Tucker Carlson doesn’t know how life expectancy works

July 7, 2021 ☼ carlsonfoxpandemicmisinformation

Source: The Washington Post - Link

Carlson is by now deeply invested in the sort of anti-vaccine narrative that defenders of his network anxiously try to cast as not a central part of Fox’s coverage. He has repeatedly hosted vaccine skeptics and elevated far-right claims about the efficacy or risks of the vaccine. It’s his recognizable style: willfully or ignorantly misinterpreting information in an effort to alarm his viewers and, it often seems, himself.


What’s important to remember, though, is that this is life expectancy at birth. The minute someone was born in 2018, they were expected to live to be about 79 years old. Not all of them would get that far, of course. Some would die earlier, often decades earlier. But, overall, that cohort of Americans would be expected to land at around 79 years.