Media Navel Gaze: October 13, 2014
The Week Unpeeled
Ebola news and misinformation about the disease dominated coverage at the end of the week amid reports on the first death in the US and the first case that was actually contracted here by a health-care worker who treated the victim in Dallas while in full protective gear. The Texas hospital and health officials seemed to control the message—along with countless "experts"—with seemingly and surprisingly little commentary from the CDC.
- The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Kailash Satyarthi, Indian children's rights advocate, and Malala Yousafzai, outspoken schoolgirl in Pakistan who was shot in the head by the Taliban;
- The Dow fell some 2.7% for the week, erasing all its gains made in 2014, to end at 16,544, dragged down in large part by concerns about overseas economic growth
- Twitter sues the U.S. to make government data requests public, claiming violations of the First Amendment;
- Michael Bloomberg is knighted for his "prodigious entrepreneurial and philanthropic endeavors" in the UK; and
- The U.S. Supreme Court let stand lower-court rulings last week on bans against gay marriage in five states, effectively expanding the rights for unions to 24 states.