Gee, it’s almost like it is not really a cable news outlet.
Courtesy of Media Matters:
Fox News repeated coronavirus misinformation 253 times in its weekday coverage from July 6 through 10, including claims that undermined scientific research about the pandemic, eroded trust in public health experts and policy recommendations, called for reopening schools and businesses without regard to public health precautions, and politicized the country’s response to the virus.
This avalanche of misinformation comes on the heels of a report from Yahoo News earlier this month claiming that Fox’s messaging on the coronavirus was undergoing a “remarkable turn” from its earlier coverage to “acknowledge … that the coronavirus is a far graver threat.” As this report will show, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Nearly half of Fox’s coronavirus misinformation was about the science of coronavirus and health recommendations from experts (115 instances).
- Fox politicized recommended public health measures, such as face masks usage and business closures, 63 times.
- Fox emphasized the economy and reopening schools 46 times despite public health concerns.
- Fox’s The Ingraham Angle was responsible for a quarter of all coronavirus misinformation on the network.
- Fox’s “straight news” shows accounted for more than one-third of all coronavirus misinformation.
In a mere five days, the network managed to misinform about the science of the virus 115 times. These include claims about specific coronavirus data, such as arguing that increased testing explains the rising positivity rate (it doesn’t), suggesting that the mortality rate is the most or only important statistic (it isn’t), and dismissing the recent rise in new cases. Fox pushed these and other misinformation about coronavirus data 40 times.
Also included in that category are claims dismissing the effectiveness of public health measures like stay-at-home orders, wearing masks, social distancing, contact tracing, testing, and business closures (made 18 times); claims downplaying the severity of the virus (13 times); claims eroding trust in public health experts (15 times); and claims promoting or defending unproven COVID-19 treatments like hydroxychloroquine (18 times).
Fox also politicized the response to the coronavirus 63 times in the week studied. These instances include 51 claims suggesting that public health precautions such as mask requirements and business closures are politically motivated or implemented. There were also 10 claims directly connecting recent protests against police brutality to the recent surge in new coronavirus cases (it’s not).
I have said it before and I am never going to stop saying it, if you are getting your “news” from Fox news you are a fucking moron.
They are the reason that journalism is dying in this country and they exist, not to inform, but rather to reinforce the prejudices of their conservative viewers.
The best thing that could happen to this country would be for Fox News to be labeled a traitorous propaganda machine and to be disbanded and taken off of the airwaves forever.