An awkward April 30 exchange between Fox & Friends co-hosts Brian Kilmeade and Ainsley Earhardt revealed the cruel implications of Fox News’ coronavirus coverage agitating for states to “reopen” the economy despite the pandemic.
During a discussion about California closing beaches due to social distancing violations, Earhardt expressed genuine worry for her sick mother contracting COVID-19 from people failing to take social distancing seriously. Kilmeade, angry about the beach closures, indignantly interrupted her, asking, “But is your mom going to the beach?”
Although Earhardt has her own record of ridiculous and dangerous takes on the coronavirus pandemic, this exchange lays bare the inherent cruelty of Fox’s campaign to “reopen” the economy: The demands of a few seem to outweigh the lives of the vulnerable.
People like Earhardt’s mother don’t have to violate social distancing guidelines themselves in order to contract the virus. Vulnerable populations are put in danger by other people violating social distancing and potentially spreading COVID-19 undetected. But Kilmeade either doesn’t understand or perhaps he doesn’t care -- he just wants the freedom to catch some rays, no matter the cost to others.