Minnesota’s Republican Party convention over the weekend endorsed former state senator Scott Jensen for governor, positioning him as the party’s likely nominee to take on Democratic Gov. Tim Walz in November. Jensen built his campaign on promoting misinformation against COVID-19 health measures, particularly against vaccines, and he built his public profile with a long series of appearances on Fox News.
According to Media Matters internal database, Jensen, a doctor, has appeared at least 15 times on Fox’s Ingraham’s Angle as a member of his “medicine cabinet”, promoting a number of false and dangerous claims about the COVID-19 pandemic. His first appearance was on the April 8, 2020, edition of the show, in which he and the host accused hospitals of overcounting COVID-19 deaths and complications for financial incentives.
“Any time health care crosses dollars, it gets awkward,” Jensen said. “At this time, Medicare has determined that if you have a COVID-19 hospital admission, you will be paid $13,000. If that COVID-19 patient goes on a ventilator, you’ll get $39,000, or three times as much.