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Fox News ‘Doctor’ Just Asking If Joe Biden Has Dementia, That’s All

This is a video of a Fox “News” “Medical” correspondent visiting Fox and Friends to argue that Joe Biden is either a drunk, obnoxious asshole OR a senile, drunk old man with dementia. Apparently these are the only explanations for interrupting someone that isn’t Jim Lehrer—being an obnoxious asshole, or having dementia.

First they play a clip of Paul Ryan begging for mercy while Joe Biden exposes his lies about Medicare, and then cut to guy-who-is-not-Steve-Doocy fake bantering with lady-who-is-not-Gretchen-Garlson. “Dr.” Ablow is then asked for his professional opinion, which is that “Joe Biden has shown tremendous disregard for the opinions of others” because something about lying about how good he performed in college. (We found this part confusing, but whatever, it’s Fox & Friends and we went into it with low expectations. So far, we are not disappointed.) But it’s not just that Joe Biden has a low regard for other people’s opinions — isn’t  “bizarre laughter” and “interrupting” indicative of something more serious, like dementia? He’s just saying, that’s all, just throwing it out there, just asking a question, because after all, Dr. Ablow doesn’t TREAT Joe Biden; he just goes on Fox & Friends and speculates about the mental health of people he DOESN’T treat. Anyway, this line of reasoning was too stupid even for lady-who-isn’t-Gretchen-Carlson, who pointed out that Joe Biden’s command of details was inconsistent with a dementia diagnosis and that the substance of what he was rattling off — within the context of what he believes, of course — was solid. No problem, says Dr. Ablow, “facts” and “knowing facts” is not an issue. You can have dementia and know “facts,” and in that case, we look forward to the day that he “diagnoses” Rush Limbaugh live and on the air.

[Media Matters]

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Kris E. Benson writes about politics for Wonkette and is pursuing a doctorate in philosophy. This will come in handy for when they finally open that philosophy factory in the next town over. @Kris_E_Benson

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  1. Come here a minute

    Joe Biden has a chronic case of Kicking Republican Ass fever and the recommended course of treatment is electoral victory. There is no cure.

    1. Geminisunmars

      Please, won't you contribute today? For only pennies an hour we can eradicate* this scourge in our lifetime.

      *By eradicate we mean "hold at bay".

    1. angrycrank

      I’m guessing those bus-bench ads reading “Dr. Ablow – analrapist” are attracting entirely the wrong sort of clients.

    1. PugglesRule

      You sure his first name isn't Dick?

      Actually his first name is Keith, which does nothing to improve his credibility as a shrinker of people he does not actually know.

  2. PsycWench

    Wow, Republicans have as much trouble with evidence-based medicine as they do with evidence-based everything else.

    1. JustPixelz

      There's probably something about that in the DSM-IV. The problem is it's the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. And I'm pretty sure Repubicans can't solve a Statistics 101 mid-term problem. So it must be wrong.

      1. PsycWench

        I believe Doctor Zoom has demonstrated to us that if Republicans cannot understand something, they simply deny it. So you are probably correct.

        1. Willardbot9000_V2.5

          Well that is confirmation bias at work for you…also explains why they listen to Flubs McRapeaboybaugh and Faux, not to informed but constantly feel legitimized. Confirmation bias is kind of funny because of shit like this: they'll literally go to insane heights to try and justify that Eddie Munster didn't get his smirking ass beat. Sure Joe Biden laughed at him but what person who isn't a wingnut neanderthal wouldn't laugh at him?!? My favorite by the way was when he tried to legitmize his paying for college with a survivor benefit while explaining why social security needs to be destroyed…it was a tour de farce.

    1. CommieLibunatic

      Well, it technically wouldn't hurt as much as you'd think, considering that the brain itself is incapable of feeling pain. Motoko Kusanagi said so herself, so it must be true!

  3. actor212

    “Joe Biden has shown tremendous disregard for the opinions of others” because something about lying about how good he performed in college.

    Something then like lying about your time in a marathon is a sign of dementia?

