The questions is whether the current death rate of over 16,000 people in the United States is accurate. It seems there are doubts from others as well, just not me personally.
Former Fox News reporter, Bill O’Reilly shrugged off the growing death toll from the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday while on Sean Hannity’s radio program. Claiming that projected deaths from the virus will be low because those who are currently dying “were on their last legs anyway, and I don’t want to sound callous about that., O’Reilly said.”
Sensing that O’Reilly’s comments would draw immediate outrage, Hannity interjected and let O’Reilly know that he’s “going to get hammered for that.” “Well, I don’t care,” the one-time O’Reilly Factor host fired back. “I mean, a simple man tells the truth.”
“The death projections that you just mentioned are down to 60,000,” O’Reilly said, citing a recent model on projected American deaths through August. “I don’t think it will be that high.”
The ex-Fox star’s comment echoes those of other right-wing personalities recently who have questioned the death count. Fox News senior analyst Brit Hume, for instance, has repeatedly asserted that the American death toll, which currently stands at over 16,000, is inflated because anyone who dies after contracting COVID-19 is being counted.
O’Reilly, meanwhile, ended the discussion by predicting that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will say that a large percentage of “people who died from the virus, also had other things that killed them.”