NEW — Biden White House is tiptoing around Fox News amid its pushback on Covid vaccine disinfo. Some Democrats think it should engage the network more fully, including putting folks on Hannity and Carlson’s show.…

W/ @ccadelago
@ccadelago many, though, think that’s a pointless endeavor.

“The problem with people like Hannity, and this is true for the whole primetime lineup, is they don’t let you talk, they shout you down, they get the last word by offering a blizzard of bullshit,” said @ThirdWayMattB
@ccadelago @ThirdWayMattB the White House isn’t going on Fox primetime. It’s also notably not calling out Fox like it did with Facebook.

There was a private briefing earlier this year between Fox producers and senior WH officials to discuss accurate coverage of Covid-19 vaccines, per a person familiar.

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