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inexperienced, incompetent, conspiracy-theory-driven, unscrupulous, and partisan. and he says the ninja audit is an abomination that has so far eroded election confidence and defamed good people. republican steve rischer gets tonight's last word and that word is "abomination." "the 11th hour with brian williams" starts now. and good evening once again. day 216 of the biden administration which now has a vaccine that has received full fda approval in its arsenal. this comes as the biden white house is ramping up the effort to get tens of millions of unvaccinated americans their first shots. pfizer's two-dose vaccine is the first of the three available in this country to win this fda permanent approval. so far they've all been used under this emergency
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authorization. moderna's up next. then j&j. this afternoon, president biden had a blunt message for the unvaccinated. >> if you're one of the millions of americans who said that they will not get the shot until it has full and final approval of the fda, it has now happened. the moment you've been waiting for is here. it's time for you to go get your vaccination and get it today. if you're a business leader, a nonprofit leader, a state or local leader who has been waiting for full fda approval to require vaccinations, i call on you now to do that. require it. >> medical experts are also weighing in, as you might imagine, saying this is a critical vote of confidence that points to the vaccine's safety. >> the full approval process means that this vaccine now has checked every box and dotted every "i" and crossed every "t"
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that every other fully approved vaccine has done. the fda is the gold standard in the world in terms of a regulatory body. there's no other national regulatory authority that matches the fda. >> now, according to our nbc news count, total covid cases in the united states have now passed 38 million. 1 million new cases have been added over just these last six days. cdc data showing over 51% of us are now fully vaccinated. nearly 61% have had at least one dose. and as the president recommended, more vaccine mandates are going into effect. earlier today, the country's largest school system announced its own rules. all teachers and staff in the new york city public school system must have at least one dose in them by september 27. pentagon also preparing to send specific vaccination guidelines to over a million active duty service members. meanwhile, speaking of the
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active duty u.s. military, the white house is speeding up the vaccinations out of afghanistan now with eight days left officially until the august 31 troop withdrawal deadline. the administration says in the past 24 hours, nearly 11,000 people have been evacuated from kabul. 48,000 have been airlifted out since august the 14th. crowds desperate to leave afghanistan remain outside the airport gates where it's bedlam. the pentagon says u.s. military commanders are in contact with the taliban. today we learned about another mission to rescue stranded americans outside the airport. >> the commanders on the ground certainly have the authorities they need to pursue opportunities to bring people in. and one of the means at their disposal is of course rotary aircraft helicopters. and we have done that on a couple of occasions. i certainly wouldn't rule out that we would do it again if it was the best way. >> so for the record, a couple of extractions thus far. meanwhile there's increasing
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pressure on biden to extend that august 31 deadline for troop withdrawal. while he's left the door open to that possibility, leaders in the taliban have declared that a red line. today the white house was asked about the taliban resistance and the president's plans. >> we're in talks with the taliban on a daily basis through political and security channels. >> reporter: has the president decided whether he'll need more time beyond august 31? >> he's taking this day by day and we're making determinations as we go. we believe we have time between now and the 31st to get out any american who wants to get out. >> just to the members of the house intelligence committee received a classified briefing on afghanistan. their chairman, adam schiff, democrat of california, expressed his doubts that the evacuation mission will indeed be accomplished by the end of august. >> i think it's possible but i think it's very unlikely. i'm certainly of the view that
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we maintain a military presence as long as is necessary to get all u.s. persons out and to meet our moral and ethical obligation to our afghan partners. i think the threat to the airport is very real and very substantial. and this has been a concern of mine for some days now, that this would make a very attractive target for isis. >> tomorrow the president will speak with this country's allies in the g-7 about the situation in afghanistan. with that, let's bring in our starting line on this monday night. phillip rucker, senior washington correspondent at "the washington post," co-author of the "new york times" bestseller "i alone can fix it." rick stengel, former secretary of state for public diplomacy in the obama administration, former