  4. Pragmatist2

    I was wondering if Dr. Ablow suffers from delusions of grandeur. Pedophiles often do, some people say.

    1. bikerlaureate

      I've read about that connection between deluded doctors and pedophiles on the internet (just now) !

  5. One_who_wanders

    Can you say Malpractice, boys and girls?

    And where was this guy when Cheney was swearing at elected officials in public?

  6. SexySmurf

    I've just "diagnosed" "Dr." Ablow with Dick Head Syndrome because his head looks like a dick and he's acting like one.

    ( Fun fact: Dick Head Syndrome is named after Dr. Dick Head who first discovered the disease.)

  7. CrunchyKnee

    What the fuck is it with fly-over country tea-bagger white guys and shaved heads? Are they just embracing their inner skin-head, or do they actually think that they look cool?

    1. PsycWench

      My husband says it makes it a lot easier to get ready in the morning, plus it's much less of a pain to get rained on…but if he's going to be mistaken for a Republican, I may have to get him a toupee.
      The real reason, of course, is that if you're purposefully bald you don't look balding.

      1. BadKitty904

        If you're purposefully bald, you simply look like you tried to beat Nature to the punch before you went naturally bald. Or like a neo-Nazi.

        1. PsycWench

          Amen to that. A friend once told a group of women that her husband had a serious comb-over and the long hair would become unanchored and flop around during sex, making arousal rather difficult. I have mentioned that little story to every male that I thought might need to know it.

          1. Geminisunmars

            And I'm sure they were very grateful.

            I use to snicker at comb-over-owners, but since I caught the olds I'm slightly more empathetic. Slightly.

      2. Steverino247

        I thought it was the solar panel for a sex machine?

        (I'm not bald, but my brother-in-law tells that joke)

  8. gullywompr

    There's a name for this type of dismissal of authority – oppositional defiant disorder. The entire right wing suffers from it.

  9. KathrynSane

    When someone mops the fucking floor with your snivelling little punk of a candidate in a debate, I don't think it really helps to claim that the guy who did said mopping was able to do it while suffering from dementia.

  10. Mumbletypeg

    FÖX are the ultimate losers, for hiring a hypochondriac as a 'med consultant' to come on their show and describe symptoms that aren't really anywhere except in his head.

  11. Kwachie

    ROFL (completely appropriately)! Why don't we go back and parse Romney steamrolling the MC of the first debate, paying NO regard to the rules of the debate, behaving like he was then only person in the room … I'll take 2 from column "Narcissism" and 1 from column "Sociopath."

    Ablow yourself.

    1. bikerlaureate

      What, are you saying "'tremendous disregard for the opinions of others' because something about lying" isn't okay when a LIEbral does it?

  12. Oblios_Cap

    I don't treat Dr. Ablow, but I'm just throwing out that he shaves his head because he's aptly named and wants to look more like a giant penis.

    it would be irresponsible not to speculate.

  13. Schmannnity

    He should watch some Newt Gingrich tapes. Sociopath? Psychopath? Narcissist? Get fair and balanced, doctor.

  14. Lucidamente1

    Best video diagnosis since Bill Frist said Terry Schiavo wasn't in a persistent vegetative state.

  15. prommie

    I must have a similar form of dementia, then, because I have a tremendous disregard for the opinions of most other people. In fact, I have an active sneering contempt for the opinions of most other people, and especially, of the opinions of 2 specific sets of people, the idiots, and the assholes. These sets overlap in the set of Fox viewers.

      1. prommie

        Should be. Ask Fakakta, she has a whole routine now based on observations of the natives. Hilarious, that one is!

    1. One_who_wanders

      You would think all of them would have extensive first-hand experience in that area, Dr. Ablow in particular.

  16. iburl

    Isn't Ablow the same "Dr." who tried to tell us that Newt Gingrich would be a great president because of all the cheating, divorcing and remarrying he does? As the evolutionary superior duck would say: "QUACK!"

    1. BoroPrimorac

      He said that if we weren't careful Argentina was going to steal Newt and his amazing ideas away from us .

