Pew Study: Drudge Report More Trusted Than CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS


Independent media titan beats mainstream networks

by Paul Joseph Watson | October 21, 2014

A Pew Research study has found that the Drudge Report, the most pre-eminent independent media source on the web, is trusted by the American public more than CNN, MSNBC, ABC, or CBS.

While the likes of MSNBC and CNN are distrusted by 22% and 20% respectively in the poll, only 9% of respondents said that they distrusted the Drudge Report, a figure on a par with NPR.

The Washington Post, the New York Times and the Huffington Post are all more distrusted than Drudge.

Drudge’s bracketing with the likes of NPR, BBC and Bloomberg suggest that the high level of trust is not merely because the respondents haven’t heard of the Drudge Report, a factor that probably explains why the likes of Think Progress and the Daily Kos appear near the bottom of the list.

The study found that Rush Limbaugh, Fox News and the Glenn Beck Program were the most distrusted news sources, which is probably due to the fact that all three offer staunch conservative views likely to cause polarization amongst liberal respondents to the poll.

In general, trust in mainstream press continues to collapse, with a September 2014 Gallup poll revealing Americans’ confidence in the media’s ability to report “the news fully, accurately, and fairly” returning to an all time low of 40%.

In addition, many of MSNBC’s flagship shows, such as Morning Joe and The Rachel Maddow Show just posted some of their lowest quarterly ratings results ever, emphasizing how Americans are turning away from network media and getting their news from more varied and independent sources.

“You know there’s a problem with the media when Al-Jazeera is trusted more than NBC, CNN, and MSNBC,” remarks Zero Hedge.

View the Pew results below.




Any soldier exposed will immediately be brought back to US; UK will NOT bring back infected troops

A Defense Department memo indicates that military commanders will be given the authority to quarantine US troops returning from Ebola ravaged nations in a secure DoD facility for 21 days.

The memo, obtained by CNN, says that troops will be monitored at the facility, tested for Ebola, and treated there if necessary.

The memo does not specify the location of the facility that will house the troops, but an official speaking anonymously confirmed that it will likely be a site close to Washington DC.

With 500 troops already deployed to West Africa, and potentially 4000 in total authorized to ship out, the DC facility must be a large complex equipped to deal with and contain hazardous materials.

The CNN report says that the memo, which has not been made public, “spells out precise procedures for monitoring troops’ exposure and how any problems will be dealt with.”

It is said to explain that troops potentially exposed to bodily fluids of Ebola patients will be immediately evacuated from West Africa, shipped back into the US and quarantined at the military facility.

The thought of having Ebola infected US troops brought immediately back into the US will stoke more fear among those who warned that sending troops in the first place posed a major risk to the American public.

Considering that the virus has already infected 2 medical workers in Dallas, who cared for ‘Patient 0′ Thomas Eric Duncan, as well as the boyfriend of one of the nurses, it seems insane to willingly ship in more who have contracted the virus from outside the US at the epicenter of its spread.

Indeed, the UK has declared that any of it’s 750 troops and doctors who are exposed to the virus will NOT be guaranteed repatriation to the UK, and instead will likely be treated in field hospitals in Sierra Leone.

The latest medical research has also suggested that “there is scientific and epidemiological evidence that Ebola virus has the potential to be transmitted via infectious aerosol particles,” including exhaled breath.

In Nigeria, over a thousand troops have been quarantined after coming into contact with just one patient who later died of the Ebola Virus. This is the fate that could also await thousands of US troops.

The US memo also states that Commanders will be given the authority to isolate entire units of troops in the region during the last ten days of a deployment.

The memo also outlines how every single solider will be monitored for 21 days on returning to the US.



CDC compares spread of Ebola to AIDS while White House talks fashion


The White House somehow found the time to host a fashion show despite government officials admitting they are completely unprepared for an AIDS-like Ebola pandemic in the U.S.

Even though a customs agent admitted his department is not trained or equipped to deal with individuals infected with Ebola and the Secretary of Health and Human Services revealed there may be others with Ebola in the U.S., in addition to a mainstream reporter admitting “we’re screwed,” the Obama administration still held the “Fashion Education Workshop” on Wednesday in the largest room in the White House.

