FOX News Ebola Fear Mongering So Ridiculous PBS Science Correspondent Calls Them Out (VIDEO)

Published On October 6, 2014 | By Bob Rowen |

Since the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa became news, that bastion of tabloid sensationalist hyperbole, Fox News, has seized upon it as a perfect opportunity for their favorite pastime (after bashing the President) – fear mongering.

It hit its peak last month when an actual patient with the disease arrived in the US and has not ebbed since. Now PBS Science correspondent for Newshour, Miles O’Brien has called them out for it.

O’Brien went on CNN’s Reliable Sources and talked about the hysteria.

“It borders on irresponsibility when people get on television and start talking that way when they should know better,” O’Brien explained. “They should do their homework and they should report in a responsible manner… It’s offensive on several levels and it reflects, frankly, a level of ignorance which we should not allow in our media and in our discourse…”

The misinformation and fear mongering that has always been a mainstay of the Fox News model hit its peak when an actual patient with the disease arrived in the US last week.

While journalists in other outlets, both video and print rightfully reported on concern for this horrific disease,  FOX News took the opportunity to ramp up their hysteria with headlines like, “Report: Hundreds OF Immigrants From Ebola Outbreak Nations Caught Along US Border” and “Could Ebola Become Bioterrorist Threat?”

This last was quickly dismissed by experts in the medical field. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases said on Sunday,

“I wouldn’t be worrying about illegal immigrants coming from southern borders when we have an issue right now with Ebola in West Africa. That’s a hypothetical that’s very far-fetched.”

When such reportage, (I hesitate to call it yellow journalism simply because that might suggest Fox News personnel were journalists) gets this extreme, it becomes hard for even the satirists to exceed, but Stephen Colbert found a way.

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A lifelong politics junkie with particular interests in privatization and other business and labor issues like minimum wage and immigration.Robert Rowen is also a writer of fiction.His first novel is called The Ballad of Llewellynn.

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