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Covering Ebola: ‘It’s So Easy to Stoke the Fear Instead of Talking Plain’

Dr Nancy Snyderman Ebola reportFor correspondents tasked with covering the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, there is a fine line to be walked with each and every report: where is the balance between informing and scaring?

“I always flip-flop in my mind. Ebola: it’s really scary. The fact that it jumped through borders by plane in Nigeria: scary,” NBC News chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman tells TVNewser. “But when responsible people say you must be in close proximity to someone and be exposed to vomit, diarrhea, blood [to be infected] — it’s not casual. I want people to know that we don’t make that stuff up. It’s to reassure and to tell the truth. I believe fervently that the public has a right to know. And my job is to tell people the truth. Even on the scary days, tell them the truth.”

“We’re going to keep all eyes on Atlanta right now as long as the two Americans are hospitalized,” she added. “The CDC has been extraordinarily transparent in the calls they’re getting and samples they’re getting. And as a reporter, it’s still all eyes on Africa” (watch her report after the jump).

Ditto CNN International correspondent David McKenzie, who was the first reporter granted access to the main Ebola treatment center in Sierra Leone, one of the hardest-hit areas. McKenzie tells TVNewser that getting to the treatment center was crucial to examining the outbreak’s human impact. Read more

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China Cuts CNN Feed

CNN’s David McKenzie went on AC360 last night to talk about being roughed up by police in Beijing Wednesday. McKenzie was there to cover the high-profile trial of an activist who leads a campaign to expose government corruption. During Anderson Cooper‘s interview, a camera was trained on a blacked-out TV screen in Beijing.

“There’s some censor in China watching the program right now … somebody in China watching us right now and turned the signal off,” said Cooper.

‘This is a Public Space. I’m Allowed to Report’

Chinese police physically removed CNN International correspondent David McKenzie and his crew from reporting outside a courthouse in Beijing.

McKenzie, who was covering the trial of an activist, said repeatedly that he was allowed to report in a public space. As the confrontation escalated, police took away the crew’s phones and IDs, broke the camera and physically removed the crew from the area, driving them several blocks away. Watch:

Kenyans Ask CNN To Apologize Over CNNI Report

Kenyans are upset about a news report that appeared on CNN International. The report–about the deadly grenade attacks in Nairobi last week–said that the violence was “widespread” throughout the country, and featured a graphic with what looked like a scorched Kenyan flag (photo right via).

The correspondent in the CNN piece, David McKenzie, apologized for the “banner” on Twitter, but said that the reporting in the piece was accurate:

In a separate Tweet he said that CNN had pulled down the video from its website.

One of Kenya’s largest newspapers, The Daily Nation, reports that Kenya’s ambassador to the U.S. has asked the channel for a formal apology:

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