May 9, 2006, - 3:45 pm

Bird Flu, Shmird Flu: ABC Gets Sick, Stupid

By Debbie Schlussel
Count us among those who think the Avian bird flu hysteria is a bit much, including the overhyped May-ratings-sweep ABC movie, “Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America,” which airs tonight on ABC.
No, we haven’t pre-screened the fiction, but very liberal Detroit Free Press TV critic, Mike Duffy a/k/a “Captain Video,” has. He calls it “a bucket of hysterical fluff.” We like his pronouncement:

Let’s get this pandemic party started. ABC shamelessly bangs the gong of global disease anxiety with a schlocky “What if?” trauma drama about the ravages of a deadly international avian flu epidemic. Joely Richardson (“Nip/Tuck”) is the sexy epidemiologist on a mission, a doctor from the Epidemic Intelligence Service. And Secretary of Health and Human Services Stacy Keach (“Prison Break”) chews scenery as the ineffectual blustering bureaucrat. Bodies pile up. Panic hits the streets. But the only things dying in this hysteria-addled TV movie are the brain cells of those who watch it.

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But, hey, it got former ’80s cokehead Keach a job in addition to his day job as an incompetent warden on “Prison Break.”
ABC will air a disclaimer saying the movie is “an extreme Hollywood depiction.” Isn’t everything put out by the entertainment industry “an extreme Hollywood depiction”?
BTW, our friends at PUTAh (People for the Unethical Treatment of Animals and humans) say Bird Flu is punishment for the way we treat (and because we eat) animals. But, very strange, no outrage or even a whimper from the very same people who screech every time Pat Robertson says some party got some disaster for the way they behaved.

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3 Responses

What a great way to spread fear and if we refuse to get a vaccine for Bird Flu, end up in concentration Camps…Nope, sorry, that’s not the P.C. thing to say. Relocation Centers…nope wrong there too, we had that during WW2 with the Japanese Americans. I know, Quarantine Camps! Yeah, that’s right.

KOAJaps on May 10, 2006 at 4:04 am

ABC Morning News tried to cover the movie as a news “story”; what a joke!
I say we round up all the parrotheads!

Paul on May 10, 2006 at 1:43 pm

KOA, I like your posts for the most part. I must depart on your latest. Japanese were not the only people interned after Executive Order 9066. Italian and Germans were interned also. The order, which declared nearly the entire west coast of the United States a “war zone”, cut the then ongoing espionage by greater than 80%.
Now, the “Bird Flu” movie was put out by ABC… Is not ABC the same network who worked tirelessly on “The Day After”? You know, during President Reagan’s terms. They were certain President Reagan was going to start a nuclear war. Personally, I do NOT subscribe to the “Bird Flu” pandemicc of hysteria. Perhaps we should be more concerned with the week after Iran, or some other “Religious” state, detonates a radioactive device somewhere in CONUS. Many of the protocols for “Bird Flu”, as put out by the CDCP are nearly exactly the same as protocols post radioactive detonation. …weeks worth of food and water… …plenty of medicine etc… …remain indoors for at least 3 days (allows radioactive fallout to disapate… …use of masks … …then again, IF “Bird Flu” is as dangerous as they SAY, why haven’t we heard about the closing of our southern border?? Oh, I’m sorry, that would be “profiling”…sheesh. Nickel to one, IF an outbreak occurs, it WILL be within the unskilled labor community (read Illegal Aliens), and within the areas they live and work. Then again, the UK has been having problem with Mumps since ’04, and has now made its way to Iowa. Hmmm. Immense alien community in the UK… many many from Islamic countries…hmmm. …the same countries which said immunizations are a “Zionist Plot”….hmmm.
…gotta go. Charlie the Tuna stocks are calling.

SickBoy on May 10, 2006 at 2:51 pm

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