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that it is telling facebook about social media posts it considers misinformation. again, the biden administration is flagging posts that it thinks facebook should block. the reason? they say the misinformation about the coronavirus vaccine is the biggest cause of low vaccination rates in some areas and with some groups. we'll talk to missouri republican senator josh hawley about all of this in just a moment. all this occurs as vice president biden welcomes german chancellor angela merkel to the white house as the two countries seek to smooth over relations strained under the trump administration. white house correspondent peter doocy begins our coverage tonight live from the north lawn. good evening, peter. >> peter: good evening and fresh out of that press conference with the president and the german chancellor where the president updated what we have been hearing from the administration about why, exactly they think people are taking to the streets chanting chant libenter tad.
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they were upset about rising covid cases down in cuba. now the president is speaking out about the perils of communism instead p will i don't see socialism as a very useful substitute but that's another story. >> pete: the president at that press event called cuba a failed state. he says if he knew that vaccinations could be delivered directly to the people and not to the communist regime, he would send enough or as many as they need and vaccinations here at home continue to stymie the administration. they are stuck. the numbers of people getting vaccinated every day are not on the pace that the administration wants and so now they are taking to facebook to fix it. >> peter: as president biden meets with the german chancellor
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focused on foreign policy. >> been in the oval office many times. >> peter: officials at the white house are focused on you. >> we are flagging problematic posts for facebook that spread misinformation. >> peter: that's right biden administration officials are combing through facebook looking for posts they think are disinformation. then notifying facebook when they find something they don't like. senator josh hawley, a republican tweets: so now the biden administration is using facebook to impose its covid-19 speech code in the social media platforms are increasingly just arms of the federal government and the biden white house. somewhere at the white house, officials already have a list. >> there's about 12 people who are producing 65% of anti-vaccine information on social media platforms. all of them remain active on facebook despite some even being banned on other platforms, including facebook -- ones that facebook owns. >> peter: the surgeon general is getting involved. >> today i issued a surgeon
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general's advisory on the dangers of health misinformation. >> peter: republican senator tom cotton's problem is, quote: the white house wants to censor misinformation on facebook while president biden claims that voter i.d. laws are worse than jim crow. >> there is disinformation that is coming from bad actors. but what is also important to point out is that much of the misinformation that is circulating online is often coming from individuals who don't have bad intentions. >> peter: at this point there may only be one way to avoid having the white house call silicon valley about your facebook posts just don't post. >> one of the things we have said again, when it comes to misinformation, not sharing is caring unlike what many of our moms taught us earlier in life. [laughter] >> peter: this revelation or announcement that the biden administration, the federal government are going to be monitoring communications that americans might think are private when they post them comes the same day as a visit from a german chancellor who half a decade ago was told or
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close to a deck indicated ago was told by the biden administration -- or by the obama-biden administration that the nsa had been monitoring her phone calls. it does not seem like there are any lingering hard feelings though today they are about to sit down for dinner. on the guest list hillary clinton. bret? >> bret: interesting. peter doocy, live on the north lawn. peter, thank you. as mentioned at the top, the world health organization did an about face over some of its earlier reporting about the origins of the coronavirus. this comes amid serious questions about whether the w.h.o. has been concealing the level of china's involvement and how much china has been influencing the w.h.o. here is correspondent benjamin hall. >> all eyes today were back on wuhan institute of virology stunning admission. >> there was pretty much a push to, you know, especially reduce
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one of the options like the lab theory and working in the lab. and lab accidents happen. it's common. >> acknowledging for the first time that the lab could have been the source of cody, he called on china to explain what was happening there at the time of the outbreak. but former white house chief of staff mark meadows said the w.h.o. can no longer be trusted. >> until you actually eliminate the leadership at the w.h.o., dr. tedros included, we should not be a member of that organization. >> it also emerged today that the key w.h.o. report into the origins of covid compiled with the help of china contains serious errors. chief amongst them the first family class to identify in wuhan subjects 1, 5 and 11 had been going to the infamous wet market. that, it turns out, was simply not true. the family were different people all together. the data they say just got mixed up. 'pours cold water on the theory
