Zika and your tax dollars

[Above image: Jonathan Katz and his wife, Claire, say they got a mild case of Zika on a recent trip to Haiti. Photo Courtesy: Jonathan M. Katz]

As of the publication of this article, there have been no cases of U.S. transmitted Zika virus. But federal officials say there will eventually be a U.S. outbreak started by arrivals from other countries, and the Obama administration has asked for $1.9 billion in emergency funds to fight it.

Certain types of mosquitoes can carry Zika virus.

Certain types of mosquitoes can carry Zika virus.

Sunday on Full Measure, we ask how the government arrived at that money figure and how the tax dollars would be spent. Is it possible to redirect money that’s already sitting around? Or are new tax dollars needed? We’ll also touch upon the question of whether Zika or other factors are largely to blame for birth defects in Brazil. And you’ll meet a journalist who contracted Zika on a recent visit to Haiti.

Also this week, Scott Thuman asks: with Islamic extremist terrorists repeatedly coming on the FBI’s radar, yet not intercepted… what in our system needs to be repaired?

And my snapshots from a journalism conference in Russia where reporters claim that efforts to control the news narrative are getting more aggressive.

UK journalist Neil Clark says he and his family have been subject to a vicious harassment campaign.

UK journalist Neil Clark says he and his family have been subject to a vicious harassment campaign.

They say whether it’s the state, corporations or other special interests–journalists are bullied, harassed and controversialized when they veer from the preferred narratives.

More stories you won’t see anywhere else Sunday on Full Measure.

Full Measure is broadcast Sundays to 43 million US households on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, Telemundo and CW stations owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group. Replays at FullMeasure.news anytime.

Full Measure is broadcast Sundays to 43 million US households on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, Telemundo and CW stations owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group. Replays at FullMeasure.news anytime.

 

 

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