Ebola in Dallas

This isn’t encouraging:

A hospital in Dallas that diagnosed America’s first-ever known Ebola case also failed to recognize the patient’s Ebola potential when he first sought care, missing an opportunity to isolate him when he was already contagious.

The patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, had been visiting the US from Liberia. He left Monrovia on September 19 and traveled through Brussels, arriving in Dallas on September 20. He had no symptoms when he was departing Liberia or entering the US, which means he wouldn’t have been infectious at the time.

Four days later he started to feel ill, which means he would have been infectious. Two days after that, he sought care at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. His was diagnosed with a “low grade, common viral infection” and sent home with an antibiotic.

The patient’s sister said that Duncan told a nurse that he had come from Liberia. This vital information “was not fully communicated throughout the full team,” said Mark C. Lester, executive vice president of the health-care system that includes Texas Health Presbyterian. “As a result, the full import of that information wasn’t factored into the clinical decision-making.” Ebola was not suspected.

I’m sure when he said he came from Liberia, the nurse had no idea where that was, and had no idea that’s where the outbreak is.

But, given that it’s Dallas and that the primary source of information is probably Fox News, had he said he had just come from Honduras, where the outbreak isn’t, the first thought would have been Ebola and the hospital would have gone code red. Because the good folks on Fox keep putting people on the air who say you have to keep the Central American refugee children out of the country because they’ll bring in Ebola.

Fox News: Terrorist hackers will get your car

Does everyone who listens to Fox News live in fear? Can Fox viewers not sleep at night because of all the terrorists under their beds?

I was trying to ignore a recent Fox News interview with a guy named Morgan Wright, who said terrorists hackers are waiting to take over your car electronically and made some reference to planes flying into buildings on Sept. 11, 2001. But it turns out that this isn’t the first time Fox ventured into al-Qaeda-at-the-wheel terrain.

I know the Fox News demographic is old people, but when its reporters and commentators say the solution is getting a horse and buggy, or driving cars from the 1960s, it just seems like the perfect Fox story: Combine nostalgia with paranoia.

Besides, we’re all dead anyway when Skynet becomes self-aware:

Fox News explains oppression

Fox News contributer Suzanne Venker writes about the most oppressed group on the planet:

From boyhood through adulthood, the White American Male must fight his way through a litany of taunts, assumptions and grievances about his very existence. His oppression is unlike anything American women have faced. Unlike women, however, men don’t organize and form groups when they’ve been persecuted. They just bow out of the game.

Would anyone like to comment on this?


Being a white American male, the Erik Wemple Blog would love to claim such victimhood. Too bad we’ve been accorded every opportunity, never been suspected of any crime, never been profiled, never been harassed for any offense other than being a real jerk, never been taunted and so on.

Anyone else?


Fox News asks: “What’s your porn name?”

Fox News provides a guide to porn names:

Yeah, the segment went on longer than necessary, not to mention the guy is kind of creepy. (His unrestrained glee proves he catalogs the box of porn he has stashed in the closet.)

And really, Megyn Kelly already is a pretty good porn name (considering the alternative is Noah Ardsley). Here, look:

Megyn Kelly and Muffin Hunt in “Foxes and Friends”

But Kelly is too restrictive on the formation of the porn name. Let’s not limit it to your first pet and the first street you lived on. (Like, who remembers the first street they lived on?)

Make it any pet and any street you lived on.

And that leads to my porn name:

Ninja Barbie.

The movie would go something like this:

And then, they take off their clothes.

So, any new News Corp. atrocities, recently?

Lots of news this week related to Rupert Murdoch’s media giant, News Corp. This part, though, isn’t an atrocity:

Robert Thomson, former editor of The Times and currently managing editor of the Wall Street Journal, is to become chief executive of a new publishing arm of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. …

The announcement is part of a major restructuring of News Corp, which is being split into two businesses: a dominant TV and film arm, called Fox Group, and a newspaper and book publishing division, which will retain the News Corporation moniker. It is this company which Thomson will head.

According to The Guardian, the main assets of News Corporation will be News International’s UK titles The Times, The Sun and The Sunday Times, the WSJ, the New York Post, the Australian and other News Ltd papers and the HarperCollins book publishing business.

