Brian Stelter asks if the Biden administration’s review of Syria policy could provide an opening to secure journalist Austin Tice’s freedom.
Michael Holtzman says “Bashir al-Assad has a moment in which he can establish confidence with the U.S. by connecting with the American people in a very direct and personal way by returning one of our missing children to their family.”
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said on Friday there will be no nationwide mandate for Americans to get a COVID-19 vaccine, clarifying comments she made earlier during a televised interview. This report produced by Jonah Green.
Former President Donald Trump suffered twin setbacks on Friday when the Justice Department cleared the way to release his tax records and disclosed a memo showing he urged top officials last year to falsely claim his election defeat was "corrupt." This report produced by Freddie Joyner.
Stories about Simone Biles, Scarlett Johansson, NBC, and Disney all have a common thread about pressure and profits and streaming possibilities, Brian Stelter says. He quotes a Washington Post story about media companies trying to “hold on to old money while pursuing the new.”
After Fox News rejected a promo from MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell for a live streamed event that seeks to prove that former President Donald Trump won the 2020 election, Lindell has pulled his ads from the network. CNN’s Brian Stelter has the story.
Brian Stelter says any change in tune about vaccines was subtle and short-lived on Fox. “What you see in right wing media is this general anti-vaccine rhetoric,” Oliver Darcy says, even though the vaccines were developed while Donald Trump was president.