There is no greater example of the national press absolutely dropping the ball on coverage of a story than the current Ebola panic of 2014.
Keep in mind, the number one strategy of the Republican Party is to drive down turnout. And the most efficient way to drive down turnout is to make people afraid of the future and distrustful of their government. Republicans don’t care about their base; they know those wackos will turn out in large numbers, no matter what they do or don’t do. They want to keep non-Republicans from showing up at the polls in any great numbers. That’s why Ebola seem so scary, even though there have been fewer than a half-dozen cases and only one death in a country of 310 million people.
But modern-day journalists don’t do their job. Perhaps unwittingly, they actually assist the Republican Party in dispensing their fear mongering and making people think their government is too incompetent to protect them, even though in this case that’s exactly what they did. Here are the facts. A man went to a private hospital for treatment, was diagnosed with Ebola and was allowed to potentially affect a couple dozen other people. A private hospital. it was and then Obamacare hospital, as I heard it described at least once. It was a private for-profit hospital. once the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was notified, the disease was contained. Well, except for once, when a licensed medical professional who works for NBC News left quarantine to go get soup, and then proceeded to blame it on her “crew.” But I might remind the folks in the media that Nancy Snyderman also does not work for the government, and does not work for the Obama administration.
I will talk about some of the complaints that I’ve heard about the Obama administration’s handling of the Ebola “crisis” for a minute. Let’s take them one by one, shall we?
Obama waited too long to address the Ebola crisis.
This is just complete and utter bullshit. The Obama administration has been working with the World Health Organization for years to try to anticipate and limit any potential Ebola outbreaks. They have been working since March of this year to try to limit the possibility of Ebola cases migrating to the United States, and they have largely been successful. In fact, there have been no new cases of Ebola in this country since the CDC took over and implemented procedures to limit exposure to the virus. That does not mean there won’t be any more cases from now on, forever and ever. It means that, when a case of Ebola comes into the United States, they have the means and the ability to limit exposure and keep the number of cases to a minimum. That is, after all, the government’s job; to keep us as safe as possible.
I also find it quite ironic that Republicans are complaining so mightily about the allegedly “slow response” from the Obama administration. I seem to remember a real health crisis back in the 1980s that involved a similar kind of illness, that can only be transmitted via very close personal contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids. In that case, the president was Saint Ronald Reagan, and the illness was AIDS. For nearly 4 years, the American people begged and pleaded with the Reagan Administration to take this seriously, but it took almost 21,000 deaths and one special young boy named Ryan White, who was inflicted with this virus through blood transfusion, before the Saint Reagan administration would even begin to take it seriously.
I would also point out that a mere nine years ago, another Republican President, George W Bush, was confronted with a crisis that affected thousands of people who live along the Gulf Coast, and he proceeded to finish his vacation and attend a fundraiser before even addressing the crisis caused by Hurricane Katrina. And when he did address it, he didn’t really. Before Obama replaced him little over three years later, very little was done to rebuild most of the areas of Louisiana that were heavily hit. His response was so bad, he had to provide his own electricity in order to stage a news conference to brag about all of the progress he claimed to have made.
Obama Should Be Alleviating Americans’ Fear, Yet America is in a Panic.
Here’s the funny part. It’s not the President’s job to quell fear, nor is it the CDC director’s job. It’s the job of the press. If the press is telling the truth about Ebola, and relaying what the government is saying about it, then there should be no panic, because there really is nothing to worry about. Unless someone has Ebola and is showing symptoms, and proceeds to blow blood, snot or shit on you, you might have a problem. But, after 40 years of study, science has determined that Ebola is not airborne. That means, you can’t get it from a sneeze; you can only get it from coming in contact with the bodily fluids of someone who was recently in West Africa and contracted it.
Here’s a challenge for all of you right wingers out there. I want you to look through every statement Obama or someone in his administration has made about Ebola, and show me one that does not seek to comfort people or alleviate their panic. Just one.
