Boot argued that America’s COVID-19 death toll — which currently stands at 716,000 — “is higher than it would have been if Fox did not exist” because of the misinformation peddled by its personalities.
Hosts and guests on the network initially dismissed the threat of the coronavirus as a hoax, Boot noted. They later attacked social distancing, mask mandates and vaccines. Prime time personality Tucker Carlson has in recent weeks railed against President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandates, which are less stringent than those imposed by his own employer.
“Fox is poisoning the minds of millions of Americans,” Boot charged.
“Facebook may be catching up, but I can’t think of any company that has done more damage to American democracy over the past quarter-century than Fox “News,’” he concluded. “That’s nothing to celebrate.”
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.