Fox & Friends is a morning talk show aired on the Fox News network.
But while most people don't go to Good Morning America or the Today Show as their primary news source, Fox News viewers do see their network's morning chat show as actual news content.
But the information Fox & Friends provides is often cited for inaccuracies. It's host are often cited for their lack of knowledge.
Now with the public health crisis facing not just the United States but the entire world, accurate, scientifically backed information is critical.
Ignorance kills during a pandemic.
Which is why Dr. Nicole Saphier didn't hesitate to correct Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade when his ignorance of the facts lead him to pass on inaccurate information.
You can see the interaction here.
Brian Kilmeade defends AL Gov. Kay Ivey's refusal to issue a stay at home order because its not "bad" there yet, un… https://t.co/qHbbvq73rG— Bobby Lewis (@Bobby Lewis) 1585909806.0
Many Republican governors are facing backlash for refusing to issue stay at home orders. Many of those GOP governors who have issued orders, undermined their effectiveness by allowing exemptions for large gatherings that experts say are nonessential.
Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade backed the decision of one of those governors, Alabama's Kay Ivey. Kilmeade claimed stay at home orders should only be employed when states were at crisis levels.
Saphier corrected him.
Stay at home measures are employed to keep hospitals from being overwhelmed. If they aren't used until after hospitals are in crisis, they're not serving their purpose.
People appreciated Saphier's expertise while also pointing out the flaws in Kilmeade's logic.
my favorite part is at the end when, after defending a refusal to issue a stay-at-home order, brian then complains… https://t.co/IJUMyiH2r6— Bobby Lewis (@Bobby Lewis) 1585909898.0
@TerraNova0xB @nypapajoe @PapaPorter1 @revrrlewis They should be sued for gross negligence.— Lauren Macchia💛 (@Lauren Macchia💛) 1586024152.0
@Laurenm57 @nypapajoe @PapaPorter1 @revrrlewis https://t.co/htAcZvIdLx— TerraNova (@TerraNova) 1586025905.0
@revrrlewis Brian Kilmeade is Brick Tamblin https://t.co/taVIYCzL4L— i’m buddy rich when i fly off the handle ⚜️🏈🍀 (@i’m buddy rich when i fly off the handle ⚜️🏈🍀) 1585910456.0
@tharfagreinir @revrrlewis I’m starting to feel like those three individuals aren’t the best people to inform milli… https://t.co/nCJgGhXVYa— Minimadden (@Minimadden) 1585910272.0
@revrrlewis Translation: It’s easier to put out a fire once it’s raging.— Josh White (@Josh White) 1585910098.0
@revrrlewis Bring Dr. @kilmeade to Brooklyn Hospital so he can operate the body bag forklift...— Dorsey Mc- still not vaccinated?💉😷 (@Dorsey Mc- still not vaccinated?💉😷) 1585910741.0
@Baby50s @revrrlewis @kilmeade Yes. Without adequate PPE.— Jonathan Urbach 🇺🇸🏳️🌈🐻🤘✡️🍺 (@Jonathan Urbach 🇺🇸🏳️🌈🐻🤘✡️🍺) 1585912846.0
@revrrlewis “its not bad there yet” Seriously? Y wait 4 the situation to worsen? Have they ever heard of planning &… https://t.co/KxnfuICfVU— Age On (@Age On) 1585920427.0
@revrrlewis Why do I have the feeling Dr Saphier won't be back? #FauxNews— Aeion (@Aeion) 1585934612.0
@revrrlewis Would you, honestly, allow these morning show people to even operate a toaster?— Jeremy Quirk (@Jeremy Quirk) 1585938747.0
@revrrlewis It’s not bad yet, the horses r still in the barn, the tornados r at least 2 miles away. Let’s not close… https://t.co/uOWTfcNbhR— Kevin (@Kevin) 1585919374.0
While GOP governors—and the couch cadre on Fox & Friends—may not learn anything, perhaps viewers can learn a lesson.
Medical advice and scientific information should come from people who believe in and understand both.
As Schoolhouse Rock taught us decades ago, knowledge is power.