The coronavirus was “a simple flu” … and you can lose your hair to put it on TV
The purge of a Fox presenter after defending Trump’s initial position on the virus could be more than a blast: Fox fears being sued for minimizing the pandemic
Can there be a better name than Trish Reagan to be a Fox News presenter? Probably not, it sounds perfect for working on the favorite TV of Donald Trump , the president who hates (almost) the entire press.
But alas, the coronavirus has crossed over into Trish Reagan’s dazzling career in the most unexpected way possible: the journalist has fallen out of favor for defending Trump’s policies on Fox , which is like being booed for singing drunk and out of tune. at karaoke. Even more difficult.
Everything went wrong when the journalist perpetrated a monologue on her show (Trish Reagan Prime Time) about the coronavirus conspiracy, which, more than a disease, was “another impeachment to Trump”, a “junk” invention of the Democrats, “used by the progressive press to demonize and destroy the president “creating” collective hysteria “. And he sentenced: “What is all this melodrama about? Two words: Donald Trump”.
Reagan shocked many, but perhaps not the most decisive thing was his words, but the date he said them: March 9. I was about to pay the duck for a mismatch in political times . Fox had been installed in the denialist speech for weeks, but the time to minimize the virus was over. Four days after his heartbreaking ‘speech’, Reagan presented his latest show. Two weeks later, he stopped working at Fox.
Strange case that of Trish Reagan, former contestant of Miss America. Fox does not usually back down when one of his journalists crosses the line, on the contrary, he feeds back from the scandal. Pure cultural war against the “progressive” enemy. What was happening?
The week of Trish Reagan’s slit, Trump shocked the coronavirus, which was no longer a flu, but something to be taken seriously. But, of course, that does not explain much: if every time Trump changed his posture with something, a kitten died, there would be no pussycat left on planet Earth. There had to be something else. And there is.
Fox fears being sued for hiding the risks of the virus, according to Gabriel Sherman , author of ” The Loudest Voice in the Room ,” a critical benchmark essay on the network. “They are very concerned at Fox. They fear that their initial minimization of the coronavirus will expose them to the demands of viewers who may have misinformed and died because of it,” Sherman told MSNBC.
At the same time that Reagan (and other presenters and networkers on the network) said that the Covid-19 was a Democratic invention, Fox sent an internal memorandum urging its workers to take all kinds of precautions not to get infected. “The leaked document shows that the chain said some things to its employees, and others quite different to its viewers, whose average age – 65 years – makes them potential patients at risk of the virus,” says ‘Salon’ .
As a culmination to the double speech, according to ‘The New York Times’ , the owner of the chain, the tycoon Rupert Murdoch , canceled his 89th birthday party for fear of the virus … 24 hours before the resounding television monologue of Trish Reagan.
This, of course, was very different from what was broadcast on the antenna. Take the example of Laura Ingraham, who in late February called the Democrats “the pandemic party,” for exaggerating the consequences of the coronavirus. Or Sean Hannity , the most watched newscaster on all of America’s cable television. On March 9, Hannity used the word “bulo” on Fox to refer to the virus and to lower the danger of a disease that only endangered the elderly and people with a weak immune system: “[The coronavirus] It’s scaring people. I see it, as always, as a way to crush Trump with a new hoax. ” In a later broadcast he even referred to “the coronavirus hysteria.”
Nine days later, Hannity appeared before Fox viewers asking them to take the coronavirus very seriously, comply with social distancing measures, and care for their older relatives: “By the way, this show has always treated the coronavirus. very seriously , “Hannity said. “We have never said that this virus was a ‘hoax’.”
If you still haven’t been convinced about Fox’s blast with the coronavirus, watch this video from the ‘Washington Post’. The American newspaper compiled the ratings of the main Fox News presenters a few days before and a few days later. From a “simple flu” to a very dangerous virus. From the laughter and hugs to the gloomy and icy gesture.
Those faces are not for less, because this double speech could cost them dearly. According to a YouGov / The Economist survey conducted between March 15-17, only 38% of Fox News viewers were concerned about the virus. This figure, of course, is well below those who watch another channel (68%) or those who read newspapers (72%). Furthermore, viewers of Trump’s favorite television, the poll showed, were much more likely in those days to say that the media “has greatly exaggerated” the risks of the coronavirus.
Another Pew poll noted that only 27% of Fox viewers viewed Covid-19 as a “big threat” (despite half of Fox’s audience being over 50 years old. That is, a more prone audience. to suffer from the coronavirus). Now these same viewers might feel cheated by the almighty Fox.
Welcome to Litigolandia
Million-dollar lawsuit to a large media outlet for distorting reality? It sounds strange in the Spanish context, but not in the US, Litigolandia , where everything is legally possible, and the Covid-19 has triggered a barrage of lawsuits. Against China for hiding the pandemic, against companies for putting their workers at risk, against infected cruise ships on the high seas, against closed gyms that continue to charge their clients; Even friends of the rifle are litigating to keep gun shops open for being products of, ahem, necessities.
Will there be a Fox case? The experts do not coincide. Eric Segall, a law professor, tweeted that there should be “malice or recklessness,” intentionality difficult to prove in the Fox case. By contrast, attorney and former US Attorney Michael Bromwich said on Twitter: “Fox has reason to be concerned. Very concerned. It could be a legal bloodbath. “