Tucker Carlson Blames Media for Coronavirus Spread: 'Wokeness Is A Cult. They'd Let You Die' Over Identity Politics

Tucker Carlson said on his Fox News program Monday evening that the spread of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, could be partially attributed to the media linking concerns surrounding the news virus to bigotry.

Carlson blamed news outlets like Slate and The Seattle Times for equating preparation for COVID-19 with racial profiling.

"For weeks the media told you it was wrong to worry about the coronavirus, a mysterious, highly communicable lethal disease spreading rapidly around the world," Carlson said. "If that concerns you in any way, if you think maybe we ought to take some steps to protect ourselves from it, then you're a bigot."

"Countless publications wagged their fingers in the face of readers, and told them it was irrational, probably immoral in fact to worry about the coronavirus than the annual flu," Carlson continued.

"Identity politics trumped public health and not for the first time," Carlson added. "Wokeness is a cult. They would let you die before they admitted that diversity is not our strength."

Newsweek reached out to Fox News for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson blamed the rapid spread of COVID-19 on the media equating protection against the coronavirus with "identity politics." Chip Somodevilla/Getty

Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control show 53 confirmed U.S. cases of COVID-19 including 39 U.S. citizens recently returned to the country from the infected Diamond Princess cruise ship which has been quarantined in waters outside Japan.

Coronavirus broke out on the Diamond Princess in February, eventually affecting over 600 passengers. Even though quarantine measures were enacted, confining passengers to their quarters, the spread of the virus has led some to call the quarantine attempts by the Japanese government a failure.

"The quarantine process failed," said dirctor of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health Dr. Anthony Fauci in February. "I'd like to sugarcoat it and try to be diplomatic about it, but it failed. People were getting infected on that ship. Something went awry in the process of the quarantining on that ship."

Five of the U.S. passengers allowed to disembark from the Diamond Princess tested positive for COVID-19 while under federal quarantine at Joint Base San Antonia-Lackland in Texas.

"Given the high-risk environment the Diamond Princess Cruise ship passengers came from, I would not be surprised if we have additional cases," said Rear Admiral Dr. Nancy Knight of the CDC during a Monday press conference.

COVID-19 has also spread to countries that previously reported no cases. Iran said Monday that 12 people had died and 61 people had tested positive for coronavirus.

"We will announce any figures on the number of deaths throughout the country," said Iran government spokesman Ali Rabiei in a news conference. "We pledge to be transparent about the reporting of figures."

Iran Parliament spokesman Asadollah Abbasi told the Iranian Students' News Agency that a majority of the cases originated with people illegally entering the country from Pakistan, Afghanistan and China.

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A map showing confirmed cases of COVID-19 since Monday, February 24 STATISTA/Statisa