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et wet market was the source. the w.h.o. acknowledge the errors but do not claim it changes the conclusion. they admit they dismissed the lab leak theory too quickly and committing admitting they did not have what they needed from china. all in all, it's hard to know what can be believed, bret? >> bret: benjamin hall in london. benjamin, thank you. let's now bring in missouri republican senator josh hawley. thank you for joining us. i want to start with this disinformation campaign, if you will, looking at facebook posts that the administration believes are spreading disinformation about the coronavirus vaccine and telling facebook about them. your thoughts on that? >> i think it's scary, bret. i think it's really scary to have the federal government of the united states, the white house compiling lists and going to a private company that by the way is a monopoly, facebook, and saying you need to censor. you need to do something about this. you need to tell these users, these private users and a private company what they can
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and cannot say. i just think that this kind of coordination between big government and the big monopoly corporation, boy that is scary stuff. it real hadly is censorship, bret. >> bret: does it change you? know, you have been fighting this fight on big tech a number of different fronts. does it change the perspective there on what they have said as private companies in defending some of their actions? >> well, at this point, you really have to wonder how private of companies they are. i mean, if you are taking direction from the federal government, openly coordinating with the federal government, you have got the government saying we think this speech ought to be censored and big tech if they carry out those instruptions, i mean, that looks like they are starting to operate as a public utility and there are many people out there who say we ought to just treat them as public utilities. we ought to regulate these private companies as such. my view is we ought to break them up and restore competition. but i have to tell you, bret, their status as independent private companies looks more and more endangered here.
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they are acting like arms of the government. and when they're monday nope police, that's a big problem. >> bret: all right. so the administration says the big problem with the coronavirus is this delta variant and that as it spreads in unvaccinated populations, the risk to everyone is exponential. do you see that as a legitimate threat? >> well, certainly, bret. the delta variant, i think is, a very significant threat. it is a big concern. and the numbers are alarming. i think what we have got to do is we have got to get people the facts. we have got to say here's what you need to know about the vaccines. here is where you can get vaccinated and encourage folks to make a medical decision good for them and their families. i want to say i trust the people in my state missouri. and i trust the american people to make decisions that are good for them and their families. i think they shouldn't be told what to do. they certainly shouldn't have federal agents or whatever going door to door tell them what to do. you give people the facts. you give them access to the
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vaccine and then you let them make their decisions. >> bret: you know, senator roy blunt, senior senator from your state and pretty much every event he goes, to he is now saying it's the vaccine versus the variant. we have to stop having places for the virus to mutate. you don't say that a ton. is there a reason why? my view you give the facts to people, bret and share your decisions. i share i have been vaccinated and i encourage other folks to get vaccinated. i think it's the best way to prevent getting the virus or getting reinfected with it if you already have it i will say think think people are smart. they can make their own decisions, their medical decisions for themselves and their family. you give people all of the facts. you make the vaccine as widely available as possible. give them the facts about the different vaccines available and let them make a good choice. >> bret: so you are obviously against any kind of mandates for
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vaccinations? >> , i am, bret. i'm totally against this. the vaccines three widely in use in this country all have emergency use authorizations emergency use authorization. you have to tell people about the dangers associated with that vaccine or drug before you give it. and in this case, you know, we are up against a major pandemic which is why we have these organization authorizations which is why the vaccines are out there. i have been vaccinated and encourage people to get vaccinated. we shouldn't treat as unusual i have got concerns i want to wait. i want to make a medical decision good for me. that's fine, we have got give people the facts. >> bret: back to the disinformation concern from the administration, the flip side is you have yourself and senator cotton and others saying, well, the w.h.o. is kind original report about the coronavirus was if you oppose that and said it could come from a lab that was
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disinformation at the beginning. hunter biden and the concerns about that. that was disinformation from the beginning. so, some of this disinformation evolved over time as more of the media covered some of that's stories. >> you know, that's absolutely true, bret. what facebook said was disinformation now the president himself has said is one of the two leading theories as to where this virus came from. i'm talking about a potential lab link to covid-19. this is why i have called, by the way, for all of the u.s. government's intelligence on the origins of covid to be released. i think the public needs to know. we need to know the facts. the public can make up it own mind. let's give people the facts on the origins of this virus. here's the bottom line, to have these monopoly companies you can a say this, you can't say that we are going to decide. that's antithetical to the first amendment of the united states. it's antithetical to free and open debate. and we have seen the standards evolve as point out what they used to say oh, that's crazy.