  17. HRH_Maddie

    Is "Dr." Ablow suffering from a syphilitic mind? I don't know, I'm not a doctor. Just asking questions.

    1. Dr_Zoidberg

      That's where I got my medical degree – they were having a two-for-one special, so I am also a certified vet tech!

    2. Geminisunmars

      I use to get my value-packed degrees there, but it was too hard to store them and use them all up before they before they went bad.

  18. Blueb4sinrise

    Joe Biden has shown tremendous disregard for the opinions of others

    So Ryan was expressing opinions? Whew! That's a relief for anyone that thought he was trying to make factual claims.

  19. vodkamuppet

    We found this part confusing, but whatever, it’s Fox & Friends and we went into it with low expectations. So far, we are not disappointed.

    You don't want it to make sense, if FOX starts making sense to you, you are in a bad place and should consult a physician immediately. Not Dr. Ablow though.

  20. Dr_Zoidberg

    This here is the biggest difference between Democrats and Republicans. When Obama tanked in his debate, we said "Obama tanked, did a poor job, needs to do better.'. When Ryan was eaten alive by Ol' Handsome Joe, the Republicans blame everything else, up to and including sunspots and the price of corn in Nebraska, for Ryan's poor performance.

    1. Fox n Fiends

      Republicans, like the Pope, are infallible. Its ALWAYS someone else's fault: the Welfare Queen, the Liberal Elite, the Communist under your bed. Only God is perfect, but not as perfect as a Republican.

    2. vodkamuppet

      I think Biden and the Tri-lateral Commision must've dosed Ryans water bottle. It's the only plausable explaination.

  21. Weenus299

    Statements all FOX-employed physicians must sign on the set:

    "I'm a doctor, and I'm certainly able to speak about my observations of a stranger's mannerisms in the most unethical way possible."

  22. smitallica

    Yes, using facts and reason to dominate a detailed, complicated argument with a pathological liar, while laughing at obvious falsehoods so bald-faced they're truly laughable.

    Textbook signs of dementia.

  23. BadKitty904

    "Following his show's cancellation, Ablow has been a contributing editor for Good Housekeeping Magazine and Men's Fitness, and a columnist for the New York Post."

    'Nuff said…

  24. YouBetcha

    "Dementia"? You mean "We just got our asses kicked by that jovial old fella."? OK, just checking to make sure that words mean the same things to all of us.

  25. johnnyzhivago

    My wife has been spending a lot of time in Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio lately for work and mentioned to me that when I describe the election and when she hears people in those places describe the election it's as if we are in two completely different countries. She also noted that in a lot of airports they have FOX and CNN monitors and different looking groups of people congregate in front of each of them.

    1. Steverino247

      I've noticed that monitor grouping as well.

      True story: A few years ago I was in a hotel in Chicago "enjoying" the standard breakfast fare of such places and CNN Headline News was on. For about 30 minutes I watched the most banal lineup of "news" I'd ever witnessed. I was prompted to blurt out "Our Army is in the field and this is all you put on television?!" Everybody else looked around as if a shot had rung out. But they stopped watching it after that.

    1. Blueb4sinrise

      I loathe you draft that is best handled his !!!

      THEY HAVE BECOME Commenting on LA GO DUCKS GAY!!!

  26. WordSaladNation

    This stupid motherfucker. I'm sorry, but I have no snark for this. My father died in June as a result of Lewy body dementia which did not, as "Doctor" Ablow claims, make him laugh bizarrely and interrupt people. Rather, it made him unable to communicate, completely incontinent, immobile, and left with none of the dignity that he spent over 40 years working as a physician to achieve.

  27. kittensdontlie

    " Ablow wrote a column arguing that Newt Gingrich's three marriages actually made him more qualified to be president: "When three women want to sign on for life with a man who is now running for president, I worry more about whether we’ll be clamoring for a third Gingrich term, not whether we’ll want to let him go after one."–Wiki

        1. kittensdontlie

          Not dead. His seventh wife keeps him young. Yes, he is literally sucking the life out of her.

