Jon Stewart Skewers The Media’s Hype Over The Ebola Virus

Jon Stewart mocked the role the media has played in spreading the hype surrounding the Ebola virus during Tuesday night’s “The Daily Show.”

Stewart opened the show celebrating the “good news” of sanctions being placed on Russia and a cease-fire in Gaza, saying it was something to commemorate after a “doomsday-y” summer.

The screen then flashed to several news stations’ reports on the “Ebola alert” and the “fast growing Ebola outbreak.” Stewart responded with sheer panic.

“What the f**k! Oh my god!” Stewart exclaimed wearing a plastic hood and squirting hand sanitizer on his face. “First it was war, then it was plague, we’re either in the end times or a sci-fi original movie. We’re all in danger!”

Stewart calmed for a moment after learning that Ebola cases were mostly contained to West Africa, but then came word that a patient in New York was being tested for Ebola after experiencing symptoms.

That pushed Stewart back into a frenzy. He began taping pieces of the plastic hood to his face.

Watch below, from Comedy Central:

Masthead Masthead
Editor & Publisher:
Managing Editor:
Senior News Editor:
Assistant Editor:
Editor at Large:
Investigations Desk:
Senior Political Correspondent:
Front Page Editor:
Social Media Editor:
Editor for Prime & Special Projects:
General Manager & General Counsel:
Executive Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Publishing Associate:
Front-End Developer: