One oft-maligned symptom of the ongoing Ebola outbreak is the tendency of media organizations to overplay the risk it poses to the general public. News outlets based in this country’s largest city have proven hardly more immune than have its residents: “Ebola in New York fires up the media” reads a recent headline in The USA Today.
Thankfully, none other than the New York Times appears to have developed a hardy resistance to Ebola-related fear-mongering. Just check out this (complete) headline and synopsis a friend recently emailed me via the paper of record’s mobile phone application:
Malicious Ebola-Themed Emails Are on the Rise
By NICOLE PERLROTH
Criminals are attempting to install malicious programs on computers using false Ebola advisories as bait.
“Install malicious programs” sure does sound like an awfully roundabout way to avoid saying that criminals have taken to spreading the virus over the internet. Bravo, New York Times.