Fox News’ special “Special Report” on Monday brought special guests with special insights and guests with unique perspectives.
Host Bret Baier hosted a panel with Dr. David Schanzer, co-author of “The Great Hibernation: The Forgotten Story of How We Were Dehumanized by Science and Ourselves” and the author of “What’s Really Going On: A Global Perspective on Global Change.”
Schanzer is a leading researcher in the field of social psychology, focusing on how humans react to environmental stimuli.
He is the author, coauthor, and co-editor of several books including “Why We Fight: Why We Fight, Why We Win, and How to Get Over It.”
He has appeared on “America’s Newsroom” and “Fox News Sunday” and was a guest on “Fox and Friends” in 2015.
Baier, host of “Special Reports” and a regular contributor to “Fox & Friends,” was also the co-host of “Fox Nation” on Fox News Radio from January 2014 through January 2017.
On Monday, the panel discussed the recent spate of mass shootings, with the hosts discussing how the public is largely ignoring the stories that are being covered.
“It’s hard to have a discussion about the epidemic of gun violence on the air when the people who are most affected are the most terrified,” Baier said.
“So it’s a little bit like, how can we get out of this?”
“What we need to do is look at this from a different angle,” he continued.
“This is something that we are facing right now, this is something we have to deal with.”
“When the president says something that is politically expedient, it can have some people thinking it is a good thing,” Baierer said.
He said that while the president may be a good politician, he “doesn’t have a plan to make the United States safer.”
“We need to think about what kind of policy we would put in place to actually make our country safer,” he said.
Baierer noted that the president’s comments about the shootings may have been intended to “make it look like he’s just the president talking,” and not a serious policy discussion.
“The president is not a leader of the country, he is not really a leader,” Baieser said.
“And that’s what we need, we need leadership, not this kind of nonsense that’s being talked about right now,” he added.
“What are the things that are driving this?”
“What is the thing that is driving this?
And how can the public be engaged in this?”
Fox News contributor John Nolte joined the show to talk about his experience covering the Ebola crisis and the current outbreak in West Africa.
Noltes has also reported from the region for more than a decade.
Nolte, who is also a frequent contributor to Fox News, said he had learned a lot about the Ebola outbreak while working in the region.
Nlte said that although the Ebola response in West African countries has been slow and expensive, it is important to understand the scale of the epidemic.
“There is a very real risk that if we don’t do this, this epidemic will go on for decades, decades,” Nolts said.
Nlts noted that, despite the fact that West Africa has a relatively small population, the disease has been spreading throughout the region and he added that the country is still very much at risk.
“If we don`t act fast and decisively, and we can get rid of this outbreak in the United Kingdom, the number of deaths will go up,” Nlts said, noting that this is an epidemic that has been going on for a long time.
“It`s just a matter of doing it.”
The panelists discussed the possibility of the United Nations moving quickly to deal and distribute medical supplies to Ebola-affected countries.
But Nolting said he does not believe that the United Nation should be leading the way in that regard.
“We can’t afford to be an obstacle, I think we need the other countries of the world to step up and do what’s necessary to help the countries of West Africa,” he explained.
“I just think that we`re doing a disservice to the people of West African, the people in West, and to the entire planet,” Nolesaid.