Tucker Carlson calls out Biden’s vax statement about Fox — while airing misleading banner
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Fox’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” attacked President Joe Biden for a misleading statement about vaccine mandates — but there’s more the story.
During an event in Chicago Oct. 7, 2021, Biden used a stage whisper to mention that “Fox News requires vaccinations for all their employees.”
That statement isn’t true, however.
The right leaning cable network’s parent company does require employees to either be vaccinated or test regularly for COVID-19, so Biden’s statement was not true.
During his Oct. 11, 2021, show, Tucker Carlson brought up the issue with an on screen banner reading “Biden is lying: There is no vax mandate at Fox.”
This banner is technically false if one uses the definition of “vaccine mandate” used by a variety of health agencies around the world.
These organizations define a vaccine “mandate” to include cases where a vaccination is required or when it is either required or an alternative, such as testing, is required.
Of course, that’s a bit of semantics and to the general public, the term “vaccine mandate” has taken on definitions of its own.
Many of Fox’s on air hosts, including Carlson, have publicly said they are vaccinated, but often rail against any sort of mandates or requirements to get vaccinated against the novel coronavirus.
The company’s CEO, Suzanne Scott, has also acknowledged she’s “fully vaccinated.”
Meanwhile, the hosts are also crying foul over so called “vaccine passports” that require employees or those entering a building or venue show proof of vaccinnation or, in some cases, a negative COVID-19 test.
However, multiple other outlets have noted that Fox itself has was equates to a vaccine passport.
The network also has anti-mask hosts and again came under fire for these stances after photos and video from the network’s Washington, D.C. bureau ribbon cutting showed multiple executives, staffers and on air personalities wearing masks — which it requires for all employees working on site.
On air hosts are exempt for this requirement at Fox and most other networks, typically because they fall under the category of union, local or state protocols for television and film productions.
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