Shepard Smith bashes 'hysterical' Ebola media coverage
On Wednesday (Oct. 15), FOX News anchor Shepard Smith criticized the media's "hysterical" coverage of the Ebola virus. However, unlike Stephen Colbert's mocking of the news frenzy, he took a more serious route.
"You should have no concerns about Ebola at all. None. I promise," says Smith. "Do not listen to the hysterical voices on the radio and the television or read the fear-provoking words online. The people who say and write hysterical things are being very irresponsible."
In the above clip, Smith goes on to explain the details of the virus "outbreak" in the U.S. -- although two health-care workers contracted the disease from a dying man, "there is no information to suggest that the virus has spread to anyone in the general population in the United States" -- and claims that politics are partly to blame for the media hysteria.
"With midterm elections coming, the party in charge needs to appear to be effectively leading. The party out of power needs to show that there is a lack of leadership," says Smith. (An example of this politically-driven media coverage can been seen in FOX News correspondent Keith Ablow's recent claim that President Obama wanted the virus to take root in the United States.)
"Again, these are the facts: We do not have an outbreak of Ebola in the United States," says Smith. "I report to you with certainty this afternoon that being afraid at all is the wrong thing to do."
What do you think of Smith's report? Has the media taken the Ebola coverage too far?