New York Times Lies on Fox Virus Coverage

A column like the NYT's Ben Smith’s is proving exactly why so many millions of Americans watch Fox in the first place.
The New York Times

So the assault on Fox continues. Yet again conveniently leaving out facts. This time around the attack comes from New York Times columnist Ben Smith, and it is headlined with this falsehood:

Rupert Murdoch Put His Son in Charge of Fox. It Was a Dangerous Mistake.
The 48-year-old Lachlan Murdoch stood by as Fox News hosts played down the danger of the deadly coronavirus to their viewers.

Among other things, Ben Smith says the Fox CEO Murdoch allowed this:

“Hosts and guests, speaking to Fox’s predominantly elderly audience, repeatedly played down the threat of what would soon become a deadly pandemic.”


Perhaps Ben missed this headline from Media Matters that I have mentioned in an earlier post. The headline, posted January 27, reads this way:

Fox News fearmongers about coronavirus with dubiously sourced viral video

As also previously noted, there was this specific attack on Fox in that Media Matters story:

“On January 27, Fox News’ Fox & Friends ran two segments promoting what the network called ‘a Chinese nurse … blowing the whistle on Twitter” and claimed the coronavirus infection rate is “33 times [higher than] what Chinese officials are reporting.” Co-host Brian Kilmeade, in an interview with Dr. Mehmet Oz, said that the outbreak is “happening in this secretive society where candor is secondary, and we’re seeing clues that this is so much worse.”

Notice the link in there. To illustrate the so-called Fox fearmongering MMFA this clip from Fox News of January 27th. The Fox chiron reads:

5 Cases of Coronavirus Now Confirmed in the U.S.

The MMFA story goes on to attack Fox for running the story to “fearmonger about the outbreak in China…”

Now. With the hard, cold reality that Fox was being attacked – in January – for being “fearmongers about coronavirus” – Ben Smith blithely ignores this to say that:

“There, for two crucial weeks in late February and early March, powerful Fox hosts talked about the ‘real’ story of the coronavirus: It was a Democratic- and media-led plot against President Donald J. Trump.”

In other words, way back in January Fox was assailed by the far-left Media Matters for fearmongering on the virus – and Smith totally ignores the fact. Instead, in ignoring this attack, he is trying to give the impression – a false impression – that not only had this never happened but that there was no truth to the charge that Democrats and the media were using the virus as a political weapon to wage a political attack on the President.

Not only is this Smith column an example of leftist media misinformation, it is itself a sparkling example of exactly what Fox hosts have in fact been pointing out – that yes indeed, Democrats and their media allies were – make that are – politicizing the virus to attack both the President…and Fox News.

Smith goes on to say this of Fox CEO Lachlan Murdoch:

“Fox failed its viewers and the broader public in ways both revealing and potentially lethal. In particular, Lachlan Murdoch failed to pry its most important voices away from their embrace of the president’s early line: that the virus was not a big threat in the United States.”

This is flatly untrue. Fox had already long ago, in January, flagged the reality of the virus and was being attacked as a “fearmonger” for doing so.

So why write something that is so easily fact-checked for its falsity? Deep in the Smith column is the real explanation. Citing Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson by name, Smith complains that the two had been “providing a platform for the president and his supporters to air their grievances about the rest of the media.”

Ahhhhh. Now we are getting somewhere.

The real message here is that The New York Times – not to mention others in the liberal media – have lost their monopoly on setting the nation’s understanding of what is news and information. And they particularly resent that Sean and Tucker and Laura Ingraham and Fox and Friends etc have the audacity to air “grievances about the rest of the media.”

So they vent. Deliberately leaving out a key fact that Fox was early-on attacked as a virus fearmonger. Doing this as a way of attacking, in this instance, Lachlan Murdoch, as some sort of “how dare you!” payback for removing the Times and the liberal media once-upon-a-time monopoly on news.

And in the doing of this, a column like this one of Ben Smith’s is proving exactly why so many millions of Americans watch Fox in the first place.


