Fox News host Tucker Carlson mocked former Fox News colleague Shepard Smith on Thursday night for a news story in which Smith expressed shock over a Florida grocery store in which almost no one was wearing a mask, The Daily Caller reported.
Footage of the store went viral online, and Smith covered the story in a segment on his current CNBC program.
WATCH: This shocking video from @SamBrockNBC shows a market in Naples, FL where many customers and employees are not wearing face masks.
— The News with Shepard Smith (@thenewsoncnbc) February 4, 2021
“Maybe when you spend 30 years reading scripts about car chases everything seems like a car chase,” Carlson said of Smith’s take on the story. “The problem is not everything is a car chase. Sometimes it’s just people just smiling at each other in a grocery store. Sorry, overheated news guy. That’s not actually, uh, news.”
“Story of a lifetime”
Carlson sarcastically referred to Smith as a “genuine investigative journalist,” and called the clip the “story of a lifetime” in the segment.
While the county where the grocery store is located has a mask order, Naples store owner Alfie Oakes has made it clear that he will welcome customers who claim a medical exception and don’t wear them.
“Those in our lovely government have ordered all persons entering indoor facilities to wear a mask,” the sign on his store reads. “If you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a mask, you are exempt from this order. Due to HIPAA and the 4th Amendment we cannot legally ask you about your medical condition.”
The sign continues, “Therefore, if we see you without a mask, we will assume you have a medical condition and we will welcome you inside to support our business.”
Do masks work?
The CDC has advised wearing masks indoors, but messaging has been mixed about their effectiveness. California just went through the worst outbreak in the country to date despite having a strict mask mandate in place for months.
A new study by scientists in Cyprus found that an area’s weather has more to do with the rate of new cases and transmissions than social distancing, although the study authors said that mask-wearing could still help.
Mask-wearing’s primary effect seems to be making people feel safe when they go out in public. Many people don’t wear them correctly, however, which leads to greater ineffectiveness.
People should be able to make their own decisions about mask-wearing, particularly as there is continues to be greater access to vaccinations. The government has overreached for long enough.