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managing editor of "time" magazine. dr. celine gounder, professor of infectious diseases at nyu, part of a panel that advised the biden transition team on covid-19. doctor, given the gravity of today's news, in your line of work, i would like to begin with you and begin with this comment from dr. fauci earlier tonight. >> there is a survey that says about 30% of people who are saying they wanted to wait for the stamp of approval, for the imprimatur, to get vaccinated. i hope they come through on what their word and their statement was. for those still hesitant, i believe we should have many more mandates. if people want to participate in things that have the safety of other people at stake, they need to get vaccinated. >> so doctor, for you, a two-part question, if you would. number one, how big a benchmark
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is this to you and your colleagues in your profession, but part two, do you really think this will change the minds of anti-vaxxers? >> brian, i don't think this is really going to sway people who have been reluctant to get vaccinated. if you look at that same kaiser family foundation survey that dr. fauci was citing there, many of these people did not understand the difference between an emergency use authorization and a full approval. this is really a surrogate for people who are just concerned about the safety of the vaccine and were expressing it through that survey with that question. where i think the approval, the fda approval today will have a big impact is by giving additional legal and social cover to employers to mandate vaccinations. and even before this, they had the legal authority to do so, but just since today's full approval, you've had a number of employers, the pentagon, cbs,
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chevron, a number of universities and new york city public schools who have said they're going to mandate vaccinations. i think we'll see a tidal wave of these over the coming days. it will play out differently by type of employer, type of employee, corporations may come on board. they may mandate their corporate employees first, their front line employees later. small and medium size businesses will be more geographically dependent. some may fear backlash from local communities if they impose mandates. >> what a complicated world out there. phil rucker, i'm curious as to what you're hearing from the white house tonight. they're cheerleading the pfizer development, as they must. but are they at the same time as realistic as dr. gounder?
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>> well, brian, they're certainly realistic in that they know that this single announcement from the fda about pfizer is not going to be some sort of green light and switch that suddenly means everybody who has been hesitant to get the vaccine will go out tomorrow and get the vaccine. that said, they're buoyed by a number of factors. both the data of the growing number of people who are getting vaccinated now. as of a few weeks ago, that number seems to be growing. and the parent effectiveness of some of the vaccine mandates that we're seeing in different concert venues or sporting venues or mask gathering sites around the country. there's been anecdotal evidence that that seems to be working, lines forming outside sporting venues and other venues of people actually getting the shot onsite in order to gain thanks for joining us gain attendance
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for those events. that is expected to grow with the approval for the pfizer vaccine, which is good news for the white house, which is concerned, obviously, with the large number of americans who have not been vaccinated and sort of at a loss with how to communicate, how to message to those people to convince them to get on board with the program. >> and rick stengel, over to you your line of work, the unique intersection of diplomacy and communications, specifically about this august 31 deadline. end of this month, we will be wheels up and out of kabul, or so say the taliban. we keep mentioning we're communicating with the taliban. if we choose to stay, if we feel compelled to stay, are we asking or telling? >> it's a good question, brian. i think we're telling. we are apparently in communication with the taliban. the taliban do not want us to hang around there. they are afraid of american
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power. they're afraid that we now have whatever it is, 5 or 6,000 troops there. that's not the plan that they want. but i think the president was smart to socialize the idea, as they say, that we might stay beyond the 31st deadline. so you won't have people in the press like us saying -- waving a finger at him and saying, you said the 31st and now you're staying longer. he said, look, we might have to stay longer, for a very good reason, we want to get every last american out of there and as many of the afghans who helped us out of there. so i think he's already put the idea in the water. and i think people will be fine if we have to stay longer, i don't think anyone wants us to stay much longer than that, however. >> dr. gounder, back to you, and back to our lead story, the pandemic of the unvaccinated.
