The left is blaming Fox News and other conservatives for deaths because of vaccine hesitancy. However, opinions on the right aren’t as one-sided as they’re made out to be.
Tucker Carlson broke with other network personalities to offer his own skeptical viewpoint about the COVID-19 vaccine, the Washington Examiner reported. While other Fox hosts were pushing for people to get shot, Carlson laid out the case for his reluctance.
Following President Joe Biden’s push last week to blame “misinformation” for the continued spread of the coronavirus, several Fox News hosts appealed to their audiences to get the shot Monday. “Enough people have died. We don’t need any more deaths,” heavy hitter Sean Hannity told his viewers.
Early Monday, Steve Doocy had made a similar plea. “Ninety-nine percent of the people who died have not been vaccinated,” the “Fox & Friends” co-host said. “If you have the chance, get the shot. It will save your life.”
However, Carlson wasn’t so eager to sell the jab on his “Tucker Carlson Tonight” program Monday. The host encouraged his audience to think critically when listening to medical experts on cable news telling the audience to just go get the shot.
“We’ve never encouraged anyone to take or not to take the vaccine, obviously, we’re not doctors,” Carlson told his audience. “But we know lying when we see it and you just saw it. To say it in unison – and they’re all saying it – that this is a pandemic of the unvaccinated is simply untrue, that’s a lie,” he said.
“There is a massive discrepancy between that political talking point, which is exactly what it is, and what the data in other countries are actually showing,” Carlson continued. “Somebody needs to explain it, tell us the truth, we can handle it.”
“But there are a lot of those people giving you medical advice on television, and you should ignore them,” Carlson later said. “The advice they are giving you isn’t designed to help you, it’s to make you comply,” he said. “You’re an American adult. You’re allowed to ask simple questions and demand clear answers. That’s why we live here. That’s your birthright.”
It seems the media narrative has come for the unvaccinated and will surely only get worse as time goes on. However, as Carlson pointed out, it is every American’s right to make the personal, private decision whether to take the shot or not — at least for now.