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Should Fox News share blame for coronavirus misinformation?

Fox News pivoted from downplaying the coronavirus, calling it a Democratic hoax and overhyped to the media, to then blaming the media (they are part of the mainstream media) for misleading the public on how serious the outbreak is. Critics of Fox News say the new channel is actively misinforming its viewers. It contributed to the delayed shutdowns of right-leaning states like those in the South by downplaying the seriousness of the virus. Politicians went on Fox News imploring people to go out on the town instead of sheltering in place. Still, commentators like Brit Hume are trying to downplay the severity of the outbreak while host Trish Regan was let go after saying Democrats were using the coronavirus to cause mass hysteria and sabotage President Trump. 

Fox News' supporters say the news channel is providing a much-needed perspective separate from the liberal media. In a time where many news channels even refuse to air President Trump during his COVID-19 press conferences, Fox News is one of the only mainstream news sources that doesn't reflexively attack Trump and treat him like an idiot. Whether you like it or not, President Trump is the President of the United States. 

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Fox News is incredibly influential among conservatives. The pattern emerging is that people who have been watching Fox News have typically seen the coronavirus as less serious and dangerous compared to people who get their news elsewhere. That knowledge is translating to real-life consequences — people who watch Fox News are less like to social distance or take the actions needed to slow down the outbreak and keep themselves safe. 

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Fox News host—who insists he is not actually a journalist—Sean Hannity has vigorously come to defend Fox News' coronavirus coverage. 

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For many people, Fox News provides a much-needed balance to the news. 

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