And despite the hand-wringing by Russia Television in the following video clip, what appears to be the foundation for an atrocity doesn’t quite meet the mark:

The argument is that a company can’t control a newspaper and a television station in the same market (which, by the way, Rupert already does with the WSJ, the New York Post and the Fox station WNYW in New York).

But under the restructuring of News Corp., the publishing arm is being separated from the TV and film arm. FCC approval to buy the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times, both now struggling, is irrelevant. The publishing company, called News Corp., doesn’t have television stations. The TV and film arm, called Fox Group, doesn’t have newspapers. With the creation of two corporate entities that trade separate stock (which Wall Street has demanded for years), it doesn’t matter if Murdoch serves as chairman of both companies.

It sucks, but it’s all legal.


The thought of Rupert owning three major newspapers in three major media markets has to give one pause. Especially after this was reported by Bob Woodward in the Washington Post:

Roger Ailes, the longtime Republican media guru, founder of Fox News and its current chairman, had some advice last year for then-Gen. David H. Petraeus.

So in spring 2011, Ailes asked a Fox News analyst headed to Afghanistan to pass on his thoughts to Petraeus, who was then the commander of U.S. and coalition forces there. Petraeus, Ailes advised, should turn down an expected offer from President Obama to become CIA director and accept nothing less than the chairmanship of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the top military post. If Obama did not offer the Joint Chiefs post, Petraeus should resign from the military and run for president, Ailes suggested.

The Fox News chairman’s message was delivered to Petraeus by Kathleen T. McFarland, a Fox News national security analyst and former national security and Pentagon aide in three Republican administrations. …

McFarland also said that Ailes — who had a decades-long career as a Republican political consultant, advising Richard M. Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush — might resign as head of Fox to run a Petraeus presidential campaign. At one point, McFarland and Petraeus spoke about the possibility that Rupert Murdoch, the head of News Corp., which owns Fox News, would “bankroll” the campaign.

And therein lies the atrocity. Rupert is using his media empire to put himself in a position to decide who the president of the United States is going to be. No big secret there. He’s already done it in the U.K. It’s common knowledge that anyone hoping to be the British prime minister has to seek an audience with, and get the blessing of, Rupert. That’s how Margaret Thatcher became PM. That’s why Tony Blair won. And that’s why David Cameron is in office now.

So let’s say Petraeus didn’t get caught in a sex scandal and that Murdoch did have control of the Los Angeles and Chicago papers: You’d have glowing reports about Petraeus being the man to run the country from Fox News and the local Fox affiliates across the country. Favorable editorials and major print coverage for Petraeus by the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times. The country is blanketed.

And if all had gone Fox’s/News Corp.’s way?

Rupert Murdoch would be the puppet master of the president of the United States. Making Rupert the most powerful man in the world.

Not the kind of thing you want to read while eating your oatmeal in the morning, right?

Oh, and while I’m at it, this is the front page of Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post today:

04subway1-cityroom-blog480Yes. Murdoch’s paper ran this. And yes, the man in the photo was killed by the train.

So maybe I shouldn’t have posted this photo with this item? But this posting is about News Corp. atrocities. You do need to see them to understand what this media company, and its chairman, stand for.

When Muppets attack

Fox News recently said the Muppets were brainwashing children to follow a liberal anti-capitalist agenda. Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy respond:

And here’s what started it all:

So the hosts at Fox, who likely make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, go into a seven minute tantrum because a kids’ movie says there are greedy people in the world. And in about a minute, two sophisticated hand puppets concisely reveal how idiotic a news channel can be.

I can’t watch Fox News. It causes brain damage.

Rick Perry and the Crusades

Here’s the infamous Rick Perry ad.

The obvious bigoted slam is against gays. To put it in context, think of the 1940s and substitute “gays in the military” with “Negroes in the same barracks as whites.” That was the issue then, and it was wrong. But Rick doesn’t see it that way.

And he’s saying a lot more. He’s a Christian. Not a Jew, not a Muslim and definitely not a Mormon. And what “war against religion” is he talking about? Apparently it’s the same War on Christmas that Fox News has been pushing. You know, Bill O’Reilly going off on his tangent about Obama and the government taking Christ out of Christmas.

By the way, where was Bill O’Reilly recently?

On Wednesday, a YouTube user who posts as “jjlongofa” posted a video of Bill O’Reilly crossing the street as he was on his way to a White House Christmas party.

These guys are just unbelievable.