THEN AND NOW: 11 flip-flopping Fox personalities who did a 180 on coronavirus

THEN AND NOW: 11 flip-flopping Fox personalities who did a 180 on coronavirus

03/21/2020 9:03 pm ET Shaan Chagan
THEN AND NOW: 11 flip-flopping Fox personalities who did a 180 on coronavirus

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For the last 2 months, many Fox News hosts shot down the threat of coronavirus, claiming it was a conspiracy created by the left to rag on President Trump.

Hosts like Sean Hannity and Laura In­graham lashed at media for creating “mass hysteria. ”  As soon as Trump changed his tune and acknowledged coronavirus as a pandemic, Fox News hosts changed their tune.

This list shows 11 times where Fox’s personalities and others in Trump’s fan club amplified his mistruths about coronavirus, potentially costing lives….

1. Sean Hannity

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THEN: March 9th “I want to call out anyone and everyone who is using this virus as a political weapon against the president.”

NOW: March 16th “We are now entering what will be the crucial defining 15 day period as it relates to this virus, where we must slow the spread of coronavirus.”

and…

THEN: March 10th “Oh, let’s bludgeon Trump with this new hoax.”

NOW: March 18th “This program has always taken the coronavirus seriously and we’ve never called the virus a hoax.”

2. Trish Regan

THEN AND NOW: Fox personalities who suddenly changed their tune about coronavirus

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THEN: March 9th “This is yet another attempt to impeach the president. And sadly it seems like they care very little for every destruction they are leaving in their wake…”

NOW: March 13th “We must test for the virus in order to stop the spread of it. What could be a very great recession, some predicting even a great recession.

3. Dr. Marc Siegel

THEN AND NOW: Fox personalities who suddenly changed their tune about coronavirus 1

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THEN: March 6th “At worst…worst case scenario it could be the flu.”

NOW: March 17th “We don’t have immunity to this virus, its a new virus, its a pandemic strain of a virus we haven’t seen before.”

4. Laura Ingraham

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THEN: Feb 26th “It is absolutely disgusting that democrats are seeking to use this complex virus to score cheap political points”

NOW: March 11th “This dangerous health crisis could dovetail quickly into a political crisis and already feeling the economic ramifications of it all.”

5. Jeanine Pirro

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THEN: March 7th “All the talk about coronavirus being so much more deadly doesn’t reflect reality. Without a vaccine, the flu would be more deadly.”

NOW: March 14th “We are facing an incredibly contagious and dangerous virus that is moving across the world from one hotspot to another. The standard flu every single year kills tens and thousands of Americans.”

6. Ainsley Earhardt

THEN AND NOW: Fox personalities who suddenly changed their tune about coronavirus 2

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THEN: March 13th “It’s actually the safest time to fly. Everyone I know that’s flying right now, terminals are pretty much, dead.”

NOW: March 17th “We have a responsibility to slow down this virus and to think of other people during this time… So if you can keep your distance, and prevent someone that’s close to you that might be sick, you could save your family, you could save the elderly and help our country as a nation.”

7. Matt Gaetz

'Even the Corona Virus wouldn't hang out with you': Twitter reacts to Rep. Matt Gaetz quarantining himself in a Walmart lot after making fun of coronavirus.

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It isn’t just the Fox News hosts that have changed their tunes. Others close to the president have also started singing a very different song.

THEN: March 9th Wore a gasmask to make light of the coronavirus.

NOW: March 10th “Under doctor’s usual precautionary recommendations, he’ll remain self-quarantined until the 14-day period expires this week,” his Twitter account announced, hours after Gaetz traveled on Air Force One with President Trump.

8. Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump

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THEN: March 3rd Kushner encouraged Trump to treat the emergency as a P.R. problem when Anthony Fauci and others were calling for aggressive action.

NOW: March 17th

9. Jesse Watters

THEN AND NOW: Fox personalities who suddenly changed their tune about coronavirus 3

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THEN: March 4th “Let me tell you why it happened in China. They have these markets where they were eating raw bats and snakes. They are very hungry people. The Chinese communist government cannot feed the people. And they are desperate. This food is uncooked. It is unsafe. And that is why scientists believe that’s where it originated from.”

NOW: March 16th Admitted he “didn’t take the social distancing that serious” over the weekend.

Watters said he “went out to dinner” in NYC. “And I woke up this morning I realized that was not the right move. I am no longer going out to dinner.”

10. Devin Nunes

Public health experts say stay in. Devin Nunes and other defiant officials say, ‘It’s a great time to just go out.’

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THEN: March 13th “There’s a lot of concerns with the economy here because people are scared to go out. But I will just say, one of the things you can do if you’re healthy – you and your family – it’s a great time to just go out, go to a local restaurant. Likely you can get in easily.”

NOW: March 16th Nunes, who is one of President Donald Trump’s top allies in Congress, said that “media freaks don’t have a clue what’s going on out in the real world” regarding the outbreak, and claimed that during his Sunday Fox News appearance, he was encouraging people to do drive-thru or takeout.

11. UPDATE: Tucker Carlson

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***Update: An earlier version of this article had a quote from Tucker Carlson that suggested he flip-flopped on his coronavirus stance. In reality, he does not appear to have used his platform to downplay COVID-19. He has, however, used it to push his nativist agenda. ***

Carlson is getting a lot of praise right now due to the way he broke ranks and called out the administration for its handling of the coronavirus. While it is true that he didn’t downplay COVID-19 like many of his counterparts, that isn’t the whole picture.

The Fox personality has been doing his fair share of pushing conspiracy theories. Last month, he was giving air time to one of Steve Bannon’s talking points about the virus being engineered in a Chinese lab.

When Stephanie Grisham, the White House Press Secretary, was on his show in early February, he didn’t utter a peep when she praised Trump’s “decisive” coronavirus action.

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