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are we still headed, numbers-wise, as you survey the country, in the wrong direction? and what's going to really pull us out of that palpably? >> brian, i think we are still looking at a fairly challenging fall. we are still in this delta surge. we are about to see a lot of kids go back to school, at least some people go back to the office, some will do so with masks and improved ventilation, some will not. so i think that will lead to a bump in transmission in cases over the course of september. i think we'll see this peak around october. then we'll probably have a lull, a bit of a lull, hopefully, before the thanksgiving, christmas, and new year's holidays where we saw a triple hump of a surge, because that's when people travel, they spend time, less guarded, less masked around family and friends. and i think the main thing that
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we can do to curb that is get vaccinated, wear masks, and try to improve indoor ventilation and air filtration. and that's been a challenging ask throughout this pandemic. >> phil rucker, all of this happens, of course, against a political backdrop that basically rules our lives in this modern era. in your reporting, have you detected any real signs that among his fellow democrats, this president is now viewed at all differently in his standing, in his viability, even his potential vulnerability? >> i think he seen differently in part because of what's playing out in afghanistan, brian. we've seen that register in some of the early public opinion polls that have come back these past couple of days. his approval rating has dipped. it had been of course at a peak
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as it is for many new presidents through the spring. he was getting some bipartisan support, especially on his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. and this has been a difficult summer. and his fellow democrats, biden's fellow democrats are looking ahead to the midterm elections and they're very concerned. there's a lot of quiet chatter within the democratic party among the top operatives, lawmakers, and officials here in washington that the democrats are destined to lose the house majority and may lose the senate majority as well. it's not a good sign to see their president's approval rating slip the way they have these past couple of weeks. it's not to say all is lost. democrats are buoyed by this infrastructure deal, if that deal ever becomes law that could be a big win for biden and something he could carry to voters in the fall and next year. but it's been a difficult and challenging couple of weeks for the biden presidency when you
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just look at the raw politics. >> rick stengel, let's talk about the big agenda item on the president's schedule tomorrow, that's the g-7. between the two of us, we've covered a fair amount of them, g-7, g-8, the numbers change but the job doesn't. you've been on the other side of the velvet rope, caucusing with the home team prior to one. what kind of g-7 will the president encounter tomorrow? do you think it will be tense or do you think it may be less so because they're all kind of professionals and realists and a lot of them have skin in this game during the evacuation? >> yes, brian, i mean, i think it will be less tense than when the other guy went over there, who never expressed much support for the trans-atlantic alliance or nato. i think, you know, people understand that biden is a supporter of these global alliances. they understand where he's
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coming from. he's been doing this for 40 years. i think, you know, we've always been less grateful, i think, than we should have been for the help we've had from our allies in afghanistan. as you know, brian, the only time article v of the nato agreement was ever invoked was after 9/11 when our nato brethren said we'll come to the aid of the united states. the number of casualties our allies have had, the british, the australians, the canadians, they've had a lot of sacrifice too. and i think we need to thank them, we need to be grateful to them. we need to have them be involved in this exit in as graceful a way as possible. i think our allies understand that. they want everything to go as well as possible. they want to heal the breach and move on. >> you're absolutely right, we fought side by side in the trenches in europe, on the beaches of normandy, all the way through the present day.
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our thanks to our starting line, phil rucker, rick stengel, dr. celine gounder, thanks for starting the week off with us. coming up, what's the chance moderate democrats would want to sink their own president's congressional agenda? and why should you care? we'll put that question to our political experts. and later, she warned that the internet is a petri dish for conspiracy theories and utter nonsense about the virus dressed up as news and information. she was right about that. and now people are dying from it. i'll ask the harvard expert who's got a plan to battle mask burning that's going on out there. all of it as "the 11th hour" is just getting under way on this monday night. ♪ ♪ [grunts] pnc bank believes that if a pair of goggles can help your backhand get better... yeah! ...then your bank should help you budget even better.
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that's because you all have the same internet. xfinity xfi. so powerful, it keeps one-upping itself. can your internet do that? as democrats we're all on the same page in terms of substance. we just need to figure out what the highest common denominator is going to be as it relates to process so we can get both of these things done, and we will. >> so this isn't some meeting room where two parties sit down and hash out their differences. he was talking about negotiations between democrats. tonight, they've gone late into the night, in fact, as they've tried to reach a deal on infrastructure. at least nine centrist house democrats have signaled they're going to vote against the democrats' $3.5 trillion budget unless $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill is voted on
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first. the group released a column in "the washington post" writing this in part. quote, you don't hold up a majority priority of the country and millions of jobs as some form of leverage. the infrastructure bill is not a political football. back with us tonight, eugene robinson, pulitzer prize winning columnist foyer "the washington post," amy stoddard, veteran washington reporter. a.b., because you are fluent in congress, for the members of our audience, and maybe your host, can you please explain what is going on? >> okay. without getting too much into confusing process detail, they are having a process fight, just as congressman jeffries was talking about, which is a battle over whether or not to consider what is already a real bill that has broad bipartisan support,
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meaning enough republicans in the senate, enough republicans in the house, to pass and be signed into law quickly. it is pretty much a done deal. whether or not to pass that first or to sort of hold it hostage to this reconciliation package which is the word that the viewers have heard for so long, a special process to wrap around something so that it can pass through the senate with 51 votes instead of 60. in that bill are the social welfare programs the democrats are calling human infrastructure. the elder care, the childcare, the two years of community college, the climate provisions, the expansion of medicare, the changes to the tax code. it is a total of $3.5 trillion. but it actually, with all its bells and whistles and funny federal math, ends up being much more. so the idea is to hold this super popular 70% of the country
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agrees with it and wants it, transportation project bill hostage to wait until we figure out the social welfare program bill and do them together so that the second one gets out the door. it is bigger, more expensive, and the house moderates who are the majority makers, did not campaign on it. that is why thecentrists are saying if you don't let us get this win, that 70% of americans want, to the president's desk, we will vote against it. the liberals are saying, if you hold this hostage, we won't vote for the transportation bill.
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hundreds of democrats would vote on the transportation bill if it stood alone but they'll hold off on any support if it's coupled with the human infrastructure package. as tempting as it would be for president biden to leave the progressive flank hanging and get his bipartisan win, he's backing the speaker and saying they have to be combined and the nine centrists are saying no deal. they're in her office now, dinner has been ordered, and there's no resolution. >> eugene and i join our audience in quiet clapping, god love you for that answer and for taking on that question. eugene, true or false. only democrats are capable of adding a mess for the president of their own party already dealing with a still out of control pandemic and oh, by the way, dunkirk by air half a world away. >> well, i do recall times when the freedom caucus on the
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republican side, for example, made big trouble for republican presidents. so democrats perhaps are uniquely talented at this. and look, with the majority as slim as nancy pelosi's, everybody's a majority maker, right? the moderates are, but you need the progressives, you're not going anywhere without them. so this is very difficult for her and she's got them in the office and she'll feed 'em and she'll cajole them and she'll do what she does. i'm on the record as saying i believe nancy pelosi is quite good at this. this wouldn't be the first time that people have written legislation off as doomed but she has managed to resurrect, to find a way around. she's very clever at getting her
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caucus writ large to do what she needs it to do. this is a tough one. but she does know what she's doing. >> both of our guests, thankfully, are going to stick around while i get to a commercial break. and coming up after that, when we resume our conversation, we'll tell you why some rally attendees in alabama were not happy with what they heard from a certain twice-impeached, now retired former president. we'll also read you a quote from what eugene has written on the topic when we come back. oh, i gotta tell everyone. hey rita, you can earn 3% on dining, including takeout! bon appetit. hey kim, you earn 5% on travel purchased through chase! way ahead of you. hey neal, you can earn 3% at drug stores!!! buddy, i'm right here. why are you yelling? because that's what i do! you're always earning with 5% cash back on travel purchased through chase, 3% at drugstores, 3% on dining including takeout,
