President Joe Biden celebrated America with military families on the lawn of the White House Sunday, addressing the country with a positive message about the country returning from the horrors of the COVID-19 pandemic.
There was nothing political about his speech. It was filled with salutes to the nation’s military, first responders and public servants who helped the country make it through the past few years.
Despite the message of hope, Fox News refused to air the speech while other networks included the entirety of the address.
As a screen capture from CNN’s Brian Stelter showed, Fox News was focusing on a Cost Guard member saving people from drowning off the coast of North Carolina. Fox Business had Larry Kudlow talking about the American dream.
See the screen capture below and watch the video if you missed it:
Fox stuck with regular programming instead of airing Biden's patriotic "America is coming back" speech 👀 pic.twitter.com/95kn5cRB64
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) July 4, 2021
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Fox News Host Goes on Angry Rant ‘Undermining’ Vaccines – and Mocking Dems to Do It
While a few Fox News hosts on Monday sprinkled bits of begrudging encouragement or support for Americans to get vaccinated, one Fox News host Tuesday morning was fully on board with attacking the COVID-19 vaccine.
“What is this to also say the vaccine is not nearly as effective against this delta variant, as they say if you look at what’s happening in Britain, they say 70% of the new cases are fully vaccinated people with the Pfizer vaccine, nobody talks about that,” host Brian Kilmeade said angrily on “Fox & Friends.”
Kilmeade is spreading false information.
The British Government on Monday announced that 60% of coronavirus patients requiring hospitalization were not vaccinated. NCRM could find nothing to support Kilmeade’s claim that “70% of the new cases are fully vaccinated people with the Pfizer vaccine,” which may be why “nobody talks about that.”
It is true that as greater numbers of people get vaccinated more vaccinated people will contract the coronavirus, as Britain’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance said Monday.
“As a higher proportion of the population is double vaccinated, it’s inevitable that those 10% of that very large number remain at risk and will therefore be amongst the people who both catch the infection and end up in hospital.”
In the UK 68% of all adults are fully vaccinated, and 88% have had one shot.
Kilmeade was using the news that several Texas Democrats who traveled to D.C. subsequently tested positive for coronavirus. He mocked them for being on “Beta O’Rourke’s private jet that his foundation financed,” and implied that because they tested positive the vaccines don’t work, which is false, and don’t work as well against the highly-contagious delta variant, which is even more reason to get vaccinated.
On Monday Kilmeade insisted no one had any right to insist people get vaccinated and said it is not the job of the federal government to protect Americans, which is also false.
Media Matters’ Director of Media Intelligence Lis Power posted this video of Kilmeade from Tuesday morning:
Kilmeade is still undermining vaccines today, suggesting that people are lying about their effectiveness against variants
— Lis Power (@LisPower1) July 20, 2021
‘Antifa Supersoldier’: Fox News Mocked After Criticizing Marvel for ‘Politicizing’ Captain America as ‘Captain Woke’
Fox News is furious at the latest storyline from Marvel’s Captain America, with two guests declaring the comic book publisher has turned the hero who has fought fascism and Nazism since 1941 into “Captain Woke.”
For those unaware, Captain America was created in the middle of World War II, just before America officially entered the war, as an instrument to help Americans in the fight against the Axis powers. He’s been called a “patriotic supersoldier,” his entire foundation is literally about fighting fascism and the far right, and his popularity over the decades has only increased.
Until today, when Fox News launched an assault on the American hero.
“Dean Cain slams Marvel for new ‘woke’ Captain America comic: Bashing USA is now ‘the cool thing to do’,” is the title of a Fox News article that claims “Marvel is facing backlash for its latest comic, ‘The United States of Captain America,’ which says the American dream isn’t real.”
Here’s how Fox News presents a quote from the comic book:
“…The first American dream is the one that isn’t real. It’s one some people expect to just be handed to them… When the truth is, it never really existed in the first place… other cultures. Immigrants… We’re at our best when we keep no one out. A good dream is shared. Shared radically. Shared with everyone. When something isn’t shared, it can become the American lie.”
Fox News adds, “Cain said wokeness is becoming pervasive, affecting the media, actors, and celebrities and indoctrinating children in schools.”
Marvel is literally just saying America has to be actively reinvented every day, and to do that we need and should want immigrants to share in our dream.
To Fox News, that’s wokeness and propaganda.
On cable, Fox News guest Michael Loftus ranted about Captain America.
“It’s sad, really, it’s so sad when Captain America is now like Captain Woke, or Captain Propaganda. Did I miss an issue where he was kidnapped by liberal arts professors and was forced to move to Portland?” Loftus lamented. “It’s the absolute worst, and it’s it’s just more proof that the left is going to come after everything that real Americans hold near and dear, they’re in, after baseball they tried to cancel apple pie. And now, Captain America. Maybe they’ll change his outfit, maybe now instead of a shield, he’ll be armed with a laptop, and they’ll have exciting adventures where he sits in coffee shops and and tweets mean things, and he’s an active fact checker on Facebook. It’s horrible.”
Loftus says Captain America “has a huge impact” on children, calling the declaration that America is a land of immigrants “pretty insidious,” while complaining the left doesn’t “want the right to have any heroes.”
He went on to “cancel” Captain America, declaring him “dead,” at least to him: “I’m done with Captain America. He’s dead.”
