Fox News chair moistener Tucker Carlson continues to sink to new lows. Days before praising a teenage gunman, the news anchor falsely claimed there’s an HIV vaccine while deriding international efforts to develop a preventative treatment for COVID-19.
“We get a new benchmark for getting back to normal: when we have a vaccine,” Carlson ranted during an August 24 broadcast. “Everything will be fine once we can vaccinate against COVID-19…The state of Virginia has announced that when a vaccine finally does arrive, it will be mandatory. Not all vaccines–Virginia will not require vaccines for hepatitis or HIV. They won’t require a vaccine for meningitis even though meningitis kills a lot more, say, college students, than coronavirus does.”
We’d like to point out at this time that a vaccine against HIV does not exist. Though various prophylactic treatments like PrEP are widely prescribed by doctors, they do not provide indefinite protection against the virus. Moreover, statistics show that meningitis kills about 135,000 people every year worldwide. In just under nine months in 2020, COVID-19 has killed more than 180,000 people in the United States alone.
“But once we get a corona vaccine, all will be well,” Carlson continued. “But now they’ve changed that. Not true anymore. According to a new announcement from the World Health Organization, a vaccine–even if we get one–will not be the end of all this. It will never end. You can get your injection. They’ll make you get it. But you’ll still be under arrest.”
Carlson then went on to decry efforts by the WHO to curb climate change–the circumstances which led to the genesis of COVID-19 in the first place. He also attacked Dr. Tedros Adhanom, head of the WHO, claiming he’s “not a doctor.” Adhanom holds a Doctor of Philosophy in community health from the University of Nottingham. That distinction means he’s a doctor and a medical professional, not a physician; there’s a big difference.
Carlson’s words come just before his controversial comments in which he praised 17-year-old gunman Kyle Rittenhouse, who fired a shotgun at protesters during a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse allegedly shot and killed two people during the protest.
“How shocked are we that 17-year-olds with rifles decided they had to maintain order when no one else would?” Carlson said in defense of Rittenhouse. “Everyone can see what was happening in Kenosha. It was getting crazier by the hour.”
Having watched Mr. Carlson’s remarks, we have one question: how has he not been fired?