PBS Science Reporter Slams Fox News For Their Ignorant And Scary Coverage Of Ebola (VIDEO)

Republicans and Fox News have been fear mongering about Ebola for months now. Both floated the deadly virus as an argument against granting sanctuary to thousands of child refugees escaping violence and certain death in Central America. Both have also attempted to scare Americans by claiming that ISIS could use Ebola in a biological attack against our nation. And now that one man in Texas is being treated for the virus, the GOP and its propaganda machine have shifted into overdrive to ramp up the fear.

But on Sunday, CNN host Brian Stetler restored some sanity to how Ebola is being covered by interviewing PBS science correspondent Miles O’Brien, who thoroughly blasted Fox for needlessly frightening the public about the dangers of Ebola to Americans and for being ignorant about the virus in the first place.

STETLER: We’ve heard the words ‘Ebola in America,’ a lot the past few days. It’s technically true. There is a case of Ebola here in America. But to say Ebola is here, doesn’t that sort of inflame people’s fears?

O’BRIEN: I wish everybody could take a deep breath and take a break from trying to pull viewers in by scaring them. And that’s what we’re seeing here. 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. That’s a shame to even say that and I get embarrassed for our brethren in journalism.

Stetler then played a clip of Fox host Andrea Tantaros saying that Africans will seek treatment from a witch-doctor instead of help from an actual doctor. Once again, O’Brien slammed Fox for being offensive and completely ignorant about what they are talking about.

O’BRIEN: Well, we could digress into what motivated that, and perhaps the racial component of all this, the arrogance, the first world verses third world statements and implications. It’s offensive on several levels. And it reflects a level of ignorance, which we should not allow in our media and in our discourse.

Here’s the video via Media Matters:

It’s about time health and science experts chimed in on this issue. Earlier today, a health expert with the National Institute of Health completely dismissed Fox’s claim that Ebola could be used as a weapon by terrorists because it’s simply not an efficient strategy.

“As far as terrorism, nature right now Chris, is the worst bioterrorist,” Dr. Anthony Fauci told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. “I’m worried more about the natural evolution in West Africa than I am about a terrorist. If I were a bioterrorist, that would not be my choice. It would be inefficient. Nature does it much worse than a bioterrorist.”

Fauci, who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, also blew away Fox fears about the virus being carried over the border by undocumented immigrants.

I wouldn’t be worrying about illegal immigrants coming from southern borders when we have an issue right now with Ebola in West Africa. That’s a hypothetical that’s very far-fetched.

The fact is, while Ebola is deadly, it is only ravaging third world countries in Africa that do not have the facilities and training necessary to handle the virus and how it spreads. Nigeria also had to deal with the virus, but they were equipped to put a stop to it, which they did. If Nigeria can handle the virus, so can America.

Fox News is using Ebola to attack Democrats and President Obama in the lead up to Election Day in November. They think the more fear they can drum up, the better the election will be for Republicans. So, they exaggerate the threat and hype it up while connecting it to other issues in order to turn public opinion. It’s sick and despicable and hopefully more health and science professionals will step up to counter the garbage Fox is spewing.