Fox News praised by White House for enforcing Biden’s vaccine-or-test mandate as network publicly condemns policy on-air
Fox News may be set on condemning President Joe Biden's aggressive vaccine-or-test mandate on-air, but behind closed doors the conservative network is actually enforcing it.
CNN reports that on Tuesday, September 14, Fox Corporation announced it will "soon" introduce daily COVID-19 testing requirements for unvaccinated network employees and those who have not shared their vaccination status.
The new policy is in addition to Fox's mask policy which only allows for vaccinated employees to remove their masks.
Despite the network's on-air criticism of the federal policy, the White House has commended the network for taking proactive steps to mitigate the spread of the virus. However, it is also urging the network to better inform its viewers.
"Today's news from Fox News follows a trend we're seeing across the country: vaccination and testing requirements work," a White House spokesperson told CNN. "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."
As the network quietly pushes to enforce proper COVID mitigation strategies, network anchors like Tucker Carlson are still railing against those efforts.
Recently, Carlson, who has described COVID mandates as "authoritarian," attempted to compare COVID vaccine passports to the "Jim Crow" segregation laws that plagued the south during the Civil Rights era. He even went a step further attempting to compare vaccine passports to asking someone their HIV status
"Medical Jim Crow has come to America," Carlson said at the time. "If we still had water fountains, the unvaccinated would have separate ones."
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