During a segment on Fox News’ Outnumbered Thursday, the network’s favorite little racist troll, Andrea Tantaros, claimed Africans traveling to the United States who may possibly be infected with the Ebola virus won’t go to hospitals, but instead seek out witch doctors for treatment. The discussion on the show first centered on news surrounding the first Ebola patient in the United States, Thomas Eric Duncan, and the fact that he was initially allowed to leave a hospital with antibiotics after being admitted for a fever and abdominal pains. Two days later, and ten days after he had first arrived from Liberia, Duncan tested positive for Ebola. It is now thought that he may have come into contact with as many as 100 people since first arriving in America.
When it was time for Tantaros to talk, she did her usual job of semi-coherent blathering combined with full-on racial stereotyping. She first complained that “we can’t look to people for human intelligence. We just can’t!” I want you to please re-read that quote and then try to make sense of it. It appears she’s saying we can’t count on humans to be as smart as humans. It seems to me that Tantaros got confused when putting together whatever word salad she had prepared and just hoped for the best when she opened her mouth.
After that little morsel of WTF, Tantaros then moved on to her favorite pastime — saying awful things about people of color. Tantaros said we can’t trust people from Africa to be truthful about their activities, and we also can’t trust that they will do the right thing if they feel symptoms. At the same time, she also claimed that they want to come to the US in order to get treatment, seemingly contradicting the point she was trying to make about African people going to witch doctors.
“We may see people getting on flights saying they haven’t come in contact with anybody and maybe they have because they want treatment in the US. We are not equipped to handle this, and at the time we should be preparing the President was dancing in Martha’s Vineyard and assuring us this would never happen. I’ll say it before, I’ll say it again — in these countries they don’t believe in traditional medical care. So someone could get off a flight and seek treatment from a witch doctor who practices santeria.”
Well, that’s a nice little bundle of fear mongering, racist crazy. You also have to love the shot at the President. You know, just for good measure.
Below is video of the segment, courtesy of Media Matters:
There are ways to discuss the threat of the Ebola virus on a global scale and what it might mean for the United States. And then there’s the way Fox News discusses it. Which is pretty much how they discuss any serious topic.