CNN anchor Jake Tapper reached across the political aisle on Friday to support Fox News host Neil Cavuto, who has received death threats after pleading to his viewers to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
All employees of Fox News are vaccinated and must submit to daily testing. Yet many hosts, including primetime star Tucker Carlson, have pushed right-wing talking points and perpetuated anti-vax conspiracy theories to appease their ultra-conservative audience. The deliberate spread of misinformation from Fox contributed to the more than 745,000 Covid-19 deaths in the United States amid widespread resistance to vaccinations and vaccine mandates, particularly among Republican voters.
Aside from Cavuto, few others at Fox News have advocated vaccinations. It’s possible they simply want to avoid the kind of treatment he received, because once the Trumpers start trolling, they never really stop. Cavuto tried to appeal to his viewers, obviously frustrated by not only the response he was getting, but by people who are unwilling to get vaccinated themselves.
— Neil Cavuto (@TeamCavuto) October 26, 2021
Cavuto made his own plea last Sunday, telling the network’s Media Buzz show: “My God, stop the politics. Life is too short to be an ass. Life is way too short to be ignorant of the promise of something that is helping people worldwide. Stop the deaths, stop the suffering, please get vaccinated, please.” He also said he had heard “from a lot of people in ongoing nasty emails, ‘You’re a Never Trumper’, or you’re this or ‘We don’t trust you, we don’t believe a word you’re saying.’ And that’s just coming from my family.”
—@JakeTapper condemns death threats Neil Cavuto has faced after imploring the Fox audience to get vaccinated: "Neil Cavuto is a gentleman. Neil Cavuto does not deserve that. Stay strong, Neil…" pic.twitter.com/KmoRZwqzzV
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) October 29, 2021
Later, on Fox Business, he shared messages about his vaccinations plea. Some were positive, others less so. But over on rival network CNN, Tapper said, “Neil is a survivor. He has multiple sclerosis, he has had open-heart surgery, he beat stage four cancer and he’s now fighting COVID.” Tapper continued his praise of his fellow journalist: “Neil Cavuto is a gentleman, Neil Cavuto does not deserve that. Stay strong, do we wish you health, and a long, long life.”