'I don't think anchors should be giving medical advice': Fox hosts have awkward on-air spat over vaccines
Fox News hosts had a relatively awkward on-air moment when they became embroiled in a heated debate about the COVID-19 vaccine.
On Thursday, August 5, Fox hosts Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade, and Ainsley Earhardt discussed the upcoming school year and the push for Americans to get vaccinated. While Doocy is in support of vaccination, Kilmeade and Earnhardt attempted to push back with a less-than-credible argument insisting people should see a doctor before taking the shot. However, according to Doocy, taking the shot appears to be a no-brainer that shouldn't require a doctor's visit to move forward.
The call is coming from inside the house. https://t.co/3z9fdUIE2p— Ross Jones (@Ross Jones) 1628177737.0
Kilmeade and Earnhardt argued that, as hosts, they should not be giving medical advice. Not deterred, Doocy also noted that many viewers have tuned into the show for decades and actually value their opinion. In his opinion, viewers should take the vaccine.
The awkward debate led to various reactions on Twitter. While some Twitter users criticized Kilmeade and Earnhardt, others noted that vaccine requirements are nothing new for schools. "There are a lot of reasons to be mad at Kilmeade's disingenuous BS, but the fact is that, in ten seconds, we can find about a thousand (free) op-eds, videos, and social-media posts from competent doctors begging us to get the damn vaccine and explaining that it's safe," one Twitter user wrote.
@queencityd @rossjonesWXYZ There are a lot of reasons to be mad at Kilmeade's disingenuous BS, but the fact is that… https://t.co/JHahAzYxSE— Several Frogs (@Several Frogs) 1628197232.0
Another user noted, "They don't think anchors should be giving medical advice but they had no problem with anchors spreading covid disinformation & vaccine disinformation."
@rossjonesWXYZ They don't think anchors should be giving medical advice but they had no problem with anchors spread… https://t.co/itrS2OL6V2— KD (@KD) 1628183334.0
Others took aim at Kilmeade. Since the host is vaccinated, some viewers found his remarks about the vaccine contradictory.
@rossjonesWXYZ Kilmeade still can’t get there… Hydroxychloroquine, Ivermectin, anti-mask, anti-vaccine…but “Anchor… https://t.co/a1GQyWLnUt— Lance A. Scott (@Lance A. Scott) 1628180112.0
@rossjonesWXYZ Umm, hello...does Kilmeade even realize how much of his viewership literally *never* sees a doctor u… https://t.co/zCRlGwhoFf— Logan Fontaine (@Logan Fontaine) 1628181915.0
@rossjonesWXYZ No matter how you slice it, Kilmeade just doesn't want people to get the vaccine. There isn't a comp… https://t.co/FfYx03ftuu— Greg. Spelled with two G's. (@Greg. Spelled with two G's.) 1628197462.0
@rossjonesWXYZ Ooh.. there’s some drama in that playpen, huh?! 🤔 🤭 to be a fly on the wall when the light goes off on those cameras.. 🤫— The Tam (@The Tam) 1628195000.0
Despite Kilmeade and Earnhardt's arguments, there are a number of reasons why the vaccine has proven to be beneficial. As new variants of COVID continue to spread, a new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis shows: "Less than 1% of fully vaccinated people experience a breakthrough Covid-19 infection."
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