On Wednesday, Shepard Smith stepped up to the plate and by virtue of a calm and authoritative demeanor, took a punishing swing at the panic-stricken response by the mainstream media to the Ebola situation. He provided the facts on the virus as they now stand, free of irresponsible hype and implored everyone watching and listening to ignore the alarmists and react to these latest developments logically and reasonably.
It’s lamentable to have to say that what Shep said and did was extraordinary, but it is. Every news organization and journalist should be delivering the facts on Ebola in this way and yet very few have been. Shep’s own colleagues at Fox News are guilty of some of the most irresponsible and cynical panic-incitement we’ve seen over the past two weeks regarding Ebola. Maybe this is why, when Shep wrapped up this segment, he called out the media specifically, saying about that Ebola alarmism, “It’s not worth ratings and it’s not worth politics and we need to stop it.” We. His own network included.
Credit where credit is due: Bravo Shep.