Fox practically gleeful over CNN’s rained out concert all while accusing it of being part of ‘super spreader’ event
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Fox’s right leaning cable network went all out over the weekend to make fun of how CNN’s NYC concert got rained out — while also taking every opportunity to attempt to label it as a “super spreader” event.
New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio had planned the “We Love New York” event in July when COVID-19 cases seemed to leveling out — and CNN signed on as the official broadcast partner.
However, as COVID cases began to rise again and with the current conflict in Afghanistan, some began questioning if the concert should go forward.
In the end, the event ended up getting rained out partway through when Barry Manilow was performing.
Fox, meanwhile, gleefully reported about how the event got canceled, forcing CNN’s personalities, including Cooper, to fill air time. In other words, they were poking fun at CNN for exactly what broadcasters are paid to do when something goes wrong.
It’s also a super slippery road to go down — this week’s technical or weather meltdown on one network could just as easily find its way to yours the next.
Sure, CNN could have reasonably predicted that the event could be called off and had a show or backup content on standby. Indeed,it did appear to at least be prepared to bring in a weather anchor to discuss the storm as soon as the announcement to evacuate the area was made at the concert.
Fox also was quick to label the event as a “super spreader” event — questioning whether such a large gathering, estimated at 60,000, should take place as COVID-19 cases were on the rise.
Fox did briefly mention in its reporting that attendees were required to be vaccinated.
Fox mostly ignored the fact that Lollapalooza in Chicago, in a city Fox loves to make a poster child for violence in America, was able to pull off its event with over 380,000 people attending and only 203 positive tests from attendees (or 0.05% of them).
Incidentally, Donald Trump’s inauguration was estimated to be around 300,000 to 600,000 people — despite his early claims and efforts to discredit media for “underreporting” that number.
Lollapalooza required all attendees to be vaccinated and, like the NYC concert, is held outdoors.
Meanwhile, the same day as CNN’s concert aired, Donald Trump was in Alabama for a rally (which started well past its scheduled start time, forcing the conservative media carrying it live to vamp).
This event, also held outdoors, did not require vaccines for attendees. In fact, Trump even encouraged his audience to get vaccinated, which received boos from some members of the crowd.
It’s also worth noting that Trump has previously downplayed the coronavirus and said that interrupting normal activities was not effective in spreading the disease. Many of his followers believe debunked conspiracy theories that COVID is a hoax and Fox itself has allowed personalities to preach out against vaccines and the pandemic — but all of sudden seems very interested in what it judged to be a “super spreader” event for a disease many of its viewers don’t seem to believe in.
Fox has also come under fire for requiring what essentially amounts to “vaccine passports” and its employees reporting vaccination status while many of its biggest names railed against these types of policies.
In short, while CNN did end up having to scrap its coverage of the concert during a sensitive time in foreign relations, the event was planned well in advance of knowing what would unfold in the Middle East or with the weather.
New York, like Chicago, also took considerable steps to prevent making the event a super spreader COVID event, something that Trump’s office did not do for his rally.
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— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 22, 2021