Every week, Republicans join a competition to see who can say the most outlandish things, and in the process, every week they push the envelope on just how idiotic InsaniTEA can become. I trust that you will believe it, when I tell you that last week was no exception.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck demands that doctor panic about ebola because Elisabeth Hasselbeck is a parent.
Fox & Friends invited an actual doctor on this week to discuss the alarming news about the first case of ebola in America and then didn’t listen to her expert opinion at all, and instead lectured her about what should be done. Infectious disease specialist Dr. Dalilah Restrepo was the lucky guest who got to be ignored and hectored into admitting that panic is the only reasonable response. The doctor held her ground admirably.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked: “How contagious is (ebola) in your mind?”
(The construction of the question is telling, because the only view that matters to Hasselbeck is the view that is already in her mind.)
Dr. Restrepo patiently explained how ebola is not contagious through the air like the flu of TB, but rather infectious, and only infectious through the body fluids of a person who is already symptomatic.
Clearly, this distinction zoomed over everyone’s head.
Steve Doocy and Eric Bolling talked about how everyone on the plane should be quarantined, even though the doctor had just said that the patient was not symptomatic on the plane and therefore neither infectious nor contagious.
After not listening at all for a while Hasselbeck insisted that she and everyone else has to panic irrationally because she’s a parent, and it’s important that parents panic irrationally. Also, all Americans have to panic and not be informed because, “It’s here!”
“You have a very calm tone,” Hasselbeck instructed. “It must come by nature with what you do professionally, doctor. The rest of us are saying wait a minute, there’s a lot of panic when it comes to the flu, to lice. As a parent, I’m thinking, ‘Well there should be a little bit of a justification for worry here.’”
Restrepo again tried to explain the difference between contagious diseases like the flu and ebola, but was interrrupted by suggestions that we ban people from West Africa from coming here. And people should be checked before they board and after they get off planes, shouldn’t they?
“But it’s here!” Hasselbeck insisted…
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This Republican is too stupid to realize that, in this country, the flu will kill more people than Ebola, as long as they keep responsibility for its prevention and treatment out of Republican hands. This is just one of six idiotic Republican moments from last week alone. Click through for the other five.