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60%, just over the past 14 days. while the daily pace of vaccinations just hit a new low. now, some republicans are beginning to see the light on -- on vaccines. but there are plenty of others, who are still pushing dangerous lies. the question is how -- how deadly has this misinformation become, fareed? >> it's difficult to exaggerate how disastrous the situation is. and how tragic it is, don, because here's the thing. most of the world -- the vast majority of the world -- is facing a pandemic, over which they have very little control. even a place, like india, which has a lot of pharmaceutical capacity and has the ability to make lots of vaccines and drugs, is finding critical-supply shortages that are hampering its efforts to vaccinate the population. in the united states, we have massive oversupply of vaccines.
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we have vaccines free, for anyone who wants them. any age, no matter where you are. there -- it's, literally, within one or two miles of wherever you are in the united states. if everybody were to get vaccinated, this whole pandemic in the united states would be over, finished, caput. and yet, we are struggling like we are a country that doesn't have the vaccine, is struggling to get it. we have the tools to end this pandemic. we are choosing to live with it because one political party, one very large media network, and certain associated forces have decided to come together and to propagate a conspiracy theory that is, probably, the most damaging conspiracy theory in human history. if you think about the number of lives that are going to be lost because of these crazy-conspiracy theories about the covid vaccine, i don't think there's any precedent. we've never seen anything like
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it, and we've, certainly, never seen as many lives directly related to these kinds of falsehoods and misinformation. >> here's what you say. tell me if i am wrong. you say, what science has given, politics seems to be taking away. is this a uniquely-american problem? >> yes, there is absolutely nowhere else, in the world, where this is happening. look. you have vaccine hesitancy. and i think that that's the right word to use. hesitancy. in places. and you had it in america. and the result of that would be a smattering of people. you would have a measle outbreak, here or there. you have some of that in france. france, actually, has a fair amount of it. but almost everywhere, once the government gets involved, once the scientists get involved, people fall in line. as i say, you have a few scattered outbreaks, here and
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there. but the american anti-vaxxer movement is without precedent. there's nothing like it in the world because, first of all, it is incredibly widespread. secondly, it has been consciously fueled by a political party. by -- by politicians. by media figures, on the right. and it's having disastrous effects. and just now, they're beginning to stop. this is -- we are now witnessing the january-6th moment, for the pandemic. which is to say, you know, republicans and conservative-talk radio and fox news have been feeding these falsehoods. fanning these flames. and suddenly, they've realized, oh, my god, there are consequences to it. and so, a few of them have, finally, seen the light. and are speaking the truth. but as with the past, it may be too little, too late. >> fareed. listen. the des moines register is reporting that iowa health officials may need tos to tens of thousands of doses of vaccines.
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you referenced this, earlier. because people just don't want them. so many countries would do anything for a tool to end this pandemic. but americans? americans are choosing to dive further into this mess. what message does that send to the rest of the world? >> we just -- we just witnessed this tragedy going on in haiti. political instability in haiti. they asked for american help. not one person in haiti, the last i saw, has been vaccinated. we are throwing away 50, 60, 70,000 vaccines in garbage dumps. and one of the poorest countries in the hemisphere, not a single person has been vaccinated. >> fareed, you know, you lost your mother to complications from covid in april when vaccines were scarce in india. it's got to be, personally, infuriating for you to see what's happening, now, in this country. what do you think that, you know -- what does your family say about this?
