White House news corespondent John Roberts of Fox News caught on a hot mic saying to New York Times photographer Doug Mills, the coronavirus has a far lower mortality rate and that wearing a mask is not needed.
The response to the video has caused John Roberts to do some major backpedaling.
They even went as far as to have the Associated Press act as a pseudo Snopes, claiming that John Roberts was “misrepresented”.
The AP states before the White House coronavirus task force briefing on Monday, Roberts told Mills about a newly released study from the University of Southern California and Los Angeles County. According to the study, the number of coronavirus infections in Los Angeles County was much more widespread than initially reported, meaning there would be a lower death rate.
In the video, Mills greets Roberts. “What do you know, buddy?” Mills asks Roberts, responds, “You can take off the mask, the case fatality rate is 0.1 to 0.3, according to USC.”
“Really? That’s reassuring,” Mills remarks. “Everyone here’s been vaccinated anyway.”
The study conducted April 10-11 by the county and the University of Southern California estimated that approximately 4.1% of the county’s adult population of eight million has antibodies to the virus, the AP reported. When adjusted for margin of error, the infection rate ranged from 2.8% to 5.6%, or about 220,000 to 440,000 adults.
“This is part of The Associated Press’ ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform.”
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