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  • Fox Host Offers Brazenly Dishonest Defense For Calling Bipolar Disorder "Made Up"

    Fox Host Tom Sullivan's Own Website Wondered If He Should "Have More Compassion"

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Fox News Radio host Tom Sullivan is backtracking and brazenly lying about his controversial remarks calling bipolar disorder "made up" and "the latest fad." While Sullivan now claims his remarks were taken "out of context," this defense is preposterous. He repeatedly dismissed the validity of bipolar disorder and the clip used by Media Matters was the same one posted by his employer with the headline "(AUDIO) Bipolar Woman Says She DESERVES Disability Benefits. Tom Tells Her She's WRONG!"

    During his January 28 program, Sullivan told a caller who said she suffered from bipolar disorder that "bipolar is like the latest fad." He also claimed, "I just think it's something made up by the mental health business," and "I don't know why we have to create these new illnesses" for something that "wasn't a problem in the first place."

    Sullivan's remarks generated condemnation from Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA), members of the mediamental health advocatespeople on social media, and online petitioners. Many have pointed out that comments like Sullivan's only further stigmatize those suffering from mental illness.

  • Congresswoman Calls Out Fox Host's Claim That Bipolar Disorder Is "Made Up"

    Rep. Grace Napolitano: Tom Sullivan's "Senseless Speech" Discourages Treatment

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA) criticized Fox News Radio host Tom Sullivan for his "unfounded" and "senseless" remarks last week calling bipolar disorder "made up" and "the latest fad."

    In a statement provided to Media Matters, Napolitano said that Sullivan's "senseless speech discourages listeners and viewers from seeking treatment they need, halting the progress we have made toward the goal of eliminating stigma." She added: "Rather than minimizing people who have the courage to talk about their illness we should be lifting them up, so others know it is always okay to ask for help."

    The California congresswoman is a longtime mental health advocate and was the co-chair of the Congressional Mental Health Caucus in the 108th through 112th (2003-2013) Congresses.

    Sullivan, who is also a Fox Business contributor and regular guest anchor, said on his January 28 Fox News Radio program that people with mental illness have figured how to "game the system" by receiving disability benefits. He added, "they're mostly government employees and they know how to do it."

  • Fox Host Tells Caller Her Bipolar Disorder Is "Made Up" And "The Latest Fad" For Money

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Fox News Radio host Tom Sullivan told a caller who said she suffered from bipolar disorder that her illness is "something made up by the mental health business" and just "the latest fad." When the caller told Sullivan that she "would not be alive today" if she hadn't received mental health treatment, Sullivan wondered if "maybe somebody's talked you into feeling and thinking this way."

    Sullivan, who is also a frequent Fox Business contributor and guest anchor, began his January 28 program by complaining that people with mental illness have figured how to "game the system" by receiving disability benefits. "They're mostly government employees and they know how to do it," he added. Sullivan also defended Sen. Rand Paul's (R-KY) controversial and false statement that "Over half the people on disability are either anxious or their back hurts."

    A caller later challenged Sullivan over his remarks, saying she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder thirteen years ago and mental health treatment allowed her to graduate from college and obtain a full-time job. The caller, who now volunteers with Stop Stigma Sacramento, noted that bipolar disorder isn't a made up illness and is biological.  

  • Fox: "Politicians Tend To Blame Global Warming On Mankind"

    Blog ››› ››› SHAUNA THEEL

    During a segment with climate change misinformer Marc Morano, Fox Business aired the following on-screen graphic:

    Politicians tend to blame global warming on mankind? Or you know, the scientists at the National Research Council, The American Chemical Society, The American Association for the Advancement of Science, The American Meteorological Society, and The Geological Society of America, and others, who say human activities are changing the climate.

    By contrast, the type of politicians that Fox likes to host have denied this consensus. But why would Fox inform their viewers about the scientific consensus on global warming when there's a good Al Gore joke to be made?