  1. john holmes 28 March, 2020 at 08:47

    FAKE NEWS MEDIAS ARE “FASCIST, CORRUPT, RACIST, DEFENDERS OF COMMUNIST CHINA..”THEY ARE THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE” accuse the other side of that which you are guilty, as you are doing it to create confusion. They are liberal hacks, left wing political activists posing as Journalists who is pushing “RADICAL LEFT WING PROPAGANDA”..They are covering up there own Crimes/Corruption/Racism and the Corruption/Crimes/Racism of the Out of Touch Democrats, Communist China, and Illegal Aliens.. “THEY DECEIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE” then incite hysteria, racism, hatred, anger, fear, and violence against Trump or any Trump supporters.

  2. john holmes 28 March, 2020 at 08:47

    it’s obvious china is running the fake news medias…Liberals celebrating the outbreak of Wuhan virus cases in the United States is entirely unsurprising. Many of them hate you, they hate themselves, they hate this country, they hate their lives, & they’d attack you in a moment if they weren’t such wusses. I think they hate America so much they will fake having the virus to keep people in fear and then throw in some Coronavirus political hate. They can’t function without victims.”I’m getting the distinct impression that many on the left will be disappointed when things start getting back to normal. Their dislike of normal American life has never been more apparent.”

    • Morris65 28 March, 2020 at 15:03

      “many on the left will be disappointed when things start getting back to normal.”

      No way! They’ll be much to busy trying to take credit for the recovery!-(

      • Steve Pitment 30 March, 2020 at 00:50

        It will never work. They are in on the “Trump’s incompetence and evil kills millions” narrative. There’s no coming back from that. After impeachment failed politically, a lot of death and destruction was their last hope and they started publicly praying for it. They can’t walk away from that.

  3. john holmes 28 March, 2020 at 08:47

    “THE DEMOCRATS DESPISE AMERICANS” If these Dangerous Left Wing Maniacs get Power in 2020 or Beyond, These Lunatics would turn America into some lefty, Venezuelan-like Utopia

  4. Righteous Rant 28 March, 2020 at 14:48

    Yet another reason Americans are concerned about the Democrats taking over that will definitely lead to a landslide victory by Trump in 2020! This, of course, after all the damage Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have caused their party with politicizing the Coronavirus pandemic instead of taking care of Americans! Of course, then there is Joe “The Other Thing” Biden who is their idiot DNC Savior. They’re over (we better hope and pray!)……….

  5. Eileen McRae 29 March, 2020 at 10:49

    The puppet propaganda media for the Democrats have a narrative already written for them to spin and will continue to spew out their vile, bitter vitriol in the hopes that they can persuade a few to believe them. When Americans should be coming TOGETHER to help and support each other during this virulent siege, the MEDIA drive a spike deep into the hearts and souls of citizens.

    The MEDIA are a cancer corroding America as a Constitutional Republic. Their sole purpose is to STOP President Trump from being re-elected by ANY means possible even if it means the deaths of thousands of Americans!

  6. MCLowe 29 March, 2020 at 17:15

    That’s okay. NYT won’t be around much longer. It really doesn’t matter WHAT they say, does it?

  7. *Pummel 29 March, 2020 at 17:28

    We could learn a lot from the liberals and their antifa army.. the left inst afraid of us anymore.. they just say what they want and lie and no one calls them out on it.. perhaps its time to call them out on it. they need to fear us again

  8. Ed Price 30 March, 2020 at 11:38

    Should I be surprised by this nitwit Ben Smith??? Standard operating procedure for the leftist media!! Fake news networks and liberal print media have already jumped on the China narrative. They want this pandemic! They know the longer it lasts, the longer their pick for President will not have to show his face in public. Every time he opens his mouth, he inserts his foot and that would be a catastrophy for his candidacy. Particularly against Trump. Sad

  9. Ed Price 30 March, 2020 at 11:51

    Did I hear correctly that the networks are no longer covering Trump’s pandemic daily briefings??? Did I also hear correctly that they are now covering Cuomo’s briefings nationally?? Just how much does the left media hate this country?? Would it not be more important for the public to know what the federal response is rather what the NY response is??? Common sense please!!!

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