Fox News host Sean Hannity faced some blowback from his Twitter followers on Wednesday after he attacked a CNN doctor for delivering accurate medical information.
Specifically, Hannity slammed pediatrician Dr. Paul Offit, who told CNN this week that Americans should consider wearing face masks every winter as a way to protect one another from getting the common flu, which kills tens of thousands of people each year but which has virtually disappeared this winter because so many people are masking up.
"HERE WE GO," Hannity wrote on Twitter. "CNN Doctor Says 'Wearing Masks Every Winter, Social Distancing' Can Reduce Flu Deaths."
The trouble for Hannity is that Offit's statement was completely factual, as wearing masks is a proven way to slow the spread of airborne diseases such as the flu or COVID-19.
Some Hannity followers called him out for attacking Offit -- check out some replies below.
HERE WE GO: Sean gets some click bait making fun of smart, caring people.
So what if people die? Sean makes money!!!
— Randy Winn (@rewinn) March 3, 2021
Wearing masks seems to work. We haven't even had a cold this year. Personally, it's not that big of a deal. I'm not a whiny conservative, so YMMV.
— weegee56 🤷🏻♀️ #maskup (@weegee56) March 3, 2021
NO SHIT IT CAN.
Doesn't mean people will follow that advice.
Stop framing everything for a reaction. Just because your guy lost the election and your show is incredibly boring, doesn't mean you need to invoke fear and anger at every opportunity for ratings.
— Katie Stewart (@KatieSt1985) March 3, 2021
How DARE this doctor try and save some lives!
— Craig Falkenham (@CraigFalkenham) March 3, 2021
Even without all the Karens out there outraged by wearing a mask, mask-wearing and other precautions brought the flu to its knees this year. But Hannity and his fans seem to like dead people.
— AtlCityBoy (@AtlCityBoy) March 3, 2021
HERE WE GO.
It's the truth. Look at Japan, heavily affected by the Spanish flu pandemic, people wear masks any time they're in public places and they're not feeling their best. VOLUNTARILY!!! Like true citizens who care for others.
Unlike the band of idiots you banner for.
— St Aubin (@RealStAubin) March 3, 2021
What's the issue? He's obviously right in light of the dearth of flu cases this year. This isn't to say that everyone should be doing it, just that it would offer some protection for the more vulnerable among us.
— sam (@e_libertas) March 3, 2021
Why are masks politicized? Why does the right constantly make fun of mask-wearing when it's clearly an effective way to prevent disease, to protect our elders and essential workers? Why? Why? Why?
— LynD @BrushdogCountry (@LookoutBrady) March 3, 2021
Pro-flu is an interesting platform.
— El Peezey (@elpeezey) March 3, 2021
This is crazy!!! What next? Should we wash our hands before eating?? Brush our teeth before bed?? This is madness!!!!
— Jay Louis (@JayLouis) March 3, 2021