The New Normal for Journalist? Covering a President, They Think Might have Mental Problems

March  26, 2017

Trump is now the President & throughout his campaign many say Trump has a mental problem and cannot function rationally. Bu many said in private, Trump is another person, very nice and  makes sense, although they would admit, an extremist in his views.

However, in public, Trump often comes across as “Totally Un-hinged.” His twitter activity does not help.

No where can this be seen than at a recent press briefing, where many journalists, and people who saw the press meeting, were left wondering if Trump “OK Up-There?”

Perhaps, the question comes from leading up to the press meeting, for weeks, many in the psychiatric community have been out-spoken, and pointing out that Trump suffers mental illness.

But how do journalists cover a powerful person they think might have some problems up-there, meaning some mental problems? The answer may be in considering harm and limitations.

During the normal course of an assignment a reporter might go about—gathering facts and details, conducting interviews, doing research, background checks, taking photos, video taping, recording sound—harm limitation deals with the questions of whether everything learned should be reported and, if so, how. This principle of limitation means that some weight needs to be given to the negative consequences of full disclosure, creating a practical and ethical dilemma. The Society of Professional Journalists‘ code of ethics offers the following advice, which is representative of the practical ideals of most professional journalists. Quoting directly:[3]

  • Show compassion for those who may be affected adversely by news coverage. Use special sensitivity when dealing with children and inexperienced sources or subjects.
  • Be sensitive when seeking or using interviews or photographs of those affected by tragedy or grief.
  • Recognize that gathering and reporting information may cause harm or discomfort. Pursuit of the news is not a license for arrogance.
  • Recognize that private people have a greater right to control information about themselves than do public officials and others who seek power, influence or attention. Only an overriding public need can justify intrusion into anyone’s privacy.
  • Show good taste. Avoid pandering to lurid curiosity.
  • Be cautious about identifying juvenile suspects or victims of sex crimes.
  • Be judicious about naming criminal suspects before the formal filing of charges.
  • Balance a criminal suspect’s fair trial rights with the public’s right to be informed.


This is a critical issue, because apart from functioning as a President, with good mental health condition, is important to other work of the White House, but also because of the issue of nuclear weapons and war, with many for over a year now, been stressing that Trump should not be allowed close to the nuclear weapons codes.

To the question, does Trump have a mental problem?

Who knows, if Trump has mental problems, but meanwhile House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that she would eagerly back legislation requiring President Donald Trump to take a mental exam, reports Huffington Post (source).

The Huffington Post also said:

“A version of the idea was first put forward by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He told the Washington Post editorial board last week he wasn’t “talking about some of the rhetoric that’s flying around” about Trump, but, “If you’re going to have your hands on the nuclear codes, you should probably know what kind of mental state you’re in.”

Pelosi echoed that thought at her press briefing on Thursday. “I can’t wait until he introduces that legislation, to be able to join him as co-sponsor of that,” she said. “I think it’s a very good idea.””

Steadfast opponents of Trump have been citing his mental health even before the election as a reason to remove him from office.

The 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution stipulates that a president may be removed by a two-thirds vote of Congress if members of the executive branch determine he is unable to discharge his duties. That particular section of the amendment has never been deployed to depose a president, though when Howard Baker Jr. became President Ronald Reagan’s chief of staff, he was warned that he may need to invoke it, given Reagan’s deteriorating condition. Baker determined it was ultimately unnecessary, and that Reagan was fit to serve out his term.”



The following are some news on Trump mental situation



1) Psychologist Analyzes Donald Trump’s Personality – The Atlantic (source)

2) ‘Could there be something … neurologically wrong’ with Donald Trump? (source)

3) Margaret Trudeau Analyzes Donald Trump’s Mental Health (source)

4) Mika Brzezinski Thinks Donald Trump Has Serious Mental Health Issues (source)

5) Joy Behar Says Trump Has ‘Mental Illness’ – ‘Not Right in the Head …(source)

6) Trump’s Mental State Is Becoming a Campaign Talking Point – NBC (source)

7) Is Donald Trump Actually a Narcissist? Therapists Weigh In! | Vanity Fair (source)

8) Donald Trump’s Mental State Explained – Daily Kos (source)

9) Is Donald Trump OK? Erratic behaviour raises mental health questions (source)

10) What’s wrong with Donald Trump? – Chicago Tribune (source)


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