Anyone not sucked into Fox News can see how it is a tool of the presidency and the GOP, spreading misinformation to suit their own agenda. But even they have woken up to the fact that COVID-19 is real, it’s serious, and it’s here. They’ve only woken up to it in the last 3-5 days, though. The Washington Post’s video team assembled clips of various Fox News anchors and talking heads, then edited them side by side with a date stamp, showing just how drastically things flipped.

March 9th: “This is yet another attempt to impeach the president and sadly they care very little for any destruction they leave in their wake.”

March 13th: “We must test for the virus in order to stop the spread of it and what could be a very great recession some predicting even a depression.”

March 8th: It’s called the flu.

March 17: They warn viewers “we don’t have immunity to the virus.”

We see Fox News tell people it’s the best time to fly, that this is partisan politics, that it’s an attempt to undermine the president. Then we see them do a complete reversal.

The footage isn’t necessarily surprising people, but it is still mind-blowing:

According to the Post, amongst all of these hypocrites, at least one Fox pundit did believe the hype early on. At the beginning of last week, Tucker Carlson told viewers, “It is definitely not the flu.”

He continued in a monologue that seemed directed at the president saying that “none of our leaders helped us to take it seriously…People you trust, people you probably voted for, have spent weeks minimizing what is clearly a very serious problem. It’s just partisan politics, they say. ‘Calm down. In the end, this is just like the flu and people die from that every year. Coronavirus will pass, and when it does, we will feel foolish for worrying about it.’ That’s their position…But they’re wrong.”

And they were.

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*First Published: March 18, 2020, 8:46 am