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it's disinformation. now they say oh very valid possibility may very well be the source of covid-19. so let's see. >> bret: last thing, senator. you and i had an interesting interview prior to january 6th. you were getting ready to challenge the election results. today, can you definitively say that joe biden is the legitimately elected president and the election was not stolen? >> yes, i said, bret, that i think that president biden is the duly elected president of the united states that became official when we certified late in the night on january 6th those election results. and i would just say to those out there now who are concerned as i am about the direction of this country, concerned about the agenda of this administration that i think is radically misguided, now we have got to stand up and oppose it in congress. we have got to oppose it everywhere that we can in the democratic process and offer a viable alternative. >> bret: senator josh hawley from missouri. we appreciate your time. you are always welcome back. >> thank you, bret.
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>> bret: stocks mixed today. the dow gained 54, the s&p 500 lost 14. the nasdaq was down 102. up next, should nations such as cuba, russia, china, judge the u.s. record on racism? president biden thinks. so republicans do not. first, here is what some of our fox affiliates around the country are covering tonight. fox 45 in baltimore. police say the man accused in the shooting of a navy midshipman's mother was a newcomerstownive. angela is being held for the murder of michelle cummings. she's was killed by a stray bullet while on the front patio of a doubt annapolis hotel june 8th. she was in town to witness her son's induction into the naval academy. also a jury finds the gun han who killed five people at a maryland newspaper in 2018 criminally responsible for rejecting defense attorney's mental illness arguments, prosecutors are seeking five life sentences without the possibility of parole. and fox 6 in birmingham, alabama
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as the state education leaders continue discussions about critical race theory which links racial discrimination to america's foundations and legal system. they are dealing with a proposed resolution to outline what is appropriate and inappropriate classroom instruction ahead of the fall school year. finally, this is a life look at indianapolis from fox 59 our affiliate there one of the big stories there tonight the indianapolis based american college of sports medicine names arlington, virginia the fittest city in america for the fourth consecutive year. 100 of america's largest cities were analyzed using health behaviors, health outcomes, recreational activities as indicators. minneapolis came in second followed by seattle and denver. nice job, arlington. that's tonight's live look outside the beltway from "special report." we'll be right back ♪ ♪ i look to move it move it ♪ i like to move it, modify it ilike to, modify it
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>> bret: biden administration is taking heavy criticism for invitation for the united nations to conduct a review of the u.s. record on racism. we brought you this story first
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on "special report" last night. the state state department correspondent rich edson shows us. >> the state department argues it's a showcase of american transparency. republicans call it grabbling, insane and some kind of comedy skit. >> it's stupid. before you get to the human rights record in the u.s. rank them in order of problematic. there is 199 other places we would have to deal with first. this week secretary of state tony blinken invited envoys to the united states to examine racism and human rights. the white house is this should invite united nations to examine their own record. >> acknowledge it improve it and push and lift up and shine a light on other countries that need to do better. that is the role we are playing here from the united states. >> state department invitation follow as report last month from the u.n. high commissioner for human rights. it crites george floyd's murder and the protest that fossilled in detailing worldwide police
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brutality against those of african dissent. in criticizing the announcement republicans note who is looking at the united states. >> i'm so sick and tired of the left thinking that everything they have to do runs through thetown examine america. have we had racial issues in the history of our country? of course we have. >> the u.n. human rights council recently added cuba, russia and china to state department renewed its genocide accusations against china for the chinese government's treatment of the uyghur minority. meanwhile china's foreign ministry is intensifying its criticism of the united states. saying today that the u.s. is in no position to lecture on human rights and should, instead, reflect on its own record. bret? >> bret: rich edson live at the state department. rich, thank you. the black lives matter movement also facing fierce criticism tonight for praising cuba and blasting the u.s. government. kevin corke has details. good evening, kevin.
