When Tucker Carlson is talking about a controversial subject, he has a specific way of doing so. I’m not not saying it’s right or wrong, the host will say, I’m simply asking questions. He often uses this line when denying white supremacy or pushing odious conspiracy theories.
And the Fox host has been “asking a lot of questions,” in an effort to sow doubt about the COVID-19 vaccine. During his Tuesday night show, Chris Hayes blasted Carlson and the Fox network for being anti-vaccination and for doing so in a specific way.
The MSNBC host began, “it is almost always done in the most cowardly way imaginable. It’s not, ‘Don’t get vaccinated.’ It’s, ‘We’re just asking questions. We don’t take a position. Don’t take medical advice from people on TV. They’re trying to get you to comply, so you should not comply.’ It’s like, anti-pro-vax.”
Hayes then ripped the network for being hypocritical. “One answer is just make sure people are vaccinated,” he said. “That’s precisely the kind of policy that Fox News has been rallying against, the heavy hand from above telling you what to do. ‘Vaccine passports.’ So you might be surprised to learn that’s exactly what the bosses at Fox are doing with their own building because they do understand the dangers of the situation, the nihilistic cynicism and preening idiocy of its hosts notwithstanding.”
Watch a clip of the segment below, courtesy of MSNBC:
"Fundamentally, the dominant perspective of that network from the beginning of the pandemic has been, "Who cares if all those people die. They're old, poor, or sick anyway," says @chrislhayes discussing Fox News. pic.twitter.com/n2YO3Ar0nR
— All In with Chris Hayes (@allinwithchris) July 21, 2021
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