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Slate editor: It’s too bad many of the docs fighting Ebola are missionaries

http://twitter.com/#!/laurahelmuth/status/517674493477523457

Christian missionaries such as Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, a nurse, have been risking their lives to provide medical care to West Africans with Ebola.  In the eyes of Slate editor Laura Helmuth, it’s “kind of disturbing.”

The author of the linked Slate article — Brian Palmer — acknowledges that missionary doctors don’t personally profit from what they do. In any other circumstance, lefties would adore that absence of capitalism, but if the work is done in the name of God it automatically becomes suspect.

Slate contributor Jessica Morrison has a different take:

.@Slate asks, "Should we worry that so many of the doctors treating Ebola in Africa are missionaries?" <blinks> No. http://t.co/TQKi7LaY2j

— Jessica Morrison (@ihearttheroad) October 2, 2014

So does this tweeter, an editor at Physics World:

.@laurahelmuth @PalmerBrian It's probably only disturbing to ppl who are used to thinking of religious ppl as "the bad guys"

— Margaret Harris (@DrMLHarris) October 2, 2014

We doubt Helmuth would agree on much with conservative author Ann Coulter, but they share a common bond in their antipathy toward missionary medical personnel.

COLUMN IS POSTED: EBOLA DOC'S CONDITION DOWNGRADED TO 'IDIOTIC' – http://t.co/8NlhrWyFBx

— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) August 6, 2014

Related:

Stacey Dash urges donations to relief group in honor of Ebola victims

 

CDC director says hospitals ‘must’ comply with CDC’s Ebola guidelines

http://twitter.com/#!/dont_audit_me/status/517689663520534530

After his disastrous CNN interview yesterday, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC, posted a confusing tweet in which he asserted that the U.S. shouldn’t isolate countries where Ebola is running rampant. Was he trying to say that the U.S. shouldn’t restrict flights from West Africa? Who knows.

Earlier today, he was at it again:

.@CNN Evaluation of feverish illness in recent traveler must include thorough travel & exposure history. CDC info: http://t.co/jgcpqZYF4T

— Dr. Tom Frieden (@DrFriedenCDC) October 2, 2014

That was in response to a CNN report that Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas didn’t ask Thomas Eric Duncan about his exposure to Ebola:

The hospital didn't ask the U.S. #Ebola patient about his travels, a source says http://t.co/r500nE4c1P #EbolaQandA pic.twitter.com/oUOeIYdNgc

— CNN (@CNN) October 1, 2014

We’re not sure, but we think Frieden was trying to say that the hospital did not comply with CDC guidelines.

If so, why not just say that?  Here. Let us help:

The hospital did not comply with CDC guidelines.

That is an accurate statement — one that is materially different from what Frieden wrote.

Here he is, tweeting the same thing again — this time in response to USA Today reporter Liz Szabo:

.@LizSzabo Evaluation of feverish illness in recent traveler must include thorough travel/exposure history. CDC info: http://t.co/jgcpqZYF4T

— Dr. Tom Frieden (@DrFriedenCDC) October 2, 2014

We get it. Hospitals “must” ask about Ebola exposure. Problem is, the hospital in Dallas apparently didn’t do so, and there is no reason to assume that other hospitals will do so notwithstanding the CDC’s super-awesome guidelines. Sorry, Dr. Frieden, but repeating the mantra over and over again doesn’t change that fact.

Is anyone at CDC going to do anything to make sure that the agency’s guidelines are followed? Will the Dallas hospital be punished? Or is Frieden going to just keep insisting, like the Egyptian Pharoah Rameses, “So let it be written. So let it be done”?

In the midst of a worldwide public health emergency, we don’t think it’s too much to expect the director of the CDC — the most important public health official in the country — to communicate in a clear, straightforward manner with the American people.

