Biden jokes that Fox News had 'an altar call' on COVID-19 vaccine coverage: 'I'm not being a wise guy'
President Joe Biden. SAUL LOEB / AFP via Getty Images
President Joe Biden made fun of Fox News during a CNN town hall Wednesday night.
Biden said the network had "an altar call" this week on the U-turn on vaccine coverage.
But two of Fox's most watched hosts, Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham, remain against the vaccine.
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President Joe Biden joked about the notable shift in coverage of Fox News promoting the COVID-19 vaccine this week.
"One of those other networks isn't a huge fan of mine, uh, that they talk about a lot, but when you realize how they say it in the southern part of my state, they've had an altar call, some of them ... people," Biden said Wednesday night at a CNN City Hall event on Fox. "All of a sudden you're out there saying, 'Let's vaccinate. Let's vaccinate.'"
"Exactly the people who said before - with that, but that - I shouldn't make fun of it," the president continued. "That's good. It's good. It's good. We just have to tell the truth."
-Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) July 22, 2021
Biden officials reportedly hesitated to take Fox News directly on vaccines, citing concerns about any criticism, Politico said, being used to further undermine confidence in the government's efforts to expand immunization.
The monologue of opinion leader Sean Hannity on Monday evening, in which he urged his viewers to get vaccinated, embodied the fundamental change in the network, but high-profile objectors remain.
Primetime presenters Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham - who, along with Hannity, attract Fox's largest audience - have continued to duplicate misinformation and conspiracy theories surrounding vaccinations.
While Carlson and Ingraham often address vaccine advocates as fraudulent and shameful, they have also featured guests who spread blatant falsehoods about the vaccine's effectiveness and safety.
Alex Berenson, a COVID-19 skeptic whose claims about vaccines and the severity of the coronavirus have been thoroughly debunked, is a frequent guest on both Carlson's and Ingrahams shows. He appeared on The Ingraham Angle Monday night after the network had been promoting the vaccine heavily throughout the day.
At the corporate level, Fox took the virus and vaccination very seriously.
Fox Corp. has a return to work policy that includes a vaccination record that Carlson and Ingraham have railed as a violation of civil liberties.
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Former U.S. Vice President, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate
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