MARK LEVIN (HOST): What the Democrats are doing here really is diabolical. You know the president of the United States has really done a great job on this so far and he ought to get credit for it. He's not a demigod, he can't prevent the virus from spreading into the United States. We are a massive country.
I'm old enough and many of you are old enough to know that the Democrats use these health issues to create health scares. They do it all the time. Now, I am going to talk about this briefly and it will be completely misinterpreted by vicious, radical, left-wing propagandists who do not have the best interests of the country in mind. They do not. Whether it's war, whether it's health issues, they see politics all the time. There's a pathology in the media and on the left that is to frame science in the context of a crisis. We have the climate change crisis, before that we had the global warming crisis, before that we had the global cooling crisis. But there's always a crisis. Always. And there's always misrepresentation and fearmongering. Misrepresentation and fearmongering. You heard that today and yesterday with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi.
The pathology works something like this: An event occurs, as I wrote about in Liberty and Tyranny 11 years ago. An event occurs, say food contamination is discovered or instances of a new disease arises. Or as is increasingly the case, government agencies such as the FDA or the CDC or the EPA or nonprofit organizations, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Sierra Club release a new study identify a frightening new health risk. Urgent predictions are made by experts. The media accepts it without skepticism. But here we have urgent predictions made by political hacks which may or may not come true. Some recent examples of this pathology, and they are numerous, they include scares about Alar, sweeteners, bird flu, swine flu, dioxins, E. coli, listeria, the Ebola virus, formaldehyde, MTB, BSE -- Bovine, you might remember this, spongiform, salmonella attached to tomatoes and jalapeno peppers, chlorofluorocarbons, all became huge panics far beyond the actual scope of any health threat.