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>> good evening, bret. the organization's statement was actually posted on instagram and came amid rare protests in cuba communist government. about. lm urging the u.s. to immediately lift you have the economic embargo against cuba. undermining cuba's trite choose their own government. a statement went on to say that the cuba began people are being punished by the u.s. government which it said had only instigated suffering for the country's 11 million people of which 4 million are black and brown. while the protests have drawn widespread support across america, notably in south florida, which is home to the nation's largest cuban american community, on social media, there has been very sharp criticism. carlos of the miami herald writing such little understanding of history and humanity for a long oppressed cuban people. emily schrader of israel's jerusalem post said apparently black lives matter, unless it's black lives in cuba living under
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a communist dictatorship who want to be free. professor says i am black and cuban and deeply hurt by the blm statement on cuban protest. with whom is their solidarity? certainly not with the people in the streets. listen to us. meanwhile, in washington, searing criticism from key republicans in the senate, including ted cruz of texas who tweeted this: as millions of cubans risk their lives to rise up for freedom, blm stands with the communist dictatorship. curiously, no reaction, at least as yet, to the original instagram post by members of the squad, at least so far no backing away or clarifying that statement from the organization. bret? >> bret: we will follow this one, kevin, thank you. up next the controversy over requiring students to wear masks in school what will happen even if they have been vaccinated. ♪ ♪ urclients know we have their backs. (other money manager) how do your clients know that?
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♪ '. >> bret: california lawmakers guaranteed income plan in the country. they are spending $35 million monthly cash payments to qualifying pregnant women and young adults who recently left foster care. there are no restrictions on how they must spend it. local governments and organizations will apply for the money and run their programs. the state department of social services will decide who gets that funding. as we mentioned at the top of the show, the breaking news, los
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angeles county, california, the largest county in the country is reinstating its mask mandate indoors. starting at 1 minute before midnight saturday. and again that mandate there is for everyone, regardless of their vaccine status. meanwhile, the question of whether students returning to classrooms this fall should be required to wear masks is coming to a head in san diego. many patience are frustrated with rules that seem to contradict what they see more lenient guidance from the cdc. national correspondent william la jeunesse reports tonight from los angeles. >> i do not consent to the following. lockdowns are arbitrary closures of schools, businesses or places of worship. mask mandates, especially for children. >> in san diego, county supervisors recommended that all students vaccinated or not, should wear a mask. well that prompted this legal threat from parents. >> is this how this works in
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america like you have to sue people to get your rights back? >> school is still a month away, but the revolt has already started. >> we are so angry and we are so powerless because we see these kids, you know, there are private school kids going to school unmasked. >> california no one standard meaning some students at some schools will be required to wear masks. others will thought. >> we know children are generally pretty safe. let's get the masks off their faces. >> for my girls, i think they are okay wearing their masks. some parents favor masks because they allow for safe in person learning. and universal masking assures that some students will not be ridiculed. but the cdc says fully vaccinated students and teachers don't need masks. >> children do not contribute much to the overall community transmission. we have had a plethora of studies that demonstrate people who are actually spreading covid-19 throughout the schools
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tend to be more of the adults. the teachers, the employees, so if they are vaccinated or they are protected by natural immunity, i think that is time for our younger children to take off their masks. >> without federal or state mandates, this debate is wide open and likely heading to a school district near you. bret? >> bret: william, thank you. ♪ breaking tonight, fox news is confirming new york democratic governor andrew cuomo will be questioned this saturday by investigators from the new york state attorney general's office. the governor is the subject of several inquiries by abulbasher of in groups into his handling of the nurse home policy during the book deal. it's believed this is the first time governor cuomo will be questioned in the attorney general's investigation. president biden says his infrastructure plan is on track
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and he says that he thinks it can all come together. jacqui heinrich has the latest on all of this from capitol hill. >> bret: we'll have that story for you. >> the time has come to make progress. >> that time, senate majority leader chuck schumer hopes will be next wednesday. his deadline for the entire democratic caucus to agree to move forward on a $3.5 trillion package to pass along party lines. for that, he will need all 50 votes, including senator joe manchin. >> i'm concerned about everything. inflation, i'm concerned about the price. i want to make sure that we are paying for it i want to make sure we have a competitive tax rate. i want to make sure the united states of america stays energy independent. >> wrea senator raising concerns about the future of fossil fuel if the plan is enacted as is. others like senator jon tester are applauding was built
