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EBOLA, OBAMA, JOURNALISM & SENSATIONALISM

Posted in CAVALOR EPTHITH EDITORIALS, EBOLA OUTBREAK 2014 with tags , , , , , on 06/08/2014 by Cavalor Epthith, Esquire, D.S.V.J

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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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