Apparently it isn’t just mainstream news outlets that get hate mail from Fox News viewers.
On Tuesday, Fox News host and cancer survivor Neil Cavuto shared angry messages he received from viewers who seemed upset that he’d promoted life saving inoculations after testing positive for COVID-19 last week.
The “Your World with Neil Cavuto” host broadcast from his home, where he said he was still infected, but grateful his vaccinations were likely staving off serious illness. During that program, Cavuto had an assistant read tweets and emails — some of which were supportive and some that were not — regarding his recovery.
One of the negative messages came from John in New Orleans. “Heard you’re back on the show this week,” it read. “That’s too bad.”
To John’s credit, he appeared to have spelled all the words he used correctly. Cavuto noted, “That seemed a little mean,” then moved on to his next fan mail. In was a polite missive from a viewer who supports Cavuto and science.
Barbara, writing from a Yahoo! account, wasn’t so kind.
“I admire your remarkable strength through so much adversity, but let me give you some advice,” that email said. “Shut up and enjoy the fact you’re not dead. For now.”
In addition to having beaten cancer, Cavuto, 63, has had open-heart surgery and deals with multiple sclerosis.
“It’s clear you’ve lost some weight with all this stuff. Good for you,” wrote a fan named T.J. “But I’m not happy with less of you. I want ‘none’ of you. I want you gone. Dead. Caput. Fini. Get it? Now, take your two-bit advice, deep-six it and you!”
That got a bit of an awkward chuckle from the host and his on-air assistant.
Cavuto assured viewers he was quarantining in his house with no crew on-site and even his dog was social distancing. His symptoms have included a loss of taste and smell, as well as breathing issues and struggles with concentration, PBS reported.
Before having an assistant put his hate mail on screen, Cavuto told viewers it wasn’t his intention to spark a debate about vaccine mandates when he suggested, correctly, that vaccinations save lives. As Cavuto noted, this “scourge” has killed “more than 5 million worldwide and close to 800,000 in this country alone.”
It isn’t unheard of for Fox News viewers to turn ugly when the right-wing network doesn’t give them the news they want to hear.
After former Fox News political editor Chris Stirewalt’s election desk team correctly declared that Joe Biden had defeated Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential race, he said that he felt “murderous rage” from viewers. He was cut loose by the right-wing cable channel in January.
Respected “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace is often criticized by Fox News’ fans — and in effect his own colleagues — for his relatively neutral reporting. In 2018, he garnered Fox News’ first Emmy award nomination.
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