For more than a year and a half, Fox News has been doing everything in its power to aid and abet the unimpeded progress of the coronavirus. They have been working feverishly to undermine the efforts of responsible health professionals and government agencies. When they weren’t downplaying the severity of the virus, they were spreading lies that the vaccines don’t work and “they” aren’t telling you.
This long running Fox News narrative is closely aligned with Donald Trump’s COVID disinformation. He admitted early on – in private, just like how he got his vaccination – that he was aware of how deadly the pandemic could be, but deliberately downplayed it in public. He is still trying furiously to steer his cult disciples away from getting vaccinated. And so is Fox News.
On Tuesday Fox News did a segment with Liz Peek, a Fox contributor and business consultant. When the discussion turned to the status of vaccinations in the U.S., Peek launched into a spiel that sought to lay the blame for America’s unvaccinated on President Biden and the nation’s African Americans:
“The situation wouldn’t even exist if Joe Biden had brought the country together as he promised to do in a common single cause of getting everybody vaccinated, I think this is part of a bigger story, which is the failure of the President to get Americans to take the shot. Only 62% of American adults have been vaccinated.” […]
“The Biden administration, and Joe Biden himself, politicized this effort. This hardens attitudes when you start pointing fingers at Republicans, saying, ‘Oh, it’s these loony right-wingers that are refusing to take the shot,’ and not acknowledging that there are a lot of people, including a lot of African-Americans, who have been resistant and doubtful of these vaccines, you’re really making a big mistake. I really put this on the White House.'”
Fox News contributor Liz Peek blames Joe Biden and Black people for low vaccination rates. pic.twitter.com/5Yx3Irnl1j
— David Edwards (@DavidEdwards) September 7, 2021
Huh? It was the Biden administration that succeeded in getting record numbers of people vaccinated. At its peak there were upwards of four million vaccinations a day. That’s four times what was achieved during the Trump administration.
What’s more, the Washington Post reports that “there are about four times as many Republicans as Black people in the ranks of the unvaccinated.” And the vast majority of the unvaccinated population are Republicans and Fox News viewers. An NBC News poll last month found that a whopping 91% of Biden voters are already vaccinated, as compared to only 50% of Trump voters.
91% of Biden voters are vaccinated vs 50% for Trump voters… pic.twitter.com/CKAJzigK6r
— Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) August 23, 2021
For Fox News to point fingers at Biden and Black Americans as being responsible for those who have not been vaccinated is profoundly dishonest and downright racist. And then they have the audacity to accuse Biden of politicizing the issue. However, this isn’t the first time they’ve pulled this malarkey. Last month Laura Ingraham of Fox News invited Texas’ GOP Lt. Governor Dan Patrick to spread more pandemic disinformation. Patrick also ventured into the low vaccination rates saying that…
“Democrats like to blame Republicans on that. Well, the biggest group in most states are African-Americans who have not been vaccinated. And the last time I checked, over 90% of them vote for Democrats.”
That was also an easily provable – and grossly racist – lie. The truth, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, is that “unvaccinated White Texans outnumber unvaccinated Black Texans roughly three to one.”
This is standard operating procedure for Fox News and their Trump Republican benefactors. They take every opportunity to shift blame for anything that reflects poorly on them to Democrats and Blacks. Never mind the facts. Their audience isn’t going to check them or care. They prefer to be lied to and to have their prejudices affirmed. That’s what keeps them coming back to Fox for more.
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