President Biden says social media are killing people. But Fox News may be killing more.

Tucker Carlson. Photo (cc) 2018 by Gage Skidmore.

With the delta variant spreading and COVID-19 rates climbing in all 50 states, President Joe Biden last Friday offered some tough words for Facebook and other social media companies that are enabling lies and misinformation.

“They’re killing people,” he said. “I mean, look, the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated. And they’re killing people.”

Biden was not wrong. But despite the enormous reach of Facebook, only one media outlet has devoted itself to injecting falsehoods about the pandemic into the nervous systems of its audience on a 24/7 basis. That, of course, would be Fox News.

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One thought on “President Biden says social media are killing people. But Fox News may be killing more.

  1. My sense was not that we were close to beating COVID-19, but that mass vaccination would allow us to reduce significantly COVID’s negative impact on health and the economy and allow us to manage the pandemic more successfully. So I see misinformation as a significant problem but I don’t see that it pushed us from one binary possibility to another. I think even with more vaccinations, the virus will continue to circulate, but hopefully at reduced speed and reduced impact in terms of severity of disease. I think the idea that vaccination means back to normal was used as an incentive and was not accurate — if the authorities really believed it, then maybe it was wishful thinking (like the assumption early on in the pandemic that asymptomatic people who were infected could not spread the disease), but as a layperson, I saw no basis in the facts they were disclosing to believe that.

    As to misinformation on Fox, I guess if i could sit down with them, I’d like to ask them why they are okay with harming members of their audience (not to mention harming the country as a whole). Because I have a hard time believing that all of them don’t know any better. (But I confess that I am not familiar with them beyond clips I’ve seen in other outlets.) Do they think they will profit from the harm, or do they just not care, do they think it’s all some big game? Maybe, as with supremacy theories, it could be seen as a form of elitism, and, as such, contains some amount of disdain for others, however much they want to see their opponents as the elitists.

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