Seth Meyers pointed to Fox News’ spread of pseudoscientific or downright dangerous medical claims Thursday night as more state health departments reported cases of poisonous cattle dewormers ingested to “treat” Covid. “For whatever reason, when it comes to vaccinations, they say things like ‘don’t listen to presenters and politicians, talk to your doctor,'” said the Late Night host of Fox hosts like Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade. .
“But then they have a very different opinion when it comes to unproven treatments,” such as the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine and, more recently, a drug called ivermectin, which is used to treat parasites in horses and cows.
Meyers played a series of clips in which various Fox News hosts, including Laura Ingraham, inaccurately and misleadingly compared ivermectin to vaccines. “Fox News has basically turned into one of those spam emails that promise free lifelong natural erection pills,” Meyers said. “Every time someone tries to sell you a miracle drug that they don’t want you to know about, you should be suspicious.”
“I have to say that when I first heard that Fox News was promoting ivermectin, I knew it was going to be bad, but I was no hoping it will be a dewormer for horses, “he added. “It sounds like the name of a drug that super soldiers are given in a Paul Verhoeven movie to turn them into robocops.”
“Do you know anyone at the company that makes ivermectin once said, ‘Hey, we should put’ not for people ‘on the horse pill label?’ And someone else said ‘there’s a picture of a horse in the bottle, that’s fine.’
The misinformation has gotten so bad, Meyers explained, that the Mississippi health department reported 70% of calls to your poison control center concerned about dangerous ingestions of ivermectin for Covid.
“How does he get dumber and dumber?” Meyers marveled. “First it was hydroxychloroquine, then bleach, powerful lights, now is it an antiparasitic for horses? Honestly, I’m terrified to see what’s next. One day, we’ll wake up and Brian Kilmeade will tell people that you can cure Covid by eating kibble and sleeping on a bed of kitty litter. “
On the Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon talked about a letter to the employees of Delta Airlines CEO Ed Bastian, in which referred to the Delta variant of Covid just by its scientific name, B.1.617.2. “Apparently he’s afraid that if he says ‘Delta’ too many times, the virus will show up as Candyman,” Fallon joked.
“He’s doing everything he can to distance Delta from the variant; he said today that from now on, our airline is pronounced ‘Del-tay.’
Fallon then turned to a report by the Verge, which found that nearly all US government agencies used facial recognition technology. “The Americans were like, ‘um, I don’t want something to scan my face,’ and then they pulled back their masks to unlock their phones,” he said.
And Amazon has started selling a miniature replica of the Blue Origin rocket that took CEO Jeff Bezos into space last month. “There he is, ready to probe your galaxy,” Fallon joked about his phallic form. “Seriously, I don’t even think you can show that on OnlyFans.”
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