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Given the spread of COVID-19 variant Omicron, “boxed-in” Fox News host Jesse Watters lamented that he and his fellow “The Five” panelists had to resume doing the show remotely “out of an abundance of caution,” relying on that overused cliche.
On the same broadcast, colleague Greg Gutfeld insisted, perhaps in a tongue-in-cheek manner, that the pandemic would end on February 1 because the public will or should demand it of the “befuddled” federal government.
“A lot of us are going to have Omicron. We’re gonna be fine,” he said.
In a vocal style that is reminiscent of his ex-boss Bill O’Reilly, Watters opened the show on Wednesday evening by explaining the temporary setup to the viewers:
“So, I think we all have to acknowledge here we’re in boxes. We don’t want to be in boxes. We hate being in boxes. We resisted being in boxes. We were told to be in a box out of abundance of caution, just to get us through the holidays, and hopefully we will be back to normal table situation when we return from said holiday.”
Watters then tossed it to Gutfeld who first joked that he missed being physically close to Harold Ford Jr., the ex-Tennessee Democrat congressman who was sitting in the liberal chair on this particular episode.
Unlike the discerning analysis that he said was readily available on “The Five,” Gutfeld chided the media for its superficial COVID-19 fear-mongering and the government for its inconsistent priorities and recommendations.
“You know what’s amazing, how far ahead this show has been on a lot of things. For example, we were the first show, I think, to talk about the travel ban and to talk about telemedicine.
“And yet there seems to be all these epiphanies happening on other networks, and Fauci saying , ‘You know what, we should focus on the severity and not the number of cases. And CNN is like, ‘Wow, that is a great idea.’ It’s like, no, we have been saying this forever.
“That’s what we said about Omicron is that you’re gonna see a lot of cases, but not a lot of severity. And so the cases are mild, and then that leads you to the next thing. What is the government and what is Fauci doing with this 10-day isolation thing?” Gutfeld continued.
“If everybody is being tested, and getting Omicron, why are they forced to sit home for 10 days. We know what the right thing to do is. And that is today, to cut that down to three or four days, and let people get back to work…” he added.
He then compared the variant to certain aspects of pop culture.
“Omicron is the next to the last scene in the movie after the climax where the townspeople thank the hero. The villain is seemingly defeated. But then in that at that last scene, the villain rises up, and then he’s easily vanquished. This pandemic movie is about over. The estimated running time — it’s gonna end on February 1st. A lot of us are going to have Omicron. We’re gonna be fine. We just have to work together and also be patient with our befuddled government.”
As a side note, Gutfeld may have overlooked in his analogy that at least in the science fiction or horror movie genre, there is almost always an epilogue that reveals that the creature or enemy is still alive.
Gutfeld then compared the government to “a blind man in an unfamiliar room, and we’re in that room, and we have to offer them guidance and help to get to the right decisions. We actually now have to take the lead and announce that this [pandemic] ends February 1.”
According to Gutfeld, the public has to work with the feds in the same way that arch-enemy boxers Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed eventually joined forces in the original “Rocky” movie franchise.
Biden just said on the ABC News exclusive when questioned about the lack of rapid tests and his admin’s mismanagement of the pandemic that “no one else saw the Delta or Omicron variants coming.”
He also said “no one saw it coming” about the Taliban takeover of Kabul.
— Melissa Chen (@MsMelChen) December 23, 2021
Watters began the segment by playing a soundbite from Biden who said that no one could have anticipated how rapidly the Omicron variant would spread, an assertion contradicted by CDC Director Rochelle Walensky. Watters also called attention to a study suggesting that Omicron results in an 80 percent lower risk of hospitalization, plus that a “potentially game-changing” antiviral pill is on the horizon.
All this is unfolding as many high-profile, triple-jabbed individuals, including Members of Congress and professional athletes, are testing positive for the virus. So far, as suggested by Watters and Gutfeld, it appears that symptoms of this latest variant — and it wasn’t too long ago that the Delta mutation was making headlines — seem to be moderate.
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