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Raising Questions About the Qay Tucker Carlson Raises Questions

Rex Huppke, Tribune Content Agency on

Americans deserve to know the answer to a question I made up: Did Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who has been doing all he can to raise doubts about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines, actually get vaccinated by Dr. Anthony Fauci while high-fiving President Joe Biden?

I doubt it, but on Monday, I sent the following tweet to my 79,000 Twitter followers: “I’m hearing Tucker Carlson was given COVID-19 vaccinations by Dr. Anthony Fauci while high-fiving President Joe Biden. Is this true? I’m not sure. I’m just asking the question. Please share if this is a question you would like answered.”

Many people shared it, so clearly it’s something many people are talking about, thus making it a question that must be asked. (Did I play some role in getting people to talk about it? I’m not sure. That’s a question you are welcome to ask.)

I’m sure Carlson will understand this search for the truth. For weeks, he has been posing questions to his millions of viewers — and to the additional millions who stream his content or see it pop up on their Facebook pages — about the safety and efficacy of the extremely safe and effective coronavirus vaccines that are presently saving American lives.

Pondering recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that vaccinated people should continue to wear masks in certain situations, Carlson said: “No one is asking this, but everyone should be — what is this about? If vaccines work, why are vaccinated people still banned from living normal lives?

Carlson failed to pose two important additional questions:

 

1) Is there readily available scientific information that answers this question? (Yes. It’s unclear whether vaccinated people can still transmit the virus, so out of an abundance of caution and to protect the unvaccinated, masks remain a good public health tool until the pandemic is more fully under control.)

2) What is “Google”? (Apparently it’s something Carlson doesn’t know how to use, as it would answer most of his leading questions.)

Instead, he continued with other questions about the vaccine: “So maybe it doesn’t work, and they’re simply not telling you that. Well, you hate to think that, especially if you’ve gotten two shots. But what’s the other potential explanation? We can’t think of one.”

Are these the kind of questions that bubble up in the spider-filled mind of someone trying to sell fear as a means of raising his profile, wholly unconcerned that his baseless rhetoric could cost people their lives and extend the pandemic?

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