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“Last Week Tonight” Pokes Holes in COVID Vaccine Conspiracies

Host John Oliver used his main story segment to call attention to the facts about the vaccines.

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The COVID-19 vaccine has become accessible to Americans. The next step in the process is to convince those who are hesitant to receive the vaccine that it’s a safe procedure, which means debunking myths.

Over the weekend, John Oliver dove into dispelling myths during his main story on “Last Week Tonight.”

One of the first myths that Oliver debunks is over the vaccine being rushed, and as a result, those who receive the vaccine are guinea pigs for an untested vaccine. The HBO host stated that researchers are working on vaccines combating other coronaviruses for years, which means they had a “significant head start” when COVID-19 hit.

Oliver adds that “Operation Warp Speed” doesn’t mean that there was a rush to put out the vaccine. This name is due to cutting the bureaucratic red tape that could have possibly delayed the availability of a vaccine.

Another myth that Oliver debunked on the segment is the side effects. Some Americans don’t want to receive the vaccine because of the after-effects that could come with it. Oliver did recognize that side effects do occur; however, he did add that extreme cases like anaphylaxis are rare.

“The key thing to remember is that no side effect of the vaccine is worse than the alternative: COVID, a disease that has killed over 500,000 people in the U.S. alone while, once again, to date, the vaccine has been proven to kill exactly zero,” Oliver said.

“It is more than natural to have questions, but there are reassuring answers out there, and anyone throwing out questions without acknowledging that probably has another agenda entirely.”

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NBC News Has Major Plans for “Meet the Press'” Digital Shift

NBC News will put out its new digital products in June simultaneously with the daily “Meet the Press” streaming show launch on NBC News Now.

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NBC News is putting stock in the digital transformation of its marquee show, “Meet the Press.” by rebranding its separate website for the franchise.

The network’s overhaul of its political newsletter and adding a new blog comes days as they plan to shift the “Meet the Press” show from MSNBC at 1 p.m. to the network’s 24/7 news streaming service NBC News Now at 4 p.m.

“Really where we are putting a lot of our time, attention, and investment is on these other platforms,” Carrie Budoff Brown, senior vice president of “Meet the Press” at NBC News, said to Axios. “This is where we see our growth.”

NBC News will put out its new digital products in June simultaneously with the daily “Meet the Press” streaming show launch on NBC News Now. Furthermore, next month, the franchise will add a new show podcast for the “Meet the Press” daily show, moving over to streaming.

“We’re taking the entrepreneurial, experimental point of view that Chuck has shown for the past seven-eight years and turbo-charging that,” Budoff Brown said. 

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Joe Scarborough Wants Media to Focus on Losses by Donald Trump-backed Politicians

The morning show host added that “two-thirds of Republicans in Pennsylvania voted against Donald Trump.”

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MSNBC Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough wants a bigger spotlight from the media on losses than wins of candidates backed by former President Donald Trump. 

Scarborough’s statement comes as multiple Trump-backed candidates lost in primaries on Tuesday, including Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC), Idaho Lt. Gov Janice McGeachin, and candidate for Nebraska governor Charles Herbster, lost.

“Every time a Trump candidate wins, I think the media makes such a huge deal about it,” Scarborough said, per Mediaite. “He picked a crazy governor, gubernatorial candidate, in Pennsylvania, that was on his way to winning anyway, which is why Trump jumped on the bandwagon there.”

The morning show host added that “two-thirds of Republicans in Pennsylvania voted against Donald Trump.”

“So, again, I’m not saying Donald Trump doesn’t have sway in the Republican Party, but I’ll tell you what, it’s nothing like it was in 2020, and I think the media needs to focus more on those massive losses instead of having the headlines about that his endorsement really means something significant,” Scarborough said. “Because I’m not so sure it does this year.”

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Dan Abrams Calls NPR’s Mask Report Hotline “Ridiculous”

NPR recently announced a hotline that would allow staffers to report maskless colleagues, leading to the host on “The View” clashing over this issue.

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NPR recently announced a hotline that would allow staffers to report maskless colleagues. During a segment on “The View,” the hosts clashed over what the radio station is implementing. 

Co-host Joy Behar kicked off the discussion by stating she would never report a colleague, citing she’s “Italian” and that they “don’t snitch.” However, Sunny Hostin was on the other end, calling the new hotline a good thing. 

“It’s a good thing,” Hostin said, per Mediaite. “We’ve been terrible to each other during this pandemic. So I just think you have this mechanism now where you can just call and snitch and protect yourself as opposed to taking it on yourself.”

Nonetheless, co-host Ana Navarro and guest co-host and Mediaite founder Dan Abrams pushed back at Hostin for her claims. Abrams called the hotline “ridiculous.”

“How do you know it’s not somebody just snitching on somebody they don’t like?” Navarro said. Hostin did push back when pressed by Navarro, saying that it would be up to HR to investigate.  

“We’re at a different point in Covid now,” Abrams added. “We’re not at the point we were two years ago. What if I’m living with someone that’s immunocompromised or my parents and you give it to me and I go home and kill my dad or kill my mom or I kill my husband?”

“It’s not about just following the rules. There are a ton of risks people take every day, right, in going to work, exposing themselves. We’re going to have to live with Covid.”

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