- Fox Corporation has a return to office protocol involving voluntary evidence of vaccination.
- Supreme Court Attorney Tucker Carlson has compared vaccine passes to “Jim Crow” racial segregation laws.
- Fox Corps employees who do not submit their status must continue to mask and social distance.
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Fox Corporation has introduced a strict COVID-19 policy that includes a vaccine passport that only allows the company’s fully vaccinated employees to work in their offices without wearing a mask or social clearance.
But a large number of the parent company’s Fox News personalities, especially two of its highest paid and most influential primetime hosts, have opposed this very form of vaccination policy, also known as a “vaccine passport”.
In addition to the growing vaccination doubts among conservative men – a large proportion of the network’s audience – poll Fox News viewers are less likely to say they have received or plan to get the vaccine compared to the general population.
Many of the network’s daytime anchors have said on-air that they have been vaccinated and have encouraged viewers to do the same, but initially, hosts Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham have both often rejected the science surrounding the vaccine and presented guests who do misleading and false claims about the high efficiency level of the shot.
Carlson, Fox’s top rated host and the core of its growing streaming service, has compared vaccine passes to “Jim Crow” racial segregation laws and compared asking someone about their vaccination status to asking them if they have been infected with HIV or what their favorite sex positions are. .
“Medical Jim Crow has come to America,” Carlson claimed last month. “If we still had water sources, the unvaccinated would have separate.”
Both the host and the network will not say whether he has been vaccinated.
A Fox News spokesman pointed to Insider in response to a memo from Fox Corp. from June on the return to office procedures. A spokesman for Fox Corp. confirmed the roll-out of the voluntary proof of vaccination system to Insider in an email.
Intercept Ryan Grim first reported Monday that Fox began asking its employees to certify their own vaccination status in May to receive a “FOX Clear Pass.” Employees who do not inform the company that they have been fully vaccinated – including the dates of their shots and type of immunization – must complete a daily health check before entering the office, wearing masks and maintaining physical distance from others in the office.
Ingraham, a close ally of former President Donald Trump, has brought on guests who spread lies about the COVID-19 vaccines, including the falsehood that the shots are not effective against the new, even more contagious Delta variant.
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In the early months of the pandemic, much of the network’s coverage downplayed the severity of the coronavirus and followed the playbook of the deceased founder by turning the pandemic into a culture war.
Carlson has made vaccine skepticism a cornerstone of his show and even turned segments of the vaccine into attacks on elites who encourage Americans to get it.
None of Fox’s personalities in the air have discussed this specific policy from their employer, but they have talked in the air about having to wear masks in the building and get to see colleagues in person again once they have been vaccinated.
Some hosts have urged viewers to get vaccinated. Primetime host Sean Hannity has urged his audience to seek the advice of their doctors and examine the vaccines. Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy has said he got the shot and encouraged others as well.
The network recently ran a public service announcement urging those who can to get vaccinated. And in a new development Monday, Fox News and Fox Business banners showed the vaccine.gov URL under segments on COVID-19.