Ebola: A Symptom of Our Morbidly Diseased Media and Politics
On October 25, the BBC reported that, according to the World Health Organization’s best estimates, there were over 10,000 Ebola cases in West Africa. At least 4,922 people had died from the disease, with all but 27 of those deaths occurring in three countries: Liberia, with 2,705 deaths; Sierra Leone, with 1,281 deaths; and Guinea, with 926 deaths.
At that point, there had been fewer than ten cases of Ebola in the United States, and just a single death. More significantly, all of the cases in the U.S. had involved health care workers who had volunteered to fight the epidemic in the most affected West African countries or who had cared for one traveler from West Africa who became the only U.S. fatality.
Yet the following headlines appeared in the Far Right media:
“Ben Carson Warns of Ebola Bio-Terror,” Newsmax.
“Ebola Can Be Weaponized,” Newsmax.
“[Michael] Savage: ‘They…
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