A statement released by the Council Of Actual Psychiatrists astounded the world today by suggesting that journalists’ and commentators’ diagnoses of jihadist murderers’ ‘mental illness’ might not be very good.
The statement lists some of the cases of jihadist violence reported on by the media along with the diagnoses of ‘mental illness’ offered by the journalists and commentators. The statement goes on to suggest that maybe, just maybe, members of the media aren’t qualified enough in psychiatry to make such diagnoses.
“This is a shocking statement on the part of the Council Of Actual Psychiatrists,” says journalist, commentator and blogger June Smith, “the fact that they would even question the ability of opinion writers to accurately diagnose mental illness shows they have no idea just how insightful, intelligent and expert in everything all journalists and commentators are.”
It is a common belief that the writers of news and opinions for major news sources are right about everything and particularly expert in ascertaining the usually mysterious motivations behind all individual human action.
“Opinion writers like myself,” says June Smith, “are the modern oracles and seers. We simply know what makes all people tick. We know, for example, that all killers, who happen to be Muslim, are suffering from mental illnesses.”
The statement from the Council of Actual Psychiatrists suggests that the quickness with which media writers diagnose mental illness raises questions as to its accuracy.
“What they don’t understand, “explains June Smith, “is that opinion writers for The Guardian and The Washington Post and such are, roughly, fifty-thousand times more insightful and intelligent than any psychiatrist. So it’s very easy for us to make our diagnoses very quickly. We don’t even have to know that much about the case.”
“We’re just cleverer than everybody else,” she adds.
The Council of Actual Psychiatrists lists some media diagnoses they regard as questionable:
Recent London knife attacker Muslim Zakaria Buhlan journalists diagnosed as having ‘mental illness’
Mental instability, was also given for the attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12 by Muslim Omar Mateen.
A recent attack by a female Somali refugee in Lawrenceville, Georgia, in which the refugee beat a woman with her own American flag was also diagnosed as mentally ill by expert journalists.
The Muslim driver ramming pedestrians on Bastille Day while screaming “Allahu akbar!” was, according to opinion writers, suffering from a long-lasting and severe psychological disorder.
A Muslim in Australia who drove a car into a crowd, killing 3, was also, according to commentators troubled by mental illness.
On the subject of a Muslim woman in Russia who beheaded a toddler the usual writers theorized that she is mentally ill.
“I love journalists, media personalities, commentators and opinion-writers as much as anybody,” says psychiatrist Bruce Montalba, “but when it comes to psychiatry, I think, maybe, they are a bit quick to diagnose mental illness. Especially when some Muslim goes on a killing spree.”
“In all other areas, I’m sure they’re experts,” he adds, “I’m certainly going to continue getting my opinions on everything else from them. It’s just that in psychiatry, they’re not that great.”