Laura Ingraham falsely claims urging people to wear masks is a plot to sow "fear and intimidation" - 2020-05-01

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F358.png Laura Ingraham falsely claims urging people to wear masks is a plot to sow "fear and intimidation" May 1, 2020, Roger Sollenberger, Salon

Laura Ingraham used her platform on Fox News this week to peddle a dangerous conspiracy theory, which falsely claims that guidance to wear masks in public is a plot to sow "fear and intimidation" among Americans rather than help protect them against the new coronavirus.

The Fox News host, who is not a doctor, has relentlessly spread misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic. She was among the first of her colleagues to promote an unproven drug treatment for coronavirus patients despite questions about its efficacy. Doctors warned that hydroxychloroquine has significant side effects and could even lead to death when combined with the antibiotic azithromycin.

Ingraham also dedicated more than five minutes of airtime last week to mocking CNN anchors who tested positive for COVID-19, attempting to justify her actions by saying "they're always kind of nasty to us."

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{{cite news | first = Roger | last = Sollenberger | title = Laura Ingraham falsely claims urging people to wear masks is a plot to sow "fear and intimidation" | url = https://www.salon.com/2020/04/30/laura-ingraham-falsely-claims-urging-people-to-wear-masks-is-a-plot-to-sow-fear-and-intimidation/ | work = Salon | date = May 1, 2020 | accessdate = May 4, 2020 }}