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.
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.