Fox's vaccine criticism focuses attention on its own policy

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NEW YORK (AP) — A steady criticism of COVID vaccine mandates by figures on Fox News has drawn attention to its own company's stringent rules on the topic — even from President Joe Biden.

The president was denounced as an “authoritarian” and “divider-in-chief” on Fox last week after announcing new efforts to compel more Americans to be vaccinated.

When Biden set forth a plan requiring companies with 100 or more employees to ensure their workers are fully vaccinated or show a negative COVID test at least once a week, he noted that “some of the biggest companies are already requiring this — United Airlines, Disney, Tyson Foods and even Fox News.”

Yet Kevin Lord, executive vice president of human resources at Fox News parent Fox Corp., said in a memo this week the company will be requiring all unvaccinated employees to be tested each day — not just once a week — in order to work in company facilities. The policy was first reported by CNN.

Fox last month required employees to report evidence of their status, and Lord said more than 90% of full-time employees have been fully vaccinated.

Fox's most popular primetime host, Tucker Carlson, devoted nearly the first 20 minutes of his show Wednesday to Biden's COVID efforts, saying the rules require people to submit to being bullied.

“You can't allow people to force you to take drugs that you don't want or that you don't need,” Carlson said. “It's up to you what drugs you take, period. If you allow people to force you to take drugs you don't want, you're done. They own you. You&apos