Fox and his friends Co-host Brian Kilmeade stepped over his colleague’s pro-vaccine message on Monday morning, saying it was Americans’ ‘choice’ to die of COVID-19 while insisting it wasn’t the job government to “protect anyone” from the virus.
Fox News has recently come under heavy fire over anti-vaccine rhetoric emanating from its most visible stars, with critics blaming the News Network squarely on low vaccination rates in the states and counties dominated by the GOPs that have led to a resurgence of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.
With unvaccinated people accounting for over 99% of recent deaths from COVID-19 and 97% of hospitalizations, Fox and his friends Co-host Steve Doocy attempted a bit of counter-programming on Monday morning, imploring viewers to take their photos because “it will save your life.”
Noting that public health experts have said the pandemic is now only among the unvaccinated, Doocy would continue and defend the White House’s efforts to convince vaccine-hesitant to get vaccinated, saying they were trying to “s ” ensure that all people who have not been vaccinated get vaccinated.
Doocy has also apparently sided with the White House in its battle with Facebook and the tech giants over misinformation and anti-vaccine content that has become rampant on social media, adding that the Biden administration became “very frustrated” that Facebook was unable to “get rid of some of the disinformation. (Conservatives have accused the White House of censorship and even” espionage “for its criticism of the management by Facebook of false coronavirus claims.)
As Doocy attempted to be the voice of reason on Monday, Kilmeade – who recently moaned that “this administration’s emphasis on vaccination is mind-boggling” – has repeatedly challenged the government’s attempts to protect and educate Americans during a pandemic.
Complaining about some cities reimposing indoor mask warrants amid the surge in cases, Kilmeade claimed it would happen to “every liberal city near you” before suggesting it shows the vaccine isn’t effective.
“Now they are going to say that the vaccine must not be effective because now they want you to wear a mask everywhere because there could be someone, according to Anthony Fauci, immunosuppressed around you,” he fumed. “So you should change your lifestyle, especially if you are 6 or 7 years old. Put on a mask. Fantastic.”
Doocy, meanwhile, noted that for the most part, “the rule is that if you have been vaccinated you don’t need to wear the mask, but if you haven’t been vaccinated you must wear a mask. “. He also explained that the current concern is that people who are not vaccinated are “pretending” to be able to walk around without a mask.
Kilmeade fired back.
“Guess what? But listen, if you haven’t been vaccinated it’s your choice, but if you have, like I did and they did and maybe you did. done, then you shouldn’t be wearing a mask, ”he said.“ And if you’ve done it and want to go cliff diving this weekend, you don’t have to check with me.”
After Doocy pointed out that 99% of people who die from COVID-19 go unvaccinated, Kilmeade again shouted that it was their personal choice.
“They don’t want to die. So the administration and the government say we need the mask mandate to protect the unvaccinated, ”Doocy sighed, prompting his colleague to curiously assert that the government has no role to play in protecting its people. .
“It’s not their job. It’s not their job to protect anyone, ”Kilmeade exclaimed confidently.
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