A Florida discuss radio host referred to himself as “Mr. Anti-Vax.” In Tennessee, a distinct conservative radio host really helpful ivermectin, an anti-parasitic drug, as an alternative of vaccines. Each died of COVID-19 in latest weeks, becoming a member of a rating of distinguished coronavirus skeptics and vaccine critics to succumb to the virus.
“I’ve misplaced monitor, actually, of the variety of low-level Republican celebrities and conservative media figures who’ve been hospitalized or died in the course of the pandemic in latest weeks,” Matt Gertz, senior fellow at Media Issues, tells co-hosts Asawin Suebsaeng and Kelly Weill on this week’s episode of The Each day Beast’s Fever Dreams podcast.
Gertz (who is just not, as Twitter customers imagine, the identical individual as embattled congressman Matt Gaetz) joins us to debate the conservative media world’s COVID-19 response. It’s worse than informal Fox Information-watchers would possibly understand.
“It’s not of their curiosity to be praised by mainstream journalists,” Gertz says. “What occurred to Sean Hannity was, after he was wrongly portrayed by journalists and pundits as encouraging vaccination, he began getting attacked from the proper. He began getting photographs from right-wing hosts who have been telling their viewers, ‘Sean Hannity’s gone smooth on us.’ After which he wanted to furiously backpedal as a result of he was afraid of dropping management of his personal viewers. So he finally ends up on his radio present [and] on his Fox present saying, ‘I’ve by no means advised anybody to get a vaccine.’”
Elsewhere within the episode, Suebsaeng and Weill talk about conservatives’ bloodlust for navy motion in—if not re-invasion of—Afghanistan.
“I really feel like plenty of Trump’s perception, together with when he was president, about what the American navy can or can’t do is knowledgeable by what he has seen in any variety of Rambo sequels,” Suebsaeng says.
Talking of Rambo knockoffs, we examine in on a testosterone salesman-turned-wannabe Pennsylvania politician who threatened to bring “20 strong men” to a school board meeting to “take away” board members over the district’s masks mandate. Threats like which are taking part in out in districts throughout the nation, the place faculty board members, lots of them unpaid, are going through offended crowds, together with individuals who don’t even have kids enrolled on the colleges.
Lastly, Fever Desires listeners would possibly bear in mind the saga of Tonka the chimpanzee, a pal of actor Alan Cumming and the topic of one of many weirdest authorized battles in America. The case took a flip for the even weirder this week when one in every of its legal professionals, who additionally represents 18 Capitol riot defendants, went AWOL. Though the circumstances stay murky, one in every of his associates claims the lawyer—a vocal anti-vaxxer—has contracted COVID.
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