The staggeringly stupid Keith Ablow, psychiatrist to the wingnuts, is now demanding a surgeon general’s warning on the internet. I know, it sounds so dumb that no one would say that, but he actually said that. On Fox News, of course, to the equally dumb Elizabeth Hasselbeck.
Following an incident in which two twelve-year-old girls stabbed a friend after apparently being inspired by internet meme Slender Man, Fox & Friends host Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked if “the games are to blame,” and Fox News psychiatric contributor Dr. Keith Ablow implored the Surgeon General to put warnings on a variety of internet and social media platforms.
“The internet is a form of communication that human beings, we are learning, are not immune to, in terms of being able to resist themes that flow to them through this drug portal,” Ablow said. “Facebook depersonalizes people. It decreases their empathy. This has been shown by data. And when you tell a story via this direct line to your emotional self, it can infect you in a special way.”
“The Surgeon General has been a no-show on Facebook, which you should carry a warning label, on Slender Man, which should carry a warning label,” Albow said. “Where is the Surgeon General?”
Hasselbeck asked if the people who made the Slender Man videos could be held legally responsible.
“Traditionally, those folks are shield by first amendment rights,” Ablow replied. “However, in this case if you watch the Slender Man video, how could somebody create that video and not believe this could inspire a person to kill?”
And when lots and lots of right-wingers rant about how the government is now like Hitler, Stalin and Mao, and that we are on the verge of being rounded up and thrown into gulags and concentration camps, and that the only solution is a “second American revolution” or another Civil War, and then they go out and try to start that war with acts of violence and terrorism, that’s also totally irrelevant and how dare you suggest a connection.