Is Hannity's Muted Pro Vaccination Message A Day Lay & A Dollar Short? It Is Unless He "Unmutedly" Repeats It Consistently
Sean Hannity is pleading with people telling them to take Covid seriously. Hannity's video plea is viral. His statements are somewhat qualified and are a part of a greater message on Covid and the vaccine.
Here is what Hannity is saying:
"'Please take COVID seriously, I can't say it enough. Enough people have died, we don't need more deaths.
Research like crazy, talk to your doctor, your doctors, medical professionals you trust based on your unique medical history, your current medical condition and you and your doctor make a very important decision for your own safety. Take it seriously.
Hannity continued: You also have a right to medical privacy, doctor-patient confidentiality is also important and it absolutely makes sense for many Americans to get vaccinated.
I believe in science and I believe in the science of vaccination." (As reported by Newsweek)
It is hard to say "better late than never" but we have to say it in this instance. After millions of infections and 625,000 deaths in America it is about time Hannity made this plea to his viewers. As Yahoo News reports, the video is a "bit muted by the fact that book-ending the remarks were a segment criticizing vaccine mandates and a segment overhyping potential vaccine side effects." However, Hannity does say he believes in the science of vaccinations.
It is important to note that both Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson have a long history of downplaying the Covid pandemic. Their tactic is being shown to have been harmful to their viewers improperly influencing them to "ignore" the pandemic and to avoid proper precautions and the vaccine. One initial study finds “[g]reater exposure to Hannity relative to Tucker Carlson Tonight leads to a greater number of COVID-19 cases and deaths,” [economists Leonardo Bursztyn, Aakaash Rao, Christopher Roth, and David Yanagizawa-Drott write]. A one-standard deviation increase in relative viewership of Hannity relative to Carlson is associated with approximately 30 percent more COVID-19 cases on March 14, and 21 percent more COVID-19 deaths on March 28.”
...[s]ome of this research has found, for example, that TV consumption can affect decisions as intimate as whether or not to have children. It makes sense that an older American’s favorite TV host telling them they don’t need to worry about the coronavirus would cause them to ignore stay-at-home orders and care less about thoroughly washing their hands.
What’s more, the research design on this particular study seems quite rigorous, according to those scholars who have taken early looks." (Vox)
After a long history of distortion, Hannity made the decision to influence viewers to take Covid seriously. The consequences of his prior actions on air are serious. The Delta variant of the virus is now infecting vaccinated people. Maybe Mr. Hannity has learned of its danger, and the continued spread of the Delta variant impacting both the vaccinated and unvaccinated. It is now time for him to make a pointed unqualified statement about Covid and vaccines...not one as a part of a story on vaccine mandates.
Mr. Hannity's statement is a somewhat responsible one. Even though Hannity's recent statement is a "day late and a dollar short" it is much better than the irresponsible "dribble" that is coming from Fox commentators. Hosts like Tucker Carlson continue to downplay the impact of Covid risking their unsuspecting viewers to serious illness and death. Hopefully Hannity will repeat "I believe in science and I believe in the science of vaccination" until enough people are vaccinated leading to the elimination of the Covid virus.
Fox knows what it is doing. It is a ratings driven network and hosts like Hannity and Carlson are feeding off the ratings making more money without considering the well being of their viewers. Maybe it is time for Fox, and hosts like Hannity and Carlson, to act responsibly by repeatedly asking viewers to do what Hannity is now saying , "take Covid seriously" and get advice on vaccinations because the science of vaccination works.
Carlson needs to clearly make a pro vaccination statement. Both Hannity and Carlson need to be joined by Fox News. All of them need to go on a pro vaccination campaign repeating the message consistently. Moreover, the statements must be clear and unmuted.
The war with Covid is not over, it is time for Fox to drop the quest for ratings and act responsibly.
Here is a clip of Hannity's statements on Covid and vaccinations as posted by Fox News as a part of a segment "HHS Secretary Under Obama Says Americans Who Are Unvaccinated Shouldn't Be Able To Go Into Work."