Fox News contributor Bill Bennett dismissively compared the coronavirus to the flu on Monday — while arguing against the strict stay at home guidelines that have “put major a dent in” the U.S. economy — and falsely claimed the current crisis is not a pandemic.
Bennett spoke to Brian Kilmeade on Fox & Friends Monday, in a segment flagged by Media Matters’ Bobby Lewis. Bennett kicked things off by criticizing death toll projection models for Covid-19. Bennett said the models have been “wrong most of the time by a lot.” The projected death toll used by the U.S. government was revised to 60,00 — well below the previous expectations of 100,000 to 240,000 deaths with mitigation — as social distancing became increasingly prevalent throughout the country.
The nonprofit Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) revealed that during her stint at Fox she was paid nearly $2 million.
"We just got Hope Hicks' financial disclosures. In between White House jobs, Fox paid her $1.9 million for less than a year and a half at the company," CREW tweeted, with a link to details of her disclosure forms filed when she reentered the Trump administration on March 9 this year.
“I’ve got to push back on something we said at the end of the last segment because there seemed to be the implication that somehow vigilante justice was understandable or justified by the lack of sufficient police action and authority and presence in some of these cities,” Wallace said.
As Wallace tried to complete his thought, both Pavlich and Francis showed their displeasure with Wallace’s understanding of their argument, interrupting several times.
“I just gotta say this, just as it’s completely a disconnect,” Wallace said when he tried to continue after Francis interjected to say, “That’s not what was said.”
Wallace replied, “Well, that seemed to be the implication. That vigilantes were filling… Let me finish… that vigilantes were filling the void from police. Just as it’s fair to say that rioting and looting is a completely inappropriate response to George Floyd or Jacob Blake, vigilante justice is a completely inappropriate response to the rioting in the street. There is no justification for what happened in Kenosha, and vigilante justice is a crime and should be punished as a crime.”
Fox News has manufactured an entirely contrived and hypocritical theme surrounding what they call "Cancel Culture." In reality it's just an excuse for the network and the Republicans they represent to whine about criticism they receive, while they engage in the very same criticism of those they oppose.
On Sunday a progressive organization revealed that an ad they booked on Fox News was rejected. The MeidasTouch principals reported that they were not given any reason for the rejection of the nearly $200,000.00 ad buy. However the content of the ad makes it pretty clear that the flagrantly partisan players at Fox News were deliberately censoring the ad because it reflected poorly on the Republican Clown Show and and its ringmaster, Donald Trump. Here is the ad that Fox found so offensive: