Certain personalities at one of the President Donald Trump's favorite networks—Fox News—have leapt to repeat the often false talking points asserted by his administration.
One of the network's most devoted Trump sycophants, Tucker Carlson, has been downplaying the threat posed by the virus presumably in an effort to drum up anger at health experts and governors promoting lockdown measures instead of anger at the Trump administration's bungled response to the global pandemic that's killed over 60 thousand Americans.
Carlson continued this effort in his Thursday night show when he began to promote a study which he falsely said was evidence that children under 10 years old couldn't contract or spread the virus—only to be fact checked by his guest immediately after.
Tucker Carlson: There’s new evidence that young children do not spread the Coronavirus Marc Siegel shortly after:… https://t.co/n6NMRExFpT— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn Torabi)1588294542.0
"There is new evidence that young children do not spread the [virus]. Not what we thought."
"Not what we thought" is right. Carlson immediately brought on NYU Langone professor Dr. Mark Siegel who didn't waste time correcting Carlson.
After clarifying that children are less likely to contract the virus and more likely to be asymptomatic if they do, Siegel said:
"They appear to have a protein in the lungs that protects them from severe disease, and almost all the children who get this are either asymptomatic or have mild cases, but it's not true that children don't get it, and it is not true that they can't spread it."
People couldn't help but laugh at Tucker.
Lol, when @TuckerCarlson brings on a guest that he thinks is going to agree with his ignorant, misinformed claim, o… https://t.co/ImRFLQoQPn— Nick (Kesh) (@Nick (Kesh))1588343986.0
Oooops. Tucker really wants kids back in school so their parents can go to work so his BFF can declare victory ove… https://t.co/cEeSYonYiT— Laura McGinnis (@Laura McGinnis)1588309304.0
Tucker owns self...again https://t.co/XvSPJLOIxs— JohnPullis (@JohnPullis)1588342896.0
Shade score = EPIC https://t.co/oJDBBepQVz— Samuel W. Warde @🏠 (@Samuel W. Warde @🏠)1588306087.0
But even more people were astounded at the level of misinformation spread by Fox's primetime hosts—and what possible motivation they could have for it.
I really don't understand the motivation here, is it a corporate mandate? Spreading lies and dangerous treatments t… https://t.co/5dDoD3QzGm— Andrea R MD (@Andrea R MD)1588296560.0
Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, and Sean Hannity need to be taken off the air immediately @FoxNews. They’re spread… https://t.co/6MKusEqNnj— Ahmed Baba (@Ahmed Baba)1588294699.0
Why is Fox News doing this? A. Trump's a sadist B. Sadism is contagious C. It feeds Trump's agenda D. Trump's age… https://t.co/kC0c0apyrM— Dr. Jack Brown (@Dr. Jack Brown)1588297638.0
These lies do what? It doesn't help Trump, it kills people. There better be a 1000 lawsuits 2021. https://t.co/B9S7p7AlXz— Todd Poirier (@Todd Poirier)1588294619.0
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