In today's thread, it seems like pundits who push anti-vaccination propaganda have often been vaccinated themselves.

This matters because low vaccination rates driving the current surge have one thing in common.
Trump voters.
Here's who has & hasn't been vaccinated.
(2) Let's start at the top. TRUMP. That sneaky grifter and his wife got secretly vaccinated in January.

Who else? Try just about every GOP leader and most red state governors including McConnell, McCarthy, DeSantis & more. They all got their shots.…
(3) So what about the folks over at Fox News? Of course they did. And some of them were bragging about it on camera months before they started questioning the administration's push to vaccinate more Americans.…
(4) What about the pundits though? Well... Hannity got his and he actually was pretty public about it so all eyes turned to Tucker Carlson.

Who once again appears to be part of the problem.…
(5) Predictably the chief purveyor of anti-vaccination propaganda won't say if he got his shot. Tucker discussed vaccine hesitancy in May with Brit Hume, who shared he'd had the shot & encouraged everyone to get vaxxed.

Tucker is still mum on the topic.…
(6) And of course Rupert Murdoch himself got vaccinated ages ago. In December of 2020. No word on Lachlan but he ironically ordered all Fox staffers to work from home until Labor Day.

Sure doesn't sound like he thinks the pandemic is over.…
(7) What then is this nonsense from Fox News in recent weeks that has expanded beyond Tucker's show and infiltrated interviews with anti-vax sentiment.

It seems clear conservative pundits have gotten their shot. Why continue pushing anti-vax views?…
(8) Well you know the answer to that already. Fox News has never cared about the health of their viewers or the communities they serve. They care about profit.

And anti-vaccination propaganda sells.
Just ask the disinformation dozen.…
(9) It's clear Fox is profiting off politicizing the pandemic even as advertisers increasingly flee the toxicity of being associated with the brand.

In particular, Tucker Carlson's cocktail of white supremacy and pandemic denial nets revenue.…
(10) As Carlson's clout has grown, so has criticism of his increasingly virulent conspiracy theories.

The best way to smother a fire, even one started by an arsonist, is to starve it of oxygen.

Let's just hope we can do the same with Carlson.…
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Coming from the education world, it was eerily reminiscent of those environments where men make the decisions and women do the work.
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I was told he didn’t appreciate me “questioning” his authority and that I needed to stop being so aggressive.
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Now that the 4th of July holiday has come and gone, let's check in on vaccination rates state by state.

As you're probably aware, Biden just missed his goal of having 70% of American adults vaccinated with one shot. Here's what comes next.
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(2) Vaccination rates slowed dramatically in June, so we just edged over the finish line in some spots. About 20 states reached the goal, putting the country at 67.5% of adults partially vaccinated.

58.6% of US adults are fully vaccinated
78.7% of 65+…
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Utah becomes one of the first red states to reach Biden's goal.…
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In today's thread, we're asking if the US is on track to meet 70% of adult Americans getting one shot by July 4th.

The short answer is it depends.
And contrary to popular belief it actually doesn't solely depend on convincing red states to roll up their sleeves.
(2) Let's start with where we're at. There's been some confusion about what we're measuring. If you look at states with 70% of eligible residents vaccinated, those numbers are abysmal.

Fortunately, Biden's goal is just adults (18+)
And that makes a big difference. We're at 65%.
(3) BUT there is a HUGE difference from state to state and as you might expect it depends entirely on whether we're talking red or rural areas.

Yes. Red states are dragging our average down. Way down.
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My answer is simple. Why are you pretending they don't have to? Bi-partisan solutions aren't a political luxury right now. They're a necessity.
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This is disingenous because it entirely discounts the political reality of a split Senate. We don't have the votes.…
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The Senate is designed to support minority rule. And that's a problem we can't fix right now.…
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The results of this lawsuit do have wider implications.…
(3) DOJ lawyers working under the Trump administration had already argued federal workers are protected from lawsuits while executing the duties of their office. A trial judge rejected that argument and the DOJ appealed.

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(2) The resolution to establish the commission passed the Dem-controlled house but it appears doomed in the Senate thanks to the filibuster.

So far Murkowski, Romney, and Collins have indicated they'd support the commmission but 10 GOP votes is doubtful.…
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There must be consequences or democracy will continue to suffer.…
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