Senator Dick Durbin criticizes Fox News 'Anti-Vax Quacks' in floor speech - Africa News Quick
  • July 13, 2021

Senator Dick Durbin criticizes Fox News ‘Anti-Vax Quacks’ in floor speech

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) Set Fox News ablaze in the Senate on Monday for allowing some of his hosts to spread unrestricted skepticism about vaccines.

Durbin spoke about the efficacy of vaccines in saving lives, the worrying spread of the new delta variant of COVID-19, and its severe impact on unvaccinated people.

He specifically referred to a New York Times article posted Monday that highlighted how Fox News helped bring anti-vaccine rhetoric from the fringes to the conservative mainstream and how its employees were sending mixed messages about vaccination.

Some Fox News stars and executives, including owner Rupert Murdoch, have talked about getting their shots and have encouraged others to do it. The network also released a 30-second message. Vaccine PSA with presenters Steve Doocy, Harris Faulkner, Dana Perino and John Roberts.

But two Fox News personalities in particular, both with reputations for spreading misinformation about COVID-19, have been harsh on vaccine skepticism.

“There are two prime-time Fox show hosts that can only be characterized as anti-vax charlatans,” Durbin said in the Senate. “I mean, of course, Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham.”

“They have been spreading what I consider irresponsible information about vaccines across the United States and about this nation’s effort to deal with them.”

“Here’s the reality,” Durbin continued. “We have millions who have died all over the world from this [virus]. We may never have an exact count. We have hundreds of thousands who have died in the United States, and now it is repeatedly said that those who made their way to the hospital with the most severe strains of COVID-19, 99.5% of them were not vaccinated. “

Durbin said he hoped Fox “would come to his senses.”

“If there are things that can get you off the air by being said on a show, I certainly hope the station management will warn Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham with the statements they have made against vaccines,” he said.

A Fox News spokesperson declined to comment on the record.

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