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And the shame, was on the other side


In its successful campaign to kill as many of its viewers as possible, Fox News continues to parade members of the unrepresentative “my ‘right’ to contract and spread a deadly virus > my job” club as if they were heroes:

Fox News has provided a friendly platform to dozens of people who refuse to take the COVID-19 vaccine in recent months. The network’s propagandists often portray those guests as heroes fighting for freedom against “authoritarian” mandates — even though Fox itself has a vaccine requirement for employees.

Twenty-eight individuals who said they were defying COVID-19 vaccine mandates by  rejecting vaccination appeared a total of 30 times on Fox’s weekday programs from August 2 through October 5, according to a Media Matters review. The tally includes nine appearances by nurses, six by law enforcement officers, five by teachers, and two by members of the U.S. military. These individuals were often featured on Fox’s most-watched shows, including Fox & Friends (13 such appearances), The Ingraham Angle (8), and Tucker Carlson Tonight (4).

Some told Fox’s hosts that they had quit or been fired from their jobs rather than take the required shots. Others were seeking exemptions or preparing to lose their employment. 

Fox’s hand-picked guests are outliers. Employees are overwhelmingly responding to vaccine mandates by getting vaccinated rather than quitting their jobs or getting fired, which is undoubtedly saving lives. It’s not surprising that most Americans would prefer to take vaccines that are free, safe, and remarkably effective at preventing serious cases of a viral disease that has killed more than 700,000 Americans rather than seeking new employment. But that’s not what Fox’s viewers are hearing. 

When Tucker refuses to say if he’s been vaccinated what he means is he got it before most 80-year-olds were eligible, just like Old Man Rupert.

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