Top Fox News execs and hosts were told to quarantine after taking a private jet with someone who later tested positive for COVID-19: report
NewsMedia President Jay Wallace and several hosts, including Bret Baier, have been told to quarantine after being exposed to the coronavirus, The New York Times reported.
- The three were part of a group of Fox News employees who shared a private jet back to New York from last week's presidential debate in Nashville.
- A person on that flight later tested positive for the coronavirus, two sources told the Times.
- A Fox News spokesperson would not confirm details of the exposure due to privacy concerns, when reached for comment Monday morning.
The president of Fox News Media and several top hosts were told to quarantine after being exposed to the coronavirus, according The New York Times.The Times cited two sources who spoke anonymously to the newspaper on Sunday.
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Among the top executives and hosts on the flight were Fox News Media President Jay Wallace, chief political anchor Bret Baier, "The Story" host Martha MacCallum, as well as two hosts of "The Five" — Dana Perino and Juan Williams.Everyone on the flight was advised to quarantine or get tested for COVID-19, according to the report.
The Times reported that the hosts who were on the flight are expected to work from home for the time being.A Fox News spokesperson would not confirm details of the exposure due to privacy concerns, when reached for comment Monday morning. Fox has faced criticism for downplaying the seriousness of the pandemic.
The CDC cited two studies which showed that wearing face masks reduced transmission of the coronavirus.In April, the nonprofit media watchdog group Media Matters for America labeled Fox News' Sean Hannity one of the chief sources of misinformation during the pandemic.
It said his contributions ranged from "encouraging viewers to try unproven treatments to downplaying the lethality of coronavirus compared to other diseases."
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