• Dr Fauci Corrects Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on ‘Misleading’ Coronavirus Claim (Video)
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    Dr Fauci Corrects Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on ‘Misleading’ Coronavirus Claim (Video)

    On her Fox News show Thursday night, Laura Ingraham made a coronavirus comparison Dr. Anthony Fauci was quick to correct and call “misleading.”“Laura, this is different,” the nation’s top infectious disease expert told Ingraham when she compared the responses to SARS and AIDS to the response of the current coronavirus pandemic.Fauci, who is a leading member of President Donald Trump’s coronavirus taskforce, explained, “HIV/AIDS is entirely different. We don’t have a vaccine for HIV/AIDS but we have spectacularly effective treatment. People who invariably would have died years ago, right now, are leading essentially normal lives.”Also Read: Kayleigh McEnany Calls CNN, MSNBC 'Shameful' in First Fox News Appearance as White House Press Secretary (Video)He further clarified, “SARS is a different story. SARS disappeared. We developed a vaccine, we were in the process of going through the various phases, we showed it was safe, we showed it induced a good response and then SARS disappeared and we didn’t need to develop a vaccine for SARS. So, I think it’s a little bit misleading, maybe, to compare what we’re going through now with HIV or SARS. They’re really different.”Ingraham’s line of thinking had been that “life goes on” after other infectious disease outbreaks, whether or not those have proven vaccines. She questioned why “going back to normal” was possible after the onset of HIV/AIDS and SARS, but not the coronavirus.Dr. Fauci has to explain to Laura Ingraham why Coronavirus is not like HIV pic.twitter.com/saYbY2Y5R9— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) April 17, 2020Read original story Dr Fauci Corrects Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on ‘Misleading’ Coronavirus Claim (Video) At TheWrap

  • Joe Scarborough to Rush Limbaugh: Go ‘Bag Groceries’ if You Want to Restart the Economy
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    Joe Scarborough to Rush Limbaugh: Go ‘Bag Groceries’ if You Want to Restart the Economy

    On Friday’s “Morning Joe,” host Joe Scarborough offered some on-air advice to conservative radio scion Rush Limbaugh, who’s been vocal about his doubts regarding the seriousness of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic: Bag groceries if you want to restart the economy.On multiple occasions, Limbaugh has cast doubt on the number of coronavirus deaths, saying on Tuesday “there may be some politics involved” in what he thought were overinflated numbers. Public health experts, of course, believe the opposite: There are more deaths than are being reported, but a lack of access to testing means some coronavirus-related deaths that should be counted are not. On Thursday, Limbaugh suggested that public health experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci, who sits on the White House’s coronavirus task force, are “Hillary Clinton sympathizers” who want to “get rid” of President Donald Trump.In late February, Limbaugh called the coronavirus “the common cold” that was “being weaponized as yet another element to bring down Donald Trump.”Also Read: White House to Conduct Coronavirus Tests on All Journalists Covering Daily Briefing“All of these Trump talking heads that are saying we should reopen the economy now, that Fauci — that it’s all a hoax? Hey, Rush Limbaugh? Why don’t you go to your local Publix and bag groceries?” Scarborough responded.The MSNBC host went on, with encouragement from co-host Mika Brzezinski, “If you think it’s such a great idea that we open the economy, you can lead by example by going to a grocery store and bagging groceries. You can do it today.”Limbaugh was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in February by Trump, just one day after revealing his diagnosis of advanced lung cancer. Scarborough did face some criticism from conservative media for suggesting the sick host expose himself.Read original story Joe Scarborough to Rush Limbaugh: Go ‘Bag Groceries’ if You Want to Restart the Economy At TheWrap

  • Joe Scarborough Questions Why Trump Held ‘Nothing’ Coronavirus Press Conference: ‘The Idiots Have Been Exposed’
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    Joe Scarborough Questions Why Trump Held ‘Nothing’ Coronavirus Press Conference: ‘The Idiots Have Been Exposed’

    MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough didn’t hold back Monday morning when criticized not only President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic but the coverage he’s been getting from friendly media outlets, too. In fact, according to Scarborough, those outlets are “stupid.”“If you break down what the president said — a lot of people have been analyzing it over the night — nothing new, nothing noteworthy,” the “Morning Joe” host said of Trump’s Sunday evening press conference where he touted an unproven drug as a cure and refusing to let his medical expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, talk about it during a press conference. “This is the death of expertise; this is when the idiots have been exposed for who they are in the times of America’s greatest need,” Scarborough added.“What did America get out of cable news networks for running a two-hour, rambling press conference where [Trump] says the same thing?” he asked his co-host and wife Mika Brzezinski. The duo particularly took issue with Trump endorsing the drug hydroxychloroquine and wasting Fauci’s and Dr. Deborah Birx’s time, both of which may cost lives.Also Read: Millions of People Get Coronavirus Updates From Fox News - This Lawsuit Says the Network Gave Them False InformationLater in the show, Scarborough turned on media “hacks” who support Trump at every turn in his tone: “Now, a lot of the same hacks that were saying that this was overblown, a lot of those same hacks are now actually trying to turn it around and say it was the media’s fault for not underlining the concerns about it.”He wasn’t done there.“Here’s the deal,” he went on. “You’re stupid. I know you’re stupid. If you’re being a hack for Donald Trump on the coronavirus, I know you’re stupid, so maybe you think other people are stupid. They’re not as dumb as you because you can’t argue that the press was overblowing it for two months and then when you find out that the press wasn’t overblowing it — that more people are going to probably die from this than died in 9/11, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Vietnam War, the Korean War, possibly altogether, if you believe White House numbers — you can’t then say, after two months of saying that the media was overblowing it, you can’t then turn around and say, ‘Oh, the media, they were asleep at the switch.'”Watch the former GOP representative’s recap of the situation from the top of Monday’s show, above.Read original story Joe Scarborough Questions Why Trump Held ‘Nothing’ Coronavirus Press Conference: ‘The Idiots Have Been Exposed’ At TheWrap

  • Millions of People Get Coronavirus Updates From Fox News – This Lawsuit Says the Network Gave Them False Information
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    Millions of People Get Coronavirus Updates From Fox News – This Lawsuit Says the Network Gave Them False Information

