I am starting to wonder if Fox does not like people with mental illnesses. The recent story of Fox news host, Tom Sullivan, telling a caller that her illness is made up is not the first time that Fox has added to the stigma of mental illness. It is not the first time they have discriminated against people with mental illness. They allow the people who work there to do and say things against people with mental illnesses with no punishment.
Sullivan said that he thought people with mental illnesses are just saying they have a mental illness for attention. I have to wonder if Fox News is allowing such behavior by their staff for attention to help their ratings. He also thinks they are lazy and just saying they have a mental illness to get disability. I think that Fox News is lazy not to research about mental illnesses and does not do anything when people who represent their network say discriminatory things.
Like I said, this is not the first time that Fox has made things harder for people with mental illnesses.
Then there was the incident with Bill O’Reilly where he talked about how another violent episode because of mental illness was making America look bad. My Reaction to Bill O’Reilly’s Opinion Regarding Mental Illness
I have heard people who work for Fox use words like schizo instead of crazy. They have used mental illness as synonymous for crazy too. (“The real mental illness is coming out of the White House.”) Using terms like these so loosely are wrong and contributes to the stigma.
When is Fox going to stop adding to the stigma? Do they not know that by not doing anything to punish their staff when they say such things could potentially prevent people from getting help? Do they not know that these people who don’t get help because of the stigma could potentially commit suicide or possibly hurt someone else?
They are so quick to mention that someone who has committed a crime has a mental illness. What they don’t say is that less than 1% of those with mental illnesses are violent. They also don’t’ use the opportunity to educate people and let them know where to get help.
I think what Fox has allowed when it comes to mental illness is appalling. If someone there had said something negative about someone who was black or was a homosexual, would things be different? Fox News would never be able to get away with calling someone from those groups lazy or downplay the things they face in any way.
I wonder if there will ever come a time when people from the media who say negative things about people with mental illnesses will suffer consequences. 1 in 4 people in America have a mental illness. I find it very hard to believe that there isn’t anyone who works for Fox doesn’t know someone with a mental illness. When will they speak up about what the person they know endures? When will they let the network know the harm they cause for those who struggle with mental illnesses?
The media does not help when it comes to the stigma of mental illness. I would now have to say that Fox is the worst!
Let them know how you feel: