There are some Republican governors like Ron DeSantis or Kristi Noem who don’t seem to care if their constituents die of COVID. Many other GOP governors like Jim Justice, Mike DeWine, Charlie Baker and Asa Hutchinson have worked hard to get their supporters vaccinated.
But Utah’s Spencer Cox went one step higher on Monday. The Republican governor was asked how the propaganda spread by the GOP is preventing the Utahns from being shot. Cox specifically called Fox News in replying
Bryan Schott of the Salt Lake Tribune asked: “The anti-vaccine rhetoric we saw mostly in the right wing Fox News – how harmful was that? “
Cox replied, “The propaganda that came out is, in my opinion, harmful. I think what is happening is ridiculous. We have these – these talking heads who got the vaccine and tell other people not to get the vaccine. Something like that is just ridiculous. It’s dangerous, it’s harmful, it kills people. I mean, it literally kills their followers. And that doesn’t make sense to me. “
Wow: Utah’s Republican governor says @FoxNews is killing Republicans. @SchottHappens from @SLTrib: “The anti-vaccine rhetoric we saw mostly in the right wing media, Fox News – how harmful was that?” @GovCox: “This propaganda that came out .. pic.twitter.com/QEhc1ZZCJZ
– Kurt Andersen (@KBAndersen) July 19, 2021
Red states are particularly hard hit by the new Delta variant. And the number gets worse when it comes to evangelicals and Trump supporters. Even so, Fox is unlikely to change its news anytime soon. After Steve Doocy asked Fox & Friends viewers to get vaccinated, co-host Brian Kilmeade responded: “Make your own decision. It is available to everyone. We are not doctors. “
Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based policy and technology writer. His work has been featured on psfk.com, foxsports.com and hillreporter.com. He enjoys sports, politics, comics, and spends time with his family on the waterfront.