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infrastructure into the blueprint so much work in a few short days republicans have largely let democrats fight it out repeating their one big criticism inflation it? >> will generate zero republican support and hopefully there will be a few brave democrats that understand running the country into the ground taxing and debt is not a good idea. >> progressives who won't vote for the bipartisan hard infrastructure bill unless the social spending comes right along behind it making the case for the 3.5 trillion. leary negotiations will shave off too much of what they want. >> inflation is a real concern. but we should also be concerned about is it real inflation wages for many, many workers in this country has not gone up. for almost 50 years. people are paying much more than they can afford for child care, for college, for healthcare. >> schumer echoing it with an appeal to moderates. >> the experts like secretary yellen and chairman powell
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believe that these are certainly needed. the inflationary, danger, i don't believe is close to the needs for this. >> jacqui heinrich reporting from capitol hill. we will monitor all of this and see if this deal comes together by the next few days. up next, we go live to the southern border. first, beyond our borders tonight. dozens of people have died in germany. many others missing as record rain fall there in western europe causes rivers to burst their banks. hundreds of soldiers are helping police with rescue efforts using tanks to clear roads there of landslides and fallen trees. helicopters are wenching stranded people off rooftops in germany to safety. searing government rockets hit two villages in the last rebel strong hold in northwestern syria today. rescue workers say at least nine civilians were killed including three children. the u.n. children agency says it's a terrifying sign that violence is returning to that area that has been under a cease-fire for more than a year. more than 1300 new coronavirus
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cases are reported in tokyo. that is a six month high there just days before the start of this summer olympic games. tokyo is under a fourth state of emergency which began monday it requires restaurants and bars to close early and not serve alcohol throughout the games. just some of the other stories beyond our borders tonight. we'll be right back. ♪ ♪ [relaxed summer themed music playing] ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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♪ bret president biden says thet its embassy in haiti but sending american troops to stabilize that country is, quote, not on the agenda. the head of the palace security for assassinated haitian president jovenel moise has been arrested. that's according to the "new york times" today. investigators are looking to why the killers were not met with more resistance. the "times" reports some of those accused in the plot met with the months leading up to that attack. several suspects told haitian
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authorities the meetings were intended to plan a new government once the president had stepped down. but colombia's president says some of the suspects from his country knew of the assassination plot. senior pentagon officials say some of the colombia former soldiers detained in this seengs assassination plot had u.s. military training. charges could be brought in the u.s. over the killing. south africa's army is deploying 25,000 troops to assist police in quelling week long riots there sparked by the imprisonment of former president jacob zuma. at least 117 people killed. more than 200 people have been arrested so far. it's one of the largest deployments of soldiers since the end of white minority rule in south africa in 19934. protests started after zuma started after zuma refused to testify. we take you back to the u.s. southern border where the traffic continues to be heavy as
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the illegal immigration crisis continues at a fast pace. correspondent jonathan serrie shows us tonight from la joya, texas. >> waive after wave, more than 200 men, women and children walked past an unfinished section of the u.s. border wall in la joya, texas today voluntarily turning themselves in to federal authorities on the other side. these groups of migrant families are generally peaceful. but they drain limited resources as border patrol agents also face a criminal element trying to avoid detection. just a mile from where the family groups came, in we watched a young man jump into a water filled ditch in hopes of evading border patrol agents. once he realized he was surrounded, he gave up. >> people turn themselves. in the numbers keep climbing and climbing. of the people that are running that number keeps climbing and climbing as well. we are completely overwhelmed. >> during the predawn hours today, florida congresswoman kat cammack led a delegation from
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her state to the border wall where a large gathered. speaking us through the wall this mother from honduras explains her reasons for walking into the u.s. with her 1-year-old child. [speaking spanish] >> to work and give my daughter a better life, she says. god willing. both the humanitarian crisis and the crime do not stop in texas border towns. but spread to other parts of the u.s. causing a wide range of problems from human trafficking to fentanyl. >> it's a national security crisis. it is a humanitarian crisis. a public health crisis. and we have to acknowledge that this crisis is coming to a town near you. >> and looking at the unfinished border wall from our fox flight team drone, you can see how easy it is for migrants to cross. now, during the first five months of this year, border patrol agents had close to 930,000 encounters with migrants along the he southwestern
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border. they have yet to release statistics for june but once they do that figure is expected to easily top 1 million. bret? >> bret: jonathan serrie along the southern border of the u.s. jonathan, thank you. up next, the panel on the white house flagging social media posts it considers misinformation and black lives matter on cuba. ♪ ♪ well, since you asked. it finds discounts and policy recommendations, so you only pay for what you need. limu, you're an animal! who's got the bird legs now? only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪ it's an important time to save. with priceline, you can get up to 60% off amazing hotels. and when you get a big deal... you feel like a big deal.
