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Fox News seems intent on endangering its audience

By Rex Huppke, Tribune Content Agency on

It seems the Fox News network -- which is as much a "news network" as I am a "banana cream pie" -- is trying to kill off its audience.

Not directly, of course. I'm not suggesting Tucker Carlson has murder on his mind.

But the network's coverage of the coronavirus pandemic does appear perplexingly aimed at reducing the number of people alive enough to watch Fox News.

Consider the “anti-lockdown” protest Wednesday in Michigan's state capitol, where thousands of residents, many standing way too close to one another, came together to violate and express outrage at Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home order. It may have been the largest-ever gathering of people standing up for their right to die from a highly contagious virus.

Rather than point out that a gathering of that size in a state with nearly 30,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 2,000 deaths is something any medical profession would deem "not good," the fine folks at Fox News applauded the protesters.

Tucker Carlson -- again, NOT a murderer -- described the Michigan governor's stay-at-home order as "mindless and authoritarian" and praised a protester he was interviewing, saying, "Thank you for coming on tonight, and thank you for exercising your constitutionally protected rights as an American. Bless you." (I hope he didn't say that last part because she sneezed.)

 

On Sean Hannity's show, which I believe is called "The Sean Hannity Hysterical Untruths Hour," fellow Fox News intellectual Jeanine Pirro said this about the Trump flag-waving Michigan coronavirus party:

"They want to keep us locked in our homes. They want to keep us away from churches and synagogues. They want to make sure we don't go back to work. They don't get it. The American spirit is too strong, and Americans are not going to take it. And what happened in Lansing today? God bless them, it's going to happen all over the country."

If by "they," Pirro is referring to "people who don't want you to die unnecessarily," then, yes, they are trying to keep you in your homes. That's what one does during a pandemic when operating on the belief that remaining alive is a better outcome than shuffling off this mortal coil.

But what's most disturbing about Pirro's "Don't Let Those Libs Keep Ya From Livin'" attitude is the last part of her quote, suggesting protests like the one in Lansing will soon be happening across the country.

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