Fox News urges viewers to 'put freedom before fear' — then extends its own work-from-home order

Fox News urges viewers to 'put freedom before fear' — then extends its own work-from-home order
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Fox News personalities have been urging governors to reopen states and telling viewers things like “put freedom before fear” and “herd immunity is our friend.” Anyway, they say, the virus is “easing” and will “eventually burn out.” Meanwhile, the Fox News offices will remain closed to the vast majority of the network’s employees until June 15, CNN’s Brian Stelter reports.


A memo from Fox’s chief operating officer, John Nallen, extended the network’s work-from-home order to June 15, but a source told Stelter: “We were originally told of a potential return to the office in mid-May back in late March, so I wouldn't be surprised if we don't make [the June 15 date] and we push it to late summer.”

Currently, a skeleton staff of technical workers and anchors is operating out of the network’s New York headquarters. From there, reopening would happen in phases … whenever it starts.

But in the meantime, Fox News personalities are going to keep calling this a war not in an effort to argue for fighting it more effectively and seriously, but to convince Americans to just accept tens of thousands more deaths.

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