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MAGAs Frenzy with Calls to Boycott Fox News Over Steve Doocy Encouraging Viewers to Get Vaccinated

Steve Doocy along with his other Fox and Friends hosts and many others over at Fox generally, hardly deserve any credit for suddenly “getting religion” on the vaccine and encouraging their audience to get vaccinated, though the Fox and Friends show has been more pro-vaccine than many others. This message needed to start in January. But back in January, many MAGA politicians were reluctant to come out in full force for vaccinations because it would be seen as a “win” for Joe Biden. It took seven months and a disease that is now almost solely confined to the religious Right political movement to shake up Right-wing news to suddenly get behind vaccinations.

The ever-growing threat of lawsuits and liability over false information is also surely contributing to this newfound message. Still, it doesn’t make Doocy and Fox “wrong” to come out now with their message:

“The disinformation is online. The vaccine is killing lots and lots of people. Or it changes your DNA. Or their little microchips. None of that is true. If you have the chance, get the shot, it will save your life.”

The comment about disinformation is particularly “hurtful” to Fox viewers due to the fact that one of their primary conspiracy theories of late is that the administration is targeting “free speech” by “spying” on people’s Facebook pages. It is impossible to “spy” on something that is done in broad daylight – social media, and the administration does nothing more than “identify and flag” misinformation that Facebook then evaluates whether the posts should be tossed or not.

Doocy citing online misinformation is akin to backing up the Biden administration (which we suppose it is) and that wasn’t tolerated by Fox viewers:

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Jason Miciak is a political writer, features writer, author, and attorney. He is originally from Canada but grew up in the Pacific Northwest. He now enjoys life as a single dad, writing from the beaches of the Gulf Coast, getting advice from his beloved daughter and teammate. He is very much the dreamy mystic that cannot add and loves dogs more than most people. He also likes studying cooking, theoretical physics, cosmology, and quantum mechanics. He likes pizza.

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