Ebola is not the threat all media outlets are running with. It's a distraction, the latest sensation.
No matter how many times people are asked to calm down about the Ebola outbreak, American hysteria continues to reign supreme. Speaking to people about it has become next to impossible, as wild mis-truths and outright insanity now permeates any and all conversation about the disease.
This site has spoken directly to this issue before it became so ridiculous, and what was said then holds true today. Ebola is still only infectious when symptoms become apparent. The virus still travels only through contact with bodily fluids. It is not independently airborne. If you have not come in contact with an infected person’s blood, excretions, urine, saliva, or sweat, you do not have Ebola.
Many right wingers, of course, are just choosing to spread fear and hysteria. Why not, it’s all they’ve been doing these last few years. For examples, see Benghazi, an attack on us, not an attack by us, and the ACA. Sorry, GOP, Obamacare is working.
As they’ve no platform left to run with, and with the Mid-terms upon us, Republicans were pushing the ISIS terrorist threat, although that can blow up in their faces (no pun intended) when it’s pointed out that Bush’s ill-thought out Iraq War and subsequent conservative policies were directly complicit in the formation of this extremist faction. That will be a tricky debate for them to win.
So what are fear-mongers like Lindsey Graham and John McCain to do? Ebola! Never mind that there is an actual mystery epidemic threatening children in this country, one with a greater death toll to boot. Not to mention gun violence kills Americans daily, but hey, that’s life apparently, and we can’t do anything about that.
The media has been pounding the Ebola drum non-stop, fanning the flames of ignorant hysteria. The disease became so prevalent, and held such dominance over the headlines, that the voice of reason finally had to come from Fox News, of all places.
Folks, when Shepard Smith, the man who called Robin Williams’ death “cowardly,” has to be the one to tell everybody to calm down, you know we’ve been acting like complete idiots.
Anyway. For there to be an Ebola outbreak, a number of conditions need to be in play. You need an uniformed populace, unprepared healthcare workers, and incompetent local government.
Oh, hello there, Texas, we were just talking about you.
When the story finally grew big that a series of mistakes happened in that now-famous Texas hospital, it was Thursday, October 16. If you need a perfect illustration of how idiotic the media looked that day, simply visit the Facebook page of the New York Daily News.
The Front Page of the right-leaning News that day featured Obama, implying the President was to blame for the “Ebola Crisis.” Naturally, this was posted first thing in the morning. As the day progressed and the story of the obvious culprit, that Texas hospital, became bigger and bigger, the News abruptly changed gears and went full bore on blaming Texas as well. While they were still running a front page screaming blame at the POTUS.
The comments from other followers of the Daily News were even more ridiculous. In one thread alone, several insane conspiracy theories got forwarded, including FEMA death camps, JFK, and the Second Coming from the Revelations crowd.
All of those commentators together formed the Internet version of panicked sheep facing the wrong way in their pen. All they need to do is turn around and see the way out, but they long ago gave into to mindless mob mentality, screaming at each other and hearing nothing. Communicating with them is impossible.
Here’s the simple reason why Ebola is a threat, no matter how remote or unlikely: ignorance.
Here’s how that ignorance became prevalent in Texas:
1) Republican cuts to the CDC resulted in important information regarding handling Ebola getting suppressed and/or ignored. No, Obama is not clear of complicity in this, as he buckled to the GOP’s austerity demands on the CDC. He even tried to appease Republicans with proposed CDC cuts.
But make no mistake, this was a conservative drive far more than a progressive one.
2) Texas Republicans clamped down on Medicaid, refused ACA expansion, and slashed education to boot, forwarding a greater prevalence of ignorance in that state, especially in regards to exotic diseases.
3) Because of his stance that guns are a health hazard because, well, they are, the NRA ordered its pet Republicans to block the nomination of the Surgeon General. That meant that there wasn’t someone to take charge as the overwhelmed CDC and ill-prepared Texas healthcare workers were both caught flat-footed.
In other words, Texans have allowed themselves to be led by the arrogant and willingly ignorant, and they’re reaping what they’ve sown.
This is what happens when you listen to the “No more gubmint, Benghazi Benghazi BENGHAZI” pundits, instead of paying attention to real stories. And the media is complicit in all of this.
There are many people in Texas that must know better. Rational people can see this issue was brought down on their heads by conservative policies. Texas has slashed regulations which has led to factory explosions and oil spills. Now their shortsighted calls on healthcare have exposed how weakly prepared they are should an outbreak actually become a viable threat to the populace.
Oh and how’s that drought coming along, Texas? Still relying on prayer alone to fix that? Hmm, maybe the Ebola story is a blessing in disguise for the Lone Star State. Connecting any dots here yet, people?
Ebola is not the threat all media outlets are running with. It’s a distraction, the latest sensation. It’s nothing but damn click bait.
Please. Calm down everyone. Now go vote. Do something about this. Or, let hysterical fear-mongering zealots have their way.
It’s your choice.