Biden mocks Fox hosts: they got ‘altar call’ on vaccines
President BidenJoe BidenKentucky lawmaker comes under scrutiny for comparing Fauci to Jonestown cult leader Omar leads lawmakers to call on US envoy to fight Islamophobia The Public Charter School Group explodes the democratic cut proposal said it was good that Fox News presenters are now urging viewers to get the shot while mocking the hosts for changing their rhetoric on Wednesday.
“One of those other networks – they’re not a big fan of mine, one that you talk about a lot – but if you notice, as they say in the southern part of my state, they got another call, some of these guys, ”Biden said, citing the religious act of stepping forward to make a spiritual commitment, at a CNN town hall.
“All of a sudden they’re there and they’re like, ‘Let’s get vaccinated, get vaccinated.’ The same people before that were saying – I shouldn’t be kidding, that’s good. It’s good, ”Biden told the host. Don LemonDon Carlton LemonBiden To Attend CNN Mayor’s Office in Ohio Fauci: “Go the extra mile” and wear a mask in low vaccination places Gwen Berry if she protested on the Olympic podium: “We’ll see” MORE. “You just have to keep telling your truth.”
Biden: “One of those other networks, they’re not a huge fan of mine… but if you notice, as they say in the south of my state, they had another call, some of these guys. ‘suddenly, they’re over there saying, “Let’s get vaccinated, get vaccinated” … that’s good ” pic.twitter.com/5ntUkEkRKV
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Biden’s remarks came in response to a question about what the White House is doing to tackle medical misinformation.
The president didn’t mention Fox or any host by name, but his comments come after Fox’s. Sean hannitySean Patrick HannityFox News denies contact with White House over vaccine coverage Newsmax CEO: Biden “should be applauded” for vaccination efforts White House contacted Fox, other vaccine networks MORE this week, “I believe in the science of vaccination” told viewers and “Fox & Friends” host Steve Doocy noted on air that the majority of people who die from COVID-19 are not vaccinated .
White House press secretary Jen psakiJen PsakiUS Won’t Block Completion of Russian Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Biden Says US Has ‘A Way To Go’ On Coronavirus Fox News Denies Contact With White House Over Immunization Coverage MORE said Tuesday that the Biden administration had contacted Fox News and other networks about their coverage of the pandemic as part of efforts to increase the number of vaccinations across the country.
“We have been in contact with all the networks and many media on the COVID-19 coverage to make sure people have accurate information, to voice their concerns when we have them, and I think you all know that we never be shy when we have a problem with a story, ”Psaki said during a press briefing.
The network’s conservative programming has been particularly targeted given its mixed messages on vaccines and their effectiveness. While hosts like Hannity have directly promoted vaccination, other figures like Tucker carlsonTucker CarlsonWhite House contacted Fox, other Hannity vaccine networks: “I believe in the science of vaccination” White House appears to be fighting Facebook MORE and Laura IngrahamLaura Anne IngrahamWhite House contacted Fox, other Hannity vaccine networks: “I believe in the science of vaccination” Fox News hosts urge viewers to get vaccinated following criticism from PLUS Network criticized the vaccine mandates and argued that viewers should not be forced to get the vaccine.
The president’s remarks on Wednesday come as part of a larger effort by the Biden administration to tackle vaccine reluctance and tackle misinformation about the coronavirus, as officials seek to increase vaccination rates for tackle the rapidly spreading delta variant.
During mayoralty, Biden also reacted to his comments last week condemning Facebook for the spread of COVID-19 disinformation, in which he said platforms like Facebook are “killing people” with misinformation.
On Monday, the president softened his criticism, saying he wanted the tech giant to do more to stop the spread of inaccurate information.
“You might have heard that I was criticizing some of the things that is on Facebook and attacking Facebook. I was not attacking Facebook,” Biden said Wednesday.
He referred to a report that 12 people were responsible for about 65% of all anti-vaccine misinformation on social media platforms, which the White House announced last week.
“I said they were killing people – these 12 individuals – that disinformation was going to kill people. Not a joke, not a joke, ”he said.
“It’s like telling your kid, I’ll tell you what, they’re 4, when you see a red light, cross the street. I mean, come on. What we are trying to do is use all possible avenues – public, private, governmental, non-governmental – to try to get the facts out, what they really are, ”he added.
The White House was in a back and forth with Facebook after the administration stressed that social media platforms need to do more to stop the spread of disinformation. Facebook hit back, saying it helped millions of users access useful vaccine information.