Media Should Stop Lecturing Americans About Their Ebola Concerns

By Mollie Hemingway

The very moment that the news was confirmed about Dr. Ebola, various reporters started telling everyone to calm down. But nobody was panicking. I mean, expressing interest in an unbelievably deadly disease that has spread quickly is not panicking. Panicking is loading up your car like a prepper who just won the Lottery and heading to your cabin in West Virginia. I mean, maybe there’s someone who has done just that. But there is no evidence that we have any serious problem with people panicking. Lots of jokes about deadly viruses? Yep. Heightened awareness? Sure. People demonstrating different levels of concern? Sure. People not trusting the government at the same irrationally high levels as our media do? Absolutely. But that’s not panic! Neither is it “hysteria,” as Politico’s Glenn Thrush put it.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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