There is a persistent chorus of pundits and newsfolk who insist that the whole subject of Ebola is overblown and a byproduct of anti-Obama fervor or right-wing hysteria or...
You get the idea.
At first look, the chorus appears to be wildly wrong. Ebola coverage would be excessive for something that has killed one person in the US thus far. But it's not the disease that's prompting outrage. It's that the procedures to render Ebola irrelevent in our lives are not being taken by the Obama administration. Instead, the administration suggests that it is somehow xenophobic, if not flat-out racist, to stop air travel to and from affected countries to the United States. Or the Center for Disease Control assures us that the disease is nothing to be worried about and then about-faces two days later to say that controlling Ebola was a lot harder than it had thought. The anger is not about Ebola. It is frustration about how such a simple fix can be so thoroughly botched by the administration - an administration that insists that government has the answers to our every ill.
In short, maybe the President's defenders are right. Maybe the fires of fearmongering are being kindled. But the fears are not about Ebola. The fears are about what appears to be a contagious inability of the federal government to handle something so rare, deadly and eminantly solveable.