President Joe Biden did not even come close to reaching his goal of at least partially vaccinating 70% of Americans by July 4. Naturally, much of the blame has been put on the Republicans and former President Donald Trump for subscribing to conspiracy theories and refusing to help protect their fellow Americans by taking a jab for the team. After Biden’s suggestion to go door-to-door backfired, the administration now recommends monitoring private text messages to make sure there are no “misinformation” communications being spread around.
“The White House has decided to hit back harder on misinformation and scare tactics after Republican lawmakers and conservative activists pledged to fight the administration’s stated plans to go ‘door-to-door’ to increase vaccination rates. The pushback will include directly calling out social media platforms and conservative news shows that promote such tactics.”
White House spokesperson Kevin Munoz reiterated the plans, saying, “When we see deliberate efforts to spread misinformation, we view that as an impediment to the country’s public health and will not shy away from calling that out.” The Biden administration and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) are among the groups “planning to engage fact-checkers more aggressively and work with SMS [Short Message Service] carriers to dispel misinformation about vaccines sent over social media and text messages,” according to Politico. How they hope to implement this and the details on punishment for saying anything contrary to the left’s narrative were not yet revealed at the time of this writing.
According to Democrats, it’s the Republicans, you see, who are stalling the process. Politico pointed out that ten of the states with the lowest vaccination rates were won by Trump in the latest election. The White House and Democrats assert that the territories with the least vaccinated individuals are Republican-led states, who are pushing the “misinformation” theories to their constituents.
Dr. Anthony Fauci claimed that 99.5% of deaths due to COVID were the unvaccinated. Fear of conspiracies is being blamed on those who refuse the shot. Yet, with headlines such as NBC 10 Boston’s “79 People Dead, 303 Hospitalized in Mass. Breakthrough Cases: Report” linking deaths and illness to those who were fully vaccinated, skepticism is likely to be rife. According to the Boston Herald, “As of June 19, a total of 3,907 breakthrough cases had been reported to the DPH. On that date, nearly 4.1 million Bay State residents were fully vaccinated.”
White House spokesman Kevin Munoz insisted that the administration would be more aggressive in dealing with critics. He said:
“We are steadfastly committed to keeping politics out of the effort to get every American vaccinated so that we can save lives and help our economy further recover. When we see deliberate efforts to spread misinformation, we view that as an impediment to the country’s public health and will not shy away from calling that out.”
Social media giants have worked hard to quell any opposition. Posts, pages, and people have been blocked and banned if they dare to contradict or offer a differing opinion to the White House. And now the government seems ready to up its game.
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