Fox News guest, having a completely normal one: “It’s so sad when Captain America is like Captain Woke or Captain Propaganda… I’m done with Captain America. He’s dead!” pic.twitter.com/g4p3qE2oxI
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) July 6, 2021
It didn’t take long for Loftus and Cain to be mocked.
Here’s comic writer Cavan Scott:
Just watched a news report about Captain America become politicised… Becoming? Try literally *created* to be political. Comics, especially super hero comics, have *always* been political.
— Cavan Scott (@cavanscott) July 6, 2021
This but with absolutely zero irony pic.twitter.com/npWroSK7Ai
— What if We Put the Vaccine in Bullets (@Orbitron121) July 6, 2021
There Marvel goes again, having Captain America fight *checks notes* Nazis and racism https://t.co/awZ03YYCeK
— Tom Wright (@Tom_Wright12) July 6, 2021
None of those people have ever read a Captain America comic. pic.twitter.com/WvrD9rWY5O
— Krys10iam (@krys10iam) July 6, 2021
Literally the first issue pic.twitter.com/y5xC93cGzD
— Citizen D (@touchmeimdic) July 6, 2021
— Krys10iam (@krys10iam) July 6, 2021
Anyway, imagine thinking that the guy who Marvel literally created to be an anti-fascist supersoldier that punched out Hitler has become too politicized. pic.twitter.com/YZMzZcP4Bm
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) July 6, 2021
Captain America is antifa
Footage of Captain America fighting MAGA ideology: pic.twitter.com/WFwzJuoecF
— HBServetus (@HBServetus) July 6, 2021
Tell me you’ve don’t know enough about Captain America without telling me you don’t know enough about Captain America. pic.twitter.com/qQXzWqlE7u
— Bruce Nolan (@BruceExclusive) July 6, 2021
When Fox News complains about Captain America getting “political” are they referring to when he became Nomad after the Nixon Era, when he was an outlaw during the Bush Era, or the What If story when he becomes President?
Cause, my dude is very political. #CaptainAmerica
— Jake (@JakeVK) July 6, 2021
I hate when people use the word “political” to describe something they don’t personally like or agree with. Like have you actually seen or read anything with Captain America in it? His whole existence is political
— Brennan Mulligan (@MulliganBrennan) July 6, 2021
Captain America has always been caught between what he feels America should stand for and the actions the government takes. That’s literally the entire internal struggle of the character. Don’t comment on comics you haven’t read. #FakeFan
— Keeba Series PMS (@Keeba13) July 6, 2021
So a few months after throwing a fit about Dr. Seuss being cancelled, they are trying to cancel Captain America.
Sounds about right.
— Darth Bane (@DarthBanana23) July 6, 2021
Unironically calling Captain America “Captain Propoganda” is just truly 😙🤌 levels of stupidity and obliviousness. https://t.co/y90TXBktUw
— Dan Pino (@DanPino) July 6, 2021
Anybody remember that time in the 80s when Captain America quit because he lost faith in the US government? This shit happens to him all the time in the comics, just people like Fox News are paying attention now that it’s popular.
— туℓєя иєωѕтє∂ 🇵🇸🌹 (@iRadinVerse) July 6, 2021
I’m so incredibly sick of this cyclical conversation. Captain America is antifa. Star Wars & Star Trek are left leaning, anti-war stories. Superman is an immigrant parable. We can go on and on about these. It’s not just that they don’t get it. It’s that they don’t WANT to get it.
— Alden Diaz 🎙 (@AD_Strider) July 6, 2021
Man I can’t wait for them to find out this is like the 30th time Captain America has touched on the American Dream being flawed
— Thaddeus Wolfe But Tired (@TWolfeTheIII) July 6, 2021
I guess these guys missed the MULTIPLE Captain America movies about him defying the government and fighting for the little guy… https://t.co/kXalpYbvVs
— Billy Angel (@billy_angel14) July 6, 2021
“Marvel Under Fire For Politicizing Captain America”
And in related news, Anheuser-Busch under fire for putting hops in their beer. pic.twitter.com/OESsWps9gx
— The Examined Life is not Worth Tweeting (@SisyphusRedemed) July 6, 2021
The Real Reason Fox News ‘Went Crazy’ With Kamala Harris’s Memorial Day Weekend Tweet: NYT’s Haberman
Fox News over the weekend gave obsessive coverage to Vice President Kamala Harris’s tweet urging Americans to “enjoy the long weekend” over Memorial Day without mentioning the sacrifices made by American military servicemembers.
CNN’s Briana Keilar acknowledged on Monday that it was a “bad tweet” but said that she was still surprised that Fox News “went crazy” with it to the extent that it did.
New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman then told Keilar the real reason why Fox and other conservatives jumped on the tweet.
“I think you have seen Fox News and Republicans chasing shiny objects because whatever efforts they’re trying to do to get at and lower the poll numbers at the Biden White House is not working. So something like this seems like chum in the water for their audiences.”
Haberman noted that Republicans during former President Donald Trump’s tenure infamously pretended that they didn’t read his incendiary tweets, and she said they’ve so far been silent on former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn’s endorsement of a military coup in the United States.
“It’s hard to treat this as a serious reaction,” she said of outrage over Harris’s tweet.
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