The left-leaning Politifact website came out with their “Lie of the Year” award this week. This year the liberal outfit announced the Ebola scare was the biggest lie of the year.
Of course, the Ebola scare was not a lie – Over 7,000 people have died from the disease and possibly many more. The WHO says the disease has a 70% mortality rate.
But facts rarely matter to leftist reporters with an agenda.
Today, investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson responded to Politifact.
Attkisson noted that the media coverage of Ebola vanished after the White House appointed a far left hack with expertise in revolutionary politics as Ebola czar.
Attkisson told Howard Kurtz on Media Buzz that the CDC is hiding suspected cases from the American public.
Infectious disease experts remain very concerned about the disease… A lot of the media coverage has gone from overtime to almost nothing since the administration has appointed an Ebola czar. And I don’t think that’s any accident. That’s a strategy… I called CDC not long ago and said, “How many active cases are being monitored in the United States of Ebola?” And they said, “1,400.” And I said, “Where is that on your website, these updates?” And they said, “We’re not putting it on the web.” So I think there’s an effort to control the message and tamp it down. This is public information we have a right to and I think the media should not hype it but cover it.
Via Media Buzz:
For the record… Obama’s lie about executive amnesty that he repeated more than 20 times did not register in Politifact’s voting.
Whatever happened to Ebola? Did it suddenly go away? Yes, but only in the media world — evidently in response to pressure from Obama:
Outside of a plethora of tales about the recalcitrant quarantined nurse Kaci Hickox the coverage of the virus itself has virtually disappeared. Now call me a cynic but it is pretty timely for the slim hopes of allowing the Dems and Harry Reid to hold onto the Senate that the media isn’t reporting on new Ebola cases. The reporting of the potential danger of an outbreak in America was everywhere as recently as a couple of weeks ago and now – POOF- it’s gone.
There is a reason why Obama didn’t pick an Ebola Czar with any actual medical experience when he tabbed longtime Democrat party hack Ron Klain who is a lobbyist. The real danger was never that the foolish policies of Barry and the boys were exposing Americans to Ebola but rather the political implications of it all. So the sudden departure of Ebola stories from the state-corporate media doesn’t pass the smell test. Interestingly the website of Forbes has a story that reports:
The Associated Press and other press outlets have agreed not to report on suspected cases of Ebola in the United States until a positive viral RNA test is completed.
That damning line is buried deep in the article so anyone can be excused for not noticing it – they aren’t supposed to.
When Obama’s policies result in Americans dying of Ebola by the thousands, it will be impossible to keep a lid on it without imposing martial law.
You can almost see Valerie Jarrett wringing her hands. Martial law… what an excellent idea. Meanwhile the purge of potentially recalcitrant military officers continues.
Minnesota is monitoring 48 travelers who have returned from Ebola infected West Africa.
Already 12 of the individuals, or 1 in 4, have gone missing.
Ebola Virus (Wikimedia)
This was buried in the sixth paragraph of the newspaper report.
The Star Tribune reported:
Forty-eight travelers who have returned to Minnesota from Ebola-stricken nations in West Africa are being monitored by state health officials for 21 days to make sure they don’t have any signs of the deadly virus, the Minnesota Department of Health reported Wednesday.
All the travelers are considered low risk, according to the Health Department, meaning they might have been visiting relatives in Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone but never came in contact with an Ebola case. None was in the “some” or “high” risk categories of medical or relief workers who had potential contact with an infected patient’s blood, saliva or other bodily fluids.
Voluntary monitoring involves twice-daily phone calls between state health officials and the travelers…
…Wednesday’s report cited an additional 12 people who either returned recently and still are being contacted, or haven’t been located yet because of inadequate or incorrect contact information.
Troops from the 101st Airborne Division will not receive full protective Hazmat suits for their mission in West Africa.
They’re being sent to West Africa – but won’t get full protective Hazmat suits.
US troops prepare for deployment (US Army Africa)
The 101st Airborne is a U.S. Army modular light infantry division trained for air assault operations. The division was renowned for its role on D-Day. Major General David H. Petraeus (“Eagle 6″) led the Screaming Eagles to war during the 2003 during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The administration says they won’t need them.
Nashville Public Radio reported:
Troops from the 101st Airborne Division leading the military response to Ebola in West Africa will only need gloves and masks to protect themselves from the deadly virus, so said Gen. David Rodriguez at a Pentagon briefing Wednesday.
“They don’t need the whole suit – as such – because they’re not going to be in contact with any of the people,” the commander of U.S. troops in Africa said.
Soldiers from the 101st Airborne will primarily be building hospitals, ultimately leading what could be a contingent of 4,000 American service members. They’ll be housed either in tent cities at military airfields or in Liberian Ministry of Defense facilities, Rodriguez said.
Soldiers’ health will be monitored through surveys and taking their temperature on their way in and out of camps. If a service member does get sick, Rodriguez said they will be flown home immediately for treatment.
Hat Tip Virginia
Health officials admitted this past week that the death rate in the Ebola epidemic has risen to 70 percent, up from 50 percent.
Meanwhile… Obama hit the links today.
by JUDICIAL WATCH
Washington, DC – Judicial Watch has learned that the Obama administration is actively formulating plans to admit Ebola-infected non-U.S. citizens into the United States for treatment. Specifically, the goal of the administration is to bring Ebola patients into the United States for treatment within the first days of diagnosis.
It is unclear who would bear the high costs of transporting and treating non-citizen Ebola patients. The plans include special waivers of laws and regulations that ban the admission of non-citizens with a communicable disease as dangerous as Ebola.
One source tells us that the Obama administration is keeping this plan secret from Congress. The source is concerned that the proposal is illegal; endangers the public health and welfare; and should require the approval of Congress.