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The Washington Post on the Pandemic

Monday, February 13, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The Washington Post editorializes on the march of H5N1 around the globe.

What the paper ought to consider is a special report on what every local government in the U.S. ought to have done in the planning deaprtment, including protocals for emergency room identification and treatment, chain of command designation, and advance supplies of Tamiflu. The paper could also review the necessary steps within the poultry industry if and when the virus arrives in the U.S.

This is a rare situation where the media is actually in a position to do more than report on the disaster if it occurs. Responsible, calm, in-depth coverage –now– would be an admirable exercise of journalism’s power to inform.

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