“War of the Worlds,” Fox News-style: “Run for your lives! Obamacare is coming!”
Seventy five years ago last night, Americans heard Orson Welles broadcast "War of the Worlds" and became terrified as aliens threatened the planet.
Below are portions of the article that appeared in the New York Times the next day.
However, I’ve replaced “Martians” with terms like “Obamacare” and “Healthcare Reform,” and replaced “Columbia Broadcasting” with “Fox News.” The rest is verbatim from the October 31, 1938 article.
The New York Times
October 31, 1938
Fox News Listeners in Panic, Taking Broadcast as Fact
Many Flee Homes to Escape Obamacare
A wave of mass hysteria seized thousands of Fox News listeners between 8:15 and 9:30 last night when they were led to believe that Obamacare’s arrival was already spreading wide death and destruction across America.
The broadcast disrupted households, interrupted religious services, created traffic jams and clogged communications systems. Scores of adults required medical treatment for shock and hysteria. One police headquarters received more than 200 calls from Fox listeners wanting to know what to do to escape Obamacare.