SNAPSHOT: ‘Chyron of the Year’

A chyron that aired on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” says it all about the current state of cable news and coronavirus discourse.


On Monday night, as a chyron reading, “Nicki Minaj: Cousin’s Testicles Became Swollen” blazed across the screen, Fox News host Tucker Carlson reported on Nicki Minaj’s decision not to attend the 2021 Met Gala because it required proof of vaccination.

Minaj claimed on Twitter that a cousin’s friend in Trinidad suffered swollen testicles and impotence after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and said the vaccine should only be taken after serious deliberation.

  • Carlson praised the sentiment, saying it, “Seems sensible.”

The Grammy-nominated rapper picked a Twitter fight with MSNBC host Joy Reid after the latter criticized her vaccine skepticism.

  • Minaj would also go on to recommend to fans that they get vaccinated if their jobs require it.
  • “I’m sure I’ll b vaccinated as well cuz I have to go on tour, etc,” she tweeted to a fan.
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