What’s In a Name

May 18, 2009 at 7:32 am | Posted in What the hell? | Leave a comment

The media is has been in full frenzy with the H1N1 or Swine Flu for what, a couple of months now? Maybe it’s even longer because I think most of us have tuned out the Chicken Little/The Sky is Falling cries as of late. It just gets to be way too much. Yes, just way, way, way too much.

So while I was watching The Today Show this morning one of the top stories was the death of a school principal from Swine Flu last evening. Apparently this was the 7th death in the United States and somewhere around 130th worldwide. But I got to thinking about all this hype and hysteria and checked out the CDC’s website regarding average flu related deaths, and this is the “regular” or “seasonal” flu not the dreaded Swine flu and they report around 36,000 deaths per year. PER YEAR. And that is just in the United States. I mean, really. With all that is going on in our world that warrants national and even international attention do you all really think that Swine Flu should be topping the list?  I in no way, shape or form mean to belittle the loss of loved family members around the world but the media coverage of this “outbreak” has been blown to epic proportions.

So please media outlets let’s leave the swine where it belongs – thickly sliced and nicely pan fried resting aside two scrambled eggs, hash browns and wheat toast rather than splashed all over my television.

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