Tucker Carlson breaks from Fox News' coronavirus coverage: ‘It’s definitely not just the flu’

  

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Via:  krishna  •  6 months ago  •  40 comments

By:   SANJANA KARANTH

Tucker Carlson breaks from Fox News' coronavirus coverage: ‘It’s definitely not just the flu’
. . . broke from his network’s pattern of downplaying the coronavirus outbreak, criticizing on Monday those who “have spent weeks minimizing what is clearly a very serious problem.”

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson broke from his network’s pattern of downplaying the coronavirus outbreak, criticizing on Monday those who “have spent weeks minimizing what is clearly a very serious problem.”

“‘It’s just partisan politics,’ they say. ‘Calm down. In the end, this is just like the flu,’” Carlson said on his show. “It’s definitely not just the flu.”

“People you trust, people you probably voted for, have spent weeks minimizing what is clearly a very serious problem,” Carlson said. “Though these people have good intentions as they say this, many of them anyway ― they may not know any better, maybe they’re just not paying attention or maybe they believe they’re serving some higher cause by shading reality ― and there’s an election coming up, [think it’s] best not to say anything that might help the other side. We get it, but they’re wrong.”

Fox News has consistently  downplayed the severity of the coronavirus , aligning itself with the president’s position on the deadly outbreak that has caused global panic. Fox News host Sean Hannity had Trump on his show last week, when the president said COVID-19 is not a big deal, intentionally understated the World Health Organization’s estimate of the virus’s death rate (3.4%) based on his “hunch” and  implied that it’s OK for people infected with the virus to go to work.

The network continued to push misinformation after Hannity’s Trump interview, with news anchor Shannon Bream positioning the president’s lies as a critique of mainstream media and then interviewing Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), who minimized the outbreak’s severity.


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Krishna
1  seeder  Krishna    6 months ago

The White House said Monday   that there are now more than 500 confirmed coronavirus cases  in 35 states and the District of Columbia but stressed that the risk to the American public was low. At a news conference, Trump teased measures meant to ease economic fears that led to Wall Street’s  worst day in a decade.

But Carlson said Monday night that “tax cuts and lower rates won’t reopen factories that have shut down to contain the virus.”

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
1.1  FLYNAVY1  replied to  Krishna @1    6 months ago

WOW.... Not only do we have a home grown virus to tend with, but it looks like we have an invasion of the body snatchers if Carlson said something this logical.

Better check the basement for pods.....!

 
 
 
Krishna
2  seeder  Krishna    6 months ago

The White House said Monday   that there are now more than 500 confirmed coronavirus cases  in 35 states and the District of Columbia but stressed that the risk to the American public was low. At a news conference, Trump teased measures meant to ease economic fears that led to Wall Street’s  worst day in a decade.

" . . .stressed that the risk to the American public was low..."

What a friggin' Maroon!

 
 
 
The Magic Eight Ball
3  The Magic Eight Ball    6 months ago
 ‘It’s Definitely Not Just The Flu’

the youngsters are calling it "the boomer remover"

LOL

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
5  Buzz of the Orient    6 months ago

And yet they blame China for not taking the warnings seriously...

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
5.1  igknorantzrulz  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5    6 months ago

Did you actually think Trump would/could EVER admit to ANY of the blame ?

 
 
 
Krishna
5.1.2  seeder  Krishna  replied to    6 months ago
Blame for what?

Good one Wally! 

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JohnRussell
5.1.3  JohnRussell  replied to    6 months ago

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Freedom Warrior
5.2  Freedom Warrior  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5    6 months ago

Oh most definitely this one can easily be laid at the feet of the CCP.  I saw a rant detailing the reasons.  

Looks like a high value export to them.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
5.2.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Freedom Warrior @5.2    6 months ago

I believe I know what the "rant" was of which you speak, and it is outlined on another seed here, and if look at it again you will see how what China said was twisted by a Republican into a threat that did not exist.  Don't believe everything you read.

