Tell the Senate to stand up to the NRA.
With Fox News spewing blatant1 misinformation2 with a shameful “racial component”3 to whip Americans into a frenzy about the Ebola virus, it would be useful to have a high-ranking public health official who could calmly and authoritatively communicate what the public needs to know.
And that’s exactly what the surgeon general of the United States is supposed to do.4
But because a handful of Senate Democrats caved to the NRA and opposed President Obama’s nominee over his acknowledgement that gun violence is a public health problem, we haven’t had a permanent surgeon general in place since July of last year.5
Tell the Senate: Stand up to the NRA and confirm Dr. Murthy as surgeon general now.
Recent polling indicates that the media’s Ebola fear-mongering is working. A Harvard School of Public Health poll found that nearly 40% of Americans think there will be a large scale Ebola outbreak in the United States, and that more than 25% are afraid that they or someone in their immediate family will contract the virus sometime in the next year.6
Meanwhile, the real risks are being ignored. Medical personnel who first encountered the only Ebola patient who has surfaced in the U.S. ignored safety protocols, potentially exposing hundreds of people to the disease. Despite having traveled recently from Liberia and exhibiting clear symptoms of the disease, he was sent home with antibiotics. Dr. Thomas Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, called this incident a “teachable moment.” And the federal official that should be leading the charge to educate the American people and medical establishment to keep us all safe is NRA-blocked surgeon general nominee Dr. Vivek Murthy.
Given the corporate media's failure to responsibly educate the American people about the real risks associated with the Ebola virus – and the fact that panicking will only make the situation worse – it is more important than ever that we have a level-headed surgeon general in place who can calmly communicate with the American people.
Sign the petition: Tell the Senate to confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy as surgeon general.
Dr. Vivek Murthy is exceptionally well qualified to serve as surgeon general. He currently serves as president of Doctors for America, works as an internist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and teaches at Harvard Medical School. In the past, he started a software technology company that makes clinical trials more efficient and co-founded a non-profit focused on HIV prevention and AIDS education in India and the United States.
That’s why more than 120,000 CREDO activists signed a petition last year urging the Senate to confirm Dr. Murthy as surgeon general, and nearly 1,000 made calls to key Senators with the same demand.
With public health capturing the Americans' attention due to the spread of the Ebola virus, now is the perfect time to pressure the Senate to stand up to the NRA and confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy as surgeon general.
Tell the Senate: Fight the NRA and Ebola at the same time by confirming Dr. Murthy as surgeon general.
1. "Fox 'Expert' Lies About How You Can Catch Ebola," Crooks and Liars, October 4, 2014.
2. "Media Promote Ebola Fear-Mongering Stunt," Media Matters, October 2, 2014.
3. "PBS science reporter: Fox’s Ebola coverage is ‘a level of ignorance we should not allow’," Raw Story, October 5, 2014.
4. "About the Office of the Surgeon General," U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
5. "How the NRA is making the Ebola crisis worse," MSNBC, October 2, 2014.
6. "Poll finds many in U.S. lack knowledge about Ebola and its transmission," Harvard School of Public Health, August 21, 2014.