Fox News host Tucker Carlson, one of the first media figures to warn the public and even the president himself about the grave risks posed by the coronavirus, is now warning of the equally grave risks posed by allowing public health experts alone to dictate the United States’ response to the growing crisis.
His remarks came only hours after new unemployment numbers showed that a total of at least 10 million Americans have lost their jobs because of the ongoing coronavirus shutdowns and quarantines.
During Thursday’s airing of Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” he began by noting that at the moment it seems as if the most “reactive, emotionally incontinent people have the loudest megaphones.”
And while this band of people certainly include congressional Democrats and the media, it sometimes also includes “even our most impressive, thoughtful officials,” i.e., National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci.
The FNC host then played a clip from Wednesday’s White House coronavirus briefing showing Fauci arguing that “social distancing” rules, including presumably state-wide lockdowns, must remain in place until there are no new daily cases and deaths.
Watch the full segment below:
(Source: Fox News)
“How long will that be?” Carlson asked afterward in exasperation. “Almost nobody thought to ask. ‘We’ve got to beat this disease, details are irrelevant, cost is no object.’ That’s the feeling in Washington right now and certainly in the press corps that covers it.”
Congressional Democrats and their media allies have fallen in close lockstep with public health officials who, as an example, have called for a nationwide lockdown equivalent to the one employed in Italy.
Case in point:
“I think the country should be on a lockdown,” says New York @RepEspaillat who has self-quaratined amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Rather than abiding by this Easter Sunday scenario that the President is talking about, we should be in total lockdown.”https://t.co/ubjPsE84Cf pic.twitter.com/5kd5FyX9zB
— New Day (@NewDay) March 25, 2020
🔥Dr. Tony Fauci on whether he supports a federally mandated #StayHome order: “If you look at what’s going on…I just don’t understand why we’re not doing that. We really should be.”
— Dr. Dena Grayson (@DrDenaGrayson) April 3, 2020
“But details are always relevant, and there’s always a limit to what we can pay,” the FNC host continued. “That’s always true. Decisions we make today will echo for decades.”
“They could radically change the future of this country. We need to try harder to keep perspective and to remain persistently open-minded in the face of this.”
Sadly, open-mindedness isn’t a trait that’s appreciated by the myopic left, ironically enough.
“What would’ve happened, for example, if we’d adopted a more conventional response to this epidemic?” Carlson added. “What if we’d asked the elderly and immunocompromised and anyone else facing statically higher rates of risk to stay inside, cloistered away. And then at the same time allowed the rest of the population to use informed common sense and continue to work? What if we’d done that a month ago? Would the death rate today be much higher than it is now? Maybe, maybe not.”
“We don’t know. But it’s clearly a conversation we should have had before we locked the entire country down and put 10 million people out of work. But we didn’t have that conversation. Instead, we outsourced that decision to public health officials, and that’s a strange irony of the moment we’re living through.”
“One of the main lessons of this crisis is that the public health establishment failed us badly,” the host noted. “The World Health Organization colluded with the Chinese government to lie about critically relevant facts during the early days of the outbreak. Once the coronavirus reached our shores, the CDC couldn’t seem to produce working tests. Those were disasters. Many people died because the people we trusted to protect our health didn’t do it. They’ve been thoroughly discredited.”
“At the same time though, we’re being asked to trust these people without hesitation, and for the most part we’re doing that,” he added. “In other words, the experts failed, yet the experts now have more power than ever before. It’s bewildering.”
In fact, he continued, it’s just like what happened in 2008, “when reckless behavior by the banks crippled the economy and crushed the middle class. But when it came time to fix it, we put bankers in charge of the clean-up.”
Of course, this isn’t “an argument against expertise,” Carlson continued.
“It’s not even a populist argument,” he said. “Of course bankers understand finance, epidemiologists understand coronavirus far more than most people do.”
“So turning to experts in crisis makes sense, and we should, and hopefully we always will. But we can’t allow experts to make the big decisions. That is not their job. This is a democracy. It is our job.”
Predictably, his complex and thoughtful remarks have fallen on deaf ears, as the media have already rushed to tacitly smear him as a science denier.
Tucker Carlson doesn’t think America should let medical experts make coronavirus decisions https://t.co/NTILRs4XsA
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) April 3, 2020
The headline is purposefully designed to make it seem as if Carlson considers himself more knowledgeable than the experts. And not surprisingly, the left-wing outlet’s far-left readers have eaten it up hook, line, and sinker.
— mlowell✌️BoycottNRA (@RNRaptor1) April 3, 2020
And here’s the new Fox News fact checker to back him up. pic.twitter.com/5OB0rfUaTw
Yeah. Probably better for a D list former reality TV show host to make those decisions.
— Chuck (@ChuckVB25) April 3, 2020
“Tucker Carlson doesn’t think”. Should’ve been the end of that sentence
— Dee (@polynesianpoly) April 3, 2020
Most Americans agree @TuckerCarlson can’t think.
— Shane (@ShaneCalipari) April 3, 2020
These people lack critical thinking skills, but it’s this exact same lack of critical thinking skills that are exploited daily by congressional Democrats and their media allies to convince the public that anybody with the temerity to challenge status quo thinking is a “stupid hick” Republican who hates science and knowledge.
But in reality, it’s not the willingness to challenge conventional thinking that necessarily makes one ignorant. Rather, it’s most often the eager desire to pledge blind willingness to narratives regardless of whether they’re true or just propaganda.
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