John Oliver’s segment on vaccine reluctance on Sunday called skeptic Tucker Carlson a “super-broadcaster.” (Watch the full segment below.)
The “Last Week Tonight” host showed a montage of the alarmist Fox News personality about the plans in the form of questions that actually have verifiable and reassuring answers.
“It’s really weird to see someone host a show on a supposed news network and end every sentence with a question mark,” Oliver said. “Especially when the answers to most of these questions are available to anyone who wants to know.”
Oliver then focused on a clip from the Carlson show in which he expressed skepticism of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s interior mask guidelines for people who have been vaccinated. “So maybe it doesn’t work and they just don’t tell us,” Carlson said conspiratorially.
“The CDC is careful and wants to be sure they don’t spread bullshit during a global pandemic like a frozen dinner duke with a TV show,” he cracked. “Anyway, I hope that answers at least one of your bad faith and open-mouthed questions, Tucker, your frightened, frowning baboon.”
Oliver cited statistics showing that the United States is failing to immunize enough people to achieve collective immunity, and that reluctant groups like Republicans need to be vaccinated at a higher rate.
“The problem is, when people like Tucker ask questions without bothering to answer them, there’s a lot of misinformation that people can then stumble upon,” Oliver said. “Anti-vaccine groups have waited for a moment like this to sow doubt.”
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