Today Oprah (http://www.oprah.com/media/20090828-tows-schizophrenic-girl-oprah) did a Typically Sad Powder Puff Show on Childhood Schizophrenia featuring Jani Schofield a supposed 7 year old Schizophrenic; who's Father Michael admitted to being a blatant abuser on his blog: http://www.januaryfirst.org/
From his blog are the following quotes:
"I have had to recall a memory of once trying to throw Susan out of our moving car because I was so angry."
"Jani saw some of my violent rages. She has seen me hit her mother and her mother hit me back.
"I could feel the anger building inside of me, but be unable to stop it. Even during my most violent rages, a small voice inside my head would be telling me "You are going to regret this, Michael." I could see the fear in Jani's eyes. I could see in the pain and anguish in Susan's eyes. But I could not stop. It was a bizarre experience. I was rational, yet not in control of my emotions. There was so much rage in me that I wanted to hurt. Because I was hurt. And I wanted the world to feel my pain.
"I suspect that this is also what serial killers experience. The only difference between them and me is I eventually listen to that voice telling me what I was doing was wrong."
"Five year olds are still desperate for parental approval.
Yes, kids have temper tantrums. But Jani would dig her nails into my skin and pull...leaving a bloody track down my arm or face. She would grin while she did this, a demonic grin that would have scared me had I had time to really think about it. But I didn't.
We tried everything. Positive reinforcement. Negative reinforcement. Hitting her back (I won't tell you how many people told us that all she needed was a good beating). We took all her toys away. We gave her toys away. We tried starving her. We did EVERYTHING we could to try and break her. Nothing worked.
Even then, it did not occur to us that our daughter was mentally ill. Now I wonder who was really delusional. Susan and I held fast to our belief that Jani was just a misunderstood genius.
Then Bodhi was born.
The violence became so bad that at times Susan and I both lost it and hit Jani as hard as we could. We hit in impotent rage.
We got a referral to a psychiatrist.
Two months later, Janni was hospitalized for the first of what has since been four times, but in truth will be many more times."
"Today, Jani is no longer a brat. Today, Jani is schizophrenic."
--------------------------------------------Oprah's research team obviously knew about the reported and admitted abuse; while choosing to ignore these facts for this show.
Of course I'm not surprised in the least by this kind of Tabloid Propaganda. Oprah has Pharmaceutical Company Ads running at the top of her site, uses a "NAMI" sponsored Doctor for her question-n-answer dog and pony show ( It's Not Breaking News that "NAMI" is just the paid Propaganda Pimp for Big Pharma), and did some great promoting of the parents new status as spokesperson profiteers for the New and Improved "Child-Hood Mental Illness Drugging Paradigm".
So what we got was another LA Times Bedtime Story sort of show, which didn't want the whole truth told, the real facts being shared, or all the information out there so "Joe" or "Jane" Public could make a balanced informed opinion on this topic.
Well, this must be a daddy "sociopath's" dream come true, as the accolades and attention abound. You have to wonder when the huge book deal will be stamped, and the movie will go into production. You must have also been thinking to yourself as you watched this piece of propaganda garbage on "Oprah"; where can you go to sign up as a fan club member and give away my hard earned cash?
I gather this is what our society has come down too after all is said and done in these times of no direction, lack of moral compass, or any basic social standards! We reward the worst kinds of people, behaviors, and crimes because it sells TV Shows, News, Products, and Influence.
The News/Tabloid Business must be beaming with pride as they lay their heads with absolutely no conscience against that soft pillow tonight.
Oct 18, 2009 Open Letter to Oprah @ Different Thoughts Blog
Investigative reporter, Philip Dawdy live blogs the Oprah TV program here at his mental health news blog, Furious Seasons.
Different Thoughts blog had also written about Jani
soulful sepulcher blog also writes about Jani.
LA Times reporter defends child abuse in email exchange
Stan, discovered the father's blog