Fox & Friends co-host Will Cain challenged currently prevailing wisdom this morning but perhaps reflected what some ordinary Americans might be thinking by declaring that he has no intention of wearing a face mask around his immediate family bowing to a general spirit of individualism. He also wondered how long citizens will go along with “sensible guidelines,” which leaves room for interpretation.
In an interchange with colleague Steve Doocy, Cain, who normally handles the weekend shift on the FNC morning show but was sitting in for Brian Kilmeade, was apparently reacting to Dr. Deborah Birx’s recommendation for returning Thanksgiving travelers that, among things, they should wear facial coverings indoors and get tested for COVID-19 if they attended large gatherings.
Referring to the experts, Doocy noted that “If you are in your house around your family members, you should probably wear a mask, so you don’t infect your family,” especially if anyone is older than 65 in the household.
“I will say this, Steve. I’m not ready to start wearing a mask around my family. I might be like a lot of Americans. I’m gonna hold to a little bit of this — I don’t know what we will call it — individual spirit — but I’m not gonna be putting on a mask around my family,” Cain, a Texas native who formerly worked for CNN and ESPN, declared with a smile.
Co-host Ainsley Earhardt then launched into a discussion about how small businesses are suffering and that the state of New Jersey could be headed for another lockdown.
Perhaps with a studio producer in his ear, Cain circled back to the mask issue to possibly do some damage control at least insofar as Fox News as an entity, which has increasing become pro Biden and reflective of a corporate media ethos, is concerned.
“My point about the masks, and this is going to tie in with what’s happening with businesses as well…everyone is trying to be safe, to your point, Steve, absolutely. But what’s gonna happen for policy-makers at some point — they’re gonna have to realize Americans just are not going to follow guidance no matter how sensible it might be. There is just an individual spirit.”
Cain also lamented the economic consequences of business failure, and that risks have been assessed in that sector too.
Watch the clip embedded below and draw your own conclusions:
An animated Doocy agreed that Americans don’t like to be told what to do, but implied that there are too many uncertainties in the pandemic to take a chance. Doocy also claimed that a COVID vaccine, which is expected to roll out sooner rather than later, requires two shots separated by one month before someone can be considered immune from the infection.
At the outset of the segment, Cain praised the Trump administration for the “stunning, absolute success” of Operation Warp Speed, the public sector-private sector initiative that accelerate the progress of vaccine development such that it is already on the verge of reaching the marketplace, as its name suggests.
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