The Democratic National Committee and other White House allies want wireless carriers to scrutinize phone and social media messages on the basis of alleged misinformation about the Biden administration and its push to vaccinate more Americans against COVID-19.
Politico reports the efforts as “planning to engage fact-checkers more aggressively and work with SMS [Short Message Service] carriers to dispel misinformation about vaccines.” This comes after the White House has pushed against critics of its messaging once failed to reach the goal of 70 percent of Americans adults to receive at least one vaccine dose by July 4. White House spokesperson Kevin Munoz states this effort is because “when we see deliberate efforts to distribute misinformation, we see that as an impediment to the country’s community health and fitness and will not shy absent from calling that out.”
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This pushback comes after President Biden stated last week how “we need to go community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood, and oftentimes—door-to-door – literally knocking on doors – to get help to the remaining people protected from the virus” (New York Post).
Republican lawmakers were outraged by this idea and would diminish public trust and also public safety consequences. Meanwhile, Fauci believes vaccinations should not be political, yet sees the divide in those who want vaccinations versus those who don’t as such.