Jerry Falwell Jr. Suggests to 'Fox & Friends' That North Korea Created the Coronavirus - 2020-03-13
One day after Fox News executives sent a memo to staffers emphasizing the network's duty to keep its viewers informed with accurate information about the coronavirus crisis, Fox & Friends guest Jerry Falwell Jr. suggested the North Koreans worked in concert with China to create the virus specifically to harm America.
Falwell, who is the president of Liberty University and a top supporter of President Donald Trump, was asked how felt about the mass cancellations of schools and universities. After saying students have begged his school not to shut down, Falwell noted they've just eliminated large crowds before taking aim at the "overreaction" to the pandemic.
"You know, it's just strange to me how so many are overreacting," the evangelical leader declared. "The H1N1 virus, in 2009, killed 17,000 people. It was the flu, also, I think. And there was not the same hype. It was—you just didn't see it on the news 24/7. And it makes you wonder if there's a political reason for that."