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Nancy Snyderman breaks her voluntary Ebola quarantine

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NBC Cheif Medical Editor, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, broke her voluntary Ebola quarantine to go get takeout from her favorite restaurant. Missouri School of Journalism professors Earnest Perry, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss NBC’s released statement on the issue and weigh in on whether Snyderman should have personally apologized for the incident. ​

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Dr. Snyderman and the team she worked with in Liberia are now under a mandatory quarantine ordered by the New Jersey Health Department.

On last week's Views of the News, we talked about how Synderman was self-monitoring and in self-imposed isolation after being exposed to Ebola by cameraman Ashoka Mukpo.

According to the Princeton Planet and TMZ, Snyderman was spotted in a car outside her favorite restaurant, where she'd gone to pick up an order of soup.

On Monday night, NBC's Brian Williams read a statement from Snyderman expressing apologies for "the concerns this episode caused." However, the response does not mention the fact that it was Snyderman who broke the quarantine.

Professor Mike McKean says this incident is not just about the health risk Snyderman could have created.


"She probably didn't pose a threat, but she agreed to the quarantine and then she violated it and I think that violates the public's trust."

Professor Earnest Perry said Snyderman created the problem for herself by over-emphasizing her voluntary quarantine in the first place.

"It's one of those things where you're trying to get some sort of publicity for doing something good."

Perry said watchdog journalism is no longer directed only at politicians and celebrities. He said journalists need to be aware that the public is also watching to make sure they follow through on their word.

Hope Kirwan left KBIA in September 2015.
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