Related:

CDC director Thomas Frieden: ‘The impulse to isolate countries may make #Ebola epidemic worse’

‘If there is no risk to other passengers…’: Reporter has Ebola question for CDC director

Bombshell: Watch CDC director deny then admit that Ebola can be spread by casual contact 

‘Top men’? Here is the scariest thing about Ebola and boy, is it terrifying!

http://twitter.com/#!/freddiePBS/status/522389873882562560

Yep. Ebola news continues to pour in and none of it is good. But what is the scariest part? This:

The people screwing up the Ebola response? Soon they'll run our entire healthcare system.

— jon gabriel (@exjon) October 15, 2014

Truly terrifying. That pretty much says it all.

Related:

Whoa if true: World Health Organization says Ebola can incubate for more than 21 days

Twitchy coverage of Ebola

Tammy Bruce questions slow implementation of airport Ebola protocol

http://twitter.com/#!/2ndAmendmentMom/status/519960594313519104

The Obama administration said that passengers arriving in the U.S. from certain parts of West Africa will undergo additional screening for Ebola at five airports:

.@WhiteHouse: Screening to begin at 5 U.S. airports for passengers from #Ebola hot zones. http://t.co/JFp2SOaF1C

— U.S. Travel (@USTravel) October 8, 2014

Announcing the 5 airport's doing the extra screening…Maybe not a great idea !!! If you're trying to get in will they fly there ? #Ebola

— James.P (@j_p_hardick) October 8, 2014

One of the airports taking added precautions is JFK in New York. However, as Tammy Bruce pointed out, it’s taking some time to implement:

JFK temperature screening starts Saturday. It's Wednesday. It takes them 3 freaking days to implement basic protocol in a ltd environment?!

— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) October 8, 2014

Hey, it’s not like it’s an emergency or anything:

@HeyTammyBruce @ctbauza Union Snails Pace

— Terry Miller (@TerryMiller1113) October 8, 2014

.@HeyTammyBruce 1 Go 2 Walgreen's. 2 Buy a few doz. temporal scanners. 3 Hand them out to TSA security & provide 2 mins. of training. 3-4hrs

— Richard G. Combs (@rgcombs) October 8, 2014

@HeyTammyBruce @mikepfingston2 getting thermometers from Walgreens takes a while! Have you ever seen how long the prescription line can get?

— Bossy Darth Kitteh (@eloracnasus) October 8, 2014

@HeyTammyBruce It's a govt agency. If it were a private company, it would have to ask permission (in triplicate) from politicians.

— Dr. Michael Berglund (@Dr_Berglund) October 8, 2014

@HeyTammyBruce It takes much practice to learn which end of the thermometer to hold. We're screwed.

— Beferr (@MsnBeverly) October 8, 2014

@HeyTammyBruce In the grand scheme of things, these screenings are virtually worthless. Stop the flights, close the borders. @wendykjohns

— K9-Preservation (@Nick_LosAngeles) October 8, 2014

@HeyTammyBruce @rayinman how many will make it through in 3 days?

— Jan Kennard (@jankennard) October 8, 2014

Now, now. Remember, as the CDC director said, blame the virus, not the people involved.

HuffPo uses Dr. Rand Paul to blast pols who give a medical opinion on Ebola

http://twitter.com/#!/DanIconq/status/524734414493073408

Hopefully people have enough sense to ignore The Huffington Post — we certainly do — but check out their latest screed where they go after politicians who dare to have a medical opinion on Ebola. Notice anything odd about the picture they chose for their piece?

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Why that’s Senator and doctor Rand Paul. Imagine that. A senator, who is also a doctor, might have medical opinion on a virulent disease. And this shocks the HuffPo.

But what the heck is the HuffPo up to anyway? Although they are using a photo of Dr. Paul for their hit piece, they don’t ever write anything about Dr. Paul. So why put a photo of Dr. Paul in the first place?

We don’t know for sure, but we can assume it’s because Dr. Paul has become somewhat of a lightning rod as his medical degree does make him an expert on Ebola — and libs can’t stand that.

For example, Twitchy reported these smart-takes trying to discredit what Dr. Paul had to say:

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Or this flash of brilliance that Twitchy reported last night from journalist Zerlina Maxwell who, for some reason, thought this statement from Dr. Paul was outrageous:

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If Ebola is not very contagious and you can’t get it by standing close to somebody, why the hazmat suits? And why is the Pentagon putting the military in charge of training doctors in the U.S.? And why did the president feel the need to name a czar to keep Ebola from spreading?