 
 
 
Freedom Warrior
5.2.2  Freedom Warrior  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.2.1    6 months ago

Doubtful.  My sources are not of of Republican origin. 

There is NOTHING China says that should be believed at this point. 

Although I might believe they welded some disaffected citizens into their residences to shrivel up and die.  But hey there is plenty to spare there right.

 
 
 
Freedom Warrior
5.2.4  Freedom Warrior  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.2.3    6 months ago

I've seen the stats.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
5.2.5  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Freedom Warrior @5.2.4    6 months ago

Rhett Butler's final words to Scarlett......

 
 
 
Freedom Warrior
5.2.6  Freedom Warrior  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.2.5    6 months ago

Yet you should instead of defending one of the most evil and corrupt governments on the planet.  Are you enjoying the coronapocalypse?

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
5.2.7  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Freedom Warrior @5.2.6    6 months ago

I know that my opinions are not shared by everyone in the world.  Do you think that yours are?

 
 
 
Freedom Warrior
5.2.8  Freedom Warrior  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.2.7    6 months ago

Why would you even bother to ask such a stupid question

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
5.2.9  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Freedom Warrior @5.2.8    6 months ago

You're right, most of us already know the answer.

 
 
 
Krishna
5.2.10  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.2.1    6 months ago
Don't believe everything you read.

But don't you realize-- they aren't allowed to put anything that isn't true on the Internet!

 
 
 
Tacos!
6  Tacos!    6 months ago

I don’t get to see Tucker’s show much, but I caught the end of it the other day. He showed multiple clips of him warning about this virus in February and January. His point was to show how the media was excessively and needlessly focused on things like impeachment (the outcome of which was a foregone conclusion) and election politics, and was ignoring important stories like the developing pandemic - a story he has clearly recognized as worthy of attention from early on. I can’t say he was wrong.

 
 
 
lady in black
6.1  lady in black  replied to  Tacos! @6    6 months ago

Funny how you don't include trump and his administration paying attention to Tucker.  Guess he, his administration and republicans can't walk, talk and chew gum at the same time and the word multi tasking is a foreign word

 
 
 
Tacos!
6.1.1  Tacos!  replied to  lady in black @6.1    6 months ago
Funny how you don't include trump and his administration paying attention to Tucker.

What's funny about it? I posted something I observed that I thought was relevant to the seed. I have to rip Trump in every comment or I'm up to something?

 
 
 
gooseisgone
6.1.2  gooseisgone  replied to  lady in black @6.1    6 months ago
Funny how you don't include trump and his administration

Tell me how Trump down playing the virus then instigating multiple restrictions at the same time has made things worse.  Have more people transmitted it within the US because of anything Trump has said ?  I happened to listen to MSNBC the other night and they continually called is a "disease" and you want to bash Trump...………... unless of course you think its a disease. 

 
 
 
lady in black
6.1.3  lady in black  replied to  gooseisgone @6.1.2    6 months ago

He downplayed too long.  

 
 
 
Freedom Warrior
6.1.4  Freedom Warrior  replied to  lady in black @6.1.3    6 months ago

How long was he supposed to downplay it?

 
 
 
Tacos!
6.1.5  Tacos!  replied to  lady in black @6.1.3    6 months ago
He downplayed too long.

At the time you think he was downplaying it, did we yet have reason to believe there was such widespread community transmission of the disease? To my recollection, we did not. There was every reason, at first, to think it could be contained. Then we found out it had actually been here already. New information has resulted in a different response - from everyone.

 
 
 
lady in black
6.1.6  lady in black  replied to  Freedom Warrior @6.1.4    6 months ago

He downplayed too long, thinking it would just go away, but it's not going away...real people are being affected, but he thought it was a democratic hoax to get votes.

My niece, who is pregnant for the first time with twins is affected, someone where she works is in quarantine as we speak. 

Dumb fuck in the white house is the WORST president this country has ever had.

