Fox Hosts Now Convinced Coronavirus Death Tolls Are Being Inflated - 2020-04-08
According to medical workers on the ground, the death toll from the coronavirus has been vastly lowballed due to lack of testing. "As far as underreporting, I would say, definitely," a nurse told the New York Times, this week, describing patients who had tested negative for the flu, but who had died nonetheless. And yet, according to pro-Trump media personalities, the exact opposite is taking place. In their latest play to diminish the pandemic's severity, Rush Limbaugh, Tucker Carlson, Brit Hume, Mark Levin, and others have come out this week to question the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's coronavirus data, with some accusing the media of personally gunning for Donald Trump by reporting on supposedly exaggerated numbers.
"There may be reasons people seek an inaccurate death count," Carlson said during a Tuesday segment with his colleague Hume. "When journalists work with numbers, there sometimes is an agenda." Hume has suggested that a not-insignificant number of COVID-19 deaths could be chalked up to underlying conditions, not the virus itself, tweeting at the beginning of April that New York City's coronavirus "fatality numbers are inflated."
A number of reports this week have found the opposite to be true. Thanks to insufficient testing, particularly in the early stages of the outbreak, experts say the full impact of the pandemic is nearly impossible to calculate. CDC spokesperson Kristen Nordlund noted that the agency's coronavirus death toll only counts patients who died after testing positive. "We know that it is an underestimation," Nordlund told the Washington Post on Sunday.