Media Matters previously discussed Fox News' embrace of the Great Barrington Declaration:
Disregarding science and the millions of lives on the line, the Trump administration and its allies on Fox have signaled their support for an online movement called the “Great Barrington Declaration.” Developed by a libertarian think tank, the document calls for leaders to embrace herd immunity through what it calls “focused protection,” claiming, “The most compassionate approach that balances the risks and benefits of reaching herd immunity, is to allow those who are at minimal risk of death to live their lives normally to build up immunity to the virus through natural infection, while better protecting those who are at highest risk.”
The document contained clearly fake signatories like “Dr. Johnny Bananas” and an employee of the “university of your mum” before the names were removed from the site. According to The New York Times, two senior Trump administration officials touted the declaration during a call with reporters after White House officials met with its authors last week. Following their meeting with the Trump administration, Great Barrington authors Drs. Martin Kulldorff, Sunetra Gupta, and Jay Bhattacharya appeared on Fox’s The Ingraham Angle.
Prolific COVID-19 misinformer Laura Ingraham has led the way on Fox’s embrace of the herd immunity touted by the Great Barrington Declaration. On October 5, she hosted the document’s authors after they met with the White House. Ingraham said, “I’m in awe of your expertise and your courage in speaking out,” and she declared them “all brilliant, much smarter than most politicians.” She also said the Great Barrington strategy is “essentially … what the administration has been doing.” During the appearance, Kulldorff touted the newly released document and connected the proposed approach to the views of Trump’s hand-picked right-wing media coronavirus “adviser” Scott Atlas. Bhattacharya said that “denying herd immunity is like denying gravity. Gravity exists and herd immunity exists.”