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i believe totally in your freedoms, i do. you have to do what you have to do. but i recommend you take the vaccines. i did it, it's good. take the vaccines. that's okay, that's all right. you got your freedoms. but i happened to take the vaccine. if it doesn't work, you'll be the first to know. >> those were what we used to call jeers and cat calls that happened in alabama, a state with one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country. aaron blake of "the washington post" put it this way. quote, saturday night demonstrated how difficult it will be to combat the conspiracy theories that have infected the republican party's base, particularly if trump, who minds his base relentlessly, responds to the rebuke by backing away
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from vaccines. still here with us tonight, eugene robinson, a.b. stoddard. eugene, i promised to quote from you. here it is. you are already familiar with it. for our listeners and viewers, if reason, patriotism and clear self-interest won't convince reluctant americans to protect themselves and their communities against covid-19, maybe the threat of not being able to work, go to school, or lead anything like a normal life will do the trick. eugene, first off, that's an optimistic view. second, have the vaccinated americans been tiptoeing to too great an extent around the unvaccinated, is it time to play a little rougher? >> well, look, i know a lot of vaccinated people who have been the tiptoeing at all, who are quite angry that so many people have chosen not to be
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vaccinated, because that makes this a more dangerous country, a more dangerous world for all of us, especially with the delta variant running rampant. however, now that the pfizer vaccine has full fda approval, there's no sort of excuse, it's just temporary emergency use, you know, who knows, well, now we know, it's fully approved. so i support, especially employers, like my employer, "the washington post," which has made vaccination a condition of continued employment, full stop. universities like my alma mater, the university of michigan, like the university of virginia, like many universities around the country who have said to students returning in the fall, be vaccinated. so a number of students, a small number of students of university of virginia who did not get vaccinated were disenrolled and will not be invited back to
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campus. i think these mandates work, for people on the fence, maybe not for the hardest hard core, but people who are reluctant, you know, if you can't work, you can't go to school, you can't go out anywhere, heck, get the shot. and that's what we need in the end, get the shot. >> a.b., you've written a lot about ron desantis, the situation in florida. they are peaking today. a number of doctors staged a walkout, figuring, correctly, that it would be very much a visual. the people we need and depend on right now, especially in florida, more than any other, they are so sick and tired of being sick and tired, because they are seeing unvaccinated floridians stream into their ers and icus that this is the way they decided to get attention. a.b., do you ever allow yourself
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the luxury of the thought experiment to think about how we got to this level of vaccine denial and is this kind of the ultimate going-away gift of trump and trumpism? >> brian, darkly, to give the anti-vaxx movement credit, they were flourishing long before donald trump became a candidate or became president. but his flirtation with questioning the connection between vaccines and autism certainly helped fuel their movement. and so did the explosion of disinformation on social media. and trump's refusal to brand, market, and lobby and campaign for the covid vaccines in the time he had left in office, and the fact that he got the vaccine in secret, and sort of begrudgingly since then has
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said, yeah, i got the vaccine. saturday night was the most he's really talked about it, it's usually three words and he moves on. it's interesting, his imprimatur, his enthusiasm about this would have changed things, it would have moved more of the numbers in trump country, but he didn't do it. we are in a dark place, because people who are traumatized in our health care system, who are supposed to save us and take in every person who is sick and cure all of their ills, are being treated as if icu beds are for covid patients only who did not receive a vaccine. so they wouldn't take the shot to protect themselves or us, but then when they get there, they get the beds. and everyone else has to fend for themselves. so the health care workers are in a rage. people who are not sick with
