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Kasie Hunt Reveals She Had Surgery to Remove Brain Tumor

Hunt stated that she has a family history that has dealt with migraines, which is why she assumed were the cause of her recent headaches. However, she noted that a routine MRI scan turned out to show something more serious. 

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CNN’s Kasie Hunt shared some heavy news during her interview with People Magazine. The anchor and chief national affairs analyst revealed that she underwent a four-hour operation recently, removing what turned out to be a benign brain tumor.

“I had headaches a few years ago when I was pregnant with my son that we had checked out and that we were just making sure to monitor generally,” Hunt said. “I started getting really bad ones in March of 2021 and made an appointment with a neurologist to see what might be going on.”

Hunt stated that she has a family history that has dealt with migraines, which is why she assumed were the cause of her recent headaches. However, she noted that a routine MRI scan turned out to show something more serious. 

“But the neurologist sent me for a routine MRI scan just as a new patient intake — and they saw something on the scan,” Hunt said. “They ordered a follow-up just to double-check, and the follow-up showed something that was a little bit more clear. I was still struggling with headaches and things like that.”

Hunt recalls the headaches getting worse in August as it showed some growth. She eventually opted for surgery but did share the concerns she had, considering she has a toddler, and began her new position with CNN.

“Once we learned that, then we really had to take some action, because that was a really scary thing to learn,” Hunt said. “Once you see growth in the brain, that means that there is a tumor growing in the brain.” 

“Suddenly, I have to figure out, what does this mean for us, for our family? It really knocked me back on my heels for a little while. The next step was, okay, what’s the absolute best way to make sure that we can figure out a way to beat this and not let this be something that defines me?”

Following her surgery, Hunt is now on the road to recovery, which she says is difficult because she can’t lift her son. 

“Now that I’m home, the recovery has been going slow,” she says. “But it’s steady — I haven’t had any backsliding,” Hunt said. “I can’t drive, and I can’t lift my son. I can’t lift anything over 10 lbs.; he’s about 30 lbs. And so it breaks my heart a little bit.”

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Chris Licht: CNN’s Competition Isn’t MSNBC, Fox News

In a recent appearance on the podcast “On With Kara Swisher,” Chris Licht explained that his competition for the cable news channel isn’t Fox News or MSNBC.

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CNN’s Chris Licht took over the role of Jeff Zucker and in a recent appearance on the podcast “On With Kara Swisher,” Licht explained that his competition for the cable news channel isn’t Fox News or MSNBC.

“I’m not looking at it through trying to appeal to ‘lean into the left’ or ‘try to appeal to more people on the right.’ I think that that’s not a good business model because you’re fighting for a bigger slice of a shrinking pie,” Licht said.

“The competition for me in cable is not MSNBC or Fox. Hopefully, what we’re doing is so different and unique that we are attracting people who perhaps have found cable news to be irrelevant in their lives.”

Additionally, Licht laid out who he was competing against and didn’t name any news outlets; his response will surprise many as to who he wants CNN to compete against under his tenure.

“My competition is frankly Kathleen’s HGTV and Netflix,” Licht said. “I’m fighting for people in down news times. I’m fighting for people’s discretionary attention. And I don’t believe that the way to the future is to try to steal people from Fox.”

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Tucker Carlson: Social Media Ban Is Attack On Democracy

Carlson is sounding the alarm on existing social media bans to people like former President Donald Trump calling such bans “attacks on democracy.”

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson is sounding the alarm on existing social media bans to people like former President Donald Trump calling such bans “attacks on democracy.” 

Big Tech moved to ban Trump from all social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube following the Jan 6th riots at the U.S. Capitol. 

Carlson told his audience Wednesday that it really doesn’t matter what you think of Trump or his policies on fentanyl or anything else. 

“If you’re an American, you have to acknowledge that in order for our democracy to function, candidates for office — political candidates — have to be allowed to speak in public,” Carlson said in a transcript published on Breitbart

Carlson stated that if political candidates can’t speak in public then this can’t be a democracy. 

“He is still banned despite Elon Musk’s takeover,” Carlson said. “Trump is still banned from Twitter tonight, one of our premier social media platforms. Parler, you’ll remember, was pulