- Fox Nation is hosting an event that requires proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.
- Several Fox News hosts who will attend the event have long condemned such vaccine passes.
- Fox requires all on-site staff to be either vaccinated or tested daily.
Several prominent Fox News hosts who have aggressively campaigned against COVID-19 vaccine mandates are hosting a personal Fox Nation event that requires participants to either be vaccinated or show evidence of a negative coronavirus test.
An email sent by Fox & Friends co-host Pete Hegseth invited his fans to “come in person to support our patriots and celebrate our great republic together” at the Fox Nation Patriot Awards in Hollywood, Florida on November 17th. He added that some of the cable network’s biggest stars, including Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, Dan Bongino and the hosts at Fox & Friends, will also be performing at the event.
The small print at the bottom of the email contained the requirement for a vaccine or test.
“Participants must show either a COVID vaccine card OR proof of a negative COVID test taken 72 hours before the event to gain access,” it read.
Tickets for the event, which will include “book signings, photo opportunities, giveaways and live show footage,” range from $ 125 to $ 500 per person.
The policy of the event is similar to the vaccine policy of the network for its employees. Fox requires all on-site staff to be either vaccinated or tested daily. The network has asked its employees to submit their vaccination status and said in September that about 90% of its employees had been vaccinated.
The company’s COVID-19 policy is in direct conflict with what many of the network’s most popular hosts have been claiming for several months. Carlson has compared vaccine requirements to “Jim Crow” racial segregation laws and has long disseminated false and misleading information about the science behind the vaccines.
He and other hosts regularly condemn President Joe Biden’s vaccine-or-test policy for large employers and vaccine mandates for the military and other federal employees and contractors. But Carlson refuses to say publicly whether he has been vaccinated and will not discuss his own employer’s vaccination policy, which is stricter than Biden’s requirements for the private sector.
When Tucker was asked to comment on the company’s policy on a conservative podcast last month, Tucker said, “I am not qualified to speak for the company about this because I do not run the company.”
Sean Hannity has also refused to talk about his own network’s vaccine or test mandate, despite regularly criticizing such policies in the air.
A Fox News spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
—John Whitehouse + (@existentialfish) November 12, 2021