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With President Biden’s CDC trying to force masks back on the vaccinated, there was understandable outrage and pushback from the public. But while CBS Evening News chose to approach the opposition as just a side effect of the move, ABC’s World News Tonight and NBC Nightly News actually criticized the administration for causing their own “messaging problem” that harmed their efforts to get people vaccinated.
NBC was the first to be publically critical of the move. During the evening newscast, the day of the announcement (Tuesday), chief White House correspondent Peter Alexander admitted it was a terrible look for the administration. “When the White House declared this a summer of freedom this is not the message they wanted to deliver just a month later,” he said.
He went on to explain that the move could set back their vaccination effort because it removed a “major incentive."