Holy cow, I wrote a book!
The media simply can't resist a good panic story,
even when there is no panic to be found.
Klinenberg says to the reporter, effectively, "There is no panic."
Undaunted by the lack of support for his thesis,
places Klinenberg's remarks on the last page of the story,
under the subhead
Not Enough Panic?
Read the article to learn about the
White House press conference where a reporter repeatedly asks
whether the flu outbreak is a bioterrorist attack
and won't take No for an answer.
Or, my favorite, where one news agency sends out a reporter
in a mask and has him cough on people to get their reaction.
(The reaction was, basically, "What's up with this guy?")
Meanwhile, another news crew spots the guy and interviews him.
So you have one news crew interviewing what they think is a man
on the street, but is actually another reporter trying to create a story.
It's so absurd it's almost art.