Fox’s Kurtz Slams Media’s Ebola Panic, Glosses over His Own Network


Fox News’ Howard Kurtz wrote a column yesterday decrying all the media panic and fearmongering over Ebola. He singled CNN out in particular for ridiculous, over-the-top coverage, which included this incredible chyron yesterday:

Kurtz believes it’s important to have doctors calmly explaining the reality of how Ebola spreads to people, as opposed to “WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES AND KISS YOUR LOVED ONES GOODBYE!” coverage.

Again, Kurtz calls out CNN (and The Huffington Post) by name, but only mentions in passing that “in fairness, the other networks aren’t that far behind.” And boy, is he on point with that one. Especially on his own cable home, Fox News. For example, Elisabeth Hasselbeck got really worked up when the guest she had on, an infectious disease specialist, didn’t bite at the panic bait.

But mere days before Kurtz’s column, one Fox News host went on a rant against the Obama administration on Ebola that ended with arguably the most pants-crapping declaration you may ever hear from any pundit on this health crisis.

Judge Jeanine Pirro really went off on government incompetence in battling Ebola, and expressed extreme skepticism at the idea that she shouldn’t be worried about Ebola spreading. Pirro was amazed at the White House and CDC director telling people not to panic, which led to this unbelievable kicker at the end [emphasis added]:

“You’re kidding, right? What’s that? You’re saying that because you don’t want people to panic. You don’t want us to panic? How about I don’t want us to die! Tell us the truth for once!”

You can watch Pirro’s rant here, via Fox News:

[h/t TVNewser]
[image via screengrab]

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