Fox News sabotages COVID-19 vaccination with Tucker Carlson's mendacious interview of Alex Berenson - 2021-04-02

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F0.png Fox News sabotages COVID-19 vaccination with Tucker Carlson's mendacious interview of Alex Berenson April 2, 2021, Eric Kleefeld, Media Matters

Last night Tucker Carlson continued Fox News' long and shameful record of hosting "COVID contrarian" writer Alex Berenson to continue spreading misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic and even discouraging use of the vaccines.

Berenson's latest appearance was in response to a piece Thursday in The Atlantic in which writer Derek Thompson billed Berenson as "The Pandemic's Wrongest Man." The piece detailed the litany of false claims that Berenson has made about the pandemic — such as when he declared last fall that the United States would not reach 500,000 coronavirus deaths by the spring. (Just to be clear, that number was surpassed back in February. Not that Berenson changed his tune — during another appearance with Carlson in March, he ridiculed a speech by President Joe Biden as coming from a "bizarro world, where we're all still desperately afraid of the coronavirus.")

But more importantly, Thompson explained the importance of writing the piece: "Usually, I would refrain from lavishing attention on someone so blatantly incorrect. But with vaccine resistance hovering around 30 percent of the general population, and with 40 percent of Republicans saying they won't get a shot, debunking vaccine skepticism, particularly in right-wing circles, is a matter of life and death."

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{{cite news | first = Eric | last = Kleefeld | title = Fox News sabotages COVID-19 vaccination with Tucker Carlson's mendacious interview of Alex Berenson | url = https://www.mediamatters.org/coronavirus-covid-19/fox-news-sabotages-covid-19-vaccination-tucker-carlsons-mendacious-interview | work = Media Matters | date = April 2, 2021 | accessdate = April 11, 2021 }}