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FL Governor Ron DeSantis Spars With CNN Reporter

Rosa Flores asked the governor multiple times if she could finish her question and that is when the verbal confrontation really began.

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Florida governor Ron DeSantis became combative with a CNN reporter who asked about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout at area hospitals. The incident happened during a press conference on Monday and involved Rosa Flores.

Flores started by asking why phone lines were jammed and websites were crashing. The Republican governor told Flores there is “a lot of demand” for the vaccine.

Flores asked the governor multiple times if she could finish her question and that is when the verbal confrontation really began.

“So are you going to give a speech, or are you going to ask a question,” the governor said. “You are going to ask how many questions? You got three. They [other reporters] only got one question, why do you get three?”

DeSantis took exception to Flores asking why elderly patients were still waiting to get vaccinated. He explained to Flores that the state government does not have any control of how hospitals rolled the vaccine out. He said it would be a “disaster” if the state got involved.

“You’re the governor, that’s why I’m asking you,” said Flores. DeSantis further explained that the local hospitals are more competent to deliver critical services.

Florida has received more than 1.1 million vaccine doses from the federal government, but only about 264,000 residents have thus far received the jab, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccine tracker.

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Julio Vaqueiro Named Anchor for ‘Noticias Telemundo’

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Jose Diaz-Balart left Telemundo’s flagship newscast Noticias Telemundo’for a larger role within NBC, hosting day-time news on MSNBC.

Julio Vaqueiro has been named his replacement, taking over the Noticias Telemundo anchor desk – effective Sept. 27.

Vaqueiro has been hosting the late night news on Telemundo.

“Julio embodies the passion for news and rigorous reporting that are at the core of what we stand for at Noticias Telemundo,” said Luis Fernandez the President of Noticias Telemundo via a report by the LA Times.

“Julio has consistently delivered impactful and rigorous journalism across multiple anchoring roles, and we’re thrilled he will be bringing his integrity, unique voice and commitment to our audience to our flagship newscast.”

He has been with Telemundo since 2017.

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E.W. Scripps Co. Relaunching News Network Oct. 1st

Newsy plans to have five primetime programs, three that will occur during the week and two on weekends.

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Beginning October 1st, the E.W. Scripps Company plans to relaunch its national news network Newsy, per Adweek. “I look at it as both horizontal and vertical,” TV news executive Kate O’Brian told TVNewser

“The horizontal side is, we’re creating a 24/7 network, which is extremely exciting. But we’re creating this 24/7 news network for an entirely new audience to 24/7 news, and that is the over-the-air audience.”

The operations of the channel are going to be in Atlanta, GA, where its main studio, newsroom, control room, and significant of its employees will be based. 

Despite much of the operations based in Atlanta, Newsy will have other locations ranging from Washington D.C. and Chicago to Missoula, Mt., and Tulsa, Okla. Programming will begin early morning and run until 8 p.m. ET, with an additional hour of news airing at 11 p.m. for its West Coast audience. 

Newsy plans to have five primetime programs, three that will occur during the week and two on weekends. Three of the shows are headed out of their Washington location. Meanwhile, the other two will air from Chicago, and the other is a documentary.

The network is a free, ad-supported service. O’Brien stated Newsy “will be looking at sponsorship with an editorial frame of mind. We do have advertisers, we will continue to have advertisers, but at the moment, we haven’t really opened the door yet for sponsors to come in.”

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Tucker Carlson Named to Time’s 100 Most Influential People List

Time called Carlson the most influential conservative in America

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Whether people love or hate him, there’s no denying that Fox News’ Tucker Carlson is an influential figure in news media. Time announced that the network host was named to the magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list for 2021. 

Time called Carlson the most influential conservative in America, and for a good reason. The anchor draws millions of viewers each night for his weekly primetime program, as he is breaking rating records on Fox News.

“As Republicans have lost nearly all their political power on the federal level, Carlson has emerged as the de facto cultural leader of the right. His diatribes against “the elites,” the federal government, and the scientific consensus shape the belief system of millions,” Charlotte Alter wrote in Carlson’s biographical blurb. 

“If it seems like Americans can’t agree on anything—including whether COVID-19 vaccines work and whether Joe Biden won the presidential election—that’s partly the evidence of Tucker Carlson’s influence.”

Carlson joins other figures in politics, entertainment, sports, and other industry leaders such as President Joe Biden, Spanish music artist Bad Bunny, and MLB player Shohei Ohtani. 

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