White House Ebola Spin: What, Me Worry?

How can you not become MORE afraid when you hear White House Ebola spin?

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This is one of those headlines you save. It appeared in The Hill: “White House says it has Ebola virus under control.”

Top White House officials on Friday worked to reassure the American public that the national response to Ebola is under control.

Leaders of the country’s health, defense and military branches stressed that they are taking the right steps to contain the spread of the deadly virus, which was first diagnosed in the U.S. on Tuesday.

“We know how to do this, and we will do it again,” Lisa Monaco, assistant to the president for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, said at a press briefing.

“It’s very important to remind the American people that U.S. has the most capable healthcare system and the most capable doctors in the world, bar none,” Monaco said.

The press conference appeared to be aimed at calming a public worried about a possible outbreak in the United States of the disease, which has killed more than 3,000 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

How in the world media/PR professionals could ever say something like this when the future is so uncertain is beyond me. Mindless, baseless comfort is not what we need at this moment. We need factual, sober information and practical education.

[See also, “Ebola Confirmed in Dallas.”]

Or do they truly believe they are gods, and that they can assure us of this?

Anthony Fauci, director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stressed the U.S. healthcare care is “very, very, very well-established.”

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The administration also addressed growing concerns over the competency of the Dallas health system that is currently overseeing treatment of the country’s sole case of Ebola.

Health officials in Dallas revealed Friday there had been a 48-hour delay in identifying people who may have been in contact with the infected patient. The hospital already faced criticism for failing to initially diagnose Duncan’s Ebola-like [symptoms] after he told at least one clinician he had recently traveled in Liberia.

Fauci acknowledged that Dallas health workers had made mistakes but said he remained confident that the federal government was managing the response. 

Now that they’ve made these claims, what happens if things become very obviously out-of-control? At that point, absolutely no one believes you, and mass hysteria is guaranteed.

I’m sorry if this seems overly pessimistic, but every fiber in my professional being screams that this is the height of foolishness. Has no one in the White House read a book on either public relations or world history?