Ethics Dunce: NBC Medical Reporter Dr. Nancy Snyderman

Snyderman in the process of being infected. Nah, just kidding. What are the odds? Go get your soup, Nancy!

Snyderman in the process of being infected. Nah, just kidding. What are the odds? Go get your soup, Nancy!

Not surprisingly, since it describes jaw-dropping arrogance, stupidity, recklessness and irresponsible behavior from one of its own, the story of NBC’s health reporter violating a quarantine designed to minimize the risk of the spread of Ebola has received light coverage from the news media. If that were not true, I wouldn’t be posting the story here, because there is nothing about its ethical content that a 13-year-old shouldn’t be able to discern without my coaching.

Not Snyderman, apparently.

When the New Jersey Health Department  learned that NBC News reporter Dr. Nancy Snyderman had been spotted sitting in her car outside of The Peasant Grill, a restaurant in Hopewell, N.J., last week, it was not pleased. At the time she was subject to a voluntary quarantine placed on her and her crew after a cameraman contracted Ebola while working in Liberia. Why only voluntary? Sounds stupid and dangerous to me, but maybe they thought they could trust an M.D. who presumes to explain medical issues for a major network.

Nope.  Snyderman, 62, NBC’s chief medical editor, really likes The Peasant Grill’s yummy soups, we are told, and really, what’s the risk of a deadly outbreak of Ebola compared to a great bowl of soup? She was in a car, wearing sun glasses and with pulled-back hair—a disguise maybe?—while someone picked up her order for her. After she sneezed on him in the car. Well, that’s just speculation on my part. Never mind. I’m sure he was uninfected when he was in the restaurant.

Snyderman and her NBC News crew had been flown back to the U.S. after Ashoka Mukpo, a 33-year-old freelance cameraman, showed symptoms of the virus. Snyderman and the other NBC employees were asked to isolate themselves for 21 days. Snyderman’s a big shot, though, so she decided that the quarantine didn’t apply to her. The virus wouldn’t dare.

Unbelievable.

And undoubtedly, NBC will go right back to putting this foolish woman on TV to tell trusting viewers how to take care of themselves.

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Pointer: Michael Jordan

Facts and Graphic: Daily News

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14 thoughts on “Ethics Dunce: NBC Medical Reporter Dr. Nancy Snyderman

  1. Well, in the good Doctor’s defense, there is no remedy to what ails you better than a hot bowl of tomato basil soup. And what wouldn’t one do for a steaming hot serving of Ms. Murphy’s Chowder to take the edge off?

    jvb

  2. Just wondering, what do people do for food and other supplies when they are put in isolation? Is there some sort of protocol in place for that?

    • Arrogance is the only way to tag this.

      Disregard for EVERYONE also.
      *************
      She’s also a stupid bitch.
      With the same karma as the fool that went against protocol and came into the US after being exposed.
      What a despicable person.

  3. I never liked her. She came off arrogant on TV. This is the height of arrogance and disregard for others. NBC is treating this as though it never happened. If she is still on the NBC Nightly News I wont be watching.
    That soup must be for to DIE FOR!

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