While several FOX News hosts have spent the past week trying to deny the severity of the COVID-19 public health crisis, it seems that the execs have re-installed their backbones and are trying to get employees and personalities to take the coronavirus issue seriously and not as a red meat talking point to disparage.
In a Thursday memo to staff, Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott and network president Jay Wallace warned employees about the risks of COVID-19, and announced steps the network will take to combat its spread, including telecommuting, reduced in-studio guest bookings, and enhanced office cleanings.
So far, only Tucker Carlson appears to be the taking the public health emergency somewhat seriously, warning viewers that “people you probably voted for” are “minimizing” the virus’ dangers.
The middle one of the Three Dumbest People on Television, Ainsley “I want to be a journalist” Earhardt was telling the F&F audience what a wonderfully safe time it was to fly at the end of the week.
Fox News brass also emphasized the channel’s duty to keep viewers informed with accurate information, underscoring the seriousness of the unfolding epidemiological situation.
“Please keep in mind that viewers rely on us to stay informed during a crisis of this magnitude and we are providing an important public service to our audience by functioning as a resource for all Americans,” the memo said.
We usually self-quarantine ourselves the unhinged ravings of Judge Jeanine, the wearer of the weekend tinfoil hat on Fox.
But we notice that while last week she was slamming the endless stream of “doomsday reporting”, this past weekend it was “all coronavirus, all the time.”
Someone read her the memo and pointed to Regan’s empty chair.
It hasn’t just been Fox’s conservative opinion hosts, however, who have seemingly shrugged off the dangers of the virus.
While interviewing Sen. Rick Scott this week, Fox News anchor Ed Henry was openly cavalier about Florida’s first two coronavirus deaths, noting that both victims were elderly and had recently traveled abroad, “so when you hear the context, it’s not quite as scary.”
Scott has since gone into self-quarantine due to contact with an infected individual.
Henry is still a jerk.