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and i have to ask you, quite honestly, what do you think your mother would say to people out there refusing to be vaccinated? >> you know, i -- i -- i think that my mother was a great pro-american. she had incredible faith in america. she always thought america had all the answers. she used to quarrel with my dad, who was a little bit more skeptical. and for her, this would break her heart because, to see the united states, you know, when it has the answer, not to be the shining example to the world of saying, you know, this is how you get out of the pandemic. we did it. we're now going to help you all with know-how, with -- with technology. instead, we're floundering. we're -- we're -- we're going to go back. we are going backwards and we are going to go -- it's going to get worse because this delta variant is twice as transmissible as the -- as the original-alpha variant. so, you know, in a sense, we -- we managed to get people
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vaccinated, assuming a certain pace of transmission. well, it's doubled and people need to -- you know, we need to be acting twice as fast. and in fact, as i say, we're going backwards. no, it would break her heart. >> fareed, um, again, i'm so sorry. we spoke about this, about your mom. we showed the beautiful picture of your mother. i'm sorry, but we're glad to have you here to talk about this, these issues. thank you so much, fareed. >> always a pleasure, don. for more of fareed, you can watch fareed zakaria gps sunday at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and now, to my home state of louisiana. okay? now, reporting the highest jump in new cases per capita of any state in the country. with just 36% of the population vaccinated, the governor had an important message, just today. this is a storm that we can control. we're not powerless. we can be vaccinated. >> joining me, now, from my hometown of baton rouge is betty
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antwon. her son refused to get vaccinated. died just six days after contracting covid. betty, thank you. i'm so sorry. so sorry for your loss. >> thank you. >> i know you begged your son to get vaccinated. why didn't he do it? >> because he said not enough research had been done on the vaccine. and until that happened, he was not gonna get it. he was not going to take it. >> betty, i got to be honest. i have family there, in louisiana, and i have heard that same thing. it infuriates me. it infuriates me. what's your message to people? >> that this is real. the virus is real. and the vaccine should be taken by everyone, if you want to stay alive. my son was a homebody person. he didn't go anyplace. he had his food delivered.
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he had his groceries delivered and very few friends. so, somewhere down the line, somehow, he contracted the virus. so, if he got the virus, as -- that way -- then, i think, people who are out in the world should get the vaccination. >> uh-huh. >> they should get the vaccination. >> and you had these conversations with him, right? >> oh, yes, yes. i told him, because of his underlying-health conditions, i told him he should be one of the first ones to get the vaccination. he told me, no. he told me i should not get the vaccination, either. but i went on because i had lung cancer and i felt that i needed to take the vaccine. i needed to take that, but he did not want to take the vaccine, so he did not. >> you had lung cancer. what was your treatment? >> i went to m.d. anderson. and the strangest thing, it was
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found. i was supposed to have back surgery, don. >> uh-huh. >> and i had my preop test done before i had the back surgery and they found out i had lung cancer. not knowing, at all. so i went to md anderson and had my right -- lower part of my right lung removed. had no chemo, no radiation. that was in 2017. >> and you are doing okay? >> great. i'm doing well. >> you look fantastic, and you sound fantastic. so i'm glad. i'm glad of that. my point was, is that it is science and medicine that got you through. you didn't have chemotherapy, but the surgery, which is science as well, got you through it. listen. you knew that a vaccine could've saved your son's life. and you decided to hold a vaccination drive at his memorial service. why was it important for you to do it there? >> because when i went in, and looked at my child die, dead on
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the bed, i said the only thing i could do to honor him was to ask his friends and my family to take the vaccine. to get the vaccine. and i held a memorial for him, and i have a friend who does vaccines for a hospital out here, in baton rouge. and she set it up with her supervisor so people could come in and take the vaccine at the memorial service. >> uh-huh. >> and three people took the vaccine. >> uh-huh. so you got three people to do it. how long -- how long have you been in baton rouge? >> since 1976. >> oh, okay. so -- >> i'm from new roads, louisiana. >> oh, my family is from port alan. i'm not sure if you know. >> i know. >> you know my family? >> and i know you, also. >> were you at my school? >> yes, i was that lady who you
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came to lsu. >> i remember. >> to make a speech and you came by the school and i met you. >> you -- you heard about -- we heard about your story. let me tell people, and i am going to let you finish. we heard about your story. >> okay. >> and reached out. you reminded my team that we, actually, met, before, because you used to work at my old school, in baton rouge. was that that date -- was that that day that you gave me the st. francis xavier with the blue letters? yeah. so tell the story. i came in. i sat outside of the office, where i used to sit when i was in trouble. and i would have to, either, speak with sister anne marie or -- >> having graduation. >> yes. >> and you went into the church and you spoke to the students. so, you came back out and i said, oh, i need a picture of a celebrity. and this is the picture.
