• NIAID Director Admits There is an Epidemic in America…Called “Fear”

    If you were thinking Ebola hitting New York would be enough for health officials to finally admit that we’re facing an epidemic in this country, you’d be wrong…well, sort of.

    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Anthony Fauci — who is perhaps best known to date for presenting nonsensical arguments against a travel ban, as well as giving “shout-outs” after nurse Nina Pham was declared Ebola-free — hit the Sunday news show circuit once again this weekend. Apparently, he hasn’t read my plea for him to get away from the TV cameras. It was on CBS’s Face the Nation that he declared the following:

    Right now we’ve got a devastating epidemic in West Africa, and we’ve got an epidemic of fear in the United States.”

    Yes, Dr. Fauci. Fear…and EBOLA. Come on, just say it!

    We’ve got to continue to try to educate people about what they need to or do not need to be afraid of,” insisted Fauci. “You have to come into direct contact with bodily fluids.”

    While that may be technically true — and I’m not necessarily convinced that it is — it doesn’t change the fact that an Ebola victim sitting on the subway who happens to sneeze or cough on you has essentially put you in touch with their bodily fluids, whether you like it or not. Despite insistence from officials that the doctor in New York with Ebola was not showing symptoms at the time he rode the subway, I still don’t think I’d have recommended sitting next to the guy.

    Besides, all of the public comments from the CDC and NIH about this virus not being airborne are fine and dandy, but what happens when Ebola mutates and evolves, as viruses are known to do? There have been enough wrong statements made on behalf of these organizations as well as the Obama administration itself that I don’t think this team should be too surprised that a majority of Americans do, in fact, support a ban on air travel.

    Side note: why is Secret Service allowing President Photo Op to hug and kiss nurses for publicity? Isn’t that putting the life of the Commander-in-Chief in danger just as much as letting an armed man ride his elevator?

    Matt Fox

    Senior Editor

    Fox has history in broadcasting that spans two decades. From his early days as an FM host and club DJ in the mid-90′s to his later experiences in political talk radio, he has always had a knack for combining topical news with his love for popular culture. Those experiences culminated in his position as executive producer for several radio shows featured in the TALKERS Heavy 100. Originally from New York, Fox has made the great pilgrimage down to sunny south Florida.

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