The PJ Tatler

On Jesse Jackson Jr.'s 'Mood Disorder'

Wednesday NBC reported that Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. had gone missing for weeks because he was being treated for alcoholism and addiction.

His staff countered: No, he’s being treated for a “mood disorder.” Which is…

According to Mental Health America, formerly known as the National Mental Health Association, there are four basic forms of mood disorders, including “major depression, cyclothymia (a mild form of bipolar disorder), SAD (seasonal affective disorder) and mania (euphoric, hyperactive, overinflated ego, unrealistic optimism).”

Obviously the first can lead to addiction, as can the third.

But there’s a fifth possibility that shouldn’t be discounted: He wasn’t in the mood to face off against a congressional ethics probe and Mrs. Jesse Jackson Jr. at the same time.

At any rate, let’s all thank CNN for stepping up to the hard news plate by lionizing the junior Jackson as a man “shaped by history.” Who, pray tell CNN, isn’t “shaped by history?” Or to turn the network’s hagiography around, was junior shaped by senior’s history of coattail surfing, race-baiting, philandering and shameless shakedowns?