Wednesday, April 29, 2009

My 15 Seconds of Fame: WCBS-TV news on Swine Flu

I was the man on the street. The only one, actually, about 3:30 today at the corner of Columbus and 62d as I approached Fordham. The man with the microphone was Pablo Guzman, the veteran CBS-TV local news reporter (and once Minister of Information of the Young Lords Organization which also produced newsman Geraldo Rivera).

Did I have a minute to answer a question: will there be a backlash against Mexicans due to the swine flu outbreak there? I was glad that when my Warhol moment came I was wearing my Fordham cap and standing in front of the Law School (on my way to pick up my ungraded exams).

I promptly issued glorious remarks demonstrating my mastery of the subject, reaching all the way back to the New York Health Department's 1947 vaccination of 7 million in 7 days when smallpox broke out in Brooklyn; reassuring words about the comprehensive plans of world public health authorites for just this kind of emergency; the importance of following the advice of the public health authorities; that all will be well.

All on the cutting room floor. It was the man in the street stuff that got on air. Here it is

Is Swine Flu A Stigma On Mexicans In New York?

NEW YORK (CBS) ― With the swine flu outbreak having started in Mexico, are New Yorkers stigmatizing Mexicans?

"I'd like to say we're beyond that, but people are afraid and we know less about how Mexico is governed and how effective the public health authorities are there," said Fordham law professor George Conk.

1 comment:

  1. George A. MocsaryMay 15, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    A great book on the 1918 flu: John M. Barry, The Great Influenza: The story of the deadliest pandemic in history

    If the 1917-1918 pattern is followed, it may behoove one to get the swine flu now in order to develop an immunity to the more deadly swine flu of 2010.