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CBS’ Katie Couric Explores Mental Illness in Response to the Tucson, Ariz. Tragedy

In a special report on the “CBS Evening News” tonight, Katie Couric — joined by CBS News Medical Correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook — explores the stigma, lack of insight, and denial associated with mental illness in response to Jared Loughner‘s alleged violent actions in Tucson, Ariz. this past weekend.

Couric tells TVNewser, “While we don’t know the full extent of his mental health history, or what motivated Jared Loughner to allegedly commit these crimes, this has put a spotlight once again on mental health issues in our country.” Couric says health care in this country is partly to blame. “The U.S. health system still fails to help at least half of people with serious mental illness. Ironically a system was in place in Arizona, but very few people were aware of it,” Couric tells us.

The report is part of Evening News’ ongoing “In Focus” series.

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Charles Krauthammer’s Verdict on Tucson, Ariz. Media Response

The Washington Post columnist and Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer broke down the recent media frenzie over Saturday’s violence in Tucson, Ariz. into two points in his column today:

1) “The charge: The Tucson massacre is a consequence of the ‘climate of hate’ created by” Glenn Beck and other media figures.

2) “The verdict:” that the media jumped to “unheard of conclusions there were “reckless, so scurrilous and so unsupported by evidence.”

Jared Loughner‘s motivations are still being looked into. But preliminary findings show that — as Krauthhammer wrote — there is “no evidence that Loughner was impelled to violence by any of those upon whom Paul Krugman, Keith Olbermann, the New York Times, the Tucson sheriff and other rabid partisans are fixated.”

The New York Times’ op-ed columnist, David Brooks, wrote a similar piece today titled “The Politicized Mind,” which also called out those who tried to make Loughner’s motives political.