10 Things in Politics: Biden says Fox News saw the light on vaccines

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1. FINALLY WITHIN EARSHOT: President Joe Biden paid a backhanded compliment to Fox News. He didn’t mention the conservative bastion directly, but during a CNN town hall last night he said an unnamed network (definitely Fox News) “had an altar call” in its shift toward promoting COVID-19 vaccines as the Delta variant tore through unvaccinated Americans. But the truth is not everyone on the network is singing from the same hymnal.

Biden himself underlined the enormous stakes: “If you’re vaccinated, you’re not going to be hospitalized. You’re not going to be in an ICU unit. And you are not going to die,” he said during the town hall. Fully vaccinated people can very much still get COVID-19, sometimes severely, but as Biden emphasized the chances of that happening are much lower among vaccinated people.

Here’s what has and hasn’t changed at Fox News, per my colleagues:

The changes: Fox News did create a vaccine public-service announcement. Hosts including Sean Hannity and Jesse Watters have been open about getting the shot. And the network, per CNN’s Brian Stelter, is also plugging Vaccines.gov, the US federal vaccine website, for the first time in six weeks.

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But some of the highest-rated personalities remain against the lifesaving shot: Tucker Carlson’s show especially continues to remain vocally anti-vax. In fact, Biden’s praise of Fox News’ apparent about-face came the same night one of Carlson’s guests called getting the shot “virtually signaling.”

Republican lawmakers are also emphasizing getting vaccinated: House Minority Whip Steve Scalise revealed he just received his first dose because of concerns about the Delta variant. His push is far from alone, but just as on Fox News there are still holdouts with major platforms to push their misinformation.

One thing is certain: Cases are rising more rapidly in states where fewer people are vaccinated, per The New York Times.

But the change in rhetoric is coming too late for some: “One of the last things they do before they’re intubated is beg me for the vaccine. I hold their hand and tell them that I’m sorry, but it’s too late,” an Alabama doctor wrote in a Facebook post about treating unvaccinated patients.

2. Inside the inner circle of South Dakota’s governor: Gov. Kristi Noem’s national profile is quickly rising as Noem explores a 2024 presidential run. My colleagues took a look at her top advisors who include everyone from a North Dakota native to the former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and several aides who have worked on Capitol Hill. Two members of Noem’s family are also in the inner circle.

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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