It’s a shame the National Enquirer is getting its facts wrong on the Obama administration’s handling of the Ebola virus outbreak.
As Vox’s Ben Shapiro pointed out on Twitter, the Enquirery is running an ad that’s based on a fabricated story from the Associated Press (AP) claiming the Obama Administration is refusing to disclose details of how many Ebola patients have tested positive for the virus.
The Enquirers story is based on the false story, which also falsely claimed that the administration was withholding information about the number of Ebola patients that have tested negative for the disease.
The AP also ran a story that’s also based on an untrue claim.
The story’s premise is that the Obama’s administration is denying information that’s needed to understand the Ebola outbreak.
The White House says that’s not true.
“It is the position of the Obama White House that the U.S. Government has not released any information about how many Americans have tested Ebola and how many of them have recovered,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement to Vox.
“The president has been clear that any and all questions about Ebola must be answered through an open and transparent public health response.”
In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that it has received more than 1,000 confirmed cases of Ebola and more than 6,000 deaths.
The president has also pledged to expand the use of experimental treatments like ZMapp, an experimental drug used to treat the Ebola strain.
He said he’d do so “in the coming days” but he has not yet released any specifics about what those treatments would look like.
The Obama administration has been trying to build up public support for Ebola medication through a variety of efforts.
The CDC is working to develop new vaccines and experimental therapies to help people in West Africa who have been infected with the virus and are being treated in the U of C’s Emory University Hospital.
That effort has also been focused on helping the Obama administrations response to the outbreak.
But the president has refused to release more information about those efforts and instead has insisted that his administration is doing everything possible to help Americans.