Hogan's Alley

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Avian Flu Hysteria Not Flying During Sweeps Week

DemFromCT at Daily Kos posts an interesting note applauding the current step down from hysteria over the predicted avian flu outbreak. Interestingly he quotes, with apparent approval, a WAPO story that, among other things, reports on Congressional efforts to limit the liability of the manufacturers. He also quotes a "flu blogger" named Tyler Cowan from George Mason University supporting, among other steps to take, the same notion.

It is refreshing to see the absence of reflexive support at the Daily Kos for the Trial Lawyers Association position on this important issue. It is also very heartening to see the drop off in panicky stories on the local and national newscasts during the current ratings sweeps weeks. During this time of year I have come to fully expect promos touting giant, two-headed chickens seen sneaking into America directly from Cambodia...film at 11:00.