WATCH: 7 Totally False Panics Created by the Media - A Humorous Take


In his weekly comedy news show, Lee Camp took on the topic of fear this week, and how false panics are used to whip people up into a  non-thinking frenzy. In the segment, Camp takes on everything from shark-fearing Nebraska farmers to panics about teenagers sticking vodka-soaked tampons up their butts.

Not a trend, Camp says. He tried it. Stings way too much.

It's a topic that might sound familiar to regular readers of AlterNet, as it features many of the same unnecessary panics that we covered in our recent "Fear" series. Remember the "Knockout" game, supposedly random vicious attacks by black youths (who else?) on unsuspecting elderly Jewish people? Not a thing.

The panics are not as random as they seem. They're used to distract the gullible masses from the issues that we should really be scared of, like big banks and overwhelmingly stupid politicians.

Camp even quotes AlterNet's Don Hazen in the end. "People cannot think clearly when they are afraid. Fear is the enemy of reason."

Too true. Too true.

Watch the humorous approach: 


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