The following article, White House Quietly Conferring with Mainstream Media on Virus Messaging, was first published on Flag And Cross.
The whole point of the free press here in the United States is to help the people of this nation hold their elected leaders accountable. After all, these are public servants meant to do our bidding when they get to Washington DC…not the other way around.
So when the federal government begins to influence our news media and the infotainment industry, the sting of the free press becomes a bit duller.
That’s why the latest news out of the White House is so alarming.
The White House began holding a series of briefings Monday and into Tuesday with all the major TV networks — including Fox News — as well as other newsroom leaders about their recent Covid coverage, according to three sources familiar with the meetings. Focused on the surging Delta variant and vaccinations, the briefings are being led in part by Vivek Murthy, the U.S. surgeon general, one of the sources told POLITICO.
The briefings are being held on “deep background” — meaning news organizations can use the material but have agreed not to name or directly quote from senior officials — and come as the administration hit its vaccine milestone on Monday, with 70 percent of American adults having now gotten at least one shot. But they are also occurring at a moment of concern across the administration over news reports and headlines that they view as far too narrowly focused on vaccinated people contracting the virus.
Vaccine reluctancy has been the most persistent issue facing the Biden administration’s COVID response, and there are many within the Democratic Party who’ve been blaming conservative news networks for encouraging such behavior.
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