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>> oh, my gosh. >> can you see it? >> yes. oh, my gosh. that's -- is that in the office? >> that's in the office. and guess what? you were being honored. and i don't know if it was in canada or somewhere. and they called the school to get some pictures of you. well, i was not there when you were going to school. so i had to hunt down some pictures. and i sent the pictures. and you asked, where did you get those pictures from? they got them from me. >> from you. yeah, i was doing a show. a talk show in canada, and i was like, where did you guys come up with those? would you send me some of those pictures? i lost all the yearbooks, all the pictures, everything. and do you remember -- you remember the honores? >> yes, i know the honores. i went to school with russell. >> you went to school with russell. so, um, i went to school with tina and mona. mona was a year ahead of me. tina was in my class. and tina and i, we have been best friends since nursery
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school and we speak, every day, about this issue and other issues. and we have been try -- she has been trying. she wept to tony's today to ship seafood to me. so anyway, that's another story, for a longer conversation. but um, i got to tell you, i love speaking to you. i am so sorry, what happened to your son. and i just want you, if you can, betty, can you just give a message to folks out there, please, please? >> i may not, in what i did, i was doing it for my family and friends. but if it reaches other people, not those who are diehards who will never get the vaccine. but to those people, who are straddling the fence, then i hope this message make them fall over on the right side, which is to get the vaccine. >> can we put -- if we have, can we put betty's son's picture back up, please? his name is brandon. and he died -- how old was brandon? >> brandon was 46.
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he would have been 47, august 27th. 22nd, i'm sorry. august 22nd. >> well, betty, again, we're sorry. and, um, you actually made a difference out of a tragedy. you did something good, by holding that drive and you are speaking out for people, now. and to people. so let's hope they listen to you. sorry for your loss and we'll be in touch. thank you so much. you, be well. >> thank you. >> we'll be right back. (man) i've made progress with my mental health. so when i started having unintentional body movements called tardive dyskinesia... ... i ignored them. but when the movements in my hands and feet started throwing me off at work... i finally had to say, 'it's not ok.' it was time to talk to my doctor about austedo. she said that austedo helps reduce td movements in adults... ...while i continue with most of my mental health medications. (vo) austedo can cause depression, suicidal thoughts, or actions in patients with huntington's disease. pay close attention to and call your doctor if you become depressed, have sudden changes in mood, behaviors,
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so, this is in nashville. something that i want to show you. okay? after years of demands, the bust of a confederate general and early kkk leader leaving the tennessee capitol building. the image of nathan bedford forest sparking protest ever since it was installed in 1978. but republican governor bill lee pushed to move the controversial bust to the tennessee state museum just north of the
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capital. and in alabama, a city councilman defiantly refusing to step down after he threw out a racial slur during a city council meeting. cnn national correspondent, ryan young, has video from that meeting. ryan, what can you tell us about what happened? >> yeah, good evening, don. this story has a lot of people talking across the country because they are surprised by the councilman making this sort of gesture. this statement. right in the middle of the council meeting. to set this up, just a little bit. there was an ongoing discussion about racial topics, especially when it came to social media. and apparently, tommy bryant's wife had made some claims on social media that people on that chamber were talking about in the open-medium forum. and that's when, all of the sudden, he stood up and made this statement. take a listen. >> do we have a [ bleep ] here? >> what the -- >> okay. >> do we? >> hey. >> do we? would -- would -- would she, please, stand up?
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>> yeah, that council meeting, pretty much, came to a standstill for a second. when you look at it, you can see ver veronica friedman start crying. she is another council member. that's who bryant was addressing. you see her in tears. at some point, she stands up and she walks away from the table. now, bryant says he's just repeating what the mayor had said in closed session. and that started another back and forth. so, people were sort of concerned about what that was about. mayor wayman newton actually put out a statement that says, they are trying to expose me for saying something i did not say. all of that was a political stunt that they did, and it did not go very well. tommy bryant is not backing down at all. there have been calls for him to resign. he says he does not plan to resign. he was quite defiant when he stood in front of the cameras as well, don. >> oh, absolutely not. absolutely -- i -- i may consider running for mayor, next time, because i did what needed to be done. it needed to be brought to light, what kind of a person the mayor is in the city of tarrant.
