On November 25, Fox & Friends promoted “a scathing message” from actor Rob Schneider that “Free Speech is ALL speech. … We don’t need people deciding FOR us what to think, see or hear.” Fox & Friends presented Schneider's tweet as a neutral defense of free speech in contrast to actor Sacha Baron Cohen’s recent criticism of Facebook for allowing false political ads. However, Fox & Friends failed to mention that Schneider’s comment literally came in the middle of a rant pushing false conspiracy theories against vaccines.
Even though there is absolutely no credible evidence that vaccines commonly cause major health problems, anti-vaccination conspiracy theories remain popular, regardless of political ideology, and they are a frequent topic for Schneider.
Fox & Friends guest Karith Foster said that Schneider “definitely had a point,” and co-host Brian Kilmeade used his tweet to highlight how important it is that comedians continue to “push barriers.” But nobody seemed to be aware that the specific barrier seemingly being pushed was one that exposes people to painful, fatal diseases that we have the medical technology to prevent.