Republican Governor Escalates War On Quarantined Woman Who’s Not A Health Risk
The saga of Nurse Kaci Hickox, the Doctors Without Borders nurse who returned from fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone a week ago only to be locked in a New Jersey quarantine tent and deported back to Maine, took some weirdly dramatic turns yesterday. Maine Governor Paul LePage (R) had vowed to seek a court order against Hickox if she refused to obey a “voluntary” yet coerced 21-day quarantine, a quarantine for which there is no medical basis. Nurse Hickox’s response became national news, as Maine’s threat sent her on the Bike Ride Heard ‘Round The World. This footage of a throng of reporters breathlessly documenting a bike ride is surreal, but also noteworthy for what isn’t in the picture:
As you can see, there are reporters swarming Kaci Hickox, and many of them got well within three feet of her as they approached her home, yet none of them wore protective gear. Even as they “report the controversy,” as journalists unfortunately do on matters of settled science these days, their actions essentially confirm that Hickox is not a risk. This is bad journalistic theater.
LePage’s response was also appropriately theatrical, as he concern-trolled about a concocted threat of mob violence against Hickox, and threatened to do… something if she got within three feet of anyone…READ MORE[su_csky_ad]