Some Fox personalities, like Bret Baier and Steve Doocy, have consistently urged viewers to get vaccinated. But the network’s most powerful opinion personalities have treated vaccinations much differently.
Sean Hannity has largely been ambivalent. He doesn’t push his viewers either way. Hannity is kind of caught in a misinformation sandwich between Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham who both regularly push inoculation conspiracy theories. So it was notable on Monday night when Hannity promoted the vaccine.
The Fox host told viewers:
“Please take COVID seriously, I can’t say it enough. Enough people have died. We don’t need any more deaths. Research like crazy, talk to your doctor, your doctors, medical professionals you trust based on your unique medical history, your current medical condition, and you and your doctor make a very important decision for your own safety. Take it seriously. I believe in science, I believe in the science of vaccination.”
SEAN HANNITY: "Please take Covid seriously. I can't say it enough. Enough people have died. We don't need any more death. Research like crazy. Talk to your doctor… I believe in science. I believe in the science of vaccination." pic.twitter.com/tOi5ebpqSf
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But Fox is still sending mixed messages to his viewers. In the show just before Hannity’s, Tucker Carlson ranted, “There are a lot of those people giving you medical advice on television, and you should ignore them. The advice they’re giving you isn’t designed to help, it’s designed to make you comply. And you shouldn’t comply mindlessly. You’re an American adult. You’re allowed to ask simple questions and then demand clear answers.”
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