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>> don, the mayor says the video speaks, for itself. obviously, there is a lot of people in that community who, still, want to know more about exactly what was said behind closed doors. and obviously, talk about that moment that was caught on video. so, lot of conversation about how they move forward, as a chamber. people are calling for tommy bryant to step down. but at this point, it seems, he's pretty defiant. don. >> ryan, thank you, so much. i appreciate that. now, i want to bring in cnn political analyst, natasha alford. good evening, to you. so, here we go. let's -- let's -- let's talk. so, bryant was -- was asked, pointblank, whether he's racist. and, well, just listen to this. >> are you a racist? >> a racist? according to what your definition of the word racist is. what the -- what the public -- the public's definition is, i might be a racist. but according to what the true
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meaning of a racist is, absolutely not. >> okay. what is the true meaning of a racist? >> well, see, tommy bryant wants us to debate that, don. he wants to play this game, as if we don't know what racism is. this man is over 70 years old. you know what i'm saying? he knows what racism is. and he is, absolutely, using politics and the ways that racism is such a -- a -- you know, igniter of controversy in our country, to his political advantage. using the n-word, just to be very clear, is racist. and another thing that tommy bryant wants us to do is to debate whether black folks should use the n-word, right? you see how, in this instance, he, immediately, deflected to mayor newton and tried to put the blame on him for sparking this whole controversy. but he's been around long enough to know that it was, absolutely,
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demeaning and humiliating for him to call a fellow-council woman a house n-word, right? he did that to her face and we saw the humiliation and the -- the pain that she felt, when he did that. so, it's insidious. it's disgusting. um, and frankly, it's an example of the time that we live in. where people, politicians in particular, appeal to the extreme. # they want extreme constituents, right, to see that they are unafraid to break social norms and they think that they will score political points, for doing so. >> hmm, and just so you were saying, he said that he was repeating what the city's first black mayor said in a private meeting. the first black mayor denies that. but as you said, no matter what, it was just not appropriate to do, in that meeting. and you're right. he should have known better. thank you, natasha. i appreciate it. >> thank you, don. >> thank you. no cheering crowds, right? risk of disease. it's an olympics, unlike any other. i am going to speak with two
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so, right now, i just -- i just want to show everyone. look how beautiful the white house is tonight. what a beautiful residence, right? all lit up in red, white, and blue, in support of team usa at the tokyo olympics. the white house saying the entire nation cheers on our olympic team. go, team. go, usa. so, the summer olympics really,
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officially, underway. but these games will be like no other, right? no other games. taking place during the worldwide pandemic, covid pandemic. my next guests know all about the olympic experience. let's put them up. nadia comaneci is a five-time olympic gold medalist and bart conner is a two-time olympic gold medalist. we used to hear people all the time. the reason i did that, nadia, because some people would say nadia comaneci! thank you, both, for joining, tonight. really, really, really special. so, before we get to that, this is the first time you guys haven't been there, in how many years? >> 45. from '76, through till now, this is the first olympics that nadia and i actually haven't been there, in person. so we are like all the other fans. we're watching from home. >> 45 years. y'all look great. i ain't gonna lie. wow. you guys. whatever -- whatever you're
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taking, give it to me when we go to the commercial break because i -- because i -- >> i think the key is doing a handstand every day, don. >> yeah. i -- what'd you say? do a what, every day? >> a handstand. that's the key. >> i'm so old, i can't barely get out of bed with my back. i know, i know, i know. so listen. it's been since 1976 that you guys started. what -- what will be the -- what was this experience, if i can get my lips to work right -- what will this experience be like, for the folks who are competing this year? >> well, first of all, is one of a kind because when i think about the olympics, you think about all the experience that the athletes have after they work out. you know, so many years. and they can't wait to be the olympics. but when you think about what happened with the pandemic, it could have been worse because that's how i think. at least the athletes got a chance to compete because a big
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number of the athletes will not be able to wait for three more years to compete in 2024 because a lot of them wanted to check the box last year. when the olympics supposed to have -- to be. and now, at least they are there and they are able to compete and live that olympic dream. >> yeah. hey, nadia, let me ask you about this. the u.s. women's gymnastics team didn't attend the opening ceremony. they are, also, staying at a nearby hotel, in lieu of the olympic village. the coach spoke out about this decision and -- and let me -- i'm going to quote here. says it was also a decision that we all made, together. we know it isn't ideal for the olympic experience. but nothing is ideal during a pandemic. we feel like we can control the athletes and our safety better in a hotel setting. so aside from just the experience of this, you know, being wildly different. do you think everything going on could affect the athletes' performance, nadia? >> i do respect the choices that
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the coaches made for the athletes. telling the truth, i didn't -- i never been to the opening ceremony in my olympics because the gymnastics starts the next day. and our coaches said that they didn't feel that it was right to be on our feet for six-to-eight hours. and then, go on and compete the next day. so, as you know, every olympic, though, the gymnastics is the next day. so, delegation -- many delegation choose not to go. >> well, i think they were very smart. i mean, wise. that makes sense. bart, you know, there are several young women on the u.s. olympics gymnastics team that we are keeping an eye on. sunisa lee. jordan chiles. grace mcallen, simone biles. defending the -- the olympic all-around champion or defending all-around champion. i mean, she could end up winning five gold medals. what do you think about the team's chances? >> well, obviously, i mean, that's one of the locks of the
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olympics is the u.s. women's gymnastics team. they're that good. they come into the competition with so much more difficulty, in terms of skills than the other teams. that they can even make some mistakes, and still win it. not too many mistakes but a few. and i think, of course, being led by simone biles, who is, certainly, the most dominant gymnast in the history of the sport. she has the chance to make history here. to be the first olympic all-around athlete to repeat as olympic champion since the 1960s. and maybe win five gold medals which would be most of any gymnast ever, tying the former soviet union. she is on the brink of history and, of course, we are all just waiting to see how magnificently she does. but, you know, when you think about the olympics and the pandemic and all the adversity that these athletes are facing. i think back to the times, you know, 1976. there were boycotts of african nations. 1984, the big issue was traffic in l.a. how bad was it going to be?