“All right, we’re just going to break this up one moment and just say, is this not cool?” Michelle Obama said to those in attendance. “I mean, come on. You’re in the White House. There are some of the most impressive people in fashion here to teach you all, and to reach out and to mentor you.”

“And there’s food. What more could you ask for?”

Perhaps a temporary ban on travelers from Ebola-struck countries, for one? Or health officials who actually follow proper disease protocols meant to prevent a deadly virus such as Ebola from spreading?

Right now Ebola is spreading with an intensity not seen since the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s.

“I would say that in the 30 years I’ve been working in public health, the only thing like this has been AIDS,” Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said to the United Nations.

Yesterday the first confirmed case of Ebola in the U.S., Thomas Eric Duncan, died in a Dallas hospital and others are showing symptoms of Ebola, including a Dallas Co. Deputy Sheriff who was ordered to enter Duncan’s apartment without protective gear.

Two other deputies are feeling sick, according to Scott Guiselman, President of the Dallas Sheriff Fraternal Order of Police.

“We were not provided with Hazmat suits or anything like that,” he told CNN.

And this wasn’t a freak accident but rather the norm in the government’s response to Ebola, which is unlikely to improve if the White House’s preoccupation with a fashion show is any indication.

Even the recently announced “fever screenings” at five U.S. airports are nothing more than security theater because the screenings can be beaten with Ibuprofen which reduces fever.

“The fever-screening instruments run low and aren’t that accurate,” Sean Kaufman, who previously worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said. “People can take Ibuprofen to reduce their fever enough to pass screening, and why wouldn’t they?”


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“I expected that they were going to take my temperature… ask me lots of questions, but they didn’t”


A CNN reporter returning from Liberia says she was “shocked” by the complete lack of screening at the Atlanta airport.

Speaking with HLN’s Robin Meade, CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen revealed the horrifying incident in detail.

“I expected that they were going to take my temperature, they were going to ask me lots of questions, but they didn’t,” Cohen said.

Troubled by the lack of questioning, Cohen revealed her role as a journalist covering the Ebola outbreak, assuming an enhanced screening would then take place.

“I said, ‘I’m a journalist, I’ve come back from Liberia, I was covering Ebola,’ and the gentleman who was helping me, the officer, he started to hand my passport back and say, ‘welcome home,’” Cohen said. “But instead he said, ‘oh wait a second, I got an email about passengers like you, hold on a second,’ and he went and conferred with someone and he didn’t know and they conferred with someone else and in the end he said, ‘you need to watch yourself for signs of Ebola,’ and I said ‘well what am I watching for?’ and he couldn’t tell me.”

Incredibly, Cohen went on to reveal that two of her co-workers received no screening at all, even after admitting they had just returned from Liberia.

“Now is if that weren’t bad enough Robin, I was traveling with two colleagues, a photojournalist and a producer, and they weren’t told anything and they also said that they were journalists who’ve been covering Ebola,” Cohen said. “So we were all kind of shocked and pretty horrified at the lack of screening in US airports…”

Despite the federal government’s claims, the incident provides yet another glaring example of the complete disregard for public safety.

Just last week, five employees with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department were thrown into harm’s way after being ordered to enter Thomas Eric Duncan’s quarantined apartment without any protective gear.

That same day, Texas health officials, who admittedly delayed a proper Hazmat cleaning of Duncan’s apartment for several days, used an unprotected cleaning crew to pressure wash Duncan’s vomit from the sidewalk.

Meanwhile, as the scientists who discovered Ebola warn of an “apocalyptic scenario,” the federal government continues to ignore the need for stopping all incoming flights from Ebola-affected nations.


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Feds tell sheriffs no risk in entering quarantined residence


Five employees with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department entered the quarantined apartment of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan Wednesday night after being ordered to bring his four family members a court order barring them from leaving their home.

The five, who were ordered to enter the residence by Sheriff Lupe Valdez, were joined by a doctor and the head of the Dallas County Health and Human Services Department.

The incident was learned after sheriff’s deputies noticed the squad cars used by the five being taken out of service unexpectedly the following morning.

