Fox News personality Sean Hannity’s request to viewers to “take Covid seriously” has been viewed more than 2 million times since it was posted on social media.
Hannity’s message after promoting Covid denial in his program for more than a year.
“Please take COVID seriously, I can’t say it enough. Enough people have died, we don’t need any more deaths, ”he said. “Do the research like crazy, talk to your doctor, your doctors, medical professionals whom you trust because of your unique medical history, your current health, and you and your doctor will make a very important decision for your own safety. Take it seriously. “
“You also have a right to medical privacy, confidentiality is important, and it makes perfect sense for many Americans to get vaccinated,” he concluded. “I believe in the science and I believe in the science of vaccination.”
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According to studies conducted last year by the Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review, the National Bureau of Economic Research, and the University of Chicago (among others), coronavirus infection and death rates are higher in areas where Fox News hosted Sean Hannity has its largest audience.
“We’re getting an incredible number of studies and solid data showing that right-wing media and social media consumption at the start of the pandemic was strongly linked to low concern about the virus,” said Irene Pasqueto, editor-in-chief of the Harvard Kennedy Review of misinformation in school.
A study looked at the difference between Hannity’s coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and that of Tucker Carlson, another Fox News personality.
Carlson warned viewers that the coronavirus could pose a serious threat as of early February, while Hannity first ignored the issue on his show and then dismissed the risks associated with the virus by claiming it was less of a concern than the common flu and insisted that the Democrats use it as a political weapon to undermine the president, ”researchers noted.
“Our results show that there was a one standard deviation increase in Hannity’s relative viewership compared to Tucker Carlson Tonight, with about 32 percent more COVID-19 cases on March 14th and about 23 percent more COVID-19 deaths on March 28th The authors write, pointing out that the differences between the reporting of the two hosts will decrease considerably after March 2020.
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