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Daughter of unvaccinated man who died of COVID-19 says Tucker Carlson and misinformation ‘played a role’ in her reluctance to vaccinate


Katie and Evan Lane speaking on CNN’s “New Day”. CNN
  • The daughter of an unvaccinated man who died from COVID-19 spoke to CNN about her father.

  • Katie Lane said her father “watched Tucker Carlson videos on YouTube” regarding vaccines.

  • She said her 45-year-old father was not opposed to all vaccines, but was swayed by misinformation.

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The daughter of an unvaccinated man who died of COVID-19 told CNN’s “New Day” on Monday that she believed Fox News host Tucker Carlson and misinformation “played a role” in the reluctance to his father for vaccination.

Katie and Evan Lane spoke to “New Day” about their father, Patrick Lane, 45, who recently died of the virus.

“He was by no means far-right. He was right in the middle, and he consumed the media on both sides, and just some of the misinformation on one of those sides made him hesitant,” Katie Lane said. “He was going to wait for FDA approval, but by the time Pfizer was approved it was already too late.”

Presenter John Berman later said that Katie Lane said that “one media source in particular” had an impact on her father’s reluctance to be vaccinated, and asked her to clarify.

“He watched Tucker Carlson videos on YouTube, and some of those videos involved vaccine misinformation, and I think that played a role,” she said.

Both Katie and Evan are vaccinated, and Katie said her father said he “wants to be vaccinated” during his last call with his wife.

“His last words to my mother-in-law on a Facetime call were that he wanted to be vaccinated,” she said.

Carlson, a right-wing commentator and the nation’s most-watched cable news host, has been broadcasting false and misleading information about COVID-19 vaccines for months and has refused to reveal whether he has been vaccinated.

He has repeatedly suggested baselessly that COVID-10 vaccines “don’t work”, hosted guests on its airwaves to undermine confidence in vaccines and other public health measures, and called the Biden administration’s door-to-door vaccination efforts “the biggest scandal of my life, by far.”

Carlson has also spoken out against students getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and has aggressively condemned vaccine warrants and passports. Several other prominent Fox hosts have also encouraged vaccine skepticism and misinformation.

Fox’s role in promoting false and misleading vaccine information is particularly dangerous as its audience is disproportionately older and at greater risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19.

A Fox News spokeswoman declined to comment on the record of this story.

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