The efforts of the Biden authorities to advertise the vaccine will goal to place politics out of the image
The propagandists promoting fascism, ready to sabotage even democracy itself instead of giving up power, were just as anxious to spread conspiracies against vaccines. Now there are tens of millions of Americans who believe them – which in turn could thwart “herd immunity” and put the nation on a spiral of new infections with emerging variants, each of which could prove able to past the one currently deployed vaccines slip and ignite a new pandemic that requires new lockdowns, a new vaccine development cycle, and economic collapse. It’s also more than just a theoretical concern. New lockdowns around the world are desperately trying to keep up with the new waves of pandemics, but so far have not been successful.
One would think that the existential dangers presented here would be enough to convince the various founders of conservatism to perhaps suspend it instead of contributing to the wiping out of countless millions of people, but no. Steve with three collars has legal bills to pay, so here we are. Once again.
Despite the dire current situation, there is a lot of good news in this pony stable. A focus group over the weekend suggests that vaccine-skeptical Trump supporters can move surprisingly easily to vaccine support, as long as politics is strictly kept out of the equation. The group with Frank Luntz (sigh) agreed to hear medical and scientific information from identified experts, but was hostile to vaccine information presented by political figures from both parties regardless of its truth.
What Trump-supporting skeptics react the most is the politicization of the pandemic. They are not necessarily skeptical of the disease or the vaccines, but are so reflexively suspicious of politics and politicians (yes, cut a figure) that they don’t want to do what politicians tell them to do out of raw, unadulterated behavior.
The Biden government’s vaccination campaign recognizes this and will try to evade politics. STAT reports that the public health campaign will “recruit both celebrities and trusted local officials,” with over $ 500 million earmarked to go to community organizations and leaders to resolve the case directly in their own cities to represent.
This also suggests that Biden’s relatively low profile profile may be a little computational. While White House press correspondents howl at Biden’s indolence in delivering the nerdy grandeur of an official President “press conference”, convincing skeptical Americans to sign up for vaccines could actively be harmful. It might be boring letting the political temperature cool while public health programs run their course, but it could also produce real results.
While the orange resident of the last White House is still being poked or invited to promote the vaccine he himself received for his vaccine-skeptical Republican base, our Luntzian focus group suggests that perhaps it is best to target the Gulf boy Keeping Connections Strategy.
For more good news buried in bad news, let’s look at the sulfur-scented void that Facebook’s internal moderation efforts are. A new “large-scale” effort by Facebook to understand the hesitation about vaccines advertised on its own website has produced some fascinating data, reports the Washington Post. Of the 638 “population segments” into which Facebook researchers classified their US users, only 10 of those groups contained “50 percent of all vaccine hesitation content on the platform,” reports the Post. And of those, only 111 users in the most hesitant “segment” produced half of the content. (Facebook also found considerable overlap between vaccine skepticism and “QAnon,” another demonstration of how the movement that joyfully reformulated the neo-Nazi anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about world cabals and baby eating for a new generation of lightweight gullible people turns out to be bad.)
But do you know what that means? All we have to do is deport 111 people to a crumbling Antarctic ice floe, and we have solved a large part of the nation’s vaccination problem. Or just take your smartphones with you.
In any case, there is cause for a little optimism here. It turns out that aside from the screaming discontents who have themselves arrested instead of submitting to pant masks, even most of Dear Leader’s supporters are not affiliated with their views on vaccination. As long as they can be convinced that not vaccinating against a deadly plague doesn’t “own the libraries”, they’re ready to think about it. All the current administration has to do is get out of the way while Trump supporters work through their feelings – sighing heavily. That, however, assumes that Fox News in particular isn’t deliberately sabotaging the effort with new conspiracy theories – and it doesn’t appear that the Fox Board went out of particular effort to hose down their hosts while saving American lives because of money – and that the Republicans of the House and Donald Trump’s rearguard of Sycophants for the Love of God will only shut up for a few blessed moments. We will see.