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covid, who have other problems and need medical care and are vaccinated, are in a rage. as eugene said, this is becoming very visceral. that's why you saw the biden administration step in recently where they had been avoiding this and start pushing on mandates. they really tried to stay out of this debate and now they're all in, because the polling on mask mandates and vaccine mandates is quite heartening. it's very -- they're very, very popular. and it really shows there's a real movement in this country against the unvaccinated who are making -- who are really just breaking our health care system. >> two friends of this broadcast who really came to play tonight, we appreciate it. eugene robinson, a.b. stoddard, thank you so much for your comments and your thoughts. coming up for us, a harvard expert who was one of the first to warn us about covid disinformation is here with us tonight to talk about how social media companies indeed can stop the spread of these nonstop lies that are costing people's lives,
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we've been seeing health misinformation as a problem for years. but the speed, scale, and sophistication with which it is spreading and impacting our health is really unprecedented. and it's happening largely aided and abetted by social media platforms. >> our next guest was able to correctly predict much of the misinformation surrounding covid. and joan donovan has a warning as reported by "the boston globe," and we quote, if facebook, twitter, youtube and other social media companies don't change their algorithms, any number of recent lies spreading online could take hold in the next few months and threaten the national discourse around the pandemic recovery, climate change, and racial inequality. for more we're happy to welcome to the broadcast the aforementioned joan donovan. she's research director of the
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shorenstein center for public policy at the harvard kennedy school, an expert on media misinformation and disinformation. joan, dr. fauci famously said, it's a good thing this much anti-vaxx sentiment wasn't in the water when we were trying to cure smallpox and polio or we would still today be dealing with rampant smallpox and polio. and i think he's probably right, sadly. what did you see that the rest of us didn't? what were the early signs that were predictors to you of exactly what we're living now? >> i try as a research director to keep an eye on as many possible things as we can see online. there are certain elements here we look at. we look at actors, behavior, content, and the design of social media systems. but we really do keep a very close eye on politicians in particular as well as
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journalists, because there's no communication without misinformation online. so there's always going to be misinformation. but we look at when certain tropes get picked up by influential individuals which then leads to much more amplification, much more attention to key wedge issues. if you look across the globe, there are different ways in which disinformation forms and travels. and in the u.s., issues to do with race and then also with the pandemic are at the forefront of where we see the most disinformation. >> our enemies have always said, according to the intel experts, that it's better to be at war even if it's a war of intelligence and words and social media against an opponent that is battling illness, battling strife. and indeed, for a minor investment they can get all they want because we're a trusting society, and social media has no
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barrier to entry. what have been your greatest, emphasize worst, but greatest hits list lately in what you've been seeing in the information/disinformation campaigns? what's the worst of it out there? >> i think in the u.s., the fact that we're still dealing with antimask sentiment is pretty astounding based on the fact that we know what the science is now, we have a very densely networked set of doctors globally that are trading information and are keeping each other abreast of any developments with the pandemic. but in the united states, there still seems to be this debate. and we see it actually playing out in school boards as well, that children can't get sick from covid, that the masks don't work, that the vaccines are something that should be a personal choice, of course we saw that with the trump speech last night, and the booing. and so for me it's still first
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and foremost, we have to understand that science is something that evolves and that we need to keep up with it, we need to keep track of it. but disinformation evolves as well, alongside these new discoveries. and we have to be very attuned to the fact that we're seeing more and more scientific looking papers that are just trying to trade on attention and sow political discord rather than give people the information they need to stay safe. >> well, think about it, the fda just today felt compelled to tweet out to americans not to take a deworming agent meant for horses and cows. if you look, there is a ton of alleged scholarship on this medication that you can find at your country vet but shouldn't be able to put in your body during a pandemic. would you concede that social
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media companies are getting a bit better from their early stance, look, we're just publisherers, we're not going to meddle with content, we're just publishers. are they getting better, and how can they get much better at this? >> well, we're starting to see the different companies take different tracks, which has been very interesting in this field to see. some of the researchers get -- some have ended up at facebook that were previously at nonprofits. we're seeing twitter add in curators to their trending algorithm to ensure that the things that are trending have more context. i have called for adding more librarians into the tech stack so that people do have more information when they're searching for things. and to your point about the deworming medication, we are seeing an uptick. we can look for signs off of social media as well, that disinformation or medical misinformation is having an
