Fox News has been battered black and blue for criticizing the $3-trillion stimulus bill crafted by Democrats, with commentators arguing the network’s attacks hew closely to the propaganda line of US President Donald Trump and Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell that the bill is “not urgent” and the impact of the previous stimulus bill on economic growth must be determined first before any new money is released.

Among the points raised by Fox News on Friday, May 15, 2020, were the $1,200 payments to undocumented immigrants, $3.6 billion for mail-in voting, $20 million for Arts and humanities and $100 million for domestic violence prevention, and Democrats wondered why Fox News would savage legitimize expenses that benefit the American people. They added the Fox tirade plays into the hands of Trump, who had delayed a response to the COVID-19 pandemic that has resulted in 1.4 million Americans infected and more than 86,000 dead, which is more than 150 percent than all US combat fatalities in Vietnam.

In the same morning, Trump bragged about his plan to develop a vaccine against COVID-19 after whistleblower Dr. Rick Bright exposed the absence of any comprehensive pandemic plan by Trump, but the US President could not provide any specifics about his plan days after he watered down the guidelines crafted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC.)

Critics said Fox News was eerily silent about the following provisions in the stimulus bill: Another $1,200 one-time payment to everyone, up to $6,000 per family;$1 trillion in aid to state, local, territorial, and tribal governments to help offset revenue losses due to the pandemic shutdown and retrain public employees; $200 billion in hazard pay for the essential workers; a 15% increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits; $75 billion for testing and contact tracing as well as free treatment for COVID-19; an extension of the $600 bump to weekly unemployment insurance payments through January; $175 billion in new money for rent, mortgage, and utility payments, and; $25 billion in emergency funding for the US Postal Service. #coronavirusimpact #COVID19

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