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October 21, 2014

Manufactured Hysteria

Dennis Prager: “According to the World Health Organization, in 2012, 627,000 Africans died of a disease. But it wasn’t Ebola. It was malaria. Why no concern about that? Because malaria won’t touch anyone in the Western world, and therefore the media never mention it. The obsession with Ebola rather than malaria is First World narcissism. If Americans seek reasons to panic, at least two things rationally qualify: The Islamic State and all the other Muslim terror groups whose greatest desire is to murder and maim as many Americans as possible; and Iran on the verge of making a nuclear weapon. It would be a better world if the media were preoccupied with those two issues. But for two weeks, they have only mentioned the former in between reports on Ebola. And they almost never mention the latter. … For half a century, just about every health and social hysteria has been manufactured or abetted by these media, especially television news. That is why the media are so frightening. There doesn’t appear to be anything that they cannot persuade most people, in any country, to believe.”

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