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impact. poison control centers are being tasked with now answering people's questions about, well, i just took this thing that was, you know, dosed for a horse, and i don't feel so well, right? so we have to look outside of the social media companies as well. but by and large, i think we're starting to see some positive momentum across several of the social media companies to deal with these problems. but we're very much still in the phase where we're still learning what the patterns are. we're still learning who the actors are. and the biggest shift from 2016 to 2020 in political disinformation was the fact that we didn't see a lot of anonymous actors. we actually saw many more people who are political pundits or far right provocateurs entering into the frame here, and burnishing
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their accounts in the process. >> again, the medication is popular in barn yards, it's popular among horses and cows with worms. not so much for people with covid-19. for that we have masks and we have very efficacious vaccines. see all of the conversation that preceded this segment. our great things to dr. joan donovan for joining us tonight, thank you very much for your time and taking our questions. coming up for us, while a hurricane took our attention this weekend, something else was taking lives. a report on the latest when we come back. we believe in the power of the watch out. the “make way, coming through”... great. the storm alert... dad. and the subtle but effective ding. that's why we created low cash mode. the financial watch out that gives you the options and time needed to help you avoid overdraft fees.
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last thing before we go tonight. as someone put it on twitter today, the rats are eating each other. let's explain, and here's what we mean. alex jones, who sits at the very top of the conspiracy theory aristocracy in the united states, alex jones of info wars, a platinum status anti-vaxxer, appears to have turned on donald trump, who this weekend, as we showed you in alabama, gave the most cursory endorsement of the vaccine. >> they didn't create a vaccine. they created a frankenstein. and now they've got you signed up to it. now the left is saying you
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better get out there and push it and you are. cnn comes out and says we need to see trump get the shots and within weeks of them saying over and over again, cnn snaps their fingers, jeff zucker snaps his fingers and trump clicks his heels and hops to attention and says how high do you want me to jump, boss. shame on you, trump. if you don't have the good sense to save your political career, at least you'll get republicans elected. we like you. but my god, maybe trump is actually a dumbass. >> so when you've lost alex jones, you've lost the man who said the parents of the dead children at sandy hook elementary in new town, connecticut were crisis actors and that the whole thing was staged by the federal government. and i'll quote the late ron popeil here, but wait, there's more. roger stone has turned on steve bannon. roger stone wrote on friday,
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complete with some typos that you'll see, and we quote, robert mueller informant and perjurer steve bannon doesn't know his ass from his elbow. she's a grifter, a fat, ugly, inarticulate, poorly groomed alcoholic with delusions of grandeur. he has never elected anybody to public office in his life, most particularly donald trump who is his own man and implemented his own strategy. despite being an informant for robert mueller they indicted him anyway and he will soon be recharged in new york. you'll see me at his trial in the front row and i will not leave until he is convicted and jailed. now, remember the back story here. it's not just about two grown men proving who loves trump more. this was an old school takedown by roger stone who wrote the book on that. and while bannon may not be big on personal grooming habits, he has been grooming a fleet of
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acolytes at breitbart and in the trump world and they are now likely girding for a fight with mr. stone. so it might get even more interesting in short order. that for us is our broadcast for this monday night. with our thanks for being with us, asas we start a new week. on the behalf of all of our colleagues at the networks of nbc news, goodnight. happy to have you here. cnn is reporting tonight on what's sounds like it might be a dramatic turn, in the investigation into the january 6th attack on the capitol. nbc news has not verified this reporting, i'm just siding with cnn has reported this evening. if in fact this is worn out, this would be sort of a big hairy deal. with cnn is reporting tonight is that the january six investigation, the select committee investigation attacking, they are about to send requests to cell phone providers. requesting that

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