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

14:49  22 july  2021
14:49  22 july  2021 Source:   businessinsider.com

Biden tiptoes around Fox News amid pushback on Covid vaccine disinfo

  Biden tiptoes around Fox News amid pushback on Covid vaccine disinfo The White House hasn’t called out the network. Nor has it engaged it aggressively. Some supporters of the vaccine campaign say that’s a mistake.The White House has so far taken an arms-length approach to Fox, despite its strong following among supporters of former President Donald Trump, who watch the network more regularly than any other cable outlet, and are less likely to be vaccinated than the average American. Administration officials have appeared only sparingly on the network to discuss the necessity of the vaccine and counter persistent doubts about its efficacy being voiced there. And off of Fox’s airwaves, they have been reluctant to call out the network.

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  • Inside Gov. Kristi Noem's inner circle
  • Biden doesn't care if you think he's the devil, you just can't say 'nothing happened' during the Capitol riot
  • Amazon and investment banks are trying to cash in on cannabis legalization
Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie: President Joe Biden speaking with reporters on July 8. Alex Wong/Getty Images © Alex Wong/Getty Images President Joe Biden speaking with reporters on July 8. Alex Wong/Getty Images

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.

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  • 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 new 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.

A Pacific island's Covid-19 crisis has become a political power play between China and Australia

  A Pacific island's Covid-19 crisis has become a political power play between China and Australia Pacific island Papua New Guinea is trying to keep its Covid-19 outbreak under control. Instead, it's found itself at the center of a political power play.Canberra has hit back at Beijing's claims it is derailing the rollout of Chinese vaccines in Papua New Guinea (PNG), the most-populous Pacific island nation. "We support Papua New Guinea making sovereign decisions," Australia's Minister for the Pacific, Zed Seselja, said in an interview with CNN on Wednesday.

  • 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 described promotion of the shot as "virtue 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.
Kristi Noem et al. posing for a photo: Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota, center, with two top allies, Tony Venhuizen and Beth Hollatz. Getty Images, South Dakota Board of Regents, South Dakota Governor's office. © Getty Images, South Dakota Board of Regents, South Dakota Governor's office. Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota, center, with two top allies, Tony Venhuizen and Beth Hollatz. Getty Images, South Dakota Board of Regents, South Dakota Governor's office.

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 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. Check out our full list of Noem's 22 top advisors.

Laura Ingraham Doubles Down on Anti—Vaccine Claims: 'Experimental Drug'

  Laura Ingraham Doubles Down on Anti—Vaccine Claims: 'Experimental Drug' The Fox News host made the claim while responding to criticism from Senator Dick Durbin, who called her and colleague Tucker Carslon "anti-vaxx quacks."During a Senate floor speech on Monday, Durbin, 76, an Illinois senator, claimed that Ingraham and Carlson are "anti-vax quacks" and said that they have circulated on their shows "what I consider to be irresponsible information about vaccines.

3. Republicans pull out of Capitol riot panel: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the GOP would not participate in the select committee investigating the riot after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vetoed two of McCarthy's five choices to serve on the panel. Pelosi acknowledged her decision was unprecedented but said the equally "unprecedented situation" of the insurrection necessitated her blocking Reps. Jim Jordan and Jim Banks. Here's what's next for the inquiry into the worst attack on the Capitol since the British torched the building in 1814.

  • Rep. Liz Cheney defended Pelosi's decision: Cheney, the only Republican on the panel, said McCarthy's behavior had disqualified him from being speaker should the GOP retake the majority. This is just the latest episode in their feud.

Biden's quote of the day: "I don't care if you think I'm Satan reincarnated. The fact is you can't look at that television and say nothing happened on the sixth.'"

4. The White House is said to be debating a masking push: Top officials are discussing whether they should urge all Americans regardless of their vaccination status to wear masks in more settings because of the Delta variant, The Washington Post reports. Talks are still early, though some of them have involved the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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a hand holding a flower: An employee with a leaf of a medical cannabis plant at Pharmocann, an Israeli medical cannabis company in northern Israel, on January 24, 2019. REUTERS/Amir Cohen © REUTERS/Amir Cohen An employee with a leaf of a medical cannabis plant at Pharmocann, an Israeli medical cannabis company in northern Israel, on January 24, 2019. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

5. Amazon, investment banks, and even tobacco companies are trying to cash in on pot: Cannabis legalization is big business on Capitol Hill. A record number of interests lobbied to shape marijuana laws from April to June this year as legalization talks heated up. Beyond Amazon, some of the largest cannabis companies are expanding their lobbying efforts. More on how all sorts of companies are trying to shape a potentially $100 billion industry.

6. Early infrastructure vote fails, but lawmakers don't seem discouraged: Senate Republicans voted against advancing the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal. But a key faction called for more time and said they could support the same agreement in four days. The vote failed on a 49-51 vote, with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer voting no only so he could bring it up again later. Sen. Mitt Romney is among Republicans who think they'll have a final deal Monday.

7. Mitch McConnell signals GOP will play hardball on nation's debt: Congressional Democrats slammed McConnell for threatening to oppose an extension of the US's ability to pay its bills, a step that could jeopardize the economic recovery if Congress doesn't act. Democratic lawmakers pointed out that they supported raising the limit more than once under President Donald Trump. How the GOP is raring for a fight on spending.

Unvaccinated Arkansas Is Running Out of Time

  Unvaccinated Arkansas Is Running Out of Time Only 35 percent of the state is fully vaccinated, and with case rates rising, living there can feel like moving through a distorted reality.Arkansas has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the United States, and one of the worst case rates for COVID-19. Our neighboring states—especially Missouri—are seeing similar trends. Case counts have been increasing at the highest rates since February, and we have the most new cases per capita in the nation. On Monday, we saw the highest single-day increase in hospitalizations, 79 new patients, of the entire pandemic. Test-positivity rates are also high, suggesting that infections are undercounted.

8. Melania Trump agreed that John McCain wasn't a war hero, former aide says: Lewandowski told Insider that Trump supported her husband privately after they met up following the presidential candidate's declaration in 2016 that McCain, a decorated Vietnam POW, was "not a war hero." The detail was part of a new Insider oral-history project on the 2016 campaign. A spokeswoman for Melania Trump denied that she disparaged McCain. Former Trump aides said the future first lady wasn't shy about sharing her thoughts with her husband.

  • Don't miss the entire project for yourself - it's full of other details including how Sen. Ted Cruz didn't want to become "Cryin' Ted."

9. South Korea is tapping BTS to help with diplomacy: The seven-member boy band - consisting of RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook - will attend international conferences like the 76th United Nations General Assembly this September. More on the dynamite diplomats.

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10. Parents are getting on the nerves of counselors at ritzy camps: A Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer employed by one camp says dealing with overbearing parents makes it "the hardest work I have ever done." The wild details include parents trying to diagnose medical issues by looking at photos and losing it when their child wears mismatched clothes.

Today's trivia question: The US has only one national historic site that is located outside the country. Where is it? Hint: It's somewhat alluded to in one of the service branches' songs. Email your guess and a suggested question to me at bgriffiths@insider.com.

  • Yesterday's answer: Some businesses frame the first dollar they receive. Amazon named a building on its campus after John Wainwright, its first customer. His book purchase started it all.
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