My wife got up this morning asking whether I knew about the march in New York over the weekend. “No,” I said, I did not, even though I read everything I can get my hands on and watch a broad variety of tv news programs, both foreign and domestic.
The march, according to my wife’s network of progressive to moderate Facebook friends, took place on Saturday. More than one-hundred psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health professionals were marching to call attention to their concern about the mental health of Donald J. Trump. This was, to the best of my knowledge, a historical first for the United States, and maybe the world. This alone, makes the event not just newsworthy, but highly newsworthy.
We’re not talking about some goofy leftover Hippies here, or twenty-first century saboteurs throwing stink bombs and spraying graffiti. No, these were educated and credentialed mental health professionals. Presumably some of the best minds our society has produced.
I’m sure someone must have done some reporting on it, although I recall scanning the papers over the weekend and turning on the network news Saturday night, only to find it had been bumped by football. A nation and its networks must have priorities, and we do love our football, don’t we? And all those lovely advertising dollars? So what’s a little news, more or less? Or an informed public?
A group of twenty-seven mental health professionals, presumably some of the same psychiatrists and psychologists that were marching in New York on Saturday, have also written a book entitled, “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump.” If you missed the march, you can always read the book. Chances are you didn’t hear about it on the network news. They also have a “Duty To Warn” website. You probably won’t hear about that on the news, either.