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In 2019, Fox & Friends host Pete Hegseth was involved in the fakest controversy I can remember seeing in a long while. While on air, he very plainly joked that he hasn’t washed his hands in a decade and didn’t believe in germs. His cohosts immediately laughed and the segment moved on. But those who spend their days determined to destroy Fox News and anyone associated with it pretended as though Hegseth was serious. The controversy has reemerged in the era of COVID, as enemies of Fox News have pointed to Hegseth’s anti-science views on germs and public health to attack the network.
My girlfriend (and Ladybrains co-host) Elisha Krauss recently interviewed Hegseth and asked if I had any questions for him. I was dying to know one thing: Why didn’t he push back hard against all the headlines?
Hegseth seems to believe that it was pointless to stoop down to their level, and so, he never responded to the controversy at all. I’m not sure that was the right strategy. Millions of Americans saw the headlines, but never took the time to actually watch the clip for themselves.
And then there’s the President, who has indicated he has plans to sign some kind of executive order about social media companies. I was uncomfortable when President Obama used executive orders to overreach and use the power of his office, and I’m uncomfortable with President Trump doing it too.
This will be a Big Day for Social Media and FAIRNESS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2020
There has to be a middle ground on in dealing with bias between Hegseth and the President.Published in