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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.”

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  • Thom Lee

    I can’t believe us still being referred to as a first world country. Open your eyes people! We rapidly are approaching third world status except for the wealthy?

  • Robert W Crowley

    Its Fox, I don’t mean to be cruel but at this point Fox News is pure SCUM.

  • albedo

    O’Brien (of NPR) explained. “They should do their homework and they should report in a responsible manner…We could digress into what motivated (Ms. Tantaros’ statement) and perhaps the racial component of all this, the arrogance, the first world versus third world statements and implications of just that, 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.”

    Maybe Mr O’brien should do his own homework; after all, that is his job. Instead he and Mr. Stelter choose to rely on their prejudices and hatred to make a prejudiced, hateful and ignorant commentary on what Ms. Tantaros had to say.

    Mr O’brien says he and Mr Stelter do not want to digress. This translates to O’brien and Mr. Stelter won’t bother to research how Ms Tantaros came to the possibility she described. Instead, Mr. O’brien will rely on a bigoted opinion he has of Fox News in general.

    Here is an article by a member of the International Federation of the Red Cross. It is titled: Ebola, snakes and witchcraft: Stopping the deadly disease in its tracks in West Africa

    http://www.ifrc.org/en/news-and-media/news-stories/africa/sierra-leone/ebola-snakes-and-witchcraft-stopping-the-deadly-disease-in-its-tracks-in-west-africa-66215/

    Here is a quote from the article:

    “”Some believe that Ebola is caused by witchcraft.

    “One of the most widespread stories related to the Ebola outbreak is this: A woman in a village went on a journey and left at home a box, instructing her husband not to open it. The husband opens the box and finds a snake inside, which informs the husband not to reveal his presence or else the snake will kill everyone in the village. The husband does not heed the warning and spreads the word about the snake’s presence. The snake goes on a killing spree.

    Another story that has gained traction around Kenema is that of the doctors in the isolation ward administering lethal injections to people. In the eyes of villagers, this explains why people never come back from the isolation
    centre.

    “If people believe Ebola is real, we can control it. The common people, the illiterate, they only believe in what they see,” Konneh explains.””

    The article states villagers believe in witchcraft and they do not trust western doctors. Is it a stretch to think they might seek a remedy that is familiar to them? Do your homework, Mr. O’brien. Don’t be a bigot. Mr. Stelter, don’t facilitate bigots.

  • barbaralee12

    The truth hurts.