Fox News is promoting protests against social distancing measures: "God bless them" - 2020-04-16
Fox News hosts are rallying to the cause of conservative activists who are protesting Michigan's social distancing measures, raising the probability that similar movements will spread across the country with potentially catastrophic results.
In order to enforce limited face-to-face contact and reduce the spread of the contagious and deadly novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, governors across the country have banned large gatherings, closed schools, bars, restaurants, and non-essential businesses, and issued shelter-in-place orders instructing people not to leave their homes unnecessarily. These efforts appear to have succeeded in limiting deaths caused by the virus, but at the cost of an unprecedented unemployment surge.
The economic decline is triggering a backlash among conservatives against social distancing measures. President Donald Trump is reportedly fixated on reopening much of the country on May 1. Fox hosts are similarly pushing for a swift end to the lockdown, claiming that the lowered death projections show not that social distancing has succeeded but that public health experts were wrong to recommend it because the virus isn't that dangerous. And conservatives are beginning to launch protest movements against the measures, with the support of Trump's political allies.