Fox News is turning the Republican Party into a suicide cult — A reasonable goal for Trump voters

Tucker Carlson really wants his audience to die. The notorious Fox News host and primary mainstreamer of white nationalist views was at it again on Monday night, presenting the coronavirus vaccine as some kind of evil conspiracy and discouraging his audience from getting it…

“How effective is this coronavirus vaccine?” How necessary is it to take the vaccine?” Carlson asked, with his usual feigned expression of skepticism.

He went on to defend the honor of “anti-vaxxers” and lambast social media sites for kicking off people who spread misinformation, claiming, falsely, “there are things we don’t know about the effects of this vaccine and all vaccines by the way.” This is typical Carlson rhetoric. He doesn’t exactly come right out and tell people that vaccines are a nefarious plot. He simply claims he’s “asking questions,” allowing the audience to believe they are practicing critical thinking when what they’re doing is the opposite: rejecting evidence in favor of outrageous conspiracy theories…

What’s weird about this situation, as many people have pointed out, is that Carlson, Ingraham, etc. are actively trying to get their own audiences killed. Nearly 2% of people who test positive for COVID-19 die of it. For Fox News viewers, who tend to lean older, the risk of death is much higher. Nearly half of male GOP voters say they won’t get the vaccine, and it’s a certainty that many of them will die because of it. It’s usually not considered particularly smart business practice to get your own customers killed, but that’s exactly what Carlson and his fellow travelers are doing.

You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometimes
Well, you might find
You get what you need…

(Apologies to The Rolling Stones)

24 thoughts on “Fox News is turning the Republican Party into a suicide cult — A reasonable goal for Trump voters

  1. Twinkie defense™️ says:

    “Fox News made me do it: Capitol attack suspect pulls ‘Foxitis’ defense : Anthony Antonio, who faces five charges over role in January riot, ‘started believing what was being fed to him’, lawyer says” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/may/07/fox-news-capitol-attack-january-foxitis
    ” A Capitol defendant who bought into former President Donald Trump’s lies about a stolen election came down with “Foxitus” and “Foxmania” after watching too much Fox News, his attorney told a court on Thursday.” https://www.huffpost.com/entry/anthony-antonio-foxmania-capitol_n_60946e8ee4b0ae3c687c07f1
    “…Fox News and the Trump administration had a symbiotic relationship for much of Donald Trump’s presidency, though this grew more dangerous and intense in the lead-up to and aftermath of the 2020 election. The network amplified Trump’s fiction about a rigged election and vice-versa. Trump’s allies were allowed to broadcast their baseless claims largely unchecked during repeated appearances on-air to Fox’s millions of viewers. And even after hundreds of pro-Trump rioters, inspired by the lie, laid siege to the Capitol, some hosts at the network downplayed what happened, spread conspiracy theories about it, and defended the insurrectionists.”

  2. Judas goat says:

    “Tucker Carlson misrepresents government data on Covid-19 vaccines” https://factcheck.afp.com/tucker-carlson-misrepresents-government-data-covid-19-vaccines
    “…The figures cited by Carlson are actual US government data, but Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) statistics do not show the “apparent death rate” among people who are vaccinated against Covid-19. His misleading remarks are part of a flood of inaccurate information about vaccines that is spreading online as nations seek to immunize people against the disease.
    …An official description of VAERS says it “contains information on unverified reports of adverse events (illnesses, health problems and/or symptoms) following immunization with US-licensed vaccines,” and that it accepts reports “from anyone.”
    A disclaimer on the same webpage says: “VAERS reports alone cannot be used to determine if a vaccine caused or contributed to an adverse event or illness. The reports may contain information that is incomplete, inaccurate, coincidental, or unverifiable. Most reports to VAERS are voluntary, which means they are subject to biases.”

  3. Franchise says:

    “Social identity within the anti-vaccine movement : Researchers found a significant portion of Americans socially identify with the anti-vaxx label, presenting potential implications for public health” (Texas A&M University) https://vitalrecord.tamhsc.edu/exploring-social-identity-within-the-anti-vaccine-movement/
    “Identifying the prevalence, correlates, and policy consequences of anti-vaccine social identity” https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21565503.2021.1932528

  4. Organist says:

    “Tucker Carlson goes on bizarre rant against Don Lemon, accusing him of being a racist …and having a white supremacist QAnon cookie jar’ https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/tucker-carlson-don-lemon-cookie-jar-b1870759.html
    The CNN host addressed Carlson’s comments on Tuesday, where he branded the Fox News talisman as having shown “ignorance.” https://www.newsweek.com/don-lemon-fires-back-tucker-carlson-section-8-comments-fox-cnn-1603230

    “A lot of people have no idea that the word “uppity,” when applied to black people, has racist connotations, but it’s getting harder and harder to understand how public figures, in particular, are able to maintain their ignorance of the term’s history.” Elspeth Reeve, The Atlantic, Nov 22, 2011) https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/11/yep-uppity-racist/335160/

  5. Punch & Judy says:

    “Fox News’ Tucker and Hannity look like they’re fixin’ to feud” https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/6/25/2037097/-Fox-News-Tucker-and-Hannity-look-like-they-re-fixin-to-feud
    “Hannity took a few veiled shots at his oleaginous colleague last night after a New York Times reporter—who had recently dished extensively on Tucker’s smarmy overtures to the mainstream media he pretends to hate—tweeted out a suggestion that Tucker was laughing at Hannity behind his back over “how much of a cringing Trump sycophant Sean is.” (see transcript)
    July 22, 2020): “Sean Hannity Dings Tucker Carlson for Attacking Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Later Apologizes on Twitter — WATCH” https://tvline.com/2020/07/22/sean-hannity-tucker-carlson-feud-video-jeff-bezos/

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