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In A Floor Speech, Senator Schumer Blasts Fox News For Being "anti-vax Quacks."

In A Floor Speech, Senator Schumer Blasts Fox News For Being "anti-vax Quacks."

Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) chastised Fox News on the Senate floor on Monday for allowing some of its hosts to spread unfettered vaccine skepticism.

Durbin was discussing the life-saving efficacy of vaccines, the alarming spread of the new COVID-19 delta variant, and the devastating impact on unvaccinated people.

He specifically referred to a New York Times article published on Monday that detailed how Fox News helped bring anti-vaccination rhetoric from the fringes to the conservative mainstream, as well as how its employees were sending mixed messages about getting vaccinated.

Some Fox News executives, including owner Rupert Murdoch, have spoken out about getting their shots and encouraged others to do the same.

However, two Fox News personalities in particular, both of whom have a history of spreading COVID-19 misinformation, have been outspoken in their opposition to the vaccine.

Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham are two hosts of programs on Fox prime time who can only be described as anti-vax quacks,” Durbin said on the Senate floor.

“They have been disseminating what I consider irresponsible information about vaccines and the nation’s efforts to deal with them across the country.”

Durbin emphasizes Rupert Murdoch's vaccination in the longer version pic.twitter.com/VkktuoTMEl — Acyn (@Acyn) July 12, 2021

“Here’s the reality,” Durbin continued, “we have millions who have died all over the world from this [virus], and we may never have an accurate count. We have hundreds of thousands who have died in the United States, and it is now said repeatedly that those who went to the hospital with the most serious strains of COVID-19, 99.5% of them were not vaccinated.”

Durbin expressed hope that Fox would "wake up."

“If there are things that can get you kicked off the air for saying something on a show, I certainly hope that the station’s management will warn Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham about their anti-vaccine statements,” he said.

A request for comment from Fox News was not immediately returned.

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