Americans are not buying the shit that Fox “News” produces about this Ebola outbreak which has been the worst in history. President Obama has sent the military to the West African nations that are going through the outbreak to help out with the effort to stop the spread of the disease. But Fox and their right-wing alliance aren’t buying what the administration is trying to do. A Pew Poll shows that many Americans are not buying into the scare tactics that Fox is putting out with the Ebola outbreak.
The man with a fake hair piece, Donald Trump appeared on Fox yesterday and said:
I think very few people trust our government as being competent,” Trump told the hosts. “Let’s not kid ourselves. I mean with the five billion dollar website for Obamacare, which is still not working frankly and it’s a disaster. And so many other things: Benghazi, wars… IRS.”
But a new Pew Research poll undercuts all of that:
The findings, released on Monday, indicate a majority of Americans, including 48 percent of Republicans, have faith that the federal government can deal effectively with the Ebola situation, and that only a small percentage of people are “very worried” about their well-being.
So far, the Ebola virus has not led to widespread concern about personal health: Just 11% are very worried that they or someone in their family will be exposed to the virus, while another 21% are somewhat worried.
Public concern over the possibility of contracting the Ebola virus is lower than for other recent public health threats. In August 2009, 45% were worried about the possibility of being exposed to swine flu, and in November 2005, 38% worried about contracting bird flu.
In terms of the government’s ability to curb an American outbreak, 57 percent have a “great deal” or a “fair amount” of confidence that it can. That includes 69 percent of Democrats, 57 of Independents and 48 percent of Republicans. That public opinion finding damages the right-wing media talking point that the Obama administration is widely viewed as incompetent and no longer able to deal with challenges.
To make that point, Fox’s Gretchen Carlson on Monday tried to tie the Ebola story to Benghazi:
And do we trust that we know all the answers yet about Benghazi? What more and more people seem to be asking about Ebola now isn’t that they are necessarily scared about actually getting the disease, but that they’re scared the government agencies responsible with helping us if we do get sick might not be up to the task. So if Ebola becomes a bigger issue, the question still remains: will we be safe?
During his October 4 broadcast of Huckabee, former Arkansas Republican governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee also referenced Benghazi when he said “the Ebola scare goes to the heart of a simple question: do you trust the government. Audience, do you trust the government?”
And it’s not just openly partisan players making that claim. National Journal’s Ron Fournier repeated the same Republican talking point in a recent column:
How much faith can the public summon toward an administration that used incompetence as a defense in scandals involving the IRS, Benghazi, and Obamacare; that lied about its surveillance of Americans; and that just recently acknowledged dangerous misjudgments regarding the Secret Service and ISIS?
It’s all part of a media campaign to paint the government as inept and undependable. But step away from the Fox News echo chamber and it’s clear, Americans trust the government to deal with the Ebola danger.
Eric Bolling is a moron plus asshole. Got it? Hope so. Fox News host Eric Bolling warned America that “liberalism is a dangerous virus,” echoing the kind of dangerous rhetoric that right-wing media figures like Glenn Beck have spread for years. In an October 6 FoxNews.com opinion piece, Bolling wrote that while people are concerned about Ebola, the virus of liberalism is already here:
Wake up, America!
While everyone is up in arms about Ebola, and we must remain vigilant and fight it with all we have, there is another virus that has already taken hold of Americans in every state: liberalism.
Truth, transparency, freedom and liberty. The flag, “Under God” patriotism have all been tossed out the window.
They are being replaced by “everybody gets a trophy,” “share the wealth,” “government knows what’s best for your business,” your family and even what should go on in your bedroom.
Be careful, America. Liberalism is a dangerous virus.
Wake up, America. Liberalism is a virus, too.
Try not to catch it. And if you do, for goodness sake, don’t spread it!!
Bolling’s eliminationist rhetoric — the belief that the liberals are a disease weakening America — has been echoed by far right-wing media figures for years. In 2009, actor turned WND columnist Pat Boone comparedliberalism to “A deadly virus … loosed throughout our system.” Throughout 2010, on his radio show, on Fox News, and even at his CPAC keynote speech, former Fox News host Glenn Beck called progressivism “the poison that’s killing our Constitution” that “we’ve got to irradiate;” a “disease in the republic;” and “the cancer in America.” And in 2012, right-wing columnist David Limbaugh likened liberalism to “a metastatic cancer.”
Bolling wasn’t the only conservative media figure to compare liberals to a disease on Monday. Right-wing author, filmmaker, and conservative media darling Dinesh D’Souza compared President Obama’s father to Ebola, asking “which is a more dangerous infection?”
President Obama delivered a speech this afternoon on the state of the economy. Coming just a month before the critical midterm election, it was a significant opportunity to communicate the facts that Americans need to know prior to voting. So of course, Fox News was the only cable news network to fail to broadcast any of the address live.
The blatant editorial bias of Fox News validates a small portion of Obama’s speech wherein he mentioned the network that would refuse to air his remarks. He said…
“There’s a reason fewer Republicans, you hear ‘em running around about ObamaCare. Because while good, affordable health care might seem like a fanged threat to freedom of the American people on Fox News, it turns out it’s working pretty well in the real world.”
Fox continues to create lies about the job market as the market continues to reach all-time highs and the unemployment rate has no reached below 6%. Jobs are being created at more than 200,000 per month. The auto industry is back in the black, as is home construction and retail sales and services. The annual deficit has been cut by more than half. And with the passage of the Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare), health care costs are rising at record low rates, while Americans are getting coverage in greater numbers than ever.
But Fox doesn’t care anyway. Fox News is in fact “a fanged threat to freedom of the American people.”