Demonstrating the absurdity of Fox News’ purported “straight news” side, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace asked Dr. Anthony Fauci about his having become a “polarizing” figure — with zero acknowledgement on Wallace’s part that his own network was responsible for the various political attacks and conspiracy theories against the infectious disease expert.
Wallace conveniently ignored the reality that the attacks on Fauci began last year on right-wing media outlets — especially coming from Fox News personalities, who called him an “elderly, power-drunk epidemiologist” and part of the “medical deep state” and suggested that he should have been fired and should never work again in public policy. The calls from Fox News to fire Fauci have continued into 2021.
The conspiracy theory that Fauci was himself responsible for the creation of COVID-19 has also been spread by Fox News hosts including Steve Hilton and Tucker Carlson, along with Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett, who has called for “a criminal investigation of Fauci.”
In addition, the network has undermined vaccines nearly every day for the past six months — while at the same time instituting a strict set of vaccination and testing requirements for its own offices.
Later on Sunday, Fox News’ website led with Fauci’s answer – and suggested on its front page that this would lead to “more backlash.”