Fox News appears to cut ties with pro-Trump Diamond & Silk duo over coronavirus opinions

Fox News may have dropped the pro-Trump duo “Diamond & Silk” who were contributing original content to the network’s “Fox Nation” streaming service, The Daily Beast claimed on Tuesday.

The Left-leaning news site reported that the duo was dropped after allegedly promoting coronavirus conspiracy theories and spreading “disinformation” during their programs and online.

“After what they’ve said and tweeted you won’t be seeing them on Fox Nation or Fox News anytime soon,” a source with knowledge of the matter told the news site.

Fox News did not respond to a request for comment.

The Daily Beast adds:

After rising to prominence during the 2016 election, Lynette “Diamond” Hardaway and Rochelle “Silk” Richardson leveraged their newfound celebrity into regular sycophantic appearances on Fox News, resulting in President Donald Trump raving about their performances, featuring them at rallies, and treating them as “senior advisers.”

Eventually, their notoriety translated into a regular gig on Fox Nation. The Daily Beast reported that the duo regularly contributed 5-7 minute episodes “like clockwork” until early April. Senior CNN media correspondent Oliver Darcy first noted over the weekend that the pair had not contributed episodes since April 7.

During a livestream broadcast March 30, Diamond and Silk pushed the notion that coronavirus was being “deliberately spread,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“What I need to know is how many people have passed away in New York, and what I need to know is: Who has the bodies?” Diamond asked, apparently questioning the state’s official coronavirus death count.

“I need for somebody that does investigative work to call the morgues. To call the funeral homes. We need to know because I don’t trust anything else that comes out of his mouth now. … Something’s not right here. Something is off here,” she added, in reference to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“How is that you can go to the grocery store, but you can’t go to work?” Silk asked.

Diamond followed up with: “Is this being deliberately spread? Look, I’m not being a conspiracy theorist, this is real, but I’m asking my own questions: What the hell is going on?”

Both then suggested that the COVID-19 death count was being raised in an effort to hurt President Trump.

“In a matter of two weeks, over 1,000 people supposedly died from the coronavirus,” said Silk.

“In a two week’s time period. … My president said on March 24, Tuesday, this past week, my president said that he would love for America to be back up and running. At the time he said it, there was 25,489 case, with 307 deaths. Instantaneously, you had the media calling President Trump out,” she continued.

“Me and you was talking, and I said, ‘Now watch the number of deaths go up. Watch everything increase,’ because they want to make it look bad in front of our eyes. Here it is, five days later, as of yesterday, it jumped from 25,480 up to 121,478 cases. It went from 307 deaths to 2,226 deaths in five days.”

On April 7, in a tweet from their official account, the pair appeared to call into question reports that the virus was inadvertently affecting black people due to a greater prevalence of pre-existing underlying medical conditions.

A second tweet featuring video of one of President Trump’s top coronavirus task force consultants, Dr. Deborah Birx, contained some clarification.

“If what Dr. Birx is saying is true, then that means that the numbers are being inflated. This is what’s causing fear & panic. We keep telling y’all that something ain’t right!” they wrote.

If Fox News has parted ways with the duo, their official Twitter account does not reflect that; at this writing, it still lists them as being associated with Fox Nation.

As for Fox News’ reluctance to entertain coronavirus opinions that are thought-provoking and less mainstream, the business network furloughed host Trish Regan in late March after she labeled the media coverage of coronavirus another “impeachment scam” attempt to “destroy the president.”

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