Fox Business host John Stossel on Monday blamed the media and “especially” female news personalities for hyping the threat of Ebola.
Guest hosting on the Fox News show Outnumbered, Stossel argued that President Barack Obama needed to calm the nation’s fears about Ebola.
“He should say this is an overhyped risk being pumped by news media like us, especially you women who are more scared of Ebola,” the libertarian news man quipped.
“I’m being really sexist here,” Stossel added, as the four female co-hosts collectively gasped.
“But there are real risks in life, but Ebola is — it may prove to be, it’s unlikely. It’s hard to catch,” he continued. “The regular flu kills thousands and thousands of people. There’s so much other stuff. Driving a car in the rain, promiscuous sex, drinking too much. There are real things to worry about. This distracts us from that.”
Co-host Sandra Smith speculated that an “uncertainty” about Ebola was “causing the hype.”
“And it’s what they said about SARS, bird flu, flesh-eating bacteria, all of the stuff — global warming — that’s going to kill us,” Stossel replied.
“John Stossel, picking on us for being women,” co-host Harris Faulkner said at the conclusion of the segment. “We’ll see what happens to you during the commercial.”
“You’re all wrong on this,” Stossel said.
Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Oct. 6, 2014.