Fox News hosts reacted in differing ways to Trump’s declaration that he is taking hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug, to guard against the coronavirus despite the FDA saying that is a bad idea.
Fox News, you’ll remember, enthusiastically joined the president in touting the drug in the early stages of the pandemic, until trial results came back and did not provide the results for which its proponents had been hoping. Safe to say, Trump’s Monday bombshell set off a few explosions.
Anchor Neil Cavuto got out of the gate with a horrified reaction: “This is stunning … A number of studies, those certainly vulnerable in the population have one thing to lose, their lives.”
“I only make this not to make a political point here,” Cavuto added, “but a life-and-death point. Be very, very careful.”
A medical expert was present to say Cavuto’s assessment was correct and the Fox News website published a cautionary story about the drug.
But, unsurprisingly, the opinion hosts who take over in the evenings – Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity – didn’t agree.
Nor did the president, who, entirely presidentially, retweeted a Twitter user whose biography says his “opinions are mine and my stash of lesbian porn proves I’m not homophobic” and who called Cavuto “an asshole”.
The president also opined: “Fox News is no longer the same. We miss the great Roger Ailes. You have more anti-Trump people, by far, than ever before. Looking for a new outlet!”
That would be the Roger Ailes who was Fox News chairman and CEO but was credibly accused of sexual harassment by a number of women, resigned in disgrace and died in 2017.