Fox News prime-time host and top network voice Tucker Carlson continued Wednesday night to illustrate the stark contrast between the stringent measures the network has taken to pressure its employees into getting vaccinated for COVID-19 and the host’s own strident rhetoric urging people to refuse to cooperate with any such public health measures.
This week, rap star Nicki Minaj tweeted that she was refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccines, relating a second-hand story that the vaccine purportedly caused her cousin’s friend in Trinidad to suffer from erectile dysfunction and swollen testicles, which caused the friend’s fiancée to call off the wedding. The tweet generated numerous online memes, along with health experts pointing out the described condition was more likely the result of a sexually transmitted infection or possibly even a COVID-19 case itself.
Carlson, however, immediately championed Minaj’s claims Monday night, in an effort to undermine confidence in the vaccines. He continued covering the topic Wednesday night, making various claims that the backlash against Minaj represented an authoritarian push in American society — at no time acknowledging that the sort of pressures he was protesting were being practiced at his own network, where he continues to work.
“You must submit to being bullied, those are the new rules,” Carlson said in his opening monologue. “Nicki Minaj wasn't aware of that and she resisted and she is still resisting.”
But Carlson had nothing to say about Fox’s newly announced policy of daily COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated employees, let alone the network’s months-old vaccine passports, known as the “Fox Clear Pass,” in which employees who show proof of vaccination are able to bypass daily health screenings.
For some, such extra scrutiny on unvaccinated employees would amount to “bullying.” But this scrutiny may well have worked, since Fox’s human resources chief noted in the company’s recent memo that over 90% of full-time employees have already gotten vaccinated.
Carlson closed his monologue by stating that Minaj had made important points about bodily autonomy: “And if you allow people to force you to take drugs you don't want, you're done. They own you. You're no longer free. Period.” He also said it “might be nice to have a few United States senators who are willing to say something like” what Minaj said, “and then stick to it.”
Of course, Carlson will not “stick to it” on his own calls for “mass resistance” to vaccine and testing mandates — because he’s still working at Fox
In the following segment with Fox Nation host Lara Logan, Carlson declared that Minaj was “making much deeper points about what we're allowed to do in the United States,” with regard to asking questions about medicines. “Why are the rest of us relinquishing those rights without a fight?”
“Well, it's called surrender, Tucker,” Logan said. “What's happened to this country is that people have surrendered to this because they feel powerless.”
Logan further compared this purported surrender to “Marxist takeovers and Marxist doctrine and even the Nazis.”
“They've made the price of standing up to them so high that nobody is willing to do it,” Logan said. “Except now people are seeing, wait a minute, it's too many subjects. Whether it's the southern border, or it's the vaccine, right, or it's the way they handled COVID.”
Ironically, rather than “standing up” and fighting by quitting their jobs, Carlson and Logan have themselves “surrendered” to their network’s COVID-19 policies, which by Logan’s own definitions would be clearly a “Marxist” or “Nazi”-like behavior.
Following his chat with Logan, Carlson then claimed that “Illegal immigrants have an exemption” from the vaccine and testing mandates, promoting a video of Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy asking White House press secretary Jen Psaki about this supposed exemption. This talking point has been brought up before by Fox’s purported “straight news” correspondents, as part of the network’s efforts to scapegoat undocumented immigrants for COVID-19 infections despite a lack of validity.
This is obviously not true, though. It is simply that the Biden administration’s executive orders apply via the federal government’s commerce powers, at the point of workplaces that hire 100 or more people — many of which already have equivalent or stricter policies. (For example, Biden’s policy requires unvaccinated employees to test negative only once a week, rather than every day as Fox is now doing.)
Thus, if any immigrants were to apply for jobs at Fox News, they would immediately be subject to vaccine and testing requirements.