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.
President Joe Biden last week accused Facebook of “killing” people for not doing more to remove misinformation related to the coronavirus and vaccines. | (Evan Vucci/AP Photo)
By CHRISTOPHER CADELAGO and SAM STEIN
07/20/2021 03:22 PM EDT
Updated: 07/20/2021 03:34 PM EDT
As President Joe Biden scrambles to convince hesitant Americans to get the Covid-19 vaccine, his White House has largely steered clear of Fox News, the major cable news outlet whose opinion hosts and guests have been spreading unsubstantiated fears about vaccinations.
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.
That’s a contrast with the administration’s approach to social media platforms where vaccine misinformation has spread. Last week, Biden accused Facebook of “killing” people for not doing more to remove such misinformation—an accusation he later toned down.