CNN State of the union Host Dana Bash lived up to her last name Sunday morning, criticizing Fox News (and Newsmax) as a lethal threat. Playing on President Biden’s spiel that Facebook is “killing people” with COVID misinformation, Bash asked Surgeon General Vivek Murthy if “conservative media like Fox News” are killing people.
“Trash First”, Not Facts First:
DANA TRASH: CNN anchor takes Biden’s spiel about Facebook “killing people” with COVID misinformation and smears it on Fox.
“Do you think conservative media, like Fox News, are doing the same? Are they also killing people with rhetoric like the one you just heard?” pic.twitter.com/m8vs4ziXTz
– Tim Graham (@TimJGraham) July 18, 2021
BASH: And up to that point, you said that misinformation coming from so-called bad actors is also to blame for this. And I want our viewers to get an idea that disinformation spreads to the right. I listened.
LAURA INGRAHAM, FOX NEWS: There is nothing more undemocratic and anti-liberty than injecting an experimental drug into Americans against their will.
TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS: The idea that you would force people to take drugs that they don’t want or need, is there a precedent for that in our… in our lives?
ROB SCHMITT, NEWSMAX: I feel like a vaccine, in a weird way, usually goes against nature.
BASH: I wonder if that person has ever flown on a plane or in a car or taken an Advil. But on top of that, President Biden accused social media platforms of killing people. Do you think conservative media, like Fox News, are doing the same? Are they also killing people with rhetoric like the one you just heard?
Note that Ingraham and Carlson mainly appear attacking required vaccination, no vaccination. (Saying we don’t “need” vaccination sounds harsher). The Tucker show on July 6, He was pointing out that the average age of those who died of COVID was 78, but the Liberals terrified everyone.
During the quoted July 12 segment, Ingraham played a clip from liberal Senator Dick Durbin saying, “There are two primetime Fox shows that can only be characterized as anti-vax charlatans. I am referring, of course, to Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham “. CNN is the Voice of Durbin. Or is he imitating the leftists in The New Republic.
Like a politician, Murthy dodged the blow.
MURTHY: Well Dana, I think that all of us, including the media, including individuals, healthcare professionals, have a responsibility to share the truth about health, as science dictates, as science informs us. And unless we do that, unless we are honest about the consequences of our communication with people, unless we are rigorous to make sure that what we communicate really comes from science, and not opinion, on critical issues. like the vaccine, then they are ultimately going to put people at risk.
PS: Just before that, Bash pressed Murthy on what a Facebook official told CNN in response to Biden’s spiel about “killing people”: “In private exchanges, the surgeon general has praised our work, including our efforts to inform people about COVID-19. They knew what they were doing. The White House is looking for scapegoats for failing in their vaccine targets. “
She said that “that Facebook official is accusing you of saying one thing in public and another behind closed doors. Is that true?” He denied it. “Well, I have been very consistent in what I have said to the technology companies that I have spoken with, some of them, in the last few months, and my team has also done it.”