Critics want Fox News to fire Tucker Carlson after he bullied mask-wearers. The TV host has used his platform to urge people to aggressively confront people wearing masks in public, demanding Americans call the police and child protective services on the mask wearers.
The question on everyone’s mind is: Should Fox News fire Tucker Carlson?
On numerous occasions, Carlson has called for abandoning masks, despite the evidence that masks are key in controlling the spread of Coronavirus. In an opinion piece Carlson suggested that “we should start asking people to stop wearing masks outside,” as it “makes us uncomfortable.”
He goes on to question why the law states people (in some places) must wear masks, claiming that there is “no scientific justification for any of it … there is no scientific justification for any mask mandate, anywhere. It’s that simple.”
To Carlson, masks aren’t necessary, a sentiment shared by plenty of Americans – but not a majority. According to National Geographic, a poll found that more Americans than ever before believe in wearing masks. Sixty percent of Americans asked expressed that they are more favorable towards fellow mask wearers and 92 percent of Americans polled say they put one on the minute they go outside.
A study published in February found a direct correlation between wearing masks and stopping the spread of Covid-19. Still, Carlson insists that masks should be stripped off noses and mouths, and supporters should confront those who wear them.
Tucker Carlson encourages viewers to fight any “angry Biden voter,” who he believes are snorting at non-mask wearer in “judgment.” He said on his show Tucker Carlson Tonight that instead “the rest of us should be snorting at them first; they’re the aggressors. It’s our job to brush them back and restore the society we were born in.”
USA Today is one of many news outlets calling for Fox News to fire Tucker Carlson, comparing his incitement to the insurrection at the capitol following a Donald Trump speech.
“So the next time you see someone in a mask on the sidewalk or on the bike path,” Tucker said during his show. “Do not hesitate. Ask polite but firmly, ‘would you please take off your mask? Your mask is making me uncomfortable.’”
A former FBI special agent addressed the topic on Twitter, claiming that Carlson’s words are “really, really dangerous.”
“Listen to his tone of voice,” Asha Rangappa asked her Twitter followers, “and what he’s instructing. He’s moving from his viewers passively consuming his propaganda to having them act on it — against their neighbors. He’s testing his audience’s compliance.”
Another Carlson rant had the Fox News host claiming parents forcing children to wear masks is “child abuse,” and urged observers to “call the police.” It’s this kind of rhetoric that has social media and news outlets calling for his firing.
Nevertheless The Daily Beast says that a Fox staffer said Carlson is “untouchable” and isn’t going anywhere.
There has been no evidence that Carlson’s words have had a direction correlation with violence against mask wearers. But some Americans who don’t believe in masks have taken action. In one case, a 64-year-old from Little Rock was punched while wearing a mask. The woman was knocked on the ground after two men at the grocery store were harassing her in the parking lot.