Carlson, who regularly mocked public health experts and questioned the consensus of the scientific and health communities on measures that can be taken to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, highlighted a health worker from Alaska who had an adverse reaction to the vaccine on Tuesday but responded quickly to standard treatment.
Medical experts stressed that the news media should not overestimate isolated incidents of allergic reactions, given that they are expected to occur when hundreds of thousands of frontline workers receive the vaccine. Such incidents, medical experts said, could give the public the wrong impression about the health risks of getting the vaccine.
But Carlson did the exact opposite, opening his show with the Alaskan Worker’s story in the form of an on-screen graphic, “VACCINE BAD REACTIONS.” The text in Carlson’s banner that appeared in the lower half of the screen hissed, “THERE WILL BE NO QUESTION ABOUT THE CORONA VACCINE.” ”
Carlson warned his viewers that they should be skeptical of what he described as a “glitzy” effort to get people vaccinated.
Carlson then mocked Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation’s foremost expert on infectious diseases, calling him “LORD FAUCI” and ridiculing his suggestion that families avoid seeing each other this Christmas.
Carlson’s monologue came as more than 3,000 people are dying in the United States from the coronavirus in an unprecedented wave that shows no signs of slowing down. The United States, which has recorded more than 310,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic, now regularly records more than 200,000 new infections every day.
A Fox News spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment when asked if CEO Suzanne Scott or Network Chairman Jay Wallace had a comment. A spokesperson for Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch, who control Fox Corporation, did not respond to a request for comment.