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For Immediate Release


Anya Silverman Stoloff, 

Press Release

Media Watchdog: Jesse Watters Should Be Fired Immediately for Calling for Violence Against Dr. Anthony Fauci


Statement from Angelo Carusone, President of Media Matters for America, a nonprofit media watchdog, on Fox News host Jesse Watters’ comments calling for people to “go in for the kill shot … deadly” against Dr. Anthony Fauci, the United States’ top infectious disease expert: 

“Fox News host Jesse Watters used horrifically violent language in vilifying a public health official to an audience that takes this type of rhetoric seriously. This is dangerous and deranged, but it's also a reflection of Fox News’ coverage as a whole — an avalanche of COVID-19 lies, attacks on Fauci, and violent rhetoric. 

“Jesse Watters should be fired immediately. If Fox News doesn’t fire him, then the network is making it crystal clear that Watters’ comment is really just a distillation of what Fox News is aiming for: violence and death.

“Advertisers and cable will be forced to act or they risk being complicit in Fox News’ lethal lies.”

According to Media Matters data and analysis, Fox News hosts and guests have attacked Dr. Anthony Fauci over 400 times in 2021 alone, often featuring violent rhetoric.


Media Matters for America is a Web-based, not-for-profit,
501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to
comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative
misinformation in the U.S. media.

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