Watch: MSNBC Guest Claims Fox News Has Been "Getting People Killed For Years"
During an interview on MSNBC Joy Reid posed the question 'is media misinformation endangering lives'. Reid, as well as her guest, Eric Boehlert, quickly moved off-topic to push the liberal narrative that by not supporting things like Obamacare that news outlets were killers. That somehow, a number of Democratic policies could have prevented a global epidemic.
Their focus landed on Fox News and Rupert Murdoch- the media mogul who founded news corp. As the two discussed the likelihood that Fox would turn around and support the liberal agenda. Boehlert snarkily replied, "Anyone waiting for Rupert Murdoch to do the honorable thing is going to wait a very, very long time".
JOY REID: And so Fox News reportedly benched Trish Regan, who is the lady, for those of you don't watch Fox, with the very large blond hair who was being very serious about saying that it's just an attack on Donald Trump, and it's a new impeachment. So they benched her show.
According to the Washington Post, Rupert Murdoch, there is an op-ed in the Washington Post that says that Rupert Murdoch could actually save lives by forcing Fox News to tell the truth about the coronavirus right now. And this is just a piece of it [quoting]: "And so, so let’s acknowledge the obvious: there is no more important player in influencing Trump than Fox News. And no more powerful figure at Fox than its patriarch. Murdoch might consider, too, that with the median age of Fox viewers around 65, they're among the most vulnerable to the virus's threats."
As a media analyst for a very long time, do you see any possibility that Fox may want to try to save its own viewers by forcing this narrative to change? Because it's true, if they change their narrative, it's not true [clear?] if they follow Trump or Trump follows them, but they will act together.
ERIC BOEHLERT: Right. Anyone waiting for Rupert Murdoch to do the honorable thing is going to wait a very, very long time, after someone who's watched him for 20 years.
Look, Fox News has been getting people killed for years. Just look at their crusade against affordable health care, their crusade against expanding Medicaid. This is not unusual for them. It's far more dire. I mean, I’ve been watching and documenting Fox News for 15 years. I mean, they are a cancer on this country. There's no question about it. So who knows what they're going to do? Their programming is to vilify, stir hatred and paranoia. And if the pandemic is the backdrop, then they're going to do it.
The two, of course, tie President Trump into their warped narrative by insinuating that Fox News does whatever he tells them to. The President has been regularly criticized on the Fox network throughout his entire presidency. It pretty clear that Reid and her guest were just looking for a way to further politicize the pandemic.
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