PBS Science Reporter: ‘Racial’ Fox News Ebola Coverage ‘A Level of Ignorance We Should Not Allow’
Newshour science correspondent Miles O’Brien appeared on CNN’s Reliable Sources on Sunday to discuss the embarrassing and “racial” Ebola coverage on Fox News.
“We’ve heard the words ‘Ebola in America,’ a lot the past few days,” host Brian Stelter said. “It’s technically true. There is a case of Ebola here in America. But to say Ebola is here, doesn’t that sort of inflame people’s fears?”
“It borders on irresponsibility when people get on television and start talking that way when they should know better,” O’Brien said. “They should do their homework and they should report in a responsible manner.”
“Unfortunately, it’s a very competitive business, the business we’re in, and there is a perception that by hyping up this threat, you draw people’s attention,” O’Brien added. “That’s a shame to even say that and I get embarrassed for our brethren in journalism.”
“We could digress into what motivated that and perhaps the racial component of all this, the arrogance, the first world versus third world statements and implications of just that,” O’Brien said of several Fox News clips. “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.”