You know the horrific story: three teenagers in some place in Oklahoma gunned down an Australian student on a baseball scholarship “for the fun of it”. Yesterday, prosecutors charged two of the teens with first-degree murder, and the third teen was charged with being an accessory to first-degree murder. With any luck, they’ll be kept in something resembling the Château d’If, never able to see the light of day.
Commentators everywhere have been looking for an angle here to spark a new debate, and on Fox News, they have no time for such paltry things as substantiated claims. Fox News contributor Keith Ablow, during an appearance on the show to discuss the tragedy, mused that there are three real reasons for why the three teenagers killed Christopher Lane: America’s disrespect for life, Facebook, and late-term abortions:
We have people on SecondLife.com simply adopting new identities and so we have a culture that is cheapening life, real life. And if in general, if you can’t outlaw third trimester abortions in every state, then you have part of the answer to why people don’t take life that seriously [...] Facebook is the final common pathway for those people who are acting out in life and some of the people who are there are acting out their sexuality, other people are acting out how happy they are by posting all of these ridiculous pictures, where one is competing against the other to seem more content. But Facebook has become ground zero in the battle to either maintain our identities or to let them go into the web and these three became non people with no feelings for others and I wouldn’t be surprised if they were big users of Facebook and other things Internet-related.
Here’s the video:
And ThinkProgress has a good run-down of the other crazy things Ablow has said on Fox News:
Ablow, who is part of the network’s A-Team, has a long history of wild and unsubstantiated claims. He has previously said that enthusiasm of Anthony Weiner’s sexting partners can be blamed on feminists, access to contraception, and gender equality in the military, suggested that same-sex parents of transgender youth need “psychological evaluations” and charged that working moms are “anti-gender” and “despise the parts of themselves” drawn to motherhood.