She should have been fired for spreading dangerous disinformation. But there are others on FOX doing the same:
Trish Regan’s prime-time show on Fox Business has been taken off the air “until further notice,” the network announced Friday, just days after the anchor engaged in an off-the-rails rant about the coronavirus pandemic.
Lisa Kennedy Montgomery’s “Kennedy” show will also go “on hiatus” as the network announced it will now deploy “all resources from both shows for staffing needs during critical market hours,” multiple outlets reported.Huffpost
FOX could have cost American lives by misleading their audience. We know that Trump takes his cues quite often by his favorite network. It is same to assume that much of the liar-in-chief’s messaging was influenced by that FOX:
…a significant part of Fox News’ coverage had been aimed toward framing the response to coronavirus as unwarranted hysteria. The often-dismissive messaging from Fox News hosts was particularly notable, given that, like other cable news channels, the viewers who make up the network’s audience skew older and are, thus, the most vulnerable to the disease. The remarks from the hosts also raise concern given how much influence figures like Hannity wield over Trump, especially since Trump recycled some of those very talking points on Twitter and when speaking with the press to initially dismiss the public health crisis.
By Thursday, after Trump addressed the nation from the Oval Office and the seriousness of the crisis settled in with millions of Americans, it was clear some Fox News hosts and personalities started taking the matter far more seriously. But still, others have continued to pollute the airwaves with misleading information.
Hannity on Wednesday night, after Trump’s speech, acknowledged on his program that the coronavirus poses “a lot of serious risks and a lot of serious challenges.” He noted that “in serious situations, truth matters, facts matter.” But in the very same episode that he made those comments, the Fox News host continued to mislead his audience.Oliver Darcy, CNN Business
They’ve embraced, predictably, conspiracy and hate:
- Fox News And Donald Trump Are Embracing Xenophobia To Defend Against The Coronavirus
But even on FOX the conspiracy theories are not universal:
But not everyone at Trump’s favorite news network is falling in line. Over on Fox News on Monday, Tucker Carlson pushed back on efforts to minimize the scale of the virus—he described the epidemic as “a very serious problem.”
“It’s definitely not just the flu,” he added, a thinly-veiled criticism of Trump’s repeated assertions that the coronavirus and the flu pose similar threats. (Carlson, who has a long record of xenophobia, did refer to the disease as the “Chinese coronavirus,” ignoring experts’ strong warnings against using such terms.)
The conflicting views on Monday laid bare a mounting predicament for some conservatives: They find themselves faced with the choice of echoing the same shameful attacks and misinformation embraced by the president or stating facts backed by public health officials. It’ll be interesting to see how that existential dilemma, as well as the mockery the coronavirus has inspired in some Republican lawmakers, evolves as Trump continues to face an enemy he can’t merely tweet out of existence.MotherJones
They had Dr.Oz on to try and tone down the madness:
Dr. Mehmet Oz quashed a widely circulated conspiracy theory that the deadly coronavirus originated in a high-security biochemical lab in China.
“Let me just address that … one of the biggest crises out there right now is the false information being circulated on social media about the virus,” Dr. Oz told Harris Faulkner on Monday during a one-hour “Outnumbered Overtime” special on the outbreak. “I can tell you for sure it was not manufactured in the lab.”FOXNews