As someone who one day wants to become a full-time member of the media, the media's reaction to the spread of the Ebola virus to the United States (what many media outlets have been calling "a crisis") has been nothing short of disappointing and discouraging.
The fact of the matter is, a few isolated incidents in the U.S. does not and should not warrant labels such as "crisis." If anything, the greater crisis at the moment is now the fear and stigma associated with Ebola and people of West African heritage.
Although not all media outlets have been irresponsible with their coverage of the virus, the vast majority have used the isolated incidents of the virus in the U.S. to drive page-views and consequently advertising revenue.
Luckily, for every click-bait headline or ill-informed story that is published, there is a Twitter user ready to call out the media for these practices and counteract the media hype with reason and facts (including stories that the media and public should be more concerned about). Here are some of the best ones:
Imagine if Ebola spread by people sharing stupid articles on the Internet and how fast the world would improve
— Toby Bramley (@akaNorman) October 26, 2014
News Media: As you saturate the public with Ebola & beheadings, remember there are an average of 88 gun deaths each day in the U.S.
— Dave (@YouGiveMeFever7) October 26, 2014
Everyone knows our only hope is to stop Ebola at the source. I wonder how our demonizing brave health care workers plan is working out?
— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) October 26, 2014
— adam garone (@adamgarone) October 26, 2014
21-day period ends, no new Ebola cases in Texas, but media silliness feeding U.S. panic will continue--with no self-criticism.
— Greg Mitchell (@GregMitch) October 20, 2014
I don't blame people for being frightened about Ebola, a frightening disease. I do blame irresponsible media and officials for hyping it.
— John Schwartz -- NYT (@jswatz) October 19, 2014
Five immediate threats 2 UR life media not covering; 1) Flu 2) Car accident 3) Climate Change 4) Cancer 5) heart attack NONE ARE #Ebola
— Jodi Jacobson (@jljacobson) October 19, 2014
Modern times: Having feverishly beaten the Ebola drum, the media is now turning to stories about unwarranted panic over the disease.
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) October 18, 2014
.@washingtonweek I am upset that folks on mainstream media are focusing on Ebola and forgetting about the economy and midterm election.
— Pat Fuller (@bannerite) October 18, 2014
In 2012, around 1.3 million people were killed by Tuberculosis, which is spread very easily through the air. Where is the media hype? #Ebola
— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) October 17, 2014
Though media coverage on this issue has been disappointing, the fact that so many have been willing to combat the media hype and act as a watchdog for the media shows that we do still live in a society where truth and facts are still valued over hype. Keep it up, Twitter.