Could someone vaccinate Tucker Carlson against conspiracy theories?
The Fox News personality peddled paranoia over the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, speculating that “it doesn’t work” and that the government won’t say it out loud. (Watch the video below.) Carlson told his right-wing viewers that he couldn’t think of another explanation.
The prime-time TV host took a rambling plunge into the coronavirus vaccine rollout after the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier today recommended a vaccine hiatus single dose of Johnson & Johnson. Agencies cited serious blood clots in a small number of the millions who received the vaccine.
Carlson put the side effects into a statistical perspective, but stoked vaccine reluctance with remarks from Dr Anthony Fauci (a familiar Fox News target) and other health officials urging those vaccinated to remain cautious.
“At some point – no one asks, but everyone should be – what is it?” Carlson said. “If vaccines work, why are vaccinated people still prohibited from leading normal lives? What is the answer to this? It does not mean anything. If the vaccine is working, there is no reason for people who received it to wear masks or avoid physical contact. “
“So maybe it doesn’t work, and they just don’t tell you that,” he continued. “You wouldn’t like to think that, especially if you’ve had two hits.” But what is the other potential explanation? We can’t think of just one.
Fox News and Carlson have been arraigned for sowing skepticism about the previous shots.
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