MSNBC is blaming the National Rifle Association (NRA) for Ebola’s arrival in the U.S., as well as for the fear of a greater outbreak that has followed.
According to MSNBC, the NRA made “the Ebola crisis worse” by opposing Dr. Vivek Murthy’s nomination to the position of Surgeon General in 2013.
Had things been different–had Murthy been confirmed to the position of surgeon general–he could speak to the American people and relieve the “heightened public health anxiety.” But the NRA ruined that when they opposed his plans to label gun crime a “public health crisis” and then use that avenue for backdoor gun control.
Now we have no Surgeon General and no comfort.
Missing from MSNBC’s claims is that the fact that Murthy had far more opponents than the NRA, and many of those opponents were fellow doctors.
For example, Fox News’ Dr. Manny Alveraz opposed Murthy’s confirmation as Surgeon General by pointing out that Murthy was not even qualified to run a “medical department” at an “academic medical center.” Alveraz also pointed out that all Murthy’s achievements at that time had been political, not medical, in nature.
On March 19, Breitbart News reported that one of the main reasons Murthy was nominated was because of his work in helping to get Obama elected in 2008 via “Doctors for Obama.”
But MSNBC overlooks these things to talk about how the angry white men at NRA headquarters have somehow made the Ebola crisis worse than it had to be.
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