Just after I heard the news about the first case of Ebola being diagnosed in the United States (in Dallas, a few short miles from where I live), I sent out a tweet mocking the fact that I knew Fox News would find some way(s) to make this about President Obama:
Because, as most of us know, Fox News and Republicans will find any way to try to link anything negative to the president. Just wait, someone is going to find a way to link Ebola with Benghazi.
You know it’s coming.
Well, Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy decided it was time to bring President Obama into the “Ebola discussion” (though he didn’t blame the president for it as I had “predicted”) by doubting the facts about the disease being presented by CDC Director Dr. Tim Frieden. Because, you see, since President Obama has misled Americans about “a lot of things” – that makes Dr. Frieden less credible since the CDC is part of the government.
“I know you say the public does not need to worry about it,” Doocy said. “But I’ve got to tell you something, my daughter works in the building directly across the street from the hospital, and I talked to her last night. She’s a little freaked out.”
So, because his daughter is “freaked out” about an Ebola patient being quarantined in the hospital right across the street, that matters… how? Irrational fear doesn’t negate scientific facts about how Ebola is spread.
Now, I’m not saying that people can’t have general concerns about Ebola here in the United States. But to be “afraid” because you’re working across the street from the hospital where someone has the disease is illogical. Ebola spreads through direct contact. It’s not going to magically jump out of the quarantine zone, fly across the street and infect her.
A fact Dr. Frieden reiterated.
“Let’s go back and look at the plain truth of how Ebola spreads, it only spreads through someone who’s sick,” he explained. “And only spreads from direct contact with the person or their body fluids.”
But as we all know facts really don’t matter to Fox News, so Doocy continued to relay doubt about the scientific facts, apparently because the CDC is “part of the administration.”
While talking about questions Fox News viewers had sent in, Doocy said, “They feel that the administration has misled a lot of people on a lot of things, why should we believe you when you’re telling us this stuff?”
I know why – because it’s a medical doctor explaining the unbiased scientific medical facts about how Ebola is transmitted.
President Obama literally has nothing to do with this.
Now, is there an argument to be made that it’s a bit foolish to allow people flying in from west Africa into the United States? I think so. At least not without some kind of required quarantine or process to find out with absolute certainty whether or not they have Ebola.
But the fact that Doocy was trying to discredit a medical doctor’s advice because of the Obama administration is absolutely absurd. The way Ebola is transmitted isn’t some “liberal conspiracy.” This doctor is simply stating basic facts about how Ebola is spread from one person to another.
Is there a risk that the man in Dallas could have spread it to someone else? Yes. But as Dr. Frieden said, it’s not easily transmitted. The reason why it’s spreading so badly in Africa is due to the horrific living conditions many people endure over there.
Because here’s a “fun fact”: The Ebola virus can be killed with soap and hot water. Two things that aren’t exactly prevalent in west Africa, which is a big reason why this disease has spread so easily there. Luckily, here in the United States, we don’t have that problem.
But like always, Fox News has no problem ignoring facts when it comes to attacking President Obama.
Watch the segment below via Fox News: