Poor Peter Doocy of Fox News Fails to Grasp that the COVID Pandemic is a Moving Target

There really should be some minimum standards set in order to acquire press credentials for the White House briefings. The press secretary should not have to be burdened with responding to childish nonsense and politically loaded set ups.

Fox News, Peter Doocy

Early in the Biden administration, his press office articulated criteria for access saying that, “Organizations or individuals who traffic in conspiracy theories, propaganda, and lies to spread disinformation will not be tolerated.” But for some unexplained reason Fox News is still there. It is plain that they fail to meet the necessary criteria. For example, On Thursday, Fox’s White House correspondent, Peter Doocy, asked Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre this puzzling question about new guidance from the CDC about COVID protocols (video below):

Doocy: President Biden says that we are not returning to lockdowns, shutdowns, and school closures, but he also once said that we didn’t have to wear masks anymore once we were vaccinated. So, why should Americans trust him now?

Doocy’s question is founded on the ludicrous premise that things never change. So anything that a president says at one time must remain operative for eternity. If, for instance, President Biden told you it was unnecessary to turn on your headlights at noon, then he should not be trusted if he later tells you to turn them on after the sun has set.

This is the situation that currently exists with regard to the COVID pandemic. A few weeks ago it appeared that cases were declining and preventive behaviors like mask wearing could be set aside for people who had been vaccinated. However, with the emergence of the much more transmissible Delta variant that has become dominant, there is now more risk for the unvaccinated, but also for the vaccinated who can contract “breakthrough” cases.

Such cases are still rare because the vaccines continue provide excellent protection. And if a vaccinated person does get infected, they will likely have mild symptoms, or none at all. However, they could still transmit the virus to someone who has not been vaccinated. Which is why they should wear masks in public places. It’s mostly a protection for others.

These concepts appear to be way over Doocy’s head. He regards the changing guidance as some sort of admission that the vaccines don’t work. That’s a conspiracy theory peddled by his Fox News colleague Tucker Carlson nightly. They also try to fear monger about mask wearing as a government plot to control the population. But no one on Fox News has yet explained the logic behind such a plot, how it would enforce any type of control, or how it would benefit Democrats to annoy people with mandates that are allegedly unnecessary and unpopular.

Jean-Pierre was too polite to humiliate Doocy with the obvious answers above. She just calmly explained to him, as she would to a child, the reality of managing an ongoing health crisis:

Jean-Pierre: Well, because we listen to the scientists; we listen to the experts. This is a public health situation. This is not about politics at all. This is about saving lives. And this is what the President is all about. He wants to make sure that we are saving lives. If you look at, Peter, the last six months, that’s what he’s done every day. And you see that in the numbers.

Now we’re at a point where we have to double down and make it very, very clear to people that we can’t let the pandemic win. We have to continue to fight.
Doocy: So if you’re listening to the science, if scientists come to you at some point down the line and say, ‘It is our opinion that there should be shutdowns and there should be school closures, you would do that?
Jean-Pierre: Well, like I said, we listen to the CDC and the experts and their guidance. The CDC is a body that is very well respected. And again, we follow their guidance.

Jean-Pierre seems to have picked up the patience and intellect of her boss, Jen Psaki. It’s too bad that Doocy has picked up neither. He will surely come back to the press room tomorrow with more painfully stupid questions that are aimed only at making political points, rather than enlightening the public. But then, that’s why Fox “News” hired him in the first place (at the request of his daddy, Steve Doocy, co-host of Fox and Friends).

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Fox News Legal ‘Expert’ Spews Utter Nonsense About COVID Vaccine Mandates

As the Delta variant of COVID is spiking throughout much of the country, Fox News is determined to help it infect and kill more people. Because it is primarily spreading among those who refuse to get the shot that could save their lives and defeat the virus, it has been called the “Pandemic of the Unvaccinated.” But it would be more accurate to call it the “Pandemic of the Fox News Infected.”

Fox News, Covid

All of the available data shows that the COVID hot zones in America line up perfectly with areas dominated by Republicans and Fox News viewers. These willfully ignorant folks are endangering, not just themselves, but all Americans, including those who have been vaccinated.

The disinformers on Fox News would have you believe that that is a admission that, as Tucker Carlson keeps saying, the vaccines don’t work. But they are either too stupid, or too intent on lying, to acknowledge that a viral pandemic is a fluid event that changes as the virus does. And the more available hosts there are, the more opportunities the virus has to mutate.

On Wednesday Fox News hosted law professor and Trump-fluffer, Jonathan Turley, He is a frequent guest on Fox since he argued incoherently in a congressional hearing that the impeachment of Donald Trump was unconstitutional. However, he is now representing the rights of the coronavirus to spread unchecked. He told Fox News that…

“The Biden administration is all in on a type of coerced consent approach. And what that involves is getting private companies to make life as difficult as possible for people who are not convinced. And you would like to – CNN’s health expert said ‘we have to make their life as miserable as possible.’ Even in Germany, you have an official saying you’re gonna have fewer freedoms unless you consent.

All of this is to force people who are against getting vaccines into sort of a smaller and smaller point of existence, a very difficult space. But it also means that private companies become a type of shadow state. They become the vehicle by which the government can do indirectly what it’s not doing directly.”

There’s a lot of flagrant foolishness in that comment, beginning with the phrase “coerced consent” Turley is employing it as a purposefully scary buzzword. But an alleged constitutional expert should know that it actually describes something no more frightening than a common law. Does Turley think that red lights are “coerced consent” to stopping at a busy intersection?

As for making people’s lives miserable, nothing would do that more than contracting COVID. Getting a shot or wearing a mask is a trivial imposition by comparison. And Turley surely knows that all laws technically “reduce” freedoms. Society makes a choice between unfettered freedom (i.e. anarchy) and reasonable regulations agreed to by the people and their representatives. Does Turley miss having the freedom to kill his annoying neighbor? You’ll have far fewer freedoms if you’re intubated in a hospital bed – or dead.

Turley’s argument that “private companies become a type of shadow state” seems almost deliberately dishonest. Regulations that make life as safe as possible are common, necessary, and popular. They are supported. by virtually all of Society’s institutions including government representing the state’s interests, corporations representing employer’s interests, and unions representing the interests of workers. A recent survey found that 70% of U.S. employees support making vaccines a requirement to return to the office.

Those who are against getting vaccines deserve to be segregated from the rest of the population who don’t want to be forced to be exposed to their higher degree of risk. And private companies are not serving as “shadow states” when they implement vaccine mandates. They have always required certain behaviors that insure the safety and well being of their workers and customers. That’s why you’re required to wear a helmet if you work on a construction site. You’re required to wear goggles if you’re a welder. You’re even required to wear a hair net at McDonald’s.

Many companies already have vaccine mandates, including Disneyland, Morgan Stanley, United Airlines, Google, and many hospitals and universities. And – oh yeah – Fox News! That’s right, Fox requires its employees to be vaccinated and has even created a vaccine passport program that they call Clear Pass.”

So Turley is arguing against private companies imposing mandates while he’s on a private company’s network that imposes mandates. That’s how deep the hypocrisy and has sunk on Fox News. And it should be embarrassing to both Turley and Fox News that their legal analysis is bereft of logic or reason. but then again, if it wasn’t, it wouldn’t be on Fox News.

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