EBOLA, OBAMA, JOURNALISM & SENSATIONALISM


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In the past few months an outbreak of the Ebola virus has struck the West African nations of Liberia, Guinea, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. The total number of laboratory confirmed cases of this disease as of today is 340 in Guinea, 129 in Liberia, 540 in Sierra Leone and 0 in Nigeria. Two laboratory confirmed cases in America medical workers in Liberia has resulted in their transfer to Emory Hospital in Atlanta for continued treatment in an isolation ward designed for this purpose.

The previous paragraph is rooted in fact and definitely has nothing to do with the rough and tumble of partisan politics in the United States of America. The United States is a nation where many noted conservatives engaged in print, radio, digital and broadcast media earn their living by reinforcing the fears in the minds of their ideological fellow travelers that every domestic and foreign ill has at its roots President Barack Hussein Obama. A case in point is the article written by Warner Todd Huston at Breitbart stating the government of the United States, i.e. President Obama, is covering up the number of people being tested for the Ebola virus who have returned to the United States from travels to the affected region.

What Huston has done in his article is the opposite of journalism; it is propaganda. His attack on the government is outshone by the herculean effort on the part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases [USAMRIID], the United States Department of State and Emory University Hospital Atlanta to save two threatened lives. Sadly, others have jumped on the conspiracy theory bandwagon in the odious hope of scoring political points against President Obama. Zero Hedge, a relative newcomer to the conservative blogosphere, reposts an article from the curiously named The Economic Collapse Blog written by Michael Snyder on 3 August 2014. Snyder’s article is an example of the worst of what the Internet has to offer. His article is peppered with minor facts, inconsistencies and outright falsehoods all designed to sensationalize a serious public health matter that is being handled effectively by the CDC and local public health services.

This article has now become the mantra for conservative pundits like Paul Craig Roberts who has linked to the 25 things list and includes, “All it takes is one cough, one sneeze, one drop of saliva, and the virus is loose in one of the main transportation centers of the US.” In fact, no nation on Terra is better prepared, by way of experimental drugs, medical services management, screening proceudures and effective quarantines than the United States of America. This despite the freedom of movement both desired and enjoyed by its citizens.

I cannot overstate my disdain for this manner of disease reporting. Will my writers be covering this outbreak? Of course they will. But The Dis Brimstone Daily Pitchfork refuses to sensationalize this story regardless the fury of the headwind of political grandstanding and conspiracy theorizing from the Right. For the record we here will not hide facts, obfuscate the Truth or tell blatant lies to gain hits, ingratiate ourselves to our peers in journalism or stoke the fires of fear in the hearts of the Human Beings of Terra.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Cavalor Epþiþ, Esquire, O.B.R.E., CS, O.D.A.J.[1er], O.Q.H.[Journ.], D.S.V.J., J.F.
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7 Responses to “EBOLA, OBAMA, JOURNALISM & SENSATIONALISM”

  1. Hezekiah Love Says:

    Thumbs up.

  2. What was the premise of the Kevin Bacon movie 6 Degrees of Separation? These lunatics would link tide movements to Obama. As a whole, they lack the character to even be honest. They couch their hysterical accusations in words like patriotism, the “real” America and getting our country back. Gee. I didn’t know it was stolen or missing, did you all? They should just come out and admit that they can’t tolerate a changing culture and society and the fact that a black guy is President. They hate. Period. And there is nothing they can do about it, but what they are doing is alienating the very groups they need. Women, Hispanics, millennial’s etc. Bill Maher said it best
    “…Bill Maher not only got a laugh out of Republican flip-flopping during President Barack Obama’s administration on Friday, but he shared a new word for it with his Real Time panelists.

    “It should be in the dictionary: ‘Black-track,’” Maher explained, defining it as, “The act of changing one’s mind because President Obama has agreed with you. See also: ‘Pulling a one-hatey,’ or the ‘Kenyan boomerang.’”

    Chris Mathews had a great idea. Obama should sue congress. As Leon on Curb said

    • All of this has become truly distressing. An inept Congress driven by a House filled with members of a party that has to cater to the lowest common denominator among its voters. There is not enough room in the GOP to allow for agreement with the President and there never will be. This Mitch is the unraveling of the Southern Strategy due to for lack of a better analogy a Black Swan event in American politics and the conservatives are willing to go to any length as has been seen in the recent past to punish America for this unraveling.

  3. Yeah. Well. So? I know that. You know that. And even Lee Atwater and Tricky Dick in hell know that. Alies hasn’t died yet but when he does…. great googly moogly! As a customer of mine once said eons ago “Is tired of getting fucked! The dick comes out right now!”

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