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CNN Host Accuses Fox News of Playing 'Deadly Game' as Delta Variant-Driven COVID Cases Spike (Video)

CNN took on Fox News and Newsmax over their "anti-vaccination propaganda"

CNN's "New Day" took aim at right-wing commentary networks' coverage of COVID-19, the Delta variant and vaccines Wednesday, accusing the rival networks of playing "a deadly game."

"We begin with a deadly escalation of anti-vaccine propaganda in politics and on TV that is risking and costing American lives," said morning show anchor Brianna Keilar.

Co-anchor John Berman shared alarming statistics about the Delta variant and pointed out, "Ninety-nine percent of people dying from COVID right now are unvaccinated," then turned to Fox News and Newsmax: "To some, this is just a show -- a deadly show." In a follow-up tweet, he criticized right-wing media for playing "a deadly game."

The CNN program rolled clips from Fox News showing hosts like Tucker Carlson saying the government's push for vaccination could be more about "social control" than curbing the spread of the virus. Keilar paused the rollout of the on-air moments to point out that 607,771 Americans are confirmed dead from COVID-19, then moved on to playing Newsmax clips.

The inclusion of Newsmax was notable given that last week, new polling released by FiveThirtyEight suggested that conservative viewers who watch Fox News are more likely than their Newsmax or One America News-viewing peers to get the vaccine. To be sure, some programming on Fox News has heralded the vaccine. Daytime anchor Harris Faulkner hosted a vaccine-themed town hall earlier this year and hosts like Trey Gowdy have been open about getting the jab themselves.

CNN's Tuesday takedown centered on Fox News' primetime hosts and the direct rival of "New Day" in the morning show space, "Fox & Friends." Fox News consistently pulls in more viewers than MSNBC and CNN, but its morning show and primetime offerings are particularly highly-rated.

Watch the "New Day" clip above