Crackpot doctor blames abortion and Facebook for murder allegedly committed by three bored teens


For all his academic credentials as a psychiatrist, Dr. Keith Ablow (above), is most famous for the ridiculous statements he makes on Fox News Channel.

A few examples:

Ablow has suggested that President Barack Obama’s appearances on “YouTube and the daytime talk shows” may have contributed to an increase in suicide rates.

Ablow has stated that “Lots of species may be about to leave the planet, and I don’t care.”

Ablow has falsely suggested that there is “no evidence” linking asthma to the burning of fossil fuel.

Ablow has likened President Obama to a wife-beater.

Ablow has suggested that Vice President Joe Biden be evaluated for dementia and alcoholism.

And now, there’s THIS:

On Tuesday, prosecutors charged two teenagers who allegedly shot and killed 22-year-old Christopher Lane — an Australian student in Oklahoma — for the “fun of it” with first-degree murder and a third with acting as an accessory. Conservative media has seized on the case to pressure President Obama and civil rights leaders who spoke out against the murder of Trayvon Martin to similarly address the death of Lane, implying that they are less interested in Lane’s murder because he was white, while his attackers are black.

But Fox News contributor Keith Ablow took the narrative even further toward the absurd, during an appearance on the network, suggesting that America’s disrespect for life, third-term abortions, and Facebook pushed the three teens to allegedly kill Lane.

“We do have an epidemic of disconnectedness,” Ablow said, responding to a leading question from anchor Shannon Bream. “We have people saying they have hundreds of friends on Facebook, when those aren’t friends and we have people text messaging when in fact they are not reaching out to anybody, because they are sending their thoughts and feelings in the air, if you will.”


Ablow, who is part of the network’s A-Team, has a long history of wild and unsubstantiated claims. He has previously said that enthusiasm of Anthony Weiner’s sexting partners can be blamed on feminists, access to contraception, and gender equality in the military, suggested that same-sex parents of transgender youth need “psychological evalutations” and charged that working moms are “anti-gender” and “despise the parts of themselves” drawn to motherhood.



  1. These three young men were performing their duty as neighborhood watch. They spotted a suspicious person, that turned out to be a foreigner, running like he stole something. When these neighborhood watch boys confronted the running foreigner, they feared for their lives and had no choice but to shoot him. It is a tragedy, but any of you would have done the same.

  2. http://ideas.time.com/2013/08/22/viewpoint-dont-ignore-race-in-christopher-lanes-murder/

    So, it’s just fake to pretend that the association of young black men with violence comes out of thin air. Young black men murder 14 times more than young white men. If the kinds of things I just mentioned were regularly done by whites, it’d be trumpeted as justification for being scared to death of them.

    It’s not that black communities are in complete denial about these statistics — Stop the Violence events are a staple of high-crime areas. But let’s face it: black America isn’t nearly as indignant about black boys killing one another or whites as about the occasional white cop killing one black boy, even though the former wreaks much more havoc in black communities. There is no coordinated nationwide movement equivalent to the one Martin galvanized. There are no thoughtful films “exploring” black-on-black crime the way Fruitvale Station treats the death of Oscar Grant, a young black man who was killed by transit police in Oakland, Calif.

    And recent example illustrates how many blacks feel about who is murdering whom. Two weeks ago, an NYPD cop killed 14-year-old Shaaliver Douse. Douse was in the process of shooting other people, and had been charged with shooting someone else in May — and yet his aunt compared him to Martin. In her mind, the main sin was the white cop’s.

    Granted, it seems a lot easier to do something about the Zimmermans than the black thugs. Protest profiling and police departments institute new programs. But black thugs aren’t moved by protests, so it can seem like we’re just stuck with them.

    But who’s to say what would happen if black America exerted even half of the emotional fervor and brainpower it does over cases like Martin’s to thinking about how to keep black boys from going wrong? Annette John-Hall had some wise words on this last year. What kind of self-image do we have to assume we can only change others, but not ourselves?

    For the time being, though, it’s time for the media to stop proudly emblazoning the race of white cops who kill black boys while cagily describing black teens as, say, “from the grittier part of town,” as has been the case regarding Lane’s killers. The media needs to be as honest with black people as we need to be with ourselves. No group gets ahead by turning away from its real problems.

  3. Brian Opsahl

    Well said doc,

    Although there is a lot more to this and there is no simple answer or easy solution. I think fatherless family’s has more to do with this issue. It’s tough enough to try and raise a family on a small income and even harder when there is nobody around to help with the parenting problem that causes these kids to search out gangs and violence.

    Let’s face it poor black kids living in rat infested slums because mom is a crack head or dad is in jail and they see nobody cares but the gangs is what they see everyday. Then they get on the bus and go to a school where the violence continues and the only respect they get again is from the street gang.

    This all happens before they hit ten years old.

    When a mom and dad live together and both raise the kids as a family unit the chance of this happening goes’ down to much smaller percent. Doc to me that is the real key.

  4. It is sad. The doctor’s thoughts and pronouncements make the sad situation worse.

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