CNN host Ashleigh Banfield had Dr. Alexander Garza, the former chief medical officer with Homeland Security, on her show this Monday and in doing so turned the network into Fox lite, as he echoed their warning that we should be very afraid now that we have Ebola “in the United States.”
Garza has a military background and with his former post at Homeland Security, seems to have a tendency to think of everything in terms of enemies and war. Ebola is no exception to that mind-set.
On Friday, The New York Times published an op-ed he wrote calling Ebola “the ISIS of biological agents.” When questioned about it by Banfield, Garza stuck to that position insisting that it was not alarmist.
“Does that mean that it mean that it is that deadly, that dangerous or that it just needs to be treated with the same kind of strategy,” she asked.
“I think it’s a little bit of both, Ashleigh,” Garza replied, “And so if you think about Ebola as an agent that spreads throughout and kills innocent people it’s directly like ISIS.”
He went on to say that the only way to fight it was to fight it exactly the same way that we fight terrorism.
One day before on Reliable Sources, former CNN science correspondent Miles O’Brien had criticized the hyperbole and scare tactics that Fox News has used to draw in viewers, convincing them that they are in imminent danger from this difficult to contract disease.
O’Brien told host Brian Stelter:
“I wish everybody could take a deep breath and take a break from trying to pull viewers in by scaring them. It borders on irresponsibility…But there is a perception that by hyping up this threat you draw people’s attention. It’s a shame to even say that, and I get embarrassed for our brethren in journalism.”
One of the things that Garza wants is questioning of international passengers arriving on our shores, something that he says can do a lot to deter infected people entering the country. This completely ignores the fact that Liberia wants Thomas Duncan sent back for prosecution, allegedly having lied on a questionnaire when he said he had not been in contact with anyone who had Ebola.
Listen to Garza’s comments in the video below.