The impact of Fox News
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Started by metmike - Nov. 24, 2022, 1:54 a.m.

The impact of Fox News on the US COVID-19 vaccination campaign

Overall, our results support the interpretation that Fox News Channel promulgated a uniquely sceptical narrative about vaccines and that this narrative caught on and reduced uptake among the marginal vaccine recipient. We back this interpretation with the following observations.

First, in areas with higher exposure to Fox News Channel, respondents to a national survey reported higher COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy. This agrees with a behavioural mechanism where Fox News Channel’s sceptical vaccine narrative affects vaccination rates by changing attitudes and intentions regarding the vaccine, discouraging in particular the population with low health-related risks.

Second, we consider whether the effects that we see might be driven by local healthcare capacity. If the difference in vaccination rates were due to healthcare capacity, we should see similar effects throughout all stages of the vaccination campaign. Yet we find there was no effect on vaccine uptake in the early months, when the vaccines were only available to older/at-risk individuals. Thus, we infer that the effect of cable news is most pronounced for relatively low-risk individuals, such as the younger population, helping to rule out an effect due to local healthcare capacity.

It could also be that the healthcare systems in areas with higher Fox News viewership systematically differ in their capability to handle a COVID-19 outbreak, for example, due to effects on local government funding (Galletta and Ash 2019). Or it could be that these counties suffered more cases and deaths in 2020 or in the period before the vaccinations. We find that Fox News Channel has no effect on measurements of local healthcare capacity, including the number of ICU beds, number of hospitals, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention–estimated risk indexes. We also rule out that the difference in uptake is due to differences in infections or deaths.

Third, as Fox News viewership has been shown to be correlated with voting Republican (Ash et al. 2021, DellaVigna and Kaplan 2007, Martin and Yurukoglu 2017), we check if partisan affiliation or political ideology are driving the Fox News effect. Republicans or conservatives could overall be more sceptical of the COVID-19 vaccine, indicating that the observed effect was driven by Fox News Channel increasing the number of Republicans or conservatives. Our results show that this is unlikely to be the case, as the effect of Fox News Channel on vaccine uptake holds in several tests that control for partisan affiliation and political ideology.

Finally, we consider whether Fox has affected general attitudes towards vaccines, for example through anti-science rhetoric. To check this, we look at the effects on seasonal flu vaccination rates (2017–2019) and conclude that the network does not contribute to a generic anti-vaccination sentiment and that the effect on COVID-19 vaccines is due to a COVID-specific narrative.


This column provides evidence that the main cable news television providers are affecting vaccination decisions, suggesting that Fox’s COVID-19 coverage is at least partially responsible for reducing vaccination rates. Fox News’ slanted media rhetoric is linked to vaccination hesitancy, producing significant behavioural effects in the under-65 population with low health risks. Future efforts by government agencies and health organisations to encourage vaccine uptake should account for how media narratives may strengthen or weaken those efforts.

By metmike - Nov. 24, 2022, 1:58 a.m.
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90,000 US COVID-19 deaths could have been prevented            

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By metmike - Nov. 24, 2022, 2:21 a.m.
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Why did I suddenly bring this up?

Because anti COVID vax Tucker was on again tonight with his absurd DISinformation rhetoric about the COVID vaccination.

During his nonsense anti science segment, he repeated numerous times that more people are dying after getting vaccinated than people not vaccinated as if getting vaccinated increases your chances of dying from COVID.

What an irresponsible, unethical, truth distorting, ratings loving person...........because he's literally causing thousands of deaths by targeting the people that watch him and that watch Fox.

We know with certainty, that convincing them to not get vaccinated(see previous page) is causing those people that get COVID to die at a higher rate. There is a 100% chance of that based on proven, rock solid, immunology.  

Vaccinated people now make up a majority of COVID deaths    

  The Washington Post   •

Being unvaccinated is still a major risk factor for dying from COVID-19. But efficacy wanes over time, and an analysis out last week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlights the need to get regular booster shots to keep one’s risk of death from the coronavirus low, especially for the elderly.

• Vaccines lose potency against the virus over time and variants arise that are better able to resist the vaccines, so continued boosters are needed to continue to prevent illness and death.

In August, the highly contagious BA.5 variant reached its peak:          

• That month, unvaccinated people aged 6 months and older died at about six times the rate of those who had received their primary series of shots.          

• People with one booster dose were even better protected. Unvaccinated people over the age of 5 had about 8 times the risk of dying from a coronavirus infection than those who received a booster shot.          

• Among individuals who were eligible to receive additional booster shots, the gap is even more striking. Unvaccinated people 50 and up had 12 times the risk of dying from COVID-19 than adults the same age with two or more booster doses.          

David French, senior editor for the Dispatch, tweeted: “One of the saddest phenomena of the online right is the absolute fury at those of us who supported COVID vaccines and continue to support COVID vaccines. The death toll of vaccine refusal is simply staggering and heartbreaking.” He pointed out that 100 percent vaccination could have prevented 300,000 deaths between January 1, 2021 and April 30, 2022.          

Americans’ uptake of the latest booster shots continues to be slow.          

Around 35 million people have received the updated boosters that became available to people 12 and over in September and to children as young as 5 last month. That’s a little over 10 percent of the U.S. population, amid concern that cooler weather will bring a surge of COVID cases as people move indoors and respiratory infections spread.

By mcfarm - Nov. 24, 2022, 8:44 a.m.
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Gee, MM one of things most Americans are grateful for is freedom of speech. The ability of a strong press corps to critically and skeptically look at big government and shine some light o exactly what they have been up to. A good example would be forcing free people in inject themselves with a totally and thoroughly experimental drug. Add to that a leader who stated over and over, take the vac, you then cannot get covid or pass it grandma and kill her dead. Now you find nothing but criticism in what used to be a noble cause....or is it only citicism if you are not passing big gov lies?

By metmike - Nov. 25, 2022, 12:15 a.m.
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Gee, MM one of things most Americans are grateful for is freedom of speech.

Very Happy Thanksgiving mcfarm!

Sorry we've been having connectivity issues. My previous reply vanished.

I hear you on freedom of speech!

That's exactly what I'm using (freedom of speech) to expose, what is probably the most dishonest  person on television.

A blatant charlatan on several items, including COVID and COVID vaccinations based on representing anti science and distorting facts/lying to viewers that has resulted in  tens of thousands of republicans dying that didn't have to die because of Tuckers DISinformation. 

And a huge fraud about election results that has resulted in tens of millions of republicans believing completely absurd, manufactured conspiracy theories about nonsense like Ray Epps or the FBI secretly being responsible for the Jan 6 Insurrection.

Yes, it's wonderful in this country that we can allow everybody a voice.

However, it's very scary that convincing sounding, charismatic people like Donald Trump and Tucker Carleson can extremely abuse that right by telling blatant lies that people want to hear and believe because they are predators on vulnerable minds that will believe without fact checking any of their horse excrement.

There are certainly issues on the other side that feature the information gate keepers lying and targeting minds that want to believe in other things.

However, I'm not here to pick the truth and lies from just one party.  Both sides lie a great deal.

I elaborate here on how the advanced technology today is causing most of our problems.


Society is suffering from a severe sickness and one of the symptoms is all the mass shootings.

Guys like Tucker and Donald are some of the biggest contributors to the hate mentality which is feeding the sickness.