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you know, pollution in china. 2012, it was, you know, terrorism in england and london. and then, of course, in 2016, we were all worried about the -- >> zika. >> -- the zika virus. so, it seems, to me, the normal flow of media going into the games is this doom and gloom. and then, what happens, every time, is the athletes and the paralympic athletes and olympic athletes. they save the day. they do miraculous things that we talk about, for decades. i mean, michael phelps, nadia comaneci, carl lewis, u.s. women's soccer team. i mean, those are the legacy memories of the olympics. so i know once the olympics get going, i watch the opening ceremonies. it's magnificent. i am very emotional seeing the athletes out there experiencing this moment. and yes, it's different. their families can't be there with them but these athletes are very resilient. and i'm sure that they'll put on a magnificent show. >> well, i got to say that i am totally fan-boying out right now because i love both of you. i grew up, watching both of you.
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we are not that far apart in age but i have to say, you guys look amazing. so again, and -- you know, bart, don't mess it up. gorgeous woman. >> a handstand a day. >> thank you, guys. it's a pleasure. be well and i hope you'll come back to see us, soon. you guys, take care. >> you, too. bye. >> thank you so much. bye-bye. so ahead of the upcoming football season, the nfl is pushing to get players and team-staff members vaccinated you but not everyone wants to. here is cnn's omar jimenez. >> reporter: as professional sports return to full capacity, so do fresh concerns over covid-19. driven by the delta variant. jonathan bornstein is a defender for the chicago fire, the city's major league soccer team. he's played all over the world, even stints in the world cup for team usa. he couldn't wait to get the vaccine. >> i wanted, for myself, to -- to be able to protect myself and
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protect the people around me. i was one of those very open people to follow what was going on. and when i got the opportunity to take advantage of it. >> not everyone feels that way, as i'm sure you know. even within the professional-sports world. >> reporter: some have been reluctant to share where they stand. >> me being available to my teammates on the floor is me taking care of my body. you know? me, you know, doing everything i can do to make sure i am available, both, mentally, physically, and spiritually as well. >> and do you mind me asking if you are confirming that you did get the vaccine? >> it's not -- it's not a big deal. >> reporter: and as the olympics begin in tokyo, notably without fans, several american athletes won't be there, either. after testing positive for covid-19. raising suspicions over whether they were vaccinated. swimmer, michael andrew, says he wasn't. >> i didn't want to put anything in my body that i didn't know how i would, potentially, react to. i didn't want to risk any days out. >> reporter: it is, still,
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possible to get covid, post-vaccine. but the effects are less likely to be severe, according to the cdc. but some, still, prefer the freedom of choice, over a threat of health. buffalo bills' wide receiver, cole beasley made that clear in june tweeting, if you are scared of me, then steer clear or get vaccinated. pointblank, period. i may die of covid but i'd rather die, actually, living. the nfl's policy is vaccinated players get tested once every two weeks, while unvaccinated players get tested every day. the league, also, told teams, any covid-19 outbreak, among unvaccinated players, would lead to the team's forfeit and loss, if the game can't be made up. >> hi. >> reporter: across leagues, vaccination rates have climbed, in recent months. >> covid-19 vaccine. >> reporter: the wnba has led the way. announcing, in late june, 99% of its athletes were fully
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vaccinated. and major league soccer hopes to follow the trend. >> i think the most important thing was always education. our team doctors were always available for any -- any types of questions that we had for them. >> do you worry at all, in any way, that somehow, because someone else isn't vaccinated, that it would affect your health, in any way? >> a lot of guys are taking care of themselves, both on and off the field. so, it hasn't been something that has been in my mind, a lot, lately. but the more that you hear about the delta variant, and other variants that have been going around. it starts to creep back in a little bit just because a lot more people are starting to get sick, again. >> reporter: now, right after the nfl made that forfeit policy for covid outbreaks, some players took issue with it saying it's pressuring people within the league to get vaccinated. deandre hopkins, for example, wide receiver for the arizona cardinals, tweeted, then deleted, that the possibility of hurting his team for not getting the vaccine made him question his future in the league. and with the first preseason game less than two weeks away, at this point, it's likely going to be an issue, all the way up
