Sinclair host floats conspiracy theory about Pfizer vaccine news, suggests congressional investigation
With his pal President Donald Trump having lost the election, Sinclair Broadcast Group’s Eric Bolling is turning his ire on pharmaceutical giant Pfizer for announcing after the election that its coronavirus vaccine has 90% effectiveness. Bolling has suggested both criminal and congressional investigations into Pfizer based on the conspiracy theory that the timing was political.
On November 9, Pfizer announced that an early analysis of its vaccine showed it to be at least 90% effective at preventing COVID-19 cases. The results have not yet been peer reviewed or published in a medical journal, but so far they are better than the 60-70% efficacy predicted by researchers, according to Stat News. There are some logistical hurdles to overcome for widespread distribution of Pfizer’s vaccine, which needs to be stored at extremely low temperatures. Pfizer’s head of vaccine development, Dr. Karin Janson, told The New York Times that “she learned of the results from the outside panel of experts shortly after 1 p.m. on Sunday, and that the timing was not influenced by the election.”
But Bolling suggested the timing of the news pointed to a criminal conspiracy by Pfizer to benefit President-elect Joe Biden:
This was also the framing Bolling employed in an interview with Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) on his program America This Week, which aired on at least 42 Sinclair-owned or -operated stations in at least 35 states and Washington, D.C. The interview has also been available to stream on dozens of Sinclair station websites since the evening of November 12. During the interview, Bolling suggested Congress investigate the timing of the announcement:
Sinclair isn’t the only right-wing propaganda outlet to air this conspiracy theory. On November 9, Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt and Fox Business host Charles Payne complained about the “curious” timing of Pfizer’s announcement.