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♪ >> well it often appears inknock use on social media soits or search engines, the truth is that misinformation takes away our freedom to make informed decisions about our health and the health of our loved ones, during the covid-19 pandemic health misinformation has led people to resist wearing masks in high risk settings turn down treatment and choose not to be vaccinated. >> we have improved disinformation research and tracking within the surgeon general's office flagging problematic posts for facebook that spreads misinformation. >> bret: white house flagging problematic posts for facebook. that is problematic for some republicans for capitol hill. >> i think it's really scary to have the federal government of the united states, the white house compiling lists of people,
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organizations, and then going to a private company that by the way is a monopoly, facebook. and saying you need to censor, you need to do something about this. you need to tell these users, these private users and private company what they can or cannot say. i think that this kind of coordination between big government and the big monopoly corporation boy that is scary stuff and it really is censorship, bret. >> bret: with that let's bring in our panel, ben domenech publisher of the federalist. kim buyerly strassel member of the editorial "wall street journal" and harold ford ceo of empowerment inclusion capitol. kimberly, let me start with you. your thought on this. >> this is remarkable. only last week had the former president of the united states sue big tech arguing that they had violated first amendment standards because they were acting as arms of the government. and here you have the white house and jen psaki, you know, giving talking points that seem to lead credence to what is kind
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of a novel legal theory. you are going to see stuff like this presented in court because, first amendment usually only normally applies to the government but if you can prove these companies are taking dictation from government out of fear of political retribution or anything else, you can claim that they are state actors. >> bret: harold, the administration is saying that they are trying to combat misinformation because they believe the vaccination rates in certain areas and with some groups lower than it needs to be and should be because of that misinformation, but what about the tactic? >> well, the tactic, thanks for having me on, the tactic, whatever they choose to do, facebook or the white house, all of it will be transparent and done in the open. and i would agree with kimberly. if there is something that is in violation of the first amendment. i suspect someone will challenge it and it will go before a court. but, one of the chief responsibilities and obligations of any government, of any president is public health.
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so i understand where this white house is coming from. we had a few hundred thousand people die from this virus and we see the delta variant on the rise. the surgeon general has ever right to push back and every right to use every tool at his disposal and certainly social media platforms are just that now now i listened to your interview with senator hawley who is an effective presenter. he is right on one side look at facebook and challenges because of its side and suppressing competitiveness and innovation. those questions need to be answered. facebook has a process you have to go through if you -- you are i or anyone in this panel flag something on facebook that might insight violence or might bring violence to you or create a problem in the community. so i suspect that all of this is being done in the open. all being done with transparency on it. it will be hard for them to cheat, for that matter to exert some sort of influence that's undo. >> bret: here's the biggest problem. i will play sunday bite from the head of the w.h.o. right now and
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we will go on the back side of it. >> there was pretty much a push to, you know, especially reduce one of the options like the lab theory. as you know, i was a lab technician myself. i'm an immunology just and i have worked in the lab and lab accidents happen i myself have had errors. so it can happen. >> bret: the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic if you said on facebook or on twitter that there was a leak from the lab at wuhan that caused this coronavirus to spread, that was one of the things listed as disinformation. if you said at the beginning of the hunter biden investigation that this lantd is going to provide information, that was
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one of the things that was disinformation as it evolved it is not disinformation as the w.h.o. acceded. >> i'm sorry to disappoint harold transparency is not a word i associate with any processes with facebook flagging any information or disinformation. in fact, they are completely opaque in terms of their processes, what they judge and how they deem things to be determined, including even their fact checking process which we previously at the federalist ran into on exactly this issue when it came to reporting and writing about the lab leak hypothesis and that was something that certainly frustrated us as a publisher but it was also far more frustrating from the perspective of individual, just trying to share their own thoughts, their own information, and one of the things that i'm really concerned about, when it came to jen psaki's comments today, is she mentioned the fact that this wasn't just about facebook but about also the companies in other areas that they own. they obviously own the popular