    Fox News is facing intense scrutiny for its initial coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and a lawsuit filed in Washington is asking a state court to bar the network from sharing false information about the pandemic.The top-rated network was sued Thursday by the Washington League for Increased Transparency and Ethics. TheWrap has reviewed the ten-page document, in which Fox News Corp., owner Rupert Murdoch, AT&T TV and Comcast were named as defendants.The organization is seeking an injunction to prevent Fox News from “interfering with reasonable and necessary measures to contain the virus by publishing further false and deceptive content.” Fox News, the suit says, violates the Consumer Protection Act, which ” declares unlawful and prohibits deceptive acts or practices in the conduct of any trade or commerce.”Responding to Thursday’s lawsuit, general counsel for Fox News Media Lily Fu Claffee said, “Wrong on the facts, frivolous on the law. We will defend vigorously and seek sanctions as appropriate.”Also Read: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Fox News' Laura Ingraham: 'Why Are You on TV Again?'In the last month, Fox News’ on-air talent has been criticized for what they have shared about the virus, both on-air and through their social media accounts. (At the time of this article’s publication, FoxNewsLiedAsPeopleDied is a trending hashtag on Twitter.)Much of the criticism stems from the New York Times’ opinion section, which has published some scathing pieces recently that attack Fox News’ coverage and what the authors say are the effects of that coverage. Kara Swisher, the veteran tech journalist who co-founded the site ReCode, wrote in an op-ed this week that she blamed Fox News for her aging mother’s initial lack of concern about the coronavirus pandemic.Swisher wrote that her mother’s “primary source of news” is Fox News, and the older woman initially did not take the coronavirus threat seriously because of what she watched.Also Read: 74 Journalism Professors Sign Letter Calling Fox News' Coronavirus Coverage a 'Danger to Public Health'“But she was not concerned — and it was clear why. … In those days she was telling me that the COVID-19 threat was overblown by the mainstream news media (note, her daughter is in the media). She told me that it wasn’t going to be that big a deal. She told me that it was just like the flu,” Swisher wrote of her mother, who continued to go out to eat with friends for some time and went as far as to threaten to block Swisher’s number if she kept talking about the seriousness of the pandemic.That characterization earned Swisher a two-day fight with Fox News’ ratings behemoth and primetime host Sean Hannity.“You got one far-left media mob maniac over at ‘The New York Times’ using the virus to attack her least favorite network, oh, and yours truly,” Hannity said during his show Wednesday. “Yes, she’s accusing Fox News of putting her mother and the elderly people at risk.”Also Read: Sean Hannity Insists He 'Never Called the Virus a Hoax' One Week After Doing Just That (Video)“In order to help the media mob out, we put it all together for them [in a timeline] so they can’t plead ignorance when I think about suing them,” said Hannity, who had already unleashed a series of tweets about Fisher earlier in the day. He referenced his Jan. 27 interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci, a now-recognizable figure in the fight against the virus, and noted the conversation took place “six days after the first confirmed case of the United States.”In a different New York Times piece, writer-at-large Charlie Warzel pointed not necessarily to Fox News hosts’ on-air coverage but their online behavior. He described a Medium post by Aaron Ginn, a Silicon Valley product manager and “growth hacker,” that argued the true severity of the virus. Fox News’ Brit Hume tweeted a link to the post on March 21 to his over one million followers. By the next day, eight of his Fox colleagues had also shared the post, including Bret Baier, Laura Ingraham and Sebastian Gorka, who together have over five million followers. (Baier did tweet the Medium article, but also asked his followers to read a thread of information on the site that offered a “strong counter-argument to the medium article.”) Medium later removed Ginn’s post.“Within hours, the blog post was amplified across conservative media,” Warzel wrote.Some Fox News Media opinion hosts have been dismissive of the dangers of the coronavirus, especially in the virus’ earlier days in America. Former Fox Business host Trish Regan, for instance, described it as another effort to impeach President Donald Trump. She and her network parted ways at the end of March.Fox News — which Thursday gave $1 million to Feeding America in a joint donation with Facebook designed to ease the strain of the pandemic — began implementing work-from-home strategies for employees in mid-March, ramping up efforts to keep employees home as the virus spread. Hosts who still appeared in the studio started sitting six feet apart and the tone of coverage started to change as Fox News added two additional doctors to its roster of contributors.Fox News sent out an internal memo Friday stating that the earliest date staffers could expect to be back in their offices is May 4.Read original story Millions of People Get Coronavirus Updates From Fox News – This Lawsuit Says the Network Gave Them False Information At TheWrap

  • White House Press Secretary Suggests Coronavirus Task Force Not Informed Before Trump Announced Easter Deadline
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    White House Press Secretary Suggests Coronavirus Task Force Not Informed Before Trump Announced Easter Deadline

    White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham reacted Wednesday to statements made by President Donald Trump Tuesday that he hopes to see America “opened up and just raring to go by Easter.” She said the experts appointed to the coronavirus task force might not have been “well-informed” when it came to the deadline.“I don’t know how well-informed they were,” Grisham said when Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade asked, “How real is this Easter date and how well-informed was the rest of the task force that the president was going to say that yesterday, that his goal was to open up by Easter?”She went on to say that Trump “is very hopeful” and wants to give Americans who are out of work or isolating at home a message of hope, too.Also Read: Trump Wants US 'Opened Up' by Easter -- Less Than 3 Weeks Away -- After Coronavirus Shutdown“It’s tough and I imagine a lot of people want to try to get out there and get back to work, as long as they are social distancing, so we’ll see what happens once the 15 days goes past and we’ve got new data sets,” she said.Tuesday, a few hours after the president made the Easter proclamation during a Fox News town hall, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, a public face of the task force, cautioned against being too rigid with the date. Instead, he said the timeline “is really very flexible.”“We just had a conversation with the president in the Oval Office talking about, you know, ‘You can look at a date but you’ve got to be very flexible.’ On a — literally — day-by-day and week-by-week basis, you need to evaluate the feasibility of what you’re trying to do,” he said.Read original story White House Press Secretary Suggests Coronavirus Task Force Not Informed Before Trump Announced Easter Deadline At TheWrap