White House praises Fox for its new Covid policy, encourages network to 'convey to their audience' why it's effective


Fox is incomes some uncommon reward from the White House after primarily admitting on Tuesday that it’ll observe the protocols pushed by the Biden administration to restrict the unfold of the coronavirus. In a memo I obtained, Fox Corp. human sources chief Kevin Lord successfully communicated to staff that all of them face a alternative: Get vaccinated or face a each day Covid-19 take a look at.

Lord told staffers that after the corporate requested staff to report their vaccination standing, greater than 90% of full-time Fox staffers “reported that they are fully vaccinated.” Lord then defined that “soon” the corporate will introduce each day testing for the staffers “who are not vaccinated or have not provided their vaccination status.” Lord stated “additional details about this protocol” could be “shared with the relevant employees in the near future.”

In impact, Fox has adopted a extra stringent model of the vaccine and testing mandate President Biden introduced final week — the mandate that the corporate’s loudest voices have trashed and deemed to be nonsensical and “authoritarian.” While Biden pushed a vaccination or weekly testing requirement, Fox is saying it’ll implement a vaccination or each day testing requirement for unvaccinated workers.

All of this has prompted the White House to supply some reward to the Rupert Murdoch-controlled firm, whereas additionally issuing a problem to it: “Today’s news from Fox News follows a trend we’re seeing across the country: vaccination and testing requirements work,” a White House spokesperson informed me Tuesday night time. “We are glad they have stepped up to protect their workforce and strengthen the economy, and we encourage them convey to their audience that these types of practices will protect their employees, their communities, and the economy…”

The hypocrisy must be no shock

Throughout the pandemic, Fox has privately carried out frequent sense well being measures to shield its staff, whereas concurrently permitting its most influential hosts and personalities to publicly trash such measures. It has been true for face masks. It has been true for the idea of vaccine passports. And now it’s true concerning vaccines and testing. Which is all to say, that whereas it could be good if Fox’s greatest stars did encourage its viewers to observe primary well being precautions — because the White House is difficult the corporate to do — I can’t maintain my breath…

>> Related: Here’s a thread from Andrew Lawrence displaying the network assault Biden’s vaccine/testing mandate Tuesday night time whereas it implements a model of it…

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