Ebola Hysteria is Ridiculous

CNN Now Agrees With Me:  The Ebola Hysteria is Ridiculous

CNN Now Agrees With Me: The Ebola Hysteria is Ridiculous

This Is Getting Ridiculous

Was it really just four days ago that I criticized CNN for feeding an unnecessary national hysteria about Ebola? What a difference four days makes!

Today CNN has decided it is above all that; that CNN is no longer part of the problem; that CNN is now an observer, on the outside, judging and mocking those who feed the climate of fear.

A reformed and newly-enlightened CNN now says of the blanket Ebola coverage: “This is getting ridiculous”. As if CNN was never itself a major contributor to the ridiculousness. As if CNN was not, in fact, the ringleader in the circus of stupidity.

Maybe someone at cnn.com read my blog post, saw the truth in it, and said “Oh. Wait, wait! Look what it says right here at frowningjudgment.com. We’ve been called out. We need to stop this crap.”

The timing is certainly very suspicious. Very coincidental.

I’m not convinced yet that cnn.com won’t continue to prominently feature Ebola on its home page. But I’m watching.

And judging. And frowning.

Ebola Fatalities in the USA


Nina Pham’s Dog is Fine

Nina Pham is an Ebola patient. Bentley is her dog. Her perfectly healthy dog.

Visit CNN’s home page right now and you’ll learn that a healthy dog is considered front page news.

Bentley may be cute, but he’s not important. He doesn’t need to be the subject of a “live blog” prominently displayed “above the fold” on CNN’s home page.

Where’s the coverage of the news that really matters, CNN?

92 People Violently Die in USA Today

In other non-news: In 2012 there were 33,561 motor vehicle deaths in the United States. That’s an average of about 92 deaths each and every day. Presumably the numbers in 2014 are not wildly different.

Throughout the USA, today’s road fatalities will greatly outnumber today’s Ebola deaths. Nobody, anywhere in the USA, will be killed by the Ebola virus today. But about 92 people will die on the nation’s roads.

So where is the wall-to-wall media coverage? Where are the panicked cries to ban automobile imports and to shut down factories in Detroit? Where is the president’s address-to-the-nation on the epidemic of road fatalities?

If 92 people will die on the nation’s roads today, some of them are dying right now, as you read these words. These people’s deaths are unexpected, premature, violent and tragic. Family members and friends will be devastated. Hundreds of mourners will suffer choking grief for weeks and months to come.

CNN has nothing to say about them.

But Bentley is fine, thank you. Bentley is front-page news. There is nothing wrong with him. Nothing! But he’s on cnn.com’s home page.

Ebola Hysteria

We’ve had one Ebola fatality in the United States. One. That’s one death in a population of about 318,918,000.

Nina Pham is not dead. She’s infected but she’s alive and so – thank God! – is her dog Bentley.

CNN’s actions here are cynical and manipulative. It’s trying to profit from fear. Read any page on cnn.com about Ebola and count the “sponsored links” and other advertising accompanying the story. The story exists to drive you to CNN’s advertisers.

You are not going to contract Ebola. The virus is not going to make you sick. It is not going to kill you.

You will never have the opportunity to ingest the bodily fluids of anyone infected with Ebola.

Don’t buy into the media’s manufactured hysteria about the threat Ebola poses to the United States. The hysteria and the fear drive traffic to TV stations, to radio stations and to websites like CNN’s. The media has a vested interest in scaring you. If you’re scared, you’ll stay hungry for more information. You’ll keep coming back. You’ll do your own little part to unwittingly drive cnn.com’s page views into the stratosphere. And CNN can use those page views to lure advertisers. “Hey, look at all the traffic cnn.com is getting. Advertise with us and reach millions of suckers who are 100% guaranteed gullible and ready to absorb any message they’re given.”

Frowning Judgment

The page you’re now reading mentions Ebola multiple times. It also mentions Nina Pham and her dog, Bentley. As a result, it will be awarded some arbitrary page rank in Google’s search results for those terms.

Here, however, there is no advertising. This web page about Ebola, at frowningjudgment.com, contains no advertising because I’m not a douche bag trying to profit from the misery of the thousands of sick and dying people in Africa.

This page exists because I refuse to be manipulated by profit-driven, scare-mongering big media. And I encourage you to do the same.

Barber Shop Ejaculation

I was at a barber shop a few days ago. Getting my hair cut.

The barber at some point felt the need to interrupt my thoughts with some energetic spluttering about what a beautiful day it was. The commentary was sudden, unprompted and utterly unexpected: an ejaculation without masturbation. And as he sprayed me with his narrative goo, I wondered what minimal response might metaphorically wipe him dry without encouraging him to bust another nut.

I wanted to sit in peace.

It wasn’t a beautiful day. It was a crappy fall day. There was a foreboding darkness in the atmosphere, and a distinct chill was gathering strength.

But the sky was blue, and for my barber, that was enough to announce a beautiful day.

The most beautiful spring day is more beautiful than the most beautiful fall day. Each day in spring is a promise: a confident assurance that there is more growth, more renewal and more warmth yet to come.

Every fall day is an increasingly-apparent threat.

Just to be polite to my barber, I grunted in agreement. That’s right, I faked it.

And hoped he was spent.