PBS science reporter Miles O’Brien slammed Fox News on Sunday for its coverage of the Ebola virus.
CNN showed a clip of Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck getting frustrated when a doctor wouldn't panic over Ebola (video below).
According to RawStory.com, during an interview on CNN, O’Brien told host Brian Stelter, “It borders on irresponsibility when people get on television and start talking that way when they should know better. 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,” said O’Brien. “That’s a shame to even say that and I get embarrassed for our brethren in journalism.”
CNN also showed a clip of Fox News host Andrea Tantaros warning that West Africans with Ebola might go to a “witch doctor” instead of a medical doctor.
“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,” O’Brien added.
Over on Fox News today, host Chris Wallace asked Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases various questions about Ebola, some of which defied reality.
Wallace asked Dr. Fauci why flights from West Africa to the United States had not been banned, reports Mediaite.com (video below).
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“Experience is that when you close off a country, you create such stress and fear, you amplify the problem,” replied Dr. Fauci.
“If you have symptoms or a fever, you will not be allowed on the plane,” added Dr. Fauci.
Wallace also asked Dr. Fauci if undocumented immigrants or terrorists might bring Ebola across the U.S.-Mexico border.
“That’s a hypothetical that’s very far-fetched," stated Dr. Fauci. "As far as terrorism, nature right now is the worst bioterrorist. I’m worried more about natural evolution in West Africa than I am about a terrorist.”
Dr. Fauci also reminded Wallace on the importance of actual science.
"We have to get our actions and our policies based on scientific testing,” Dr. Fauci explained. “It could be will see another case, but we won’t have an outbreak.”