- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Obama administration said Thursday it’s relying on the news media to help tamp down public anxiety over Ebola.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters the president is not considering giving a prime-time address to the nation about the virus. Instead, other administration officials — such as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Thomas Frieden — will continue speaking to the American people.

But the White House also expects the press to both avoid stoking fear and to convey the administration’s response efforts.

“We’ve got medical experts from outside the administration, obviously senior administration officials as well, playing a leading role in communicating these facts to the American public. If we determine it is necessary for the president to give a more high-profile address, we’ll do that. But right now, given all the media attention on this issue … [that] should help people understand exactly what the risk is,” Mr. Earnest said. “What people should take solace in is they are not at high risk.”

President Obama canceled campaign events again Thursday to remain in Washington and oversee the government’s response to Ebola. Mr. Obama will meet with cabinet officials and will call lawmakers and other world leaders to talk about response efforts, Mr. Earnest said.

• Ben Wolfgang can be reached at bwolfgang@washingtontimes.com.

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