Megyn Kelly cries for travel ban, for CDC director to step down
In an interview on Oct. 14, Megyn Kelly grilled Center for Disease Control (CDC) director, Dr. Tom Frieden, as to why the CDC is failing miserably at containing the Ebola virus on our shores after the virus infected a health care worker who was caring for the patient who died from the contagious disease.
Right of the bat, Kelly bumbles facts saying:
With the CDC, it’s heart is in the right place but it’s information is misplaced and wrong.
Smiling like one would at a child, Dr. Frieden corrected her saying:
No, let me correct you on that, our information is clear and correct, but we do look at what happens and we adjust as we need to. We know how Ebola spreads, we know how to stop it, we know what is happening and right now we’re doing three things. First that the care of that nurse is safe and effective. We have more than 20 staff on the ground who are working around the clock to make sure that those who care for her do it safely and that she gets the best possible care. Second, we’re making sure that if Ebola is found anywhere else in the country we will put onto the ground immediately staff who can help the hospital do it right there. Third, we are reminding doctors everywhere to think Ebola because whatever you may think, we are an interconnected world.”
Kelly doubled down on her claims that the CDC hasn’t gotten the information correct and that the CDC’s claim that they would stop Ebola in it’s tracks hasn’t quite happened here, because let’s just admit it, we’re practically Liberia at this point. Everybody run for your lives!
Dr. Frieden was incredibly patient with Kelly, saying that it’s terrible that there was an infection here but that they are making great efforts to stop it from spreading further.
But that’s not enough for Kelly, she asks why the CDC hasn’t imposed a travel ban to and from the affected countries in West Africa.
The fact is, the CDC has urged all that any non-essential travel to these countries be stopped but that health care workers still need to move in and out of the country. The director explained they are screening at the airports. Imposing a travel ban to these people as well would actually make things worse in West Africa because they wouldn’t be able to fly in health care workers and supplies. Charter flights simply cannot do what commercial air does, because when commercial flights were stopped to Liberia, hundreds of medical staff were stranded and could not get to the country and aid those in need.
After being grilled by Kelly on the failures by the CDC to enact protocol immediately, Dr. Frieden kicked Fox right where it hurts saying:
You may not like this, but in order to stop Ebola here, we need to stop it in West Africa.
Fox News has been notorious for being seemingly uncaring towards the massive devastation wrought by the disease, focusing in on the few patients here, while under-reporting the thousands affected in Liberia. Conservatives are also known for their criticism of money spent on aid that goes to other countries for issues such as this, questioning why more troops were sent to West Africa than the Middle East to combat ISIS and the short answer is, Ebola is a bigger threat to our national security.
Always quick to criticize, Allen West wrote:
Listening to Obama speech on attacking the virus Ebola just kinda wish he had been this proactive and energetic about confronting another virus, ISIS, back in January [sic]. Islamic jihadism is a virus that is already in America, guess that is cool with Barack Hussein Obama.
In a speech explaining his choice to send troops to Western Africa, President Obama said:
More than 2,400 men, women and children are known to have died — and we strongly suspect [sic] that the actual death toll is higher than that. Hospitals, clinics and the few treatment centers that do exist have been completely overwhelmed…. Patients are being turned away, and people are literally dying in the streets. [Ebola] is spreading faster and exponentially… And if the outbreak is not stopped now, we could be looking at hundreds of thousands of people infected, with profound political and economic and security implications for all of us. So this is an epidemic that is not just a threat to regional security — it’s a potential threat to global security if these countries break down, if their economies break down, if people panic. That has profound effects on all of us, even if we are not directly contracting the disease.
Put simply, Fox is fear-mongering as usual, they are spreading misinformation that the disease can go airborne, and trying to up their ratings by pretending we’re Liberia.
Kelly asked the CDC director if he admits that there is an outbreak. The director responded saying:
“There is no doubt in my mind we will not have a large outbreak of Ebola in the US.”
He also explained that two cases does not constitute an outbreak, but that there may be a few more cases in the future.