Now, here’s the irony. I was living in Baltimore and working between home and an office in Washington DC after September 11, 2001. For weeks afterward, military people were stationed at most DC Metro stops, armed with M-16’s. For months afterward, there were armed security people wandering around Washington DC with assault rifles. if you drove along the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, there were several places, including the NSA headquarters near Fort Meade, that were being patrolled by military people with assault rifles. For several years, uniformed Secret Service officers were stationed at strategic points around the White House and the Capitol, stopping every truck that came anywhere near those areas, and setting up checkpoints in other areas. If you really want to talk about an administration seeking to keep the populace fearful, you’ll do better talking about the last administration, not this one.
Obama Chose an Ebola Czar who is not a Doctor
First, the Republicans demanded that Obama appoint an Ebola czar to handle a response to the fake Ebola “crisis.” Of course, as soon as he appointed one, the same idiots complained (as anyone could have predicted) because the person he chose is an extremely good administrator (he was Chief of Staff for both VP Gore and VP Biden), but he doesn’t have a medical degree. Look at this one from one of Fox news biggest tools;
President Obama makes another dumb move, appoints a political hack to be Ebola Czar. He is tone deaf. We need a leader not a politician Dumb
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) October 17, 2014
The first problem everyone should have with this is, if the Ebola czar is not actually going to treat anyone, why would he have to be a doctor? If he’s like anyone in the medical profession, is more like an administrator, and a large number of hospitals, if not most, have administrators who are not doctors. All the Ebola czar will have to do is to make sure that everyone who has to deal with Ebola is properly trained to deal with it. It doesn’t require a medical degree to be able to take the recommendations of many experts (most of whom will have medical degrees) and put together a comprehensive package of procedures and strategies for preventing the spread of Ebola within the United States. In fact, a case could be made that one expert directing the efforts of dozens of other experts is simply a bad idea. Doctors do one thing; hospital administrators do something else.
However, there’s more irony to this complaint than meets the eye. First of all, there’s the fact that Republicans have blocked this administration’s nomination for Surgeon General. That Surgeon General actually would be a doctor with a medical degree, if we had one. But that level of irony pales in comparison to the fact that, when the previous president, George W. Bush, dominated a bird flu czar, guess what he didn’t have? If you said, “a medical background,” you win the kewpie doll.
in 2004, Bush nominated Stewart Simonson as an assistant secretary of health and human services for public health emergency preparedness, or popularly known as a bird flu czar. He had no medical experience and has never worked in the public health arena. He was actually a general counsel for Amtrak, and he was a Republican politician. I do a thorough search to find out what Geraldo Rivera thought of him at the time, and I can find nothing, so we can assume that either wasn’t working at the time, or he didn’t care about who the bird flu czar was.
Obama Should Put in a Travel Ban from West Africa
This is, without a doubt, the stupidest idea to come from an ideology that is famous for its stupid ideas. and yet, I think the only person at Fox News who has not suggested such a stupid idea is Shepard Smith.
The problems with the travel ban are numerous. The most obvious problem is, medical personnel from the United States are trying to contain the epidemic within those countries that have been hardest hit, and a travel ban would make their efforts exceedingly difficult. Also, preventing people from those countries from traveling to the US could push them underground and lead them to lie about their travel history, or simply travel from a different country than where they’re from. This could lead to people who have not been screened coming into the United States in greater numbers.
The irony contained in this complaint? During the Bush Administration, they considered a travel ban to stem the tide of the H5N1 Avian flu, and rejected the concept for exactly the same reasons the Obama administration rejects it. Exactly. The. Same. Reasons. (Source)
All of the panic over Ebola is 100% political, with an able assist from a news media that is too lazy to do even the least bit of research into what they’re about to say and the truthfulness of it. The Obama administration is doing nothing wrong when it comes to the Ebola virus. if the government is doing anything wrong, place the blame on Republicans, who have cut within $600 million from the CDC’s budget at a time when they knew that an Ebola epidemic was breaking out throughout Africa, and would probably end up here at some point. What voters need to know in less than two weeks is that cutting costs has a price. Republicans seem to think that they can have a perfect healthcare system and not have to pay for any of it. We all know that’s just not true.
If you’re worried about Ebola, you have to vote 100% Democrat on November 4. We need to get rid of the radicals in order to protect our health.