With the ongoing psycho media circus escalating from “fake news” to on air sensory “meltdowns”, the question becomes, should news anchors be required to undergo annual psychiatric evaluations for the benefit of the viewing audience?
It’s not easy to watch news anchors struggle on-air.
For some anchors, it appears finding the right words can be difficult, especially when they aren’t sure about the issues and are unable to identify with the guest.
We have witnessed some of the most public struggles of news anchors over the last year alone, with one scandal after another. Epic, self-created humiliation. Some of the guests (and staff) of these individuals have had to battle unbecoming behavior, impacting some in more significant ways.
In a world of 24-hour, hyper news coverage, various types of moods are going to occur during on-air broadcasts. But perhaps what is more striking, is the occurrence and level of the behavior.
How Can Psychiatric Evaluations be Helpful?
Psychiatric evaluations can be helpful in many ways. For example, these evaluations are frequently useful in identifying developmental vulnerabilities, which may impact social performance.
Psychiatric evaluations can also be extremely helpful with adults who may be struggling in different areas of their lives (e.g., depression, substance use, impulsiveness, personality disorders, anxiety, etc.).
Joe Scarborough has repeatedly made comments such as, “The president is not a well man”. However, during some of his anti-Trump rants, Scarborough appears to lose his train of thought, followed by long pauses which ultimately end with primitive name calling. Perhaps Joe should eliminate sugar, red meat, cheese and butter from his diet.
MSNBC anchor Lawrence O’Donnell was seen yelling after he heard hammering and voices that weren’t supposed to be there… in his ear. It turned out his ear piece malfunctioned.
Following allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior towards a colleague, Matt Lauer was terminated by NBC in November 2017.
Jake Tapper suffered an on-air tantrum and cut off guest, White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, for not answering questions in a manner Tapper believed to be satisfactory.
Mika Brzezinski recently had to issue a public apology after coming under fire for unethical and harmful behavior which asked sexual assault victims to confront their accusers live on her television show.
In February 2015, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams was suspended for six months, and eventually demoted from the Nightly News for “misrepresenting events which occurred while he was covering the Iraq War in 2003.
Joy Behar, who co-hosts ABC’s “The View,” recently said on live television that President Donald Trump was “in bed” with those protecting the terrorists responsible for committing the 9/11 attacks and suggested that because of the Trump administration, the LGBT community could be on the verge of being stoned in the streets. Behar also had to apologize for her excitement while celebrating a false report by ABC News investigative reporter Brian Ross.
ABC News announced on Saturday that it had suspended chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross for a “serious error” in his reporting about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s guilty plea for lying to the FBI.
CNN news anchor Don Lemon has repeatedly acted out. During his broadcasts, Lemons has cried out, “the President is out of control” as well as statement such as, “it was devoid of facts, it was devoid of wisdom. There was no gravitas, there was no sanity there”, within moments of Trump speech.
Potential Public Benefits of Psychiatric Evaluations
The potential public benefits of psychiatric evaluations for the viewers could be significant. The process could lead to a more engaging and empowering coverage of the news, showing a genuine respect for the opinions of the quest.
It could also add a missing legitimacy to current news coverage. Apart from objectivity, it could also foster rapport-building with viewers in the form of mutual consideration of all opinions related to the important stories and discussions of the day.