On the October 21 edition of Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle, host Laura Ingraham did a softball interview with South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem. Ingraham led into the interview with a misleadingly optimistic presentation about how COVID-19 is affecting the state by giving numbers for one day and ignoring the massive spike in cases in October.
Currently, over 220,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. The United States is witnessing a surge in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths across the nation. In South Dakota, the rate of new cases is one of the highest in the nation, with the 14-day average positivity rate being at 24% on October 14 -- roughly four times the national average rate of 5.1%. Since then, there’s been a 37% increase in the average number of cases per day. Hospitalization rates have increased so dramatically that parts of the state have run out of available general-care hospital beds. But Noem has blamed the surging case rate in her state on expanded testing, echoing claims by President Donald Trump.
Fox has downplayed the risk of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Ingraham herself has been Fox’s most prolific misinformer on COVID-19 and has peddled unproven treatments for the coronavirus. By continuing to fail at providing an accurate presentation of the risks COVID-19 poses to Americans, Fox is endangering the lives of its viewers.