Ebola Hysteria Ratings Ploy?

In the midst of the international ebola panic, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith reminds us all to review the facts, not the agendas set forth by the “irresponsible” media in his Oct 15 segment of Shepard Smith Reporting.

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shep1Since the Oct 8 death of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first patient in America to be diagnosed with ebola, the panic seems to have sky rocketed. Though it is widely known and accepted that the main source of the virus lies in West Africa, Americans are living in fear that the virus will, and has, spread.

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Unfortunately, the media have not helped in calming the public. If the panic surrounding ebola is spreading like wildfire, “notable” news outlets are the ones holding the matches.

Fox News is not exactly known for its reasonable approach to top stories. Criticized for leaning too far to the right, many viewers disregard coverage produced by the network.

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Smith’s reaction to the “ebola crisis” and the race for ratings among competing news entities may change that negative image.

Parodies have even been made to express the anxiety-ridden coverage presented by some news outlets, such as this article in The New Yorker that claims CNN should change its slogan to “Holy Crap, We’re All Gonna Die.”

Instead of pulling children out of school and fearing all symptoms, Smith suggests simply looking at the facts to date.

“We do not have an outbreak of ebola in the United States,” Smith said on his program Shepard Smith Reporting. “Nowhere. We do have two healthcare workers who contracted the disease from a dying man. They are isolated. There is no information to suggest that the virus has spread to anyone in the general population America.”

What do you think about Smith’s take on the how the media has handled the ebola panic? Will trust be restored in Fox News by not feeding into competing media outlet’s “run for your life” tactic?

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