Number Of Fox News’ Biggest Stars In Quarantine After Exposure To Coronavirus
With barely more than a week until Election Day, several big names at Fox News have been told to quarantine after exposure to someone who tested positive for the coronavirus, The Washington Post reported.
- Those affected will have to test negative three times before they are able to return to work, according to people familiar with the situation.
- The Post reported that the person who tested positive “was on a flight chartered to transport Fox News employees returning to New York from the Thursday night presidential debate in Nashville.”
- The individual reportedly tested negative prior to the flight to Nashville but then tested positive after the return.
- Included in the mandatory quarantine are:
Jay Wallace, the network’s president; Bret Baier, the chief political anchor; Martha MacCallum, anchor of Fox’s nightly news show “The Story”; as well as two other members of the network’s election team, Juan Williams and Dana Perino, who are co-hosts of “The Five.”
- The Post noted that Fox News personalities regularly downplayed the virus on-air as the pandemic began, though the network itself has taken the situation more seriously.
Behind the scenes, Fox News has shown dedication to precautionary measures during the pandemic, including masks, social distancing and regular testing protocols.
But that attitude has not always been reflected on the air. In February and March, in the early days of the pandemic, key prime-time hosts such as Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham frequently attributed concerns over the virus as a mere excuse for Democrats and media to attack President Trump.