Amidst hundreds of thousands of Americans dying from COVID-19, countless pleas from health officials and the CDC to wear masks and social distance, and a recent report from The Lancet that put the cherry on top of the “this was basically Trump’s fault” sundae, Fox News has decided to do what Fox News does: go against all of that.
“What Fox is doing with the vaccines right now is similar to the role that they played at every step of public health measures,” Carusone tells co-host Molly Jong-Fast. “They dismissed social distancing early on. They were sort of skeptical about the masks and Jeanine Pirro was warning her audience that the only reason people wear masks is to do bad things.”
Now, they’re telling their viewers they’re not sure about taking the “George Soros Kool-Aid.” But Fox has a reason for this, adds Carusone, who shares his theory.
It has to do with your cable bill—and it’s also the very way the network could be destroyed. The more outrage they get, the more viewers, the more negotiating power they have against cable companies to get them to charge cable watchers more for their channel.
“Fox News, now, for every person that has cable news pays Fox News between $2 and $2 and 50 cents a month—whether or not you ever watched the channel and what they're trying to do—because they've lost so much, advertising [wants to] get that number up from about $2, a person to $3 to $3 and 50 cents over the next year,” and if there’s a way to hit the network where it hurts, explains Carusone, it’s here.
Then Molly tells the fun little tale of Marjorie Taylor Greene and the Tantric Sex Guru and Daily Beast congressional reporter Sam Brodey talks about his experience witnessing the trial in person.