Each night, during prime time, hosts like Laura Ingraham, Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity push vaccine hesitancy on their viewers. Hannity has told his audience that he is vaccinated. Carlson and Ingraham haven’t announced their status but it is likely that they have been inoculated.
It is likely, because Fox has a stringent testing and vaccination policy that makes it hard to work if employees haven’t gotten their shot. On Thursday, Fox Business host Neil Cavuto effusively praised the policy.
Cavuto, who has had a litany of past health problems, recently contracted COVID-19. The Fox host has credited the vaccine with saving his life. He said during a Thursday broadcast:
“Yeah, I mean even at Fox we have a policy, I’m sure you’re familiar, where you know, either show us your vaccination status or get regularly tested. But there doesn’t seem to be much flexibility in some of these other positions. And I’m wondering if they’re actually hurting more than helping people.”
The COVID denying hosts at Fox, of course, have tried to downplay the effect of the measure. Tucker Carlson recently claimed, “I’m not qualified to speak for the company on this because I don’t run the company. I’m just an employee of the company. My personal preference is that Fox News would make a statement about what their policies are, but I think, like a lot of companies, they’re hesitant to do that, because, like, why would you even want to get involved in that conversation?”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.