It’s been several weeks since I complained about the media fueling the Ebola panic. Since then things have only gotten worse and frankly I’ve been too exasperated to say anything. The media haven’t stopped talking about it, the government has jumped in with both feet, and the politicians are doing everyone a huge disservice by trying to make political hay out of it. But one man finally found a platform for his common sense analysis of the situation and summed up beautifully every outraged thought I’ve had. So rather than rant once again, I refer you to “The Ebola Hysteria,” an op ed piece by Charles M. Blow of the New York Times.
And allow me to reiterate: There have been nine — only nine — cases of Ebola in the United States. And all but one, a man who was already infected when he arrived here from West Africa, are alive and well. Those numbers hardly warrant a mention, much less a nationwide panic. And yet, look what’s happened.
People have taken leave of their senses.