Shep Smith of Fox News was “reporting” on Robin William’s suicide by retelling a story Williams told about his daughter Zelda. The clip starts with an inspiring scene from “Dead Poets Society” and then Smith goes into an anecdote about what gave Williams a sense of wonder. All seems well until the 1:20 mark.
In an attempt to find a reason for the suicide Smith lists the possibility that Williams was simply a “coward”. I will not go into the list of reasons as to why this is a stupid comment. If, unlike any rational being who understands depression, you think there is nothing wrong with what Shep said I want to you to look in the mirror for as long as it takes for you to find some shred of humanity.
To make matters worse Shep then goes to Kennedy (Yes, that Kennedy from MTV. Use a last name already. You aren’t Prince.) by casually mentioning how Williams used to get high with her aunt. It is pretty common knowledge that Shep Smith is an idiot but man, did he take it to another level.
Fox also used a homemade spoof video from YouTube as footage of “Mrs. Doubtfire” in their coverage but that is another story entirely.
If you, or someone you know, are dealing with depression and thoughts of suicide please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 800-273-8255.