The science surrounding COVID-19 has been undermined by Fox News figures some 547 times in the past 13 weeks alone, according to a new study by progressive media watchdog Media Matters for America.
Laura Ingraham’s “Ingraham Angle” was the worst offender with 59 cases since Jan. 25, the group said in a report released this week.
The widely watched morning show “Fox & Friends” featured 57 cases, “Fox News Primetime” for 44 and Tucker Carlson’s prime-time “Tucker Carlson Tonight” slot recorded 34 cases.
The watchdog group said about 325 segments on Fox’s news and opinion broadcasts have seen the politicization or rejection of health measures or coronavirus data; unfair criticism from health officials; degradation of vaccines; or misrepresenting basic facts about the virus.
Carlson, the network’s top-rated personality, has drawn growing criticism in recent months for his skepticism of COVID-19 vaccines.
Just last week, Carlson called former President Barack Obama a “scary old man” for posting a video encouraging those over 16 to take the blow. Carlson, 51, is only eight years younger than Obama.
Carlson’s comments go against scientific studies and public health experts who view injections as an effective, safe and vital way to mitigate the spread of the virus.
They also disagree with Rupert Murdoch, the owner of Fox News, 90, who not only received the vaccine but also encouraged others to get it and praised the “amazing scientists” who developed the vaccine.
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Ingraham, meanwhile, in March urged viewers to ditch face masks and “come out” of the pandemic – even as it still kills hundreds of Americans every day.
Sean Hannity was not mentioned in the report. But he, too, has been criticized for his public procrastination and his on-air statement that he “was beginning to doubt” his shot.
“Fox’s disinformation campaign against coronavirus science is not just a disservice to its audience,” the watchdog said in its report, noting that “months of misleading coverage and false claims” are serving “ to dissuade Americans from getting vaccinated and following basic CDC advice, like wearing masks, social distancing and limiting gatherings – all steps necessary to get the country out of this pandemic.
Fox News’ spin and hypocrisy over COVID-19 have been the subject of countless scathing supercuts since the start of the pandemic.
Read the full report from Media Matters for America here.
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