Sorry, libs. Sen. Rand Paul IS a doctor and he just might know what he’s talking about.

Related:

Yet another ‘journalist’ reveals herself to be ‘a giant ball of fail’

CBS reporter deletes snarky tweet wondering when ‘Rand Paul became a doctor’

WaPost: ‘4 Pinocchios’ for Dems saying the GOP cut Ebola funding

http://twitter.com/#!/mark28210/status/522343514106249216

Glenn Kessler in today’s Washington Post has a must-read fact check where he awards 4 Pinocchios to Dems and their ads claiming “that only Republicans are to blame for cuts to Ebola research.” Here’s his conclusion:

On many levels, this line of attack is absurd.

Obama’s Republican predecessor oversaw big increases in public-health sector spending, and both Democrats and Republicans in recent years have broadly supported efforts to rein in federal spending. Sequestration resulted from a bipartisan agreement. In some years, Congress has allocated more money for NIH and CDC than the Obama administration requested. Meanwhile, contrary to the suggestion of the DCCC ad, there never was a specific vote on funding to prevent Ebola.

There’s no doubt that spending has been cut, or at least failed to keep pace with inflation, but the fingerprints of both parties are on the knives. This blame game earns Four Pinocchios.

As you might imagine, conservatives have greeted this fact check as welcome news:

Washington Post fact checker notes it was the Obama WH, not Republicans, that proposed cuts to NIH's budget. http://t.co/Zh9eITX6yU

— Brian Walsh (@brianjameswalsh) October 15, 2014

@brianjameswalsh @GlennKesslerWP So WH strategy for Ebola: blame Rs in lieu of leading, fixing the problem.

— George Canty (@grcanty) October 15, 2014

WaPo Fact Checker: President George W. Bush, a Republican, is responsible for significantly boosting NIH’s funding http://t.co/IqjRHjAdCt

— S2 (@StewSays) October 15, 2014

Libs never let facts get in the way of hysterical rhetoric=> Absurd claim Repubs to blame for cuts to Ebola research http://t.co/TUKnvd749E

— L. North (@LadyLNorth) October 15, 2014

@DanaPerino @GlennKesslerWP that is the most low down vicious lie I've ever heard. Whoever came up with that has no morals sorry if believed

— russell jones (@rwjones61) October 15, 2014

And we like this idea:

@DanaPerino @GlennKesslerWP Might think of adding a 5th Pinocchio level just for those who truly deserve whacko level comments.

— John Kerber (@johnkiowa) October 15, 2014

Related:

Here is Paul Begala doubling down on desperate Ebola-blaming lies by blaming Bush. No, seriously

How much does Dem desperation reek? Paul Begala parrots pitiful ‘Ebola budget cuts’ spin; Gets schooled

Pelosi daughter hails Obama’s Ebola response in spite of ‘GOP funding cuts’

http://twitter.com/#!/CaptYonah/status/523481323949006848

Blaming “GOP funding cuts” for the lack of an Ebola vaccine has been a strategy employed by the NIH director, Paul Begala, Henry Waxman and many others.

Nancy Pelosi’s daughter, Christine, can now be added to the list of those pushing the false narrative:

President #Obama mounts robust response to #Ebola http://t.co/RqrnNqVaOw despite GOP's #CDC funding cuts (h/t @mmfa): http://t.co/sNGAbDtHPJ

— sfpelosi (@sfpelosi) October 18, 2014

The Media Matters story Pelosi linked says “conservative media” are denying that “lack of funding” harms research on diseases like Ebola. As for the charge that the GOP cut Ebola funding, the Washington Post can apparently be lumped into the “conservative media” category, because their fact check gave the Dem claim four Pinocchios:

@sfpelosi @mmfa Democrats still pushing an absurd narrative pic.twitter.com/I7vJi2jR1z

— Abnsoldier (@abnsldr) October 18, 2014

Yawn. Nice try Ms. Pelosi:

@sfpelosi @mmfa You know, the CDC has requested more money to fight Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (which has no known cause), than Ebola.

