White House Hot Mic Catches Someone Joking (?) with Fox's John Roberts: ‘We've All Been Vaccinated Around Here'
Added 04-21-20 12:34:02pm EST - “A White House hot mic picked up someone apparently joking with Fox News White House correspondent John Roberts that "We've all been vaccinated" against the coronavirus "around here” - Mediaite.com
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A White House hot mic picked up someone apparently joking with Fox News White House correspondent John Roberts that “We’ve all been vaccinated” against the coronavirus “around here.”
As conspiracy theories about the coronavirus pandemic abound, a hot mic exchange from before Monday’s White House coronavirus task force briefing could contribute to a surge in tinfoil protective headgear if it’s taken seriously.
When White House briefings are streamed live, some outlets carry the feeds — with audio and video — long before the events start. On Monday, one such feed caught a sardonic masked White House denizen — possibly another journalist — greeting Roberts as he emerged from the lower press office.
“What do you know, buddy?” the man asks Roberts, who tells him “You can take off the mask, the case fatality rate is 0.1 to 0.3 according to USC.”
Roberts was referencing a study that evaluated tests on a representative sample of 863 L.A. County residents. Roberts’ offhand advice — also potentially exaggerated for humorous effect — to “take off the mask” is not included in L.A. County public health officials’ findings from the study, which include the need to continue “broad social distancing measures.”
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