As you've no doubt noticed by now, "vaccine selfies" are a thing among members of the mainstream media.
And along with the preponderance of photographs of masked journalists with rolled up sleeves and needles in their arms is a kind of lock-step pressure campaign — along with more than a few guilt trips.
Take CNN's Brian Stelter, for example, who just days ago called out one of his favorite targets — Fox News — and claimed their on-air personalities are failing to show their "vaccine selfies."
"Where are Tucker [Carlson] and Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham? Where is Ainsley Earhardt and Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade?" Stelter inquired. "Where are the biggest stars on Fox getting vaccinated?"
Then invoking peer pressure with a phrase you may have last heard in high school, Stelter said "everybody else is doing it ... all across television, all of those anchors are rolling up their sleeves."
'Wave of euphoria'
Well, another media personality just hit the vaccine campaign trail, and Matthew Miller's message to his nearly 457,000 Twitter followers was the amazing feeling that washed over him upon getting his first shot.
In fact, the MSNBC analyst said Wednesday he sensed a "wave of euphoria" — and encouraged others to roll up their sleeves as well: "Go get your vaccine, folks. Best feeling you'll have had in a year."
Of course, not everybody who commented on Miller's tweet were convinced — but what was truly eye-opening was how many folks not only gave him kudos but also said they got emotional upon getting their shots. A number even shared that they shed tears:
- "I sat in my car and cried for 5 minutes after getting my 1st dose of Pfizer 3 weeks ago," one commenter said. "I go today at 4 p.m. to get my 2nd dose. It is a wonderful feeling!"
- "My husband and I got our second shots this morning. It does give you a sense of joy and relief," another user wrote. "Of course, we'll still wear masks for months to come. But it's a great feeling!"
- "Also the feeling of community and inclusion with everybody there and thankfulness for a well-run government and free medical procedure!!" another commenter gushed.
- "I got teary-eyed both times getting my seamlessly run vaccines!!!" another user said. "Thank you, Biden!!"
- "I cried like a baby as I walked back to my car," another commenter admitted. "All the memories of the lockdown, continual bad news, 'inject bleach' press conferences, and daily death count flooded my brain."
- "During my time of waiting (15 min mandatory to make sure there was no reaction) I listened to Andrea Bocelli loud and blotted a few tears," another user said. "I wanted to hug everyone."
- "I cried a little after my second shot. Tried not to because I felt stupid. But the lovely nurse who was watching over us for reactions simply came over and offered me a tissue with no words," another commenter said. "Of course that made me cry harder!"
- "I was shocked by the range of emotions I had when I received my first shot! I was so choked up I could barely say my name & birthdate," another user recalled. "I literally cried with relief & hope as I sat there & thought about all of those who died this last year due to the failure of the former POTUS."
Still one of the few detractors had the following to share: "People losing their minds used to be the minority. This past year has seen that turn into the majority. This obsession with being injected with experimental medicine is truly frightening."