WATCH: Smith Says Ebola Hysterics Are 'Not Worth the Ratings' and 'Not Worth the Politics'

Fox News host focuses media attention on its own coverage of Ebola by slamming the 'hysterical' and 'counter-productive' media coverage of the virus in the United States.

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Shepard Smith drew attention recently by "laying out the facts on Ebola" and slamming the media in "just three minutes."  Smith started, "You should have no concerns about Ebola at all. None. I promise. Do not listen to the hysterical voices on the radio and the television or read the fear-provoking words online. The people who say and write hysterical things are being very irresponsible."

Smith went on to discuss the political implications of Ebola in the United States, "You have to rememeber there is politics in the mix, with midterm elections coming, the party in charge needs appear to be effectively leading and the party out of power needs to show there is a lack of leadership...but, for the purpose of this fact dissimenation exercise those matters are immaterial...We do not have an Ebola outbreak in America."

In response to rising alarm in the media, Smith went on to say, "We do not have an outbreak of Ebola in the United States. Nowhere. We do have two healthcare workers who contracted the disease from a dying man. They are isolated. There is no information to suggest that the virus has spread to anyone in the general population in America. Not one person in the general population in the United States... I report to you with certainty this afternoon that being afraid at all is the wrong thing to do."

"We don't have widespread panic in America. We should not have it. We don't have an outbreak. We have two sick people from one dying man. And the rest of this should stop, because it's not productive, and it's not worth ratings, and it's not worth politics, and we all need to stop it."

"Someday there may be a real panic. Someday, something may start spreading that they can't control. And then, do you know what we're gonna have to do? We're gonna have to relax and listen to leaders. We're not gonna panic when we're supposed to and we're certainly not gonna panic now. We have to stop it."

"Reaction from Pulitzer Prize winner Judith Miller and Lynn Sweet, Washington bureau chief for the Chicago Sun-Times," on media reaction to Ebola and Shepard Smith. 

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