Anything to protect the stock market: Fox News rallies around the idea that social distancing is worse than COVID-19 - 2020-03-23

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F0.png Anything to protect the stock market: Fox News rallies around the idea that social distancing is worse than COVID-19 March 23, 2020, John Kerr, Media Matters

Fox News pundits and the president himself are arguing that the "cure" that will decrease the spread of COVID-19 — shutting down non-essential workplaces and demanding people shelter inside their homes for long enough to suppress the virus — is somehow worse than the "disease" of the novel coronavirus due to its harsh impact on the economy. This is just from the past few days:

Fox pundits and even a news anchor on Saturday shared a since-debunked Medium piece written by a Republican activist making a similar point.

As MSNBC host Chris Hayes noted in a Twitter thread, there are several faults within conservatives' line of reasoning.

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