Science surrounding COVID-19 has been undermined by personalities on Fox News some 547 occasions within the final 13 weeks alone, in line with new analysis carried out by progressive media watchdog group Media Matters for America.
Laura Ingraham’s “Ingraham Angle” present was the worst offender with 59 circumstances since Jan. 25, the group mentioned in a report released this week.
Widely watched morning present “Fox & Friends” accounted for 57 cases, “Fox News Primetime” for 44 and Tucker Carlson’s prime-time “Tucker Carlson Tonight” slot recorded 34 circumstances.
The watchdog group mentioned some 325 segments on Fox’s information and opinion reveals noticed the politicization or dismissal of well being measures or coronavirus knowledge; the unfair criticism of well being officers; the undermining of the vaccines; or the misrepresentation of fundamental info concerning the virus.
Carlson, the community’s top-rated persona, has drawn rising criticism in current months for his skepticism about COVID-19 vaccines.
Only final week, Carlson known as former President Barack Obama a “creepy old guy” for releasing a video encouraging over 16s to obtain the jab. Carlson, 51, is simply eight years youthful than Obama.
Carlson’s feedback fly within the face of scientific research and public health experts who deem the pictures an efficient, secure and very important solution to mitigating the unfold of the virus.
They are additionally at odds with Rupert Murdoch, the 90-year-old proprietor of Fox News who not solely obtained the vaccine however has additionally inspired others to get it and has lavished reward on “the amazing scientists” who developed the shot.
Ingraham, in the meantime, in March urged viewers to ditch face masks and “move on” from the pandemic — even because it was nonetheless killing a whole lot of Americans every single day.
Sean Hannity was not talked about within the report. But he too has confronted criticism for his public dithering and on-air declaration that he was “beginning to have doubts” about getting the shot.
“Fox’s misinformation campaign against coronavirus science is not just a disservice to its viewership,” the watchdog mentioned in its report, noting how “months of misleading coverage and outright false statements” serves “to dissuade Americans from getting immunized and following basic CDC guidance, such as wearing masks, social distancing, and limiting gatherings ― all measures necessary to get the country out of this pandemic.”
Fox News’ spin and hypocrisy on COVID-19 has been the topic of numerous stinging supercuts because the begin of the pandemic.
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