‘Evil’ and ‘Psychotic’: Chris Hayes goes after Tucker Carlson for calling masking-up children child abuse

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MSNBC commentator Chris Hayes has called rival Fox News host Tucker Carlson “evil” and “psychotic” for being upset over young children being forced to wear masks even while playing outdoors.

In a rant Tuesday on MSNBC’s “All In,” the far-left host took aim at remarks Carlson had made a day earlier when responding to reports that Michigan has expanded its mask mandate to include children as young as two.

The expanded mask mandate means that little tots must wear a mask even while simply playing at a playground with other children their age.

An upset Carlson argued Monday on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that forcing children to wear masks while outdoors “should be illegal,” and said that the public’s response to seeing children wearing masks outdoors “should be” to call Child Protective Services.

Leftists like Hayes didn’t care for this rhetoric.

Listen to his response below:

(Video: MSNBC)

I gotta say, [this is] truly unhinged stuff, worrying stuff coming from the biggest platform for dangerous misinformation out there. Last night the highest rated personality on Rupert Murdoch’s cable network told his viewers to call the police if they see a child in a mask outdoors,” he complained Tuesday.

You know, it’s either trolling, or it’s someone in the midst of a genuine breakdown, or it’s evil. Or some combination of all three. We all recognize that’s psychotic, right? That’s how psychotic it’s gotten,” he added.

Hayes concluded by accusing conservatives of practicing hypocrisy

“We are the people who believe in liberty. You on the left believe in tyranny, but we’re gonna call cops if you put a mask on your kid and have them take away your kids. Cool,” he said.

It’s not clear whether Carlson had been entirely serious about people calling CPS on parents or if he’d just been venting out of frustration.

What’s known is that mask-wearing while outdoors has led to legitimate issues — even for older kids in their late teens.

Over in Oregon last week, a female high school junior collapsed right after winning a 800-meter race in 2:08:45 (minutes/seconds/milliseconds).

“I felt like I just wasn’t being able to get a full breath. Multiple times of that happening, not being able to get enough air — I just felt super-dizzy, and then eventually passed out,” the student said to local station KTVZ.

She blamed what happened on the the mask she’d been required to wear by the Oregon Health Authority.

“In the past, this has never happened. Then this race that I was wearing a mask, it did happen, which I don’t think is a coincidence,” she said.

Her coach, Dave Turnbull, agreed.

“She just ran a 2:11 in Arizona without a mask on. Three seconds faster from my experience isn’t going to cause a kid to hit the track. When you’re in a mask, it certainly does. It was a different response than I’ve seen for kids that have collapsed to the track just because they were exhausted. She wasn’t sure where she was,” he told KTVZ.

In response to what happened, OHA revised its mask mandate by adding an exception for athletes “competing in non-contact sports outdoors and maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others.”

This story was never picked up by Hayes or anybody else at MSNBC or NBC. It was, however, picked up by Fox News.

Hayes’ attack on Carlson comes only weeks after left-wing comedian Bill Maher scolded the mainstream press for peddling “panic porn” about the receding coronavirus pandemic.

Maher noted that, according to recent studies and polls, a majority of liberals — i.e., the very sorts of people who tune in to channels like MSNBC — are grossly misinformed about the coronavirus, in part because channels like MSNBC spend all day producing “panic porn.”

“[T]he U.S. national media reported almost 90 percent bad news. Even as things were getting better, the reporting remained negative,” he said, citing one study concerning the media’s coverage of the pandemic.

He then brought attention to a recent Gallup survey.

“In a recent Gallup survey, Democrats did much worse than Republicans in getting the right answer to the fundamental question: what are the chances that someone who gets COVID will need to be hospitalized? The answer is between one and five percent,” he said.

Yet “41 percent of Democrats thought it was over 50 percent, [and] another 28 percent put the chances at 20 to 49. So almost 70 percent of Democrats are wildly off on this key question and also have a greatly exaggerated view of the danger of COVID too and the mortality rate among children,” he added.

Hayes and his colleagues at MSNBC and NBC have apparently never addressed this misinformation.

Nor has Hayes seemed to ever talk about the coronavirus vaccine hesitancy that’s been promoted by fellow far-left host Joy Reid.

Near the start of the month, she posted a tweet saying that she intends to keep double-masking and avoiding all indoor activities, even once she’s been fully vaccinated.

The tweet triggered accusations that she was discouraging Americans from obtaining the vaccine by acting as if being vaccinated poses no benefits whatsoever.

Hayes never spoke about this. Neither did his ideological twin, CNN far-left host Brian Stelter.

Meanwhile, Fox News continues to outperform both networks — MSNBC and CNN — in ratings, perhaps because Americans are growing tired of their misinformation.

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