He cared more about his STUPID rallies than dealing with this virus.

He now takes NO PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, NONE OF IT IS HIS FAULT. 

 
 
 
lady in black
6.1.7  lady in black  replied to  Tacos! @6.1.5    6 months ago

See my response at 6.14

He dropped the ball and cared more for his fucking rallies and how "good" he looks"

The stock market is in the toilet 

 
 
 
Freedom Warrior
6.1.8  Freedom Warrior  replied to  lady in black @6.1.6    6 months ago

So how long is too long?

You may have a case of misdirected anger.  In reality the blame falls squarely on the CCP.  Probably figured if they were gonna suffer so should the rest of the world. Not unlike the Dems looking to inflict damage on their ideological opponents at this juncture.

 
 
 
Tacos!
6.1.9  Tacos!  replied to  lady in black @6.1.7    6 months ago
The stock market is in the toilet 

I don't think there is anything he could have done about that.

 
 
 
lady in black
6.1.10  lady in black  replied to  Freedom Warrior @6.1.8    6 months ago

No misdirected anger, dumb fuck in the white house thought it would go away by now and didn't do shit about it, buried his head in his ass.

Just keep excusing his incompetence, keep excusing him disbanding the pandemic team.

 
 
 
lady in black
6.1.11  lady in black  replied to  Tacos! @6.1.9    6 months ago

His non-response etc. and his insistence that they Fed lower interest rates tanked the market,

 
 
 
Tacos!
6.1.12  Tacos!  replied to  lady in black @6.1.11    6 months ago
his insistence that they Fed lower interest rates

I agree the fed move appears to have had that effect, but that's not really Trump's call. Many times, presidents - including Trump - have called on the Fed to do this or that move. They are often frustrated. Obviously more than one educated person thought it was a good idea.

 
 
 
gooseisgone
6.1.13  gooseisgone  replied to  lady in black @6.1.3    6 months ago
He downplayed too long.

VS scaring the crap out of everyone like on MSNBC, you wouldn't find toilet paper till August.  You have said how it made things worse.

 
 
 
Freedom Warrior
6.1.14  Freedom Warrior  replied to  lady in black @6.1.10    6 months ago

You keep referring to Trump as if it would have a freakin bit of difference.  That's just TDS at work.  Trump's not some fucking dictator like Xi Jinping.  And our system doesn't work like their communistic system that the left appears to embrace.    Meanwhile your precious team of dumbphucks were busy with bashing big pharma, taunting xenophobia or ignoring the impending crisis altogether obsessing over non-existent crimes.

But beyond that this battle is being waged at the local level.  Yet the media that cried wolf too many times no longer possessed the credibility to inform the public in a useful manner.

The blame for the pandemic lays squarely at the feet of the CCP.  That you don't get that also helps to explain why we are in the situation we are today.

 
 
 
katrix
6.1.15  katrix  replied to  lady in black @6.1.6    6 months ago

My officemate was sick for much of feb and March. Bronchitis. Also had loss of taste and smell... And pinkeye. Guess what those are all symptoms of? But they only tested her for the flu. She finally got a covid 19 test the other day and is awaiting results. No excuse to not have started testing much earlier. 

 
 
 
lady in black
6.1.16  lady in black  replied to  katrix @6.1.15    6 months ago

So sorry about your officemate, here's hoping the test is negative.

 
 
 
katrix
6.1.17  katrix  replied to  lady in black @6.1.16    6 months ago

At this point she's almost well. And it's been over 3 weeks since we've seen her so I assume we are good. But she may have exposed lots of people because we hadn't ramped up on testing . Luckily we made her stay home even though it was suppsedly just bronchitis 

 
 
 
Krishna
6.1.18  seeder  Krishna  replied to  gooseisgone @6.1.2    6 months ago
Tell me how Trump down playing the virus then instigating multiple restrictions at the same time has made things worse.

Well.... I thought you'd never ask!

So ask...and ye shall receive! :-)

 
 
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