Dr. Peter Hotez, a pediatrician and scientist, has been a regular guest on MSNBC over the last year and a half. And working at Texas’ Baylor College of Medicine, he has been on the front lines in one of the states hit hardest by COVID-19.
And Hotez blames the spread in the country on a number of different factors. But during an appearance on MSNBC Wednesday night, he explained that Fox News is one of the major contributors.
The Doctor explained to Nicolle Wallace:
“So many of those deaths were, not only from the SARS 2 coronavirus, it was defiance, defiance against vaccines, especially in the last few months. This is death by anti-science.
And — and a lot of this has been coming out of the nighttime Fox News anchors, this disinformation. And, you know, I’m often asked about Tucker Carlson or, you know, the others, Laura Ingraham, I don’t know. And what I say is, look, I don’t think this has anything to do with the individual Fox anchors. This is — this is coming from the top. This is a war of aggression against science and scientists coming out of Fox News as part of a larger authoritarian effort to discredit science and scientists. I don’t really know what the motivation is, but it’s having just a devastating effect.”
Watch a clip of the segment below, courtesy of MSNBC:
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