Nigeria has been declared officially free of Ebola after six weeks with no new cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.
According to the BBC, the Spanish nurse who was the first person to contract Ebola outside of West Africa has tested negative for the virus (a second test is required before she’ll be officially free of the disease). And the United States has reached an important milestone: the 21-day monitoring period for the 48 people who had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who died of Ebola in Dallas, ended on Sunday and Monday. Aside from the two nurses who cared for him, there have been no new infections.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
SARAH PALIN ACCUSES COURIC AND FEY OF EXPLOITING HER
Vice Presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, in an interview with conservative radio talk-show host and film maker, John Zeigler, wonders if the mainstream media are treating Caroline Kennedy differently from the way they treated her—she wondered if the media would handle her with kid gloves—“if she will be under such a microscope.”
Palin misses the point. First, Palin, unlike Caroline Kennedy, was a total unknown before John McCain tapped her to be his running mate and, therefore, one 72-year old heart beat away from the most powerful office on the planet. Palin has no understanding that the countr would want to know EVERYTHING about the woman who had a very good chance to become the Commander in Chief. She was an unknown entity. Caroline Kennedy, contrarily, is very well known, and the American public knows quite a bit about her family—she has been a known entity for 50 years. And there have been plenty of news stories questioning Kennedy’s experience in seeking the New York senate seat.
Another point Palin ignores in her interview is that she was asking the American people to believe that she was qualified to possibly be the leader of the free world—the president of the United States of America. Kennedy is hoping to be one of 100 senators, and not in line to succeed to the presidency should that be necessary. The fact that Palin doesn’t understand that is troubling.
Also, Palin and her fans don’t understand that being halting and using filler words in speech such as, um, uh, y’know, is a sign of not having learned to speak in public and not a lack of intelligence. Palin is a very smooth speaker when she has someone else’s words to read. She’s very effective. However, when she has to rely on her own ideas, she talks in circles, using contorted and syntactically bizarre sentence sturcture.
Palin also takes swipes at Katie Couric and Tina Fey, saying they exploited her. Really? Did Tina Fey force Palin to appear on Saturday Night Live? Palin certainly looked like she was enjoying herself when she was featured on that show before the election. If she felt she was being exploited, Palin could have declined to appear with her exploiters. She didn’t. This claim is rubbish. And so is the assertion that Couric exploited her. The Couric interview was nonconfrontational, and Couric was respectful and gentle in her questioning of Palin. Palin misinterprets Couric when she says she believes Couric said: "Do you read, what do you guys do up there." Couric did not ask that question. She simply asked Palin what she read—a perfectly normal question to someone the American people know nothing about. One can get an insight into a person by what she reads. Why Palin couldn’t simply name an Alaska newspaper and be done with that simple question, still remains a mystery. Palin sabotaged herself, and now blames Couric.
Blaming someone else (Fey and Couric) or some group (the media) for one’s failures and short-comings is never a good idea. It makes the blamer look weak and petty. Someone should advise Gov. Palin to get beyond what happened during the campaign and stop her whining.