The dust is continuing to settle after the latest shakeup at Fox News.
It was a decision that came completely out of the blue.
Now two popular Fox News hosts have been fired for one reason no one saw coming.
Praised as hardcore Trump supporters, the Fox Nation personalities Diamond and Silk were abruptly fired as hosts after they apparently spread misinformation about coronavirus.
Both Diamond and Silk have appeared frequently with Trump and he even went so far as to praise them as “senior advisors.”
Through talk shows, rallies, and radio shows, they have appeared to stand by Trump and all his decisions.
Their most popular show was a subscription-based series of episodes airing exclusively on Fox Nation.
These episodes played the highlights of their popular live streams condensed into five to seven-minute segments.
However, suspicions were raised after the pair stopped uploading in April after having never missed an upload date.
Now, both of them are under fire for encouraging and supporting so-called conspiracy theories about the death toll of COVID-19.
Diamond first raised her suspicions of the reported numbers, saying:
“What I need to know is how many people have passed away in New York, and what I need to know is: Who has the bodies? I need for somebody that does investigative work to call the morgues. To call the funeral homes. We need to know, because I don’t trust anything else that comes out of his mouth now.”
She added, “Is this being deliberately spread? Look, I’m not being a conspiracy theorist, this is real, but I’m asking my own questions. What the hell is going on?”
Right after she released this statement, Pennsylvania reduced its reported death toll by 200.
Her call for an extra investigation on top of her disbelief caused a great deal of panic and led people to not trust what was being reported about the coronavirus.
While many Americans have concerns about misinformation and the actual death count of this virus, these reporters took things too far.
They tried to use these numbers to bash Trump and Diamond went so far as to say the virus was being deliberately spread to give Trump a bad name.
The Daily Beast reported, “On their March 30 live stream, for example, they suggested the number of deaths from COVID-19 was being exaggerated to make Trump look bad.”
Additionally, Silk tried to assert that the virus was specifically engineered in a lab.
US intelligence believes it is possible the virus escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
There is evidence that they did study the virus.
However, there is no evidence to support Silk’s claim that COVID-19 was man-made.
It is not a conspiracy to suggest the virus was studied in a lab.
It is a conspiracy to say it was specifically engineered with the intent to cause great harm.
While Fox News’ reaction was harsh and a little over the top, influencers and radio hosts alike have a duty to spread accurate information and help calm the worldwide panic of these uncertain times.