— Mister Crow (@Crowesq) October 18, 2014

@sfpelosi @mmfa #CDC doled out $25 million in bonuses while blaming cuts for Ebola outbreak http://t.co/3RELnHXboy #Ebola

— AsilisArt (@AsilisArt) October 18, 2014

@sfpelosi @mmfa Sadly, only people with a minus 10 IQ will believe you…but, good try!

— Orlien (@Orlien) October 18, 2014

@sfpelosi Data show not that the CDC faced a lack of funding, but misplaced priorities for that funding based on choices made by #Obama

— Stitch Jonze ☠ (@StitchJonze) October 18, 2014

And check out all the other things that took money from Ebola research.

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Related:

‘Hard for me to believe’: Vox’s Sarah Kliff doesn’t buy NIH director’s Ebola vaccine scapegoat

‘Game. Set. Match’: Hey, Dems! Cuts? What about this discovered $500 million ‘secret Ebola lab’? [photo]

PANIC! Here’s Donna Brazile joining GOP to blame for Ebola spin machine

http://twitter.com/#!/TheBenWalters/status/521495032667598848

Welp, you knew that was going to happen.

@ItsHannuhhhh good point. I think it just took them a while to find something like the NIH budget that can be used to tie the GOP to Ebola

— Ben Walters (@TheBenWalters) October 13, 2014

Yep. And the desperate grasping came Sunday night with the NIH director claiming there would be an Ebola vaccine if it wasn’t for icky Republicans and their “budget cuts.” Dr. Francis Collins was swiftly (and awesomely) schooled, as was the idjit known as Paula Begala, who had immediately jumped on the lie train.

.@donnabrazile why does every statement from government officials end up with liberals wanting to spend more money? https://t.co/wBB0RRjlha

— nm #libertarian (@NM_libertarian) October 13, 2014

Truth. Here is Brazile tweeting out the ludicrous lie:

NIH Director: We'd Probably Have An Ebola Vaccine If Not For Budget Cuts http://t.co/6A2cbXTUBx

— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) October 13, 2014

Hey, Donna: Take a look at this:

Blaming Ebola on "Republican cuts" to health budgets isn't accurate but it is desperate http://t.co/FKrXCBAfmv pic.twitter.com/wgitDj8uNB

— Nick Gillespie (@nickgillespie) October 13, 2014

Boom.

Citizens didn’t let Brazile get away with it.

@donnabrazile I call BS

— Sal (@SundevilSal) October 13, 2014

@donnabrazile Are you even serious with a tweet about NIH not having enough $$? Do liberals have any solutions that aren't $$$? #ebola

— Twin66 (@Twin66) October 13, 2014

@donnabrazile yup, knew you'd have faith in propaganda Obama.

— The Right Pfeil (@Cowboy__Country) October 13, 2014

@donnabrazile If only we hadn't wasted so much on #Solyndra

— Maddy Perennity (@Madel_Schmadel) October 13, 2014

@donnabrazile And if federal government didn't bail out GM, waste money on Solyndra, $timulus, study why left-handed squirrels don't mate…

— KRenner (@KRenner2) October 13, 2014

The hillbilly contingent of the party, I'm sure. "@TheBenWalters: I think @donnabrazile just tried to blame Ebola on republicans”

— Milkshakes Anytime (@MomMilkshake) October 13, 2014

Heh. Yes, remember that name-calling retweet from Donna Brazile?

To be fair, she can’t really help it.

@TheBenWalters @BrookeBohlen95 @donnabrazile I feel bad for her. She just doesn't know any better. Living lies keeps the pain of truth away.

— Voni VOTE GOP! (@yviemarie88) October 13, 2014

Bless her heart.

