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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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Cenk Uygur: Tulsi Gabbard Calling Out George Santos is ‘Game Recognizes Game’

Despite Gabbard grilling Santos, “The Young Turks” host Cenk Uygur gave the politician a snarky remark. 

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Rep.-elect George Santos is in hot water over his embellishments and fabrications about his background. During an appearance on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” fill-in host former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard tore into Santos.

“If I were one of those in New York’s 3rd District right now, now that the election is over, and I’m finding out all of these lies that you’ve told, not just one little lie or one little embellishment — these are blatant lies — my question is, do you have no shame?” Gabbard said (h/t The Hill). 

“Do you have no shame? And the people who are now, you’re asking to trust you to go and be their voice for them, their families and their kids in Washington?”

Despite Gabbard grilling Santos, “The Young Turks” host Cenk Uygur gave the politician a snarky remark. 

“I like how Tulsi Gabbard called out George Santos for being a grifter [on Tuesday] on Fox [News],” Uygur tweeted. “Game recognizes game.”

While Uygur is making a joke at Gabbard’s expense, he’s criticized the political press for not vetting and digging into Santos’ past leading up to the Midterm Elections in November. 

“The fact that George Santos was not vetted by the press before he won his Congressional race speaks to the value of running as a ‘moderate Republican,’” Uygur tweeted. “You can get away with almost anything if the media thinks you’re going to help maintain the status quo.”

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Ryan Seacrest Applauds CNN for Scaling Back Drinking on NYE Show

As some might recall, hosts Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper were drinking on air, resulting in Cohen throwing shade at “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” which Seacrest hosts. 

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News Year’s Eve is on Saturday and Ryan Seacrest endorses the move that CNN is making with its coverage regarding alcohol. 

As some might recall, hosts Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper were drinking on air, resulting in Cohen throwing shade at “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” which Seacrest hosts. 

“I don’t advocate drinking when one is on the air,” Seacrest said in a recent EW interview. “I don’t know how that started as a tradition, but it’s probably a good idea [to scale back], CNN. There’s some pretty respectable people or at least one, right?

“I think there’s a serious journalist and then a friend of mine who has a lot of fun, but it’s probably a good idea — although the viewers probably wish they would drink more.”

Seacrest also revealed while he doesn’t partake in any drinking during the show, he says that while many artists have shown up a bit tipsy, they’ve still been able to perform without a problem.

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PBS NewsHour Plans Revamp With Geoff Bennett and Amna Nawaz at Anchor Desk

“The reason that the NewsHour is the most trusted and credible brand in journalism today is because of the mission-focus work and because of the fact that we seek to add light and not heat.”

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PBS NewsHour is looking at a revamp of the venerable evening news program as Geoff Bennett and Amna Nawaz will take the anchor jobs of the program when the calendar flips to January.

Bennett has served as the show’s chief Washington correspondent and weekend anchor, while Nawaz was the chief correspondent and substitute anchor. They will step into the shoes voided by Judy Woodruff who is leaving the show after a decade at the anchor desk.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the pair was asked about what it means to now helm the PBS news program.

“Well, I’m deeply honored to be entrusted with this responsibility. I’m excited to partner with Amna in building on its rich legacy,” said Bennett. “The NewsHour is special in that it is a news program with a mission. And I’m really proud to work with such a stellar group of journalists day in and day out in pursuit of that mission, which is providing reliable reporting, solid storytelling and sharp analysis of the news and the issues of the day. And it’s a program with a nearly 50-year history, and so the idea that I get to have a hand in writing the next chapter of that is just, I’m deeply honored. “

Nawaz said she’s “honored and humbled” to take a permanent seat at the desk.

“I am so excited to be doing this and especially alongside Geoff. But, you know, the thing that strikes me is that there’s only ever been four people who’ve sat in that chair. And I think the weight of that is something that’s very real to both of us. The reason that the NewsHour is the most trusted and credible brand in journalism today is because of the mission-focus work and because of the fact that we seek to add light and not heat, and I think Geoff and I have always practiced our journalism that way. That will continue, and that’s what our team has always done.

“For me personally, to be able to step into this role after working with this team for the last four years, it’s pure joy. I mean, there’s never been a more critical and important time to be a journalist in our modern American history. I think we all recognize what’s at stake. But I’ve always been a big believer in the idea that the good stuff rises to the top, and in a crowded and messy media landscape. NewsHour is — and we are who we are — because of the work we do.”

Bennett and Nawaz begin their assignments on Monday, January 2nd.

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