Speaking with WFAA 8, Dallas County Sheriff’s Association President Christopher Dyer said the sheriff’s members were uneasy at best.

“They’re very concerned,” Dyer said. ‎”Their families are concerned. You’ve got to go home and tell your spouse, ‘Hey, I was just inside this house where a guy had Ebola.’”

“My concern is for the deputies and their families, and I want to see Dallas County do everything that they can to alleviate their concerns.”

Dryer went on to blast the federal government’s lax attitude towards the situation as well as their decision to use sheriff’s members to enter the home.

“My anger is really with the feds,” Dryer said. “Let’s move that family. Let’s move everybody out of that building. I don’t care if it’s overkill. Let’s do overkill. I don’t think sending a few deputies in there is the right course of action.‎”

Incredibly, the quarantined family alerted sheriffs to the fact that federal agencies allegedly in charge have failed to even provide them with food.

“What kind of planning is that for the feds?” Dyer said. “You quarantine them, but you’re not going to make sure they have food?”

Although Dryer was able to convince the sheriff’s department to put the five officers on leave to be checked by doctors, the CDC continues to claim they were never in danger.

Despite their claims, a growing number of medical experts are arguing that the virus is much more easily transferred than previously thought.

Professors at the University of Illinois are currently warning that even face masks are not enough to protect from infectious aerosol particles.

The United Nations’ Ebola response chief Anthony Banbury also warned of the growing possibility that Ebola could mutate and go airborne.

While the quarantined family is not currently showing symptoms, a reoccurring theme of carelessness from those in charge has outraged citizens.

Dallas residents and Americans alike were shocked Thursday evening after a news helicopter captured photos of an unprotected cleaning crew using pressure washers to blast vomit off the sidewalk outside of the Ebola patient’s home.

Texas health officials also admitted Thursday that they had yet to clean the apartment as well, making the possibility of infection among the quarantined family that much greater.

Despite the CDC telling citizens and reporters that they would finally clean the apartment during a Thursday afternoon conference call, a quarantined family member admitted that Duncan’s bed sheets had yet to be removed late Thursday evening during an interview on CNN. A seperate report claimed that a cleaning crew did in fact arrive last night wearing Hazmat suits, raising questions as to why the sheriffs were not provided with similar protection.

Texas Says That Up to 100 Are at Risk of Ebola Exposure

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The Sam Tasby Middle School in Dallas, attended by one of the children exposed to Thomas E. Duncan, the Ebola patient. The school has been thoroughly cleaned.

DALLAS — Health officials in Texas said Thursday that they had reached out to as many as 100 people who may have had contact — either directly or indirectly — with a Liberian man sick with the Ebola virus while he was contagious.

Of those people, only a handful have been isolated, including family members and the medical technicians who rushed the patient, Thomas E. Duncan, to the hospital on Sunday. Most on the list are there simply because they had contact with people who had had contact with Mr. Duncan.

A spokeswoman for the Dallas County health and human services department, Erikka Neroes, said the initial list of 12 to 18 people thought to have direct contact with Mr. Duncan had been expanded to people who had either direct or secondary contact.

“None are symptomatic,” Ms. Neroes said.

Even as health officials scrambled to find and monitor those people, a group that includes five school-age children, they sought to ease concerns among Dallas residents.

The Texas health commissioner, Dr. David Lakey, said Thursday that four members of Mr. Duncan’s family had been told to remain home and not to have visitors.

“We have tried-and-true protocols to protect the public and stop the spread of this disease,” Dr. Lakey said. “This order gives us the ability to monitor the situation in the most meticulous way.”

The five children who came in contact with Mr. Duncan were being kept home from school, and local officials tried to reassure parents at the four different schools they attended that the facilities were thoroughly cleaned and that children are safe. There were reports that some parents were keeping their children home.

At the same time, there were more questions about how the case was handled by local doctors and health officials as the timeline on Mr. Duncan’s activities shifted.

Initially, federal authorities announced at a news conference on Tuesday that Mr. Duncan first sought treatment at the hospital last Friday, Sept. 26, but that account has since been changed. The hospital issued a statement saying that the patient went there after 10 p.m. Sept. 25, when he was examined and sent home. Neither the hospital nor the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explained how officials had gotten the date wrong and what effect it may have had on the investigation.


The Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, where Thomas E. Duncan first sought treatment last week but was sent home. Credit Richard Rodriguez/European Pressphoto Agency
The woman who was hosting Mr. Duncan in Dallas told CNN on Thursday that she had brought him to the hospital the first time and twice told hospital workers he had been in Liberia. Still they sent him back with only some antibiotics to the apartment, where the woman was staying with one of her children and two nephews.

Over the next two days, Mr. Duncan began sweating profusely and had diarrhea. The sweaty sheets were still on her bed, she said. She put the towels he used in a bag but did not know what to do with them.

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The woman, whom CNN did not identify by name, said she had no symptoms at this point.

On Thursday, Mr. Duncan’s nephew said that even after his uncle was rushed to the hospital three days after his initial visit, vomiting and gravely ill, he did not feel they were acting with enough urgency and called federal authorities himself to alert them to the situation.

“I called C.D.C. to get some actions taken because I was concerned for his life and he was not getting the appropriate care,” the nephew, Josephus Weeks, told the NBC program “Today.” “And I feared that other people might get infected if he was not taken care of.”

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, acknowledged that things could have been handled better, but said he was confident the measures being taken would prevent any outbreak of the disease.

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“It is regrettable that there wasn’t the connecting of the dots,” Dr. Fauci told CNN on Thursday. “Because of the attention that has been paid to the situation in Dallas, people will be very much aware of paying attention to the travel history.”

The immediate priority of health officials is contacting all those who might have come into contact with Mr. Duncan after he became symptomatic, which is when the disease can spread.

Health officials said to think of the contact tracing as moving in concentric circles. Health officials focused first on those who had the closest and most intimate contact with Mr. Duncan after he became symptomatic because they are at the greatest risk of infection. That group includes at least four family members and three medics who are being isolated.

The next group includes those who had more casual contact with Mr. Duncan after he grew sick. More than a dozen people in this category will monitored by the authorities for 21 days, which is the longest documented time it has taken for this strain of Ebola to begin to cause illness.

These people will have their temperatures checked daily but are free to go about their daily routines unless they begin to show symptoms.

The final group includes the secondary contacts — those who came into contact with people who came into contact with Mr. Duncan. Since the risk of infection in this group is minimal, they are not monitored daily. But their names are put in a database in case any one of them unexpectedly becomes ill and so authorities know how to reach them quickly if needed.

The woman, 19-year-old Marthalene Williams, was turned away from the overcrowded clinic because it did not have room for her and died the next day. The landlord’s son and three neighbors who came in contact with the woman also died soon afterward.

Mr. Duncan went to the airport in Monrovia on Sept. 19 to board a flight to Brussels and then on to the United States. From Brussels, Mr. Duncan flew to Dulles International Airport, near Washington, on Sept. 20 on United Flight 951, and then on to Dallas-Fort Worth on Flight 822, the airline confirmed.

Four days later, on Sept. 24, Mr. Duncan told doctors, he started to get sick. On Sept. 25, he went the emergency room with a fever and nausea.

He was sent home under the mistaken belief that he had only a mild fever, a hospital administrator said; the information that he had traveled from Liberia, one of the nations at the heart of the Ebola epidemic, was overlooked.

He returned to the hospital on Sept. 28, this time sped there in an ambulance and gravely ill.

Containing the spread of Ebola in Dallas now depends on the effectiveness of contact tracing, the federal disease centers’ core strategy. Having patient zero — the first one infected — in hand is a rare luxury in the word of contract tracing and should help ensure that the authorities cast a wide enough net to find anyone at risk.

Ten C.D.C. members are in Texas assisting local officials. They include three senior scientists with expertise in public health investigations and infection control, a communications officer, five Epidemic Intelligence Service officers — the centers’ disease detectives — and a public health adviser

“Every health department has an unsung hero who tracks down people,” said Jennifer Nuzzo, an epidemiologist with the UPMC Center for Health Security in Baltimore. “They are generally really low paid jobs, but people tend to stay at them for a long time. It’s a labor of love.”