From the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Fox News has been single-mindedly committed to disseminating disinformation that has had a demonstrably harmful effect on their viewers and the nation. They have parroted Donald Trump’s reckless lies belittling the risks, prescribing quack cures, and discouraging the wearing of face masks and getting vaccinated. As a resulted the nation is now suffering from what can fairly be called the Fox News Pandemic.
There has been little pushback by anyone at Fox News to counter their predominantly pro-COVID narrative. Which makes a recent tweet by Fox’s Geraldo Rivera all the more peculiar. On Saturday he posted this message that appears directed to his Fox News confederates, without explicitly saying so…
“Open-minded & inclusive, I’m friends with all kinds of people. But as we pass 700,000 #Covid dead, I have zero tolerance for anti-Vaxers.
Most of all, I detest vaccinated dick heads who urge the unvaccinated to ‘fight for their freedom,’ the mob urging the man on ledge to jump.”
Open-minded & inclusive, I’m friends with all kinds of people. But as we pass 700,000 #Covid dead, I have zero tolerance for anti-Vaxers.
Most of all, I detest vaccinated dick heads who urge the unvaccinated to “fight for their freedom,” the mob urging the man on ledge to jump
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) October 2, 2021
It’s difficult to take seriously Geraldo’s claim of “zero tolerance” considering he works side-by-side with the very same anti-vaxers he’s condemning. And while he doesn’t hold back in this tweet, he isn’t nearly as clear about “detesting” his colleagues when he is discussing this subject with them on the air. It isn’t like he doesn’t know how they feel:
Tucker Carlson says COVID vaccine is not about health but "social control" https://t.co/SQ2SD054tw
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) December 18, 2020
VAX MANDATES: Dr. Anthony Fauci has come out in favor of vaccine mandates, saying we’re in a “major surge.” What happened to medical privacy and freedom of choice?! @SarahHuckabee and @NBSaphierMD will discuss the pandemic TONIGHT on “Hannity” at 9 PM ET.
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) August 12, 2021
Here’s a quaint idea—FREEDOM. https://t.co/PqjvInBIOA
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) April 8, 2020
Nevertheless, Geraldo is right about anti-vaxers being responsible for the current spike in COVID cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. And his colorful assessment of the hypocrites who have been vaccinated discouraging others from protecting themselves, their families, and their communities, is spot on. They are, in effect, encouraging self-destructive behavior from the safety of their TV studio (where vaccine mandates are enforced).
The utterly dishonest argument that vaccine resistance is about freedom simply doesn’t fly. No one is being forced to get the shot. They are merely being told that, due to their ignorance and selfishness, they won’t be allowed to endanger others in public places. That’s a condition that society has imposed on everything from measles vaccinations, to drinking and driving, to wearing shoes and shirts in restaurants.
Every law is an imposition on personal liberty. But you don’t see these Fox Newsers advising people to run red lights, or shoplift at Walmart, or shoot their neighbors, in the name of freedom. You don’t have to obey those laws, but if you don’t, you lose certain societal privileges. It’s a not a question of freedom. It’s a question of safety and consideration for the rights and welfare of others. Geraldo has apparently come to recognize these facts. Now let’s see if he holds the rest of the Fox News hypocrites to them.
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