Reports top anchors at Fox News have been advised to quarantine over virus exposure trigger trolls

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Citing anonymous sources “with direct knowledge of the situation,” the New York Times is reporting that the president of Fox News and several of the network’s top anchors have been advised to quarantine after being exposed to someone who has since tested positive for the coronavirus.

The exposure was said to have happened during a charter flight to New York from Nashville, after last week’s presidential debate.


Fox News Media President Jay Wallace was on the flight, as well as anchors Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, according to the Times. Dana Perino and Juan Williams, co-hosts of “The Five, were also on board.

Everyone on the flight were told to get tested and quarantine, the newspaper added.

Fox News has not officially commented on any details of the reported exposure citing the confidentiality of health information.

The Times reported that Fox News “has not always treated the coronavirus like the serious and potentially fatal illness that it is” — as might be expected, opinion hosts Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham were singled out.

On the other hand, the paper did say network personnel “have been serious about taking precautionary measures like wearing masks and avoiding proximity to one another, both in the studios and on the road for major events like the debates.”

The article said Fox “has been faster than other cable news and broadcast networks to resume in-studio programming,” and that the network “has had one of the largest in-person footprints of the news organizations that covered the presidential and vice-presidential debates.”

The following internal memo was obtained by BPR:

The network was held up in comparison to CNN and MSNBC, which do more remote broadcasting.

As might be expected, there was little sympathy for the Fox News personnel online, as the network was largely bashed by the Kool-Aid drinkers on the left.

Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:


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