Friday, October 24, 2014
Tip of the Hat
As most everyone knows, Ebola is now a full-blown pandemic that will wipe out every single American in a matter of weeks and Obama is to blame. Of course, there are a few doubting Thomases who aren't falling for all the paranoia and you'll never guess who one of them is. Even better, you'll never guess who this doubting Thomas works for.
Our doubting Thomas, and this month's Tip of the Hat recipient, is none other than Fox News' anchor Shepard Smith. In what has to go down as one of the most surreal moments in the history of a network that has spent the last eighteen years riling up an awful lot of gullible people, Smith not only called out his own colleagues for inciting the country to hysteria over the virus, he managed to do something few in the main-stream media have had the courage to do: he actually talked about FACTS.
In a little more than three minutes, Smith calmly spoke to the audience, most of whom I'm sure weren't buying what he was saying, and told them they should have "no concerns" about the virus. That those who were spreading fear were being "very irresponsible." He rightly called out those who were making political hay out of this and steadfastly said that the United States does not have an outbreak of Ebola.
And then Smith did something truly remarkable. He encouraged everyone to ignore suggestions that medical professionals were "covering up" the real facts or that leaders were "lying" about the virus. And he said the best thing all of us could do was to "get a flu shot." Because as any reasonably person should know, more people are vulnerable to getting the flu than contracting Ebola.
Imagine someone in the media being that reasonable. Imagine someone working for Fox News being that reasonable. If I hadn't seen the video, I wouldn't have believed it. I've spent a large part of the last decade blasting the hell out of the Right and its Godfather - Roger Ailes. Now one of his employees has gone completely off the reservation and good for him for doing so.
It's bad enough to spread lies about politicians or healthcare laws or banking regulations or global warming. But ginning up the general public over an epidemic that doesn't exist is beyond the pale, even for this lot. I not only tip my hat to Shepard Smith, I implore more people like him to find the courage to speak truth to the hysteria that is being caused by these reckless ideologues.
Way to go, Shep!