On US rolling news, Ebola has to be the something of something.
Tuesday 07 October 2014
Zombies… Akon in a bubble… the Ebola outbreak has been riddled with misinformation, and though the situation is very serious, rolling news stations like CNN and Fox News aren’t helping by trying to contextualise the pandemic with comparisons to other disasters.
Is Ebola the MH370 of diseases? The Isis of infections? The Voldermort of viruses? These are the types of questions being blasted across the bottom of the screen in capital letters during discussion segments this week, most of the time drowning the interviewee expert’s answer that “No, no it isn’t.”
“Does that mean that it is that deadly, that dangerous or just that it needs to be treated with the same kind of strategy?” CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield asked yesterday.
The chances are if a highly effective Ebola treatment is discovered it won’t be by relentlessly bombing the virus, making stern public addresses or winning over the hearts and minds of endothelial cells.