Carl Cameron, a former Fox News
reporter, slammed Tucker Carlson
's skepticism about COVID-19 vaccines
on Monday, claiming that his former colleague at the conservative network was "gaslighting" viewers for ratings and revenue.
“It’s about ratings, and ratings eventually turn into revenue, and that’s the name of the game,” Cameron said of Fox and other hyperpartisan media outlets that have questioned the shots. Vaccine resistance has now become a GOP
rallying cry, despite the fact that the shots have been shown to be safe and effective.
“Whoever gets the most clicks on social media
, makes the most money
, gets the most fame, gets the most attention, and that type of activity is not journalism
,” Cameron continued, “It's gaslighting, it's propaganda.”
Cameron, Fox News' chief political correspondent until 2017, noted that the number of new COVID-19 cases in the United States
has risen dramatically in the last week, with 99.5% of deaths
occurring among those who have not been immunized.
who reject scientific evidence, according to Cameron, endanger their lives.
“It makes no sense at all,” he said, “this is literally the metaphor of the lemmings running to their own slaughter, people who are listening to that sort of stuff instead of the science
that dates back a long time
“It’s the opinion hosts who aren’t journalists
per se, they’re talking heads, and their job, their reward is bringing eyeballs on television
, and all they really have to do is keep people watching until it’s commercial time, and then it’s ka-ching ka-ching ka-ching for the networks,” he explained.
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