filepicker_gWtNAW3LSWmmjYp7JK6u_Smoke in mirrorsThe reason the national media was recently ordered by the White House to halt all reporting on Ebola is because controlling perception is now more important than dealing with reality. While legitimate measures to halt a viral pandemic are abandoned — quarantines, border security and travel restrictions — the real government effort is now being focused on controlling the perception of the pandemic. If the public realizes a pandemic is on the loose in the United States of America, the thinking goes, they might freak out and lose faith in government. More