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facebook and social media taking a lot of heat for the spread of misinformation. and a new book is diving into facebook's history and exploring how little the company has done, in stopping it. joining me now is sheera franco, the co-author of "an ugly truth
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inside facebook's battle for domination." an internal facebook memo from 2016, executive andrew bosworth wrote this. says maybe it cost a life by exposing someone to bullies. maybe, someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated on our tools. the ugly truth is that we believe in connecting people so deeply that anything that allows us to connect people more often is, de facto, good. so the through line here is that what you are saying is that facebook has put its growth and profits, ahead of everything else. but i mean, that -- it is from 2016. facebook has done a lot -- um -- and, you know, spoken to congress, and has changed a lot of things in the way they operate. but what are you saying there? >> yeah. i mean, i think that, for a long time, facebook's motto was move fast and break things. and even when they changed that motto, that mentality of growth, at any cost, really persisted. and i think that's something
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that our reporting showed, going into this book. was that, at every step, problems happened on facebook's platform because they were focused on their growth. they were focused on metrics, like how many times a day you log into your facebook page. how many hours of the day you spend there. and if that's what's driving your decision-making, getting people to log on, as many times of the day as possible, of course, you are going to have to show people really emotive things that elicit responses out of them. and get them sort of logging in and getting you hours as a company. >> you just said move fast and break things. that was the company's motto and you said that attitude persisted. do you think it still persists? >> you know, it's funny. i can't remember if this detail made it in the book. at one point, this book was i think twice as long. but the wi-fi password for their company, if you were a guest there, was still move fast. so, yes, i think, you know, the engineers we spoke to. we did speak to over 400 people for this book. the vast majority of whom, still, work there. will say, yes, that is still the attitude. engineers, policy people, law --
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lawyers, you know, they all feel this sense of facebook still pushing for growth to be their north star. >> you don't think they feel the pressure and some responsibility, considering what's happened over the past -- you said 2016. that was the year trump was elected. and, you know, misinformation started, really, to skyrocket. you don't think that they've made a difference? or they have, you know, sort of an altar call, so to speak? >> you know, i think our book shows that they've instituted some really important changes. they'll tell you, themselves, that they hired over 30,000 people to work in security. they now know a lot more about misinformation, and how to look for it. but again, you know, i think one thing our book kind of chronicles that, until they change basic things about their algorithms, the problems they have are going to persist. and here, i'm really thinking of the news of the last week of vaccine misinformation. and how that persists on the platform. their executives care. they're not inhuman. they are, very much, upset about what happened in the 2016
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elections. they are, very much, upset about what happened in myanmar, sri lanka, and many other countries where hate speech on facebook led to people being killed. but, you know, caring about something and fundamentally changing your company to make it better and different, are two different things. >> yeah. so, i just want to say that this is a statement given to our brian stelter from facebook. facebook spokesperson. and it says, there have been 367 books published on facebook. each, claiming novel insight into how we operate. it seems, this one is not only a rehash of history, but relies on anecdotes supplied by mo mostly-unnamed critics. you want -- you want to respond to that, quickly, please? >> sure, as a reporter, i can't help but notice that is two words different from their original statement which was that there were 367 books written about facebook. i think they realized they have to shift that language because that's not true. if you count facebook for dummies, maybe, you get to 367. but really, there's been a handful of books written about
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facebook and the inner workings of the company and i think they know our book is different because we spoke to those people inside the company. and yes, they are anonymous but they're anonymous because they still work there. and facebook did not allow them to speak to us. so, in order to keep their jobs, they had to speak to us, anonymously. >> sheera frankel, we thank you so much. the book again is "an ugly truth: inside facebook's battle for domination." our thanks to sheera frankel. we'll be right back. (man) i've made progress with my mental health. so when i started having unintentional body movements called tardive dyskinesia...
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