Fox News's dangerous decision to downplay the threat of coronavirus - 2020-03-13
Conservative commentators on Fox News are downplaying the potential risk of the novel coronavirus spreading throughout the US — describing the panic over the pandemic as a partisan tool that has been used to attack President Donald Trump.
On his evening show Thursday night, host Sean Hannity spent the bulk of his opening monologue accusing detractors of Trump's response to Covid-19 of sowing partisanship and hysteria — a message that has resonated with the president, who is an avid viewer and tweeted about it after the show.
"Since the beginning, all they've done is use the virus, politicize the virus to bludgeon President Trump," Hannity said, referring to Democrats. "All the same people who have done the same thing for three straight years. ... Russia, Russia. Ukraine, Ukraine. And impeach, impeach. Now, corona, corona."