Composition & Rhetoric 1301
2 October 2014
Ebola and Media Bias
Currently, there is an Ebola virus outbreak that is possibly threatening society. There have been countless reports in the media covering the virus and how it may have spread over several continents. Sources have stated that the virus outbreak started in Liberia. Eric Bolling reports that Texas Health Ebola has killed 75,000 in just one year. The Ebola virus is one that is extremely contagious, but at the same time still lacks an effective cure.
Fox News discusses whether or not the U.S government has control of the outbreak. In relation to the man from Liberia that died in Dallas, one reporter stated that just being from Liberia should have been a red flag. She continued on to say that he should have had a sign on his forehead saying that he has Ebola just because he was from Liberia. Just because one is from a certain country does not mean that they have automatically contracted the disease. Another article that was biased towards the situation was NBC News: Inside Ebola Quarantine. A Christian missionary from North Carolina had established a quarantine stemming from an outbreak in Africa. The carriers were secluded in 5 RV’s, but nobody would disclose any information regarding those quarantined because they did not want to cause public anxiety. Now why would they not want us to know about that? If the truth were told, the public would be under the impression that the government does not have anything under control. In order for us to maintain the thought that our government is handling the situation, we must be uninformed of certain instances, such as this. On the neutral side, NBC News had a video with the director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the statement he was making, he just stated facts about the progress they have made and what they are doing to try to harness any further outbreaks in the U.S. He covered how the U.S.