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Fox News’ Cavuto Opens Up About Heart Surgery Five Years Later

This week marks the fifth anniversary of his open-heart surgery, resulting from a “widowmaker” diagnosis. Cavuto recently spoke to The Wrap to reflect on his health battles.

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Neil Cavuto has spent over two decades working Fox News or Fox Business Network. This week marks the fifth anniversary of his open-heart surgery, resulting from a “widowmaker” diagnosis. Cavuto recently spoke to The Wrap to reflect on his health battles. 

Cavuto has had various health scares throughout his life, one being a Stage 4 cancer diagnosis and consequent remission came early in his adulthood, which occurred at the start of his broadcast career. Then there are the MS and heart condition diagnoses that would follow. 

“When I started my career, I was selfish and egotistical. Now, I’m just egotistical,” Cavuto said. “You can step on people’s hands as you move up the ladder, and that was me. I think cancer told me, ‘Slow down. Quit stepping on hands. Don’t be a schmuck. Don’t be so enamored of yourself that you don’t think all of this can go in a moment, which it can.’ I think that has taught me some basic rules of life. Appreciate it and appreciate those around you. That’s the best I can do.”

Despite these diagnoses, Cavuto remains upbeat and sees his life “more good than bad,” and views it all as humbling. Nonetheless, the long-time anchor continues to have a heavy work schedule that seems him on 17 hours of live television across Fox Business and Fox News. Furthermore, he serves as the network’s senior vice president, anchor, and managing editor of business news.

Although he has a busy workload, his kids and wife keep him humble and remind him to take breaks and focus on family, which he maintains is the most crucial thing in his life.

“All these issues and political fights and extremes on the right and the left… All of that is so fleeting, and the one thing that binds us is our humanity. I think, at our core, we’re all decent human beings I and I think I try to harken to that,” Cavuto said. 

“The illness — and even the heart issue five years ago — reinforces that life is so short. Is it is it worth it being an ass? I don’t think it is. I think that these things have made me who I am, for good or ill, but they’ve also made the try to be much more diligent at my job, to be fair to everyone, and to be decent to everyone.”

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Martha MacCallum: Unfiltered Footage of Hamas Attacks ‘Hard to Put Into Words’

“It’s very difficult, obviously, to watch this.”

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Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum was among a small group of reporters invited on Friday to view unfiltered videos of the “horrific” footage of Hamas terror attacks on Israel.

MacCallum appeared on Monday’s America’s Newsroom and recalled with an emotional tone that she would never forget what was on the footage.

“Everyone has seen some of these images online, but the unfiltered video is absolutely – it’s so horrific it’s hard to put into words,” MacCallum told Dana Perino.

Additionally, Martha MacCallum identified one video that really pulled at her, which was of two young boys whose father is killed.

“There is obviously so much blood, so many charred bodies, it’s very difficult, obviously, to watch this,” MacCallum added. 

“But the two things that stuck with me, Dana, more than anything, is a moment when two young boys, they’re probably [ages] 8 and 10, a grenade is thrown into the room that they are in with their father, and their father is killed and then the terrorist, the Hamas terrorist, pulls the boys out and basically pushes them into their kitchen, and they’re crying, one of them can’t see from the grenade.”

Hamas terrorists killed more than 1,400 people on Oct. 7, many of them women, children, and the elderly. Other civilians were kidnapped, and the Israeli army confirmed that 239 people are being held captive in Gaza.

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Tucker Carlson Exit at Fox News ‘Wasn’t Just One Thing, It Was Everything’, Brian Stelter Book Alleges

“That’s why Fox dropped Carlson. It wasn’t one thing. It was everything.”

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The cable news world was rocked on Monday, April 24th, when it was announced that Fox News was parting ways with popular primetime host Tucker Carlson. The former host has alleged his firing was a condition of the network’s settlement with Dominion Voting Systems, but author Brian Stelter alleges the decision was much more nuanced.

In an excerpt from his upcoming book Network of Lies, Stelter reveals that there has yet to be evidence tying the network and the election machine company together in Carlson’s dismissal.

However, Stelter points out, there is a plethora of contributing factors that ultimately led to the primetime host’s exit.

“It was always going to end badly,” one Carlson producer said. “We knew we were burning too bright.”

In the excerpt released to Vanity Fair, Stelter’s book argues that Tucker Carlson and his cult of personality grew inside the network, to the point that he felt he was invincible.

“Think, for just a moment, about the worst relationship in your past—and why it ended. Odds are, there wasn’t just one reason, it wasn’t one thing, it was everything: a book’s worth of fights and slights and resentments and grievances,” the excerpt reads. “Maybe there was a final indignity—an affair, a betrayal, the discovery of a derogatory text—but even if one party was blindsided, the other could list a dozen long-gestating reasons for the breakup. That’s why Fox dropped Carlson. It wasn’t one thing. It was everything.

“Yes, he was in the sights of the Fox board. Yes, he was under scrutiny for his “cunt” texts. Yes, his ‘white men fight’ message made matters worse. And yes, his show’s climate was so hostile that Grossberg had standing to sue. But there was so much more:

  • Carlson repulsed large swaths of the company he worked for.
  • He created internal strife with his conspiratorial commentaries.
  • He exposed Fox to defamation suits from the likes of Ray Epps.
  • He offended key executives and seemed to take delight in doing so, to the point that managers believed he broke rules and norms just to show he could.
  • He strained friendships, as Rupert’s and Lachlan’s chums repeatedly complained to them about his poisonous rhetoric.
  • He triggered so many ad boycotts and turned off so many advertisers that his time slot was far less profitable for Fox than it should have been.
  • And he committed the cardinal Fox sin of acting like he was bigger than the network he was on.”

Carlson has continually claimed that his dismissal was an unspoken agreement between Fox News and Dominion Voting Systems as part of the $787.5 million settlement by the network. However, both companies have vehemently denied the departure was tied to the agreement.

Stelter added that while the network insisted the move was mutual, it was obviously a firing. However, the network did offer Tucker Carlson the opportunity to include a statement in the press release announcing his exit, which he mulled over before declining.

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Tucker Carlson Plotting More Content for X

This latest reported deal with X comes on the heels of other agreements that Carlson has struck.

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X, formerly Twitter, might be hitching itself to Tucker Carlson for the foreseeable future. X CEO Linda Yaccarino has reportedly landed an agreement with the former Fox News host, which might mean more content from Carlson.

The Washington Post’s Sarah Ellison reports that Carlson and X reached an agreement earlier this month. Furthermore, Ellison speculates that there will be a substantial increase in the amount of Carlson content available on the platform in the future.

Yaccarino is tasked with making X a platform similar to YouTube or TikTok: a hub for original video content. However, the reporting from Ellison reveals that so far, the plan isn’t moving in the right direction.

According to the newspaper, the broader strategy has not yielded any positive results so far. Since Musk acquired the company about a year ago, the overall activity on the platform has significantly declined. 

The number of active users has dropped by over 30 percent, and traffic-measuring tools indicate that overall activity on the site, including from advertisers, has also plummeted.

This latest reported deal with X comes on the heels of other agreements that Carlson has struck.

Tucker Carlson struck a deal with the shopping app Public Square, also known as PublicSq, worth at least $1 million. Additionally, he has received $15 million in a round of fundraising to grow his new media company. 

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