The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Fox News and Trucker Protests

Feb 14, 2022

Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity praised the Canadian trucker protestors on their shows but were very careful in the words they chose. These two hosts have garnered viewers and ratings by being against government-imposed vaccine mandates. To this date, neither host has questioned Covid requirements or mandates implemented by corporations.

In fact, the employer of these two, Fox News Corporation, has dictated requirements around testing and vaccination. In talking about Fox News workplace policy around vaccination, Tucker Carlson said on his show, "Now to be clear, we just have a show on this channel. That’s it. We don’t run the company."

A lot of what is going on with these two focusing on government-imposed vaccine mandates is political posturing. Those funding the right-wing in the U.S. and in Canada have hitched their political fortunes in this election cycle on narrowing the broad anger the population rightly feels about horrendous suffering during Covid onto vaccine mandates. The right-wing hopes this will win them votes at election time. The bungling of the Covid response by all capitalist governments makes this a reasonable bet on their part!

Carlson apparently takes it as normal and acceptable that capitalist society pushes and oppresses the working class. He said on his show about the Canadian Trucker protests, "It has been a very useful reminder to our entire working class that working men can be pushed, but only so far."

These Fox News hosts express no outrage over how capitalist society brutally pushes workers in order to maximize corporate profit. These two have never questioned government regulation when it comes to too-low minimum wage laws that hold down wages for the entire working class.

It is a masquerade that these hosts are against government restrictions on working-class life. But in the absence of a revolutionary working class party, these two buffoons—servants of the capitalist class—pretend they’re on the side of the workers.