about to fire his ass . . .