On Dec. 18, before almost anyone else, 89-year-old conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch got his shot through the U.K.’s national health service, presumably because he didn’t want COVID to kill him. Three months later, his network continues to push an anti-vaxxer narrative.
On Monday night, Tucker Carlson asked why he isn’t allowed to ask questions about the vaccine. “Don’t kick people off social media for asking them. Answer the questions,” he told his vast viewership. “It turns out there are things we don’t know about the effects of this vaccine—and all vaccines by the way. It’s always a trade-off.” As someone fully vaccinated by Pfizer, I am happy to report this is bullshit. I got the vaccine; the trade-off for safety for myself and others and the mental security that comes with that was mild arm pain.
“Just asking questions” is how the frozen fish heir spreads conspiracy theories. Phrasing disinformation as a question is his “news” station’s go-to way to sneak around the truth and endorse something while maintaining deniability. Remember when Sean Hannity was just asking questions about the murder of Seth Rich? Or when Tucker was just asking questions about Hunter Biden’s laptop?