The sputtering vaccination campaign in the U.S. is today’s top story for the Sunday shows with the growing tension between Team Biden and Facebook a key subplot. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy will talk to “State of the Union” and “Fox News Sunday” about the administration’s new initiative against vaccine misinformation. Murthy, Jen Psaki, and even Joe Biden himself laid blame squarely on Mark Zuckerberg’s company this week for Americans not wanting to get their shots.
And Facebook is tired of it:
FACEBOOK official: “In private exchanges the Surgeon General has praised our work, including our efforts to inform people about COVID-19. They knew what they were doing. The White House is looking for scapegoats for missing their vaccine goals.”
— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) July 16, 2021
Murthy will be pressed on what he’s said to the company behind the scenes and how far the administration should go to try to keep anti-vax propaganda off of social media. Because it sounds like they’re willing to go … pretty far.
Elsewhere this morning, Senate Republicans Rob Portman and Bill Cassidy will chat with “State of the Union” and “Fox News Sunday,” respectively, about the state of bipartisan negotiations on infrastructure now that Democrats have dropped a $3.5 trillion reconciliation package on them. And former CISA head Chris Krebs will sit down with “Face the Nation” to discuss the spate of ransomware attacks on U.S. companies, the endless ballot “audit” in Arizona, and that mysterious story in the Guardian a few days ago alleging documentary evidence of a Kremlin plot to support Trump’s campaign in 2016. Krebs smells a rat:
Agree w/ @RidT on this Guardian reporting on Russian plans for the former President. This is far too convenient & reeks of #disinfo operation. It could all be individually or collectively true and at the same time planted & fake. So in the meantime, I’m taking this approach: https://t.co/0ZMSUfeJ9I pic.twitter.com/9vNSASnEB9
— Chris Krebs (@C_C_Krebs) July 15, 2021
The full line-up is at Politico.