WH official retweets deceptively edited Fox News clip questioning FDA’s vaccine approval

The Biden administration has frequently accused its political opponents of spreading disinformation. However, one of its officials was recently caught sharing misinformation intended to hit a popular Fox News host.

According to Mediaite, White House Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates retweeted a deceptively edited video of Fox News host Dana Perino, which made the Fox News host appear as if she was questioning the recent Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. 

The clip featured Perino discussing this week’s decision by the FDA granting full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.

As Fox Business reported on Monday, COVID-19 vaccines have thus far been made available under an emergency authorization use only. The network added that full FDA approval for vaccines produced by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are expected to be forthcoming.

Out of context

In the video, Perino appears to be suggesting the vaccine’s approval was granted prematurely, noting that “critics” asked “if the process was rushed.”

In fact, Perino was putting that question to former Trump administration health official Brett Giroir, who said he did not believe the COVID-19 vaccine approval had been rushed.

Mediaite states the video was created by a liberal hack at Media Matters and then shared on Twitter by the left-wing group’s director of media intelligence, Lis Power, among other hardcore, high-profile media progressives.

From there it was retweeted by Daily Beast editor-at-large Molly Jong-Fast, who wrote “Rupert Murdoch didn’t think it was too rushed. He got it in December.” Murdoch is head of Fox Corporation, which is Fox News’ parent company. Bates subsequently re-tweeted Jong-Fast’s post.

Doubling down

Power faced criticism over the deceptive editing, with one Twitter user comparing the video to propaganda efforts employed by the Chinese Communist Party.

Yet, rather than issue an apology, Power instead responded by posting another tweet in which she defended how the footage was edited.

“As people are noting, the guest in the segment stated that full approval means that people can be confident that the vaccines are safe and effective,” the left-wing activist insisted. “That doesn’t negate that the immediate framing was ‘critics asking if the process was rushed.’”

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