Bill O’Reilly may have suddenly forgotten about what a huge threat Ebola was - up until a few weeks ago. But The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple has written a very pointed reminder. Wemple calls on O’Reilly to make amends for his overheated and misleading fear mongering. We second the motion.
On November 25th, Wemple wrote:
About a month ago, O’Reilly used his eponymous show on Fox News to crusade for an impractical, hysterical and destructive ban on travelers coming from West Africa into the United States. He made these calls amid a state of panic that he himself generated, along with his peers in cable television.
… Turns out that O’Reilly had it precisely wrong. The United States is now Ebola-free and, just as medical experts have said throughout, the pivotal consideration in keeping it that way is providing aid to the countries where the virus resides. Just how important is free travel to the aid effort? Daniel Epstein, a Washington-based spokesman for the World Health Organization, told the Erik Wemple Blog earlier this month that the organization had ferried 600 people in and out of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea since the virus broke out in March (some of those folks have made more than one trip). When asked how WHO had reacted to O’Reilly’s calls for a travel ban, Epstein said, “We never tried to get on his show or tried to rebut his statements but we did issue statements about our position about international travel and Ebola.”
Such statements and other appeals to simple logic didn’t work with O’Reilly, who thrust upon his viewers an ugly dark-ages isolationism. Which would have been fine, if only he’d been right. O’Reilly said in an August 2013 program: “When you make a mistake, admit it.” Surely he’ll do just that on Ebola.
Well, we’re not holding our breath. But we will keep watching and reminding.
Graphic by Nina Brodsky.
Especially if we want a White Christmas.”
There you go, Ellen; fixed it for ya. :)
Bull OhReally admit he was wrong? There’s a better chance of Wayne LaPierre becoming a gun control advocate, Sean Hannity getting waterboarded, or Ann Coulter becoming a women’s/civil rights attorney . . .