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messaging component what's app. which is something a lot of people use to communicate. what we saw during the hunter biden experience people weren't even allowed to direct message u.s. reporting about that atlanta on twitter is this going to be a similar circumstance where facebook starts to reach into the private communications of individuals under the guise of preventing misinformation, disinformation when we all know that the real reason that people are seeing these declines in terms of vaccination rates is the kind of story that you had earlier about l.a. county, about these school processes that say regardless of your vaccination status, you are going to have to wear a mask again. that does much more damage to the cause of vaccination than i would say any kind of sharing of information or debate around the origination of this virus or any of the other related issues that we're discussing. >> bret: harold, i will go back to you for reaction here. it seems like this is an issue that the aclu would embrace and
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say don't overstep this don't overmixing of the government and the white house and this private company that's not controlled over overseen as a publisher. >> yeah. i mean, that's the unfortunate thing is we used to have a lot more robust community, including groups like the aclu that would be terrified if the federal government was, in essence, coercing companies this way. because, remember, the enormous amount of power the feds have over outside big tech groups. and we now have democrats in the house propose legislation that would basically require big tech to get the sign-off of federal regulators for almost any action they take. and all of this is going to lead potentially to some really big lawsuits. >> bret: harold, last word. >> it's not lost on me any of the things that are, said. i would hope that people would want to get a vaccine because they want to stop wearing a mask. i would hope people also realize
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they that we may all get the vaccine and may not be enough of us vaccinated that we may have to go back to wearing it this will all play out in court. i don't fault this administration for trying to use every tool possible to get as many americans vaccinated because one thick we do know if you are vaccinated the chance of you getting sick or worse from this virus decreases in overwhelming to dramatic terms to less than .1%. no american no person in public life in responsible public life should be encouraging people not to get the vaccine. i understand what the white house is trying to do if it's wrong and illegal to both of my panelists, look, the courts will step in. but i doubt they will. >> bret: all right, panel. stand by. when we come back, tomorrow's headlines with you. ♪
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♪ ♪ >> bret: finally tonight, a look at tomorrow's headlines with the pam. kimberly, first to you. >> as analysts continue to sift
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through this week's unemployment claims, as the biden administration comes up with evermore creative excuses for why the states stopped taking enhanced unemployment benefits are doing so much better than those that still are. it's been pretty clear the government baby getting in the way for a while. and now the numbers are proving it. >> bret: and talk to small business still has a concern with that harold? >> ben may like this one, too. free at last. britney spears likely to be freed from her conservatorship and at the same time set a new legal standard for who can fall into conservatorship in the first place. >> bret: unity on the panel. ben? >> i do like that one, harold. the cuban government air drops in propaganda push copies of the 1619 project. nicole hanna jones two years ago called cuba the example of
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equity in a multiracial government, unfortunately, i don't think the people necessarily agree. >> bret: all right, panel, thank you very much. tomorrow on "special report," cancel culture goes after historical statues in portland. that's the latest battleground. thanks for inviting us into your home tonight. that's it for "special report," fair, balanced and unafraid. "fox news primetime" with fox news pete hegseth with seconds to spare. >> pete: right on the nose tonight bret. thank you very much. great show. thank you. good evening, america, it's':00 p.m. on the east coast and 6:00 p.m. in god's country which means it's full-time for prime. ♪ i'm your host pete hegseth. the white house misinformation police, well, they are at it again. this time they are working to control everything we see or say on social media. not what's on hyperdrive. they are in charge. les we had any doubt, they just came out and said it today, almost like it's not

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