From a Trusted News Source..
Earlier today we were contacted by a customer asking if we had received a tap on the shoulder by the CDC telling us to stop reporting on developments concerning Ebola. This individual’s motivation was the sudden drop off in message traffic from our service over the past 10 days.
For the record, NO, we have not received such a request, nor would we comply.
But the inquiry raises important questions:
Why has the overall tempo of Ebola stories slowed to a trickle?
Why has the overall tempo of suspected case reports from hospitals and health departments dropped off?
You may recall that on 10/21 AlertsUSA sent the following SMS message to subscriber mobile devices:
“FLASH: CDC insider tells AlertsUSA that U.S. hospitals being advised to NOT publicly report suspected / confirmed Ebola cases using privacy laws as shield.”
This evening we were informed that Obama Administration efforts to squash reporting on suspected or confirmed cases of Ebola in the U.S. goes much further. Then consider the following single sentence from a Forbes news story published late on 11/2:
“The Associated Press and other press outlets have agreed not to report on suspected cases of Ebola in the United States until a positive viral RNA test is completed.”
And there you have it.
1. Control the source of the news (hospitals and health departments).
2. Control the propagation of the news (mainstream news outlets and wire services).
It would seem that our new Ebola Czar has been hard at work behind the curtain.
The takeaway here is concerning on multiple levels and should serve to highlight, yet again, that mainstream reporting and information sharing by public agencies is not quite as free and independent as the public may think.
Despite this blackout of sorts,receives a steady stream of information from other sources nationally and globally. Before anything is reported to you, we always seek secondary and tertiary confirmation so as to maintain accuracy. This directly translates into trust in the service.
We deal in black and white facts. No grey matter. No rumors.
That said, healthcare workers, public health professionals and members of the armed services have privately have informed us of the details of numerous additional CONFIRMED cases of Ebola quietly being treated at medical facilities in multiple locations across the U.S.. Many of these have been transported to CONUS from abroad. But without solid confirmation upon which we can stake the reputation of the company, the blowback could be significant.