Fox News launched a new public service announcement on Wednesday to encourage viewers to get vaccinated against Covid-19. “America, we are in the same boat,” Steve Doocy said in the ad. “If you can, get vaccinated,” said Harris Faulkner.
He did it by denigrating CNN: he said that “as a channel, CNN should not have a position on whether or not you should take medication, because it is a news channel. , it is not a health agency “. A little later he added: “Why does a news channel do this? Any news channel. A lot of them do it.”
Yes, including Fox. Yet Carlson opposes it. I’d like to know what Doocy and Faulkner think of Carlson’s reckless rhetoric …
“The exact opposite message”
On CNN, along with Carlson’s rant, President Biden was speaking at a town hall and giving Fox indirect credit for changing his rhetoric about vaccines.
“Any of those other networks isn’t a huge fan of mine, uh, one that you talk about a lot,” he said looking at moderator Don Lemon, “but if you notice, as they say in down south of my state, they had an altar call, some of these guys. All of a sudden they’re standing there saying, “Let’s get vaccinated. Let’s get vaccinated. ”The same people who before that said – so this – but this – I shouldn’t care. That’s good. That’s good. That’s good. We just have to. keep telling the truth. “
Yes, there has been a slight change in the tune of Fox, as I wrote in yesterday’s newsletter. I checked the TVEyes database to confirm this: Fox shows hooked up Vaccines.gov at least 7 times this week, having gone 6 weeks without mentioning the site at all. Either way, “that’s a good thing,” Anderson Cooper told CNN. His guest, Dr Peter Hotez, said the change “was clearly in the direction” of Fox management, after a “systematic effort to delegitimize scientists.”
Change is a welcome sign. But some of the media coverage has exaggerated the change. Fox’s top rated shows, starting with Carlson’s, always air anti-vax stories, as I described above. Immediately after mayor, CNN’s Dana Bash noted that on Fox “the exact opposite message was being sent while the president spoke on CNN.” You could say that Biden gave too much credit to the network …
– Lemon expertly moderated Wednesday’s event in Cincinnati and noted up front that the public was fully vaccinated …
“The rest of the world is wondering about us”
>> Key quote from Biden: Democracy “must stand up and demonstrate that it can do something …”