October 19th, 2014
03:22 PM ET

Dr. Sanjay Gupta on unreliable sources and conspiracy theories about Ebola

CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks with Brian Stelter about sensationalist news coverage of Ebola and why some people seemingly want to believe conspiracy theories about the disease. Some key quotes:

>> There have been "a lot of confusing messages that have come from higher-ups, you know, people who say one thing and then a couple weeks later modify those statements. I think it leads to a challenging of your faith in some of the systems, and that breeds some of this fear."

After "irrational fear," "the next step is then baseless speculation to make those irrational fears even worse." Stelter abbreviated "baseless speculation" to "B.S."

Stelter asked, "What's the theory you're finding yourself having to shoot down the most?" Gupta said, "The airborne one is big. You know, the idea that this is airborne somehow, that's not true. Also, this idea that people who are not sick could somehow be transmitting this."

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