Talk radio host Severin suspended, ‘swine flu’ hysteria drives anti-immigrant hate/The Right’s pandemic paranoia
Also: “The Right’s pandemic paranoia,” Media Matters, May 01, 2009
SUMMARY: While the Department of Homeland Security and the Centers for Disease Control spent the week informing the public with details on the H1N1 virus, the right-wing noise machine spent the week misinforming the public with paranoid theories about the virus. Because the flu virus may have originated in Mexico, the story provided some on the right with an excuse to engage in some good-old fashioned immigrant-bashing and renew their calls for greater border security. The story also provided right-wing media figures with more fuel for their fear-mongering about the Obama administration.