Death Cult: Fox News host Tucker Carlson makes the dishonest and false claim that mask-wearing and social distancing is “bizarre health theater” with “no basis of any kind in science.”
Carlson, appearing on his Fox News program Tuesday night, declared:
Many schools that do plan to reopen will do so under a series of restrictions that have no basis of any kind in science. It’s a kind of bizarre health theater. Students will be kept 6 feet apart, everyone will have to wear a mask, class size will be limited and in some there will be scheduled bathroom breaks, etcetera, etcetera.
Tucker Carlson says masks and social distancing “have no basis of any kind in science. It’s like a kind of bizarre health theater” pic.twitter.com/71lIvRubx8
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) July 8, 2020
Carlson’s claim that social distancing and mask-wearing have no basis in science is false. It is dangerous propaganda that will only hurt people. Reporting on Carlson’s irresponsible and false claim, Salon notes:
This is simply not true. An analysis of 172 studies on coronavirus interventions found that “mask wearing significantly reduces the risk of viral transmission.” Numerous studies have also demonstrated the “effectiveness of physical distancing.”
What makes Carlson’s dangerous and irresponsible claim even more baffling is the fact that back in March Carlson told his audience the truth, that masks work:
Of course, masks work. Everyone knows that. Dozens of research papers have proved it. In South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, the rest of Asia — where coronavirus has been kept under control — masks were key.
The following is a sample of reactions via Twitter:
Tucker Carlson vs. Tucker Carlson pic.twitter.com/cGk5gf4INn
— Media Matters (@mmfa) July 8, 2020
.@TuckerCarlson is peddling pseudo-science and dangerous mis-information. Everyone on the board of the Fox Corporation, all the executives at Fox News are complicit in this. He’s either stupid, crazy or both. This is just garbage spewed out to millions that will endanger lives. https://t.co/XMUyg1XRwK
— Gregg Gonsalves (@gregggonsalves) July 8, 2020
— Bradley Whitford (@BradleyWhitford) July 8, 2020
As Tucker Carlson lies to his audience about face masks, here he is in March praising face masks: “Of course, masks work,” he said. “Everyone knows that. Dozens of research papers have proved it.” https://t.co/4BumZgXUyd
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 8, 2020
If 95% of people wore masks, we could have 45,000 fewer deaths between now and November 1.
This kind of misinformation from Tucker will kill people. https://t.co/G8eT07SOkm
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) July 8, 2020
Bottom line: Fox News host Tucker Carlson makes the dishonest and false claim that social distancing and mask-wearing is “bizarre health theater” with “no basis of any kind in science.”