He deserves a pat on the back for this, although I had to laugh at the idea of making a plea to young adults on a cable news network. The average age of Fox’s primetime viewership is 66! The Fox audience isn’t at risk of infecting grandma and grandpa because they behaved recklessly at a pool party over the weekend. They are grandma and grandpa.
Still, good for him for making the effort. There’s always a slight subversive thrill to watching a top populist media personality undercut populist orthodoxy, just because it happens so rarely. Hannity’s probably thinking big-picture, though — the more reckless people are, the greater the odds of a second wave and all the attendant human and economic misery that’ll result as consumers hunker down again. The country needs this reopening to be durable. And so does Hannity’s friend, the president, whose reelection may depend on it.
Speaking of which, yesterday Trump needled a reporter who declined to remove his mask while asking a question by calling him “politically correct.” That’s what makes Hannity’s plea so surprising. Politically correct is normally the last thing a populist would allow himself to be.