Click on the link and the Grabein News covers the speculations that the president of the United States - Donald Trump - is, yes, crazy. And becoming more so. There is even the phrase "criminally insane."
The Drudge Report is #2 in digital media. It knows its influence. The question we have is if this headline was meant to be straight reporting. Or are the gang at the Drudge Report smirking about those who invest their time playing psychiatrist in public.
After all, that's crazy to do. An authentic psychiatric diagnosis entails a series of in-person interviews.
We bore witness to plenty of those on the old crime shows such as 'Law & Order." Dr. Emil Skoda would sit down with the defendants to make a determination about their grasp of reality. But even he makes mistakes. In a recent rerun he told the court that the oncologist being tried for murder was feigning mental illness. Turns out she wasn't.
In their heyday, the gossip publications such as Globe leveraged the tactic of a crazy smear - based only on the opinion of a supposed mental health expert who had never met the person. Also, first year majors in psychology would make it their business to put negative labels on personalities in the news. And the many in psychotherapy would take on the role of therapist, informing their inner circles about their mental health problems.
My hunch is that Matt Drudge et al. at this news site is too smart to take seriously the crazy talk. The behavior necessary to get and hold power may appear irrational. But every aspect of it might have an agenda.
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