Tucker Carlson talked about Colin Powell’s death on his Fox News show last night and used it as an opportunity to question the efficacy of the COVID vaccine. Powell was 84-years-old and immunocompromised, thus putting him at risk of getting a serious case of coronavirus despite being fully vaccinated. But Tucker left out that important context until the very end of his program and made the case that Powell’s death proved the public had “been lied to.” Tucker said, “people who have been fully vaccinated can still get the virus, can still transmit the virus to others, and they can still die from COVID.” Of course, Carlson ignored the crucial detail that the deaths of the vaccinated are happening at far lower rates. Tucker then went full on conspiratorial, arguing that the government is not telling us about this because powerful people want “to divide us from each other.” Colin Powell’s death really shouldn’t be telling us anything new about COVID and the vaccines. It was already well known that in some rare cases, fully vaccinated people can die from COVID-19. Powell just so happened to put a face to this rare statistic because he was a Secretary of State and a household name. Unfortunately, this type of propaganda from folks like Tucker Carlson can work and it’s the type of thing that can lead people to forgo vaccination and put themselves at great risk.
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