It started with “Fox and Friends” host Steve Doocy on Monday morning, urging viewers to get the COVID-19 vaccine because it will “save your life” — all while his co-host Brian Kilmeade hedged that “we’re not doctors” and said the network anchors aren’t going to “go there and give you other medical advice.” (FWIW, Doocy has been a encouraging viewers to get the shot for some time now, unlike some of his co-hosts.)
Long gone are the excuses of yesteryear that a Fox News personality’s seemingly partisan appearance was merely a journalist performing his or her journalistic duties.
There might have been a brief period when the conservative, Rupert Murdoch-owned cable news network earned a sliver of respect from competitors over its coverage of Trump — most notably when it refused to retract its Arizona call for Biden, even after coming under pressure.
But it appears nature is healing. Fox News is back to its Obama-era fixations on tan suit-variety non scandals.
Don’t give the cable news outlet too much credit. It’s done little besides the most basic function of a major news outlet during a presidential election — which is, declare a winner when there’s a winner.