Fox News Tries To Discredit CDC Doctor On Ebola Facts – Because Of Obama, Of Course (Video)

doocy-fox-newsJust 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:

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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:

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Sandy Greer

    I hope people play the video. Because in no way did he try to discredit the CDC doctor. He made it clear the doctor is well qualified to speak on the subject.

    The interview stressed the virus is not airborne. Reiterated steps being taken to alleviate spread. Both in Africa, and in this country. Discussed air travel, and how that is handled.

    The interview touched enough important points it can go a long way in allaying people’s fears.

    Better we treat our Fox Derangement Syndrome than worry about Ebola.

    • FuzzyBunnyFeet

      I have to agree with Sandy. Yes, Doocy said his daughter was freaked out and yes he asked Dr. Frieden why we should trust what he said (a question attributed to an email from a viewer), but those were very small pieces at the beginning and end of the interview respectively. At no time did Doocy try to contradict or sow doubt about what Dr. Frieden said.

      • mike46

        yes he asked Dr. Frieden why we should trust what he said
        That doesn’t sound like trying to make people doubt what he is saying?

      • Nemisis

        I felt that was the best piece of actual journalism I have seen on FoxNews in recent years. That was not exactly a compliment.

        Provided that there were indeed actual questions of the nature claimed then I feel there was no attack on credibility. If anything the framing of the questions and the allowed response is in-line with traditional journalism and necessary to reassure a population so used to being told the government is lying. I expect to see comments like “FoxNews finaly sold out, now an Obama propaganda machine.” from the t-party ilk.

    • Asher Frost

      Yeah, if anything, the blurb at the end claiming that Americans had no way to get free legal council that was being offered to illegal immigrants was far more troubling than the interview. He asked a few dumb questions, sure, but he let the Doctor speak, and actually didn’t argue with him, which for a Fox interview, is pretty special.

      • Nemisis

        Any American has the right to legal counsel regardless of the ability to pay for it or not. What is disturbing here is the usage of “Legal Advice” in place of legal counsel. They are not technically lying, as advice is not the same as counsel.
        They are deliberately disguising the issue by clouding the subject.

      • Asher Frost

        Exactly! That’s what bothered me about it. They are intentionally trying to claim, yet again, that somehow President Obama is giving special rights to illegal aliens, and what’s more, their viewers are just ignorant enough not to realize they are being blatantly lied to.

      • Steve Brains

        That IS significant. Imagine the lawsuit if FOX News discredited the CDC to the point where all the Reds ignored the precautions and a Redpublican epidemic that would WIPE OUT THE BASE broke out. Reince Preibus would have to find another place to LIE to America.

    • John M

      I’m Fox news hater. And Steve Doocy can be a complete idiot. But I have to agree, The title of this story is completely misleading. He asked some important questions and got answers. About the only thing I could complain about is his question about trusting the CDC. I’m sorry, but that’s a bit insulting.

    • Steve Brains

      4 vans of fertilizer in the basement garage of FoxStudios in NYC should do it. then the LA offices can blame Obama for an anti terrorist action. LMAO!

  • Cemetery Girl

    People are scared, and that’s going to show in some of the things people say. I had a friend say yesterday that the government also says that HIV is transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluids, but look at how much that has spread, so we shouldn’t trust what they say about Ebola. This is not a heavily political person, no distinct leanings in any direction. Normally, a very rational person, but fear will bring you to incorrect conclusions.

    • FD Brian

      the difference being is that you can transmit HIV while not having any ill effects from the virus. Ebola patients are typically sick and showing signs of sickness when they are contagious. An I’m not sure about you, but I typically don’t have sex when I’m puking blood.

      • Cemetery Girl

        Not something that I would want to do! The initial spread of HIV wasn’t helped by the fact that it wasn’t really understood. Ebola is understood. They know how to treat it (HIV there wasn’t solid treatments for a while), they know how it is spread (HIV there was years of speculation and how many years was it considered a gay or drug user disease, so you didn’t need to be cautious if you weren’t a gay man or used needles to shoot up), and that does make a difference. Realistically, we have had almost 30 years of use caution with bodily fluids, so maybe we should feel a little less panicked

  • openminded_montanan

    The rumor on the street in rural Montana is that anyone who develops a cure for Ebola will get the death penalty. Because Ebola is part of the Agenda 21 push to reduce the population. Because Obama!

  • Nemisis

    The 14th amendment upholds due process and SCOTUS has held that foreign nationals are not excluded from due process. Not only in 2004 but historically as well. That has not changed. Most likely due to a lack of funding from company persons wanting a reversal.

    Legal counsel being provided to those without means is an old practice and has been in use in the US a very long time before Obama.

  • Chip Chapin

    Amazing how panicky the Texans get about Ebola, while ignoring the 1,000’s of children of cult religions in their State who have not been vaccinated for many more easily-transmitted and lethal diseases such as polio, whooping cough, rubella, measles, small pox, cervical cancer, diphtheria, tuberculosis, typhoid, yellow fever, etc. etc

  • RoninNY

    What’s with the right wing BS video in the middle of the page implying Michelle Obama might start WW3?

  • Shane Campfield

    I’m really starting to dislike this website. It’s just as false as fox news often is. Their claim that fox tries to discredit the doctor is ridiculous. He’s asking general questions. Just stop. Stop making this political. It’s not. It’s health.

    • William Carr

      Doocy said he had “hundreds of questions”.

      Then he admitted “this is political”, and PICKED the one that questioned the honesty of the CDC doctor.

      If you think THIS site is being dishonest, maybe you missed something.

      If Doocy had so many questions waiting, why did he pick THAT one?

  • sactobob

    And of course, Ebola has broken out in which continent….Africa. The same continent where Libya is….the same continent where Benghazi is. It’s simple logic…..if you live on Bizarro World.

  • Steve Brains

    SOAP and hot water is the antidote? What about hand sanitizer cocktails?

  • tim hogan

    Republican World, where the Earth’s three moons shine all day and all the poor
    people are dead. It’s Republican World, where ideology rules the day and facts
    don’t cloud your head.” © 2012, Tim Hogan