Almost one hundred days into the Joe Biden presidency, Fox News has been having trouble coming up with things to talk about. When Biden defeated Trump and took the White House, the network decided to revert back to how it covered the president under the Obama administration. Their hosts criticize Joe Biden for the tiniest of infractions, which looks immensely hypocritical after four years of treating Donald Trump with kid gloves. The other problem for Fox News is that Biden, by comparison, has had a highly successful first stage of his presidency. The coronavirus vaccination program is rolling out quicker than expected, with 28% of Americans now fully vaccinated and tens of millions more now partially vaccinated. The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan has also boosted Biden’s popularity and left Fox News with little to criticize.
Fox, still needing some content to fill the airwaves, has been doing its best to manufacture ridiculous scandals against the new president. One such “scandal” is the idea that Biden’s climate plan will force Americans to reduce their red meat consumption by 90%. Unsurprisingly, this is a mischaracterization and not actually one of Biden’s policy proposals, but some on right-wing media have been treating it like it is. The figure comes from a study out of the University of Michigan and it’s not at all related to Biden’s climate plan. Fox host Judge Jeanine spent a portion of her weekend show fearmongering about Biden wanting to ban burgers, which is not true. Her colleague, Larry Kudlow, managed to make the controversy even stupider by saying Americans will have to “throw back a plant-based beer” on the 4th of July. Apparently, Kudlow did not realize that beer is already plant-based. If the Biden presidency continues at its current rate of success, right-wing media is going to be in for a long four years.
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