Fox News contributor Dr. Keith Ablow, who recently accused President Obama of performing poorly against Ebola because of his “affinities” with Africa, was signed to a new contract with the network in late September, Fox News has confirmed to the Erik Wemple Blog. A Fox News contributor since 2007, Ablow has a history of making some of the more out-there statements on a network whose commentary frequently lifts eyebrows.
Though Ablow’s renewal came before his comments on President Obama and Ebola, it came after Ablow posited that the purpose of last summer’s World Cup was “to distract people. This is like Rome . . . I can see why Obama would love the World Cup.” He also told Stuart Varney of Fox Business, “It’s a little too convenient when we have a president who, I contend, has it in for Americans, and we elected him because we were fearful at the time — we better elect someone who’s not very patriotic because, God, we could have terrorists attack us for being Americans. OK, so, we did that.”
Ablow’s unified theory of a President Obama engaged in a battle against his own people cropped up again this week, in a Fox News Radio discussion with host John Gibson. The two were discussing the merits of banning air travel from certain spots in Africa. Ablow riffed, “His affinities, his affiliations are with them, not us. That’s what people seem unwilling to accept. He’s their leader. We don’t have a president.”
Yet more Ablow, if you can handle it: “The notion that we would make America immune or immune to the extent that we can when others are suffering, when we are a bad people, is distasteful to him. Now I don’t know if he’d be able to put words to it. . . . How can you protect a country you don’t like? Why would you?”
The guy also wrote an Oct. 9 piece on FoxNews.com titled “Ebola outbreak: Why Obama is allowing Ebolaphobia to spread,” which serves as the documentary forefather of Ablow’s spoken thoughts on the Obama-Ebola conspiracy.
According to his Fox News bio, Ablow is “board certified in adult, adolescent and forensic psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology.” It’s a credential that apparently licenses Ablow to jump inside President Obama’s head and spotlight anomalies and malfunctions. In his chat on Fox News Radio, for instance, Ablow said, “Let me speak as though I’m coming from deep inside the president’s psyche.” Then he dispensed more psychoanalysis.
To appreciate how absurd and hysterical were Ablow’s Obama-Ebola comments, consider that he received criticism from within the loyalty-valuing confines of Fox News itself. Greg Gutfeld, a dashing co-host of the excellent afternoon roundtable program “The Five,” sniped as follows on Monday’s show: “But as the leftists blame Rick Perry and the sequester, the right also blames Obama for spreading Ebola. We had somebody on this very network who said that. His name rhymes with Pablo, right? Keith Ablow. It is different sides of the same coin. We are both guilty of this and we should probably avoid blaming people for tragedy,” said Gutfeld, demonstrating how refreshing it is when sanity rebuts insanity.
Perhaps it was Ablow’s recent contract renewal that gave him the swagger to derive Ebola-related commentary from Obama’s brain. Whatever the case, the Erik Wemple Blog designates Gutfeld the Fox News Ablow Ombudsman.