Anti-COVID Vaccine Televangelist Dies Of COVID

Marcus Lamb, televangelist and founder of the conservative Christian Daystar Television Network, which has promoted anti-vaccine messages during the pandemic, died Tuesday after contracting COVID-19.

From HuffPost:

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the network has amplified vaccine misinformation, giving routine airtime to vaccine skeptics and anti-vaccination advocates. Some guests have promoted COVID-19 conspiracy theories and treatments that have been widely debunked by medical professionals.

On Tuesday’s broadcast of the daily “Ministry Now” program, his wife, Joni, said that her husband had developed “COVID pneumonia” after contracting the virus. She said he had pre-existing conditions.

“He never talked about that,” she said. “He had diabetes, but he kept it in check. He was very healthy.”

Lamb’s wife shared that he had been using “many of the protocols talked about here on Daystar” to treat the virus and that he “100% believed in everything we’ve talked about here on Daystar.”

HuffPost notes that the network has given a platform to “prominent vaccine opponents, including Robert Kennedy Jr., Del Bigtree and Dr. Simone Gold, founder of America’s Frontline Doctors, a conservative group that pushed unproven COVID-19 treatments such as hydroxychloroquine.”

This is probably a good time to note that Gold was arrested and charged in connection with the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.