Update:

So now @donnabrazile wants to blame GOP for Ebola threat that Dems have been insisting is not a threat. Pffft. http://t.co/UXYdQ9mpCr

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) October 13, 2014

And Brazile then doubled down on her idiocy:

@michellemalkin yes..Budget cuts approved by Congress. Did you read the article or just coming up with salacious facts? #HopeOverFear

— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) October 13, 2014

Related:

How much does Dem desperation reek? Paul Begala parrots pitiful ‘Ebola budget cuts’ spin; Gets schooled

Don’t look now NIH director, but here are things that #TookMoneyFromEbolaResearch

Sunday-night bombshell: NIH director claims budget cuts have prevented an Ebola vaccine; Conservatives spotlight budget waste

Civility! No holiday from idiocy for Donna Brazile: Check out her stupidest retweet yet [photo]; Updated

Hey, Dems! What about this discovered $500 million ‘secret Ebola lab’? [pic]

http://twitter.com/#!/Dr_2A/status/521637668393082880

Heh. As Twitchy readers know, Dems reeked of desperation this week when they attempted (and failed) to push the lie that there would already be an Ebola vaccine if not for yucky Republicans and their budget-cutting ways. Paul Begala, Donna Brazile and the lib outlet Agenda Project all jumped aboard that pathetic (and hypocritical) train and were swiftly schooled. Citizens pushed back with things that “took money from Ebola research” and it was beautiful.

Then this entered for the win: What about this, Dems?

Secret $500 million NIH Ebola lab discovered in California: pic.twitter.com/RyqbwccivI

— Cuffé (@CuffyMeh) October 13, 2014

Genius. Point? Nailed.

Game. Set. Match. RT @CuffyMeh Secret $500 million NIH Ebola lab discovered in California: pic.twitter.com/XqxFuNr2HL

— Seth (@dcseth) October 13, 2014

@CuffyMeh @redsteeze Brilliant….

— Dan McAlister (@prelives51) October 13, 2014

.@CuffyMeh Bravo. Very well played. @redsteeze

— L. North (@LadyLNorth) October 13, 2014

#MicDrop@CuffyMeh: Secret $500 million NIH Ebola lab discovered in California: pic.twitter.com/FOrarhzq1H

— Michael James Barton (@MichaelJames357) October 13, 2014

Yep. Game over!

Related:

It takes just 3 Donna Brazile retweets to expose her pathological lies, hypocrisy [photo]

You name it, it was #CausedByRepublicanBudgetCuts [pics]

‘REPUBLICAN CUTS KILL!!!’ Lib group leaps aboard the Ebola crazy train 

Here is Paul Begala doubling down on desperate Ebola-blaming lies by blaming Bush. No, seriously

Dem desperation continues to reek; Here’s Donna Brazile joining GOP to blame for Ebola spin machine; Update: She doubles down on idiocy

How much does Dem desperation reek? Paul Begala parrots pitiful ‘Ebola budget cuts’ spin; Gets schooled

Don’t look now NIH director, but here are things that #TookMoneyFromEbolaResearch

Sunday-night bombshell: NIH director claims budget cuts have prevented an Ebola vaccine; Conservatives spotlight budget waste

It takes one Instapundit question to torch Donna Brazile’s latest Ebola idiocy (and it’s perfect)

Donna Brazile: Don’t worry about Ebola; ‘they want you to be afraid’

‘All that stuff IS scary’: Donna Brazile flamed over ‘GOP’s scheme to frighten America’

‘Except for … ‘: Gov. Cuomo says Ebola response has been ‘textbook’

http://twitter.com/#!/rbeestweets/status/525620011184824320

It was learned yesterday that a doctor in New York City has tested positive for the Ebola virus, but New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is up for re-election next month, is offering high praise for how the situation has been handled:

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A bit early for patting themselves on the back, isn’t it?

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It depends on what your definition of “textbook” is:

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Part of the problem might be that the “textbook” has some flaws.

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Related:

Andrea Mitchell: Don’t worry about Ebola patient who traipsed all over NYC last night

‘Can’t make this up!’ Guess where Ebola-positive NYC doctor may have gone bowling; Alley closed?; Update: Alley confirmed closed