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Tom Kludt

Tom Kludt is a reporter for Talking Points Memo based in New York City, covering media and national affairs. Originally from South Dakota, Tom joined TPM as an intern in late-2011 and became a staff member during the 2012 election. He can be reached at tom@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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It was an interview that showcased contrasting styles, and maybe even divergent priorities.

On one side was Fox News anchor Jon Scott, whose breathless questions on Ebola typified his network's coverage of the outbreak. On the other side was Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert and the chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University.

Schaffner calmly answered each of Scott's questions during the Wednesday interview, providing the occasional fact-check and urging the anchor to "calm it down."

"There will not be widespread Ebola in the United States," he told Scott.

Despite those assurances, Scott sounded unconvinced, and maybe even a little disappointed that the professor wasn't going along with Fox's scaremongering. But Schaffner, for his part, was magnanimous.

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