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Watch: 'Daily Show' Skewers 'Heroes of the Pandumbic'

by Robert Nesti
EDGE National Arts & Entertainment Editor
Monday Apr 6, 2020
President Trump on February 27 on COVID-19.
President Trump on February 27 on COVID-19.  (Source:YouTube)

"Tonight I can report the sky is absolutely falling," said Sean Hannity on his Fox Show on February 27. "We are all doomed. The end is near. The Apocalypse is imminent, and you are going to all die. Or at least that is what the media mob would like you to sing."

Such begins a Daily Show segment called "Heroes of the Pandumbic" that aired on April 3 that highlights coverage by the conservative media — mostly Fox News — about the pandemic. Perhaps they should shelter in place without their cameras?

It features, of course, all the usual suspects: Hannity. Rush. Dobbs. Ingraham. Pirro. Nunes. Tammy. Geraldo. Doocy. Hegseth. Schlapp. Siegel. Watters. Dr. Drew. Henry. Ainsley. Gaetz. Inhofe. Pence. Kudlow. Conway. Trump.

Here are a few of the highlights:

"The sky is falling because we have few dozen cases of coronavirus on a cruise ship?" conservative commentator Tomi Lahren said on her Fox Nation show on March 10. "I am far more concerned with stepping on a used heroin needle than I am getting the coronavirus. But maybe that's just me."

Jeanine Pirro, who had a difficult start at streaming from home last Saturday, told her viewers on March 7 that it was like the flu. "All the talk about coronavirus being so more deadly doesn't reflect reality."

On March 3on Fox's The Five, Trump sycophant and overage frat boy Jesse Walters was upfront about how he felt about the coronavirus. "f I get it, I'll beat it. I am not afraid of the coronavirus, and no one else should be that afraid either."

And Trump troll Representative Dennis Nunes was, as recently as March 15, telling his constituents to head out for dinner. "One of the things you can do if you are healthy, you and your family, it's a great time to just go out, go to a local restaurant. Luckily, you can get in easily."

Another politician, Senator James Inhof of Oklahoma, who is 85, was asked by the New York Times on March 11 what precautions he was taking, "He extended his hand with confidence. 'Want to shake hands?' " (No, thank you.)

The clip returned to Hannity at the end, in an interview with Donald Trump on March 18 after the president's big turnaround on combating the virus. "I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic. I took it very seriously," the president said.

"By the way," Hannity interrupted. "This program has always taken the coronavirus seriously."

You can watch the video below:


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