Ars Technica reports on a study that finds that Fox viewers who preferred Sean Hannity over Tucker Carlson were more likely to catch the coronavirus. Hannity played down the threat from the virus up until mid-March while Carlson warned of it from January.
The consequence is that Carlson’s viewers took action to avoid infection a little earlier than other Fox viewers, while Hannity’s viewers were noticeably later than the average Fox viewer.
Hannity viewers were more likely to catch - and die of - COVID-19.
Whether Fox News planned to conduct this experiment or not, it does elegantly show that dis- or misinformation during a public health emergency costs lives.
I hope Fox News consumers realize that Fox is as inconstant as the wind. They pivoted on a dime when the seriousness of the pandemic became clear, switching from ridiculing those convinced of its seriousness to professing that they'd always taken the virus seriously. When Trump finally leaves office and the breadth and depth and his malfeasance becomes clear, whether in six months or four years six months, Fox will again pivot and say they'd always known the corruption and venality of the 45th president.
You really don't seem to understand the basics of how the Trump and CCoI think.
You seem to ignore that they place SOURCE above content, DESIRE above evidence and BELIEF above reality.
It does not matter is Fox news reverses their position; there really is an alternate REALITY for them. We have always been at war with ... whoever the current THEM happens to be. We have always known ... whatever the current POSITION happens to be.
If you point out that Trump lied; they respond XYZ lied. If you point out that death totals are rising, they respond that death is part of life.
Trump understands his base. He really could shoot someone in the middle of the day on 5th Avenue and not lose even a single vote.
It is the same way they see the God they market and they have told you just that time and time again.
If God did it it cannot be wrong; it can only be justice.
The Senate with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court presiding agreed. If Trump believed an act was in the Best Interest of the Nation then it cannot be wrong, cannot be a crime, cannot even rise to the level of an impeachable offense.
SOURCE over content.
If a Governor fails to let people return to work then those people suffer because of the Governor.
If a Governor lets people return to work and then those people die it is because of the Governor.
TRUMP did the right thing. Always. Irregardless. Without limitation.
Off topic - A plug for a radio program you might like
For lack of a better place, I'm putting it here.
"What's the Frequency, Kenneth?", hosted by Paul Fischer.
"Paul Fischer is a former News Director of WBAI, former News Director of KPFA and 31 year veteran of CBS News...including 24 years as writer/associate producer on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather. I've returned to my roots in public radio as an independent producer."
The program is what he calls a "newsical". A mixture (mashup?) of music and news soundbites with a little narration from Paul.
My little radio station, KTWH-LP (KTWH-LP player), broadcasts the show on Tuesdays at 9:00 pm (US central time).
If you try, you can probably find other places/times to listen to it, but I don't think it comes as a podcast.
Anyway, recommended listening. Entertaining and informative.
Edited by Minnemooseus, : Better Facebook page link.
Professor, geology, Whatsamatta U Evolution - Changes in the environment, caused by the interactions of the components of the environment.
"Do not meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are subtle and will piss on your computer." - Bruce Graham
"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." - John Kenneth Galbraith
"Yesterday on Fox News, commentator Glenn Beck said that he believes President Obama is a racist. To be fair, every time you watch Glenn Beck, it does get a little easier to hate white people." - Conan O'Brien
"Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable." - John Kenneth Galbraith
It says something about the qualities of our current president that the best argument anyone has made in his defense is that he didn't know what he was talking about. - Paul Krugman (as stolen from Chiroptera's signature)
"My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes" - Ronald Reagan (1984)
"I know a little about a lot of things, and a lot about a few things, but I'm highly ignorant about everything." - Moose