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CNN's Brian Stelter complains that Fox News hosts aren't sharing 'vaccine selfies'

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Stelter's guest claimed: 'That does a lot of damage'

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CNN host Brian Stelter complained Sunday that Fox News hosts are not sharing "vaccine selfies" to help promote the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

Current data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that about 22% of the American population is fully vaccinated, and 187 million doses of vaccine have been administered as of Monday morning.

What did Stelter say?

Despite millions of vaccine dose administrations per day in the United States, Stelter claimed that "it is important to see all of the TV anchors, personalities showing themselves getting the shot."

Then he turned to the alleged importance of "vaccine selfies."

"We've seen a lot of vaccine selfies from lots of folks at lots of different networks. It's been really inspiring to see," Stelter said. "The 'Today' show even brought the co-hosts outside for a live group vaccination this week."

Citing MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, who vocalized fears about receiving the vaccine but did so anyway, Stelter questioned why Fox News hosts are not following their mainstream media counterparts.

"So, I say all of that to make the following point: Where are Tucker [Carlson] and Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham? Where is Ainsley Earhardt and Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade? Where are the biggest stars on Fox getting vaccinated?" Stelter complained.

"I get it is a personal choice between the hosts and their health care provider," he continued. "But everybody else is doing it ... all across television, all of those anchors are rolling up their sleeves."

In response, Media Matters senior fellow Matt Gertz said "Fox has a really unique responsibility here."

In fact, Gertz asserted that by not being more vocal about COVID-19 vaccination, Fox News hosts "are raising questions about its effectiveness, raising questions about whether it is dangerous. That does a lot of damage."

"Steve Doocy should get vaccinated live on 'Fox and Friends,'" Gertz suggested, to which Stelter replied, "Absolutely."

Anything else?

Despite their concerns with Fox News hosts, many top Democrats sowed distrust in COVID-19 vaccine last year when they were being developed under former President Donald Trump's Operation Warp Speed.

Vice President Kamala Harris suggested last September that she would not receive the vaccine because she believed Trump would rush the development process to bolster support among voters.

"I will say that I would not trust Donald Trump, and it would have to be a credible source of information that talks about the efficacy and the reliability of whatever he's talking about," Harris said. "I will not take his word for it."

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) also sowed distrust about the vaccine because of Trump.

"I'm not that confident, but my opinion doesn't matter. I don't believe the American people are that confident," Cuomo said last October. "You're going to say to the American people now, 'Here's a vaccine, it was new, it was done quickly, but trust this federal administration and their health administration that it's safe'? We're not 100 percent sure of the consequences? I think it's going to be a very skeptical American public about taking the vaccine, and they should be!"

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