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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.
The president of Fox News and several of the network’s top anchors were advised to quarantine after taking a private flight with someone who later tested positive for the coronavirus, two people with direct knowledge of the situation said on Sunday. https://t.co/LzMMgBoNSt
— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 26, 2020
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:
Does Karma have a GoFundMe page? I want to put in a few bucks.
— Dirk G (@DabneyDoRight) October 26, 2020
So @FoxNews is quarantining from a democratic hoax 🤣🤣🤣
— Pining for the Fjords (@norwegian_blu) October 26, 2020
In terms of how they’ve dealt with COVID precautions as a network, Fox News has been among the most cautious. More cautious than some other networks. (this does not refer to on-air rhetoric from some hosts)
Surprised they would put so much of their talent on the same jet. https://t.co/ztN0EXO0wg
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) October 26, 2020
— lady di (@GD64) October 26, 2020
These folks won’t get it until one of them becomes critically ill or dies, unfortunately. With their last gasping breath, they’ll call Covid faux news.
— Dr. Kathie Allen #DemCast (@kathieallenmd) October 26, 2020
Luckily for them, the Trump administration stocked up on that wonder drug FOX has been pushing relentlessly for months.
— Gretta Wark (@GrettaWark) October 26, 2020
Suddenly, my mood has improved. Anyone else?
— WomenDespiseTrump (@Otter7772) October 26, 2020
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