  28. jamsie25

    I wonder what the good doctor would have to say about Mr. Ryan posing for those really not sexy muscle shots wearing a backwards baseball cap? Would he diagnose him as a narcissistic a-hole or just a run of the mill tea bagger a-hole who is overcompensating for something?

  29. owhatever

    Now let's move on to the possibility that a purple space alien may have taken over Biden's body and reduced his intelligence level to that of a grasshopper. Dr. Ablow, your thoughts?

  30. barto

    The good doctor is simply following the fine tradition of "remote video diagnostician" which was first brought to prominence by the gifted Senator (Dr.) Frist when he gave Terri Shiavo a clean bill of health right on the senate floor based on a video feed he just saw. If only all doctors were as good as these two our health care bills would plummet to damn near zero as we can all just skype it in!

    1. YouFail4eva

      So what you are saying, is that the Cisco video with the doctor in Copenhagen is not the future?

  31. sullivanst

    Yeah, Fox, great plan, it makes Ryan look sooooo much better if you can make your audience believe that the guy who wiped the floor with him was suffering from dementia. Can't even beat an old, with all your P90X? Go back to Wiscahnsin!

  32. a_pink_poodle

    Is this vengeance over questioning whether the Patron Saint of the GOP, His Holiness, Ronald Reagan had Alzheimer's or not?

  33. HarryButtle

    Anyway, this line of reasoning was too stupid even for lady-who-isn’t-Gretchen-Carlson, who pointed out that Joe Biden’s command of details was inconsistent with a dementia diagnosis and that the substance of what he was rattling off — within the context of what he believes, of course — was solid.

    If she keeps this up, she won't be allowed to not be Gretchen Carlson for very long.

  34. CommieLibunatic

    Nevermind that Biden is a teetotaler and has been for a long time. You can thank a family history of alcoholism for turning him off to the idea.

    BIDEN WAS DRUNK HURR DURR: Yet another meme that can't die soon enough.

      1. CommieLibunatic

        And yet, everyone voted for him because "they'd like to have a beer with him."

        All my confusions. ALL of them.

  35. sayprettyplease

    So what the good doctor is saying is that Ryan lost the debate to a man who has dementia…

  36. Biff

    If the debate can be analogized as a boxing match, I guess that would make "Dr." Ablow ryan's cut man in the corner. Which makes as much sense as him being an actual "Dr."

    1. bobbert

      The thing is, (a)Blow is actually an MD (Johns Hopkins, go figure), and apparently still a practicing psychiatrist when he's not running his mouth on the air. It seems to me that proposing a specific diagnosis of mental disorder, not based on personal consultation, should be a major ethics violation.

      I wonder is whatever board he's certified by will say anything about this.

  37. cheeseholm

    I love how the panel's "evidence" of mental illness would pretty much disqualify every anchorperson, show lead, and producer on the Fox network.

  38. glamourdammerung

    This is the same clown that felt Gingrich's multiple affairs made him particularly fit for the presidency because he could scam women into having affairs with him and then marrying him.


  39. glamourdammerung

    Also, extra points for Fox trying so hard to push the "drunken Irish troublemaker" stereotype.

  40. JustPixelz

    If Dr. Ablow wants to diagnose someone, a doctor-patient relationship is established. And medical confidentiality rules should apply.

  41. Wile E. Quixote

    I guess that Dr. Keith Ablow is unaware of section 7.3 of the American Psychiatric Association's ethics principles, the so called "Goldwater Rule" which states:

    On occasion psychiatrists are asked for an opinion about an individual who is in the light of public attention or who has disclosed information about himself/herself through public media. In such circumstances, a psychiatrist may share with the public his or her expertise about psychiatric issues in general. However, it is unethical for a psychiatrist to offer a professional opinion unless he or she has conducted an examination and has been granted proper authorization for such a statement.

    This rule was instituted after Fact magazine wrote an article speculating that Barry Goldwater was too insane to be president. It was a sleazy media hit job, oh wait, Fox News, IOKIYAR, never mind.

  42. ttommyunger

    "I'm actually a Doctor, but I play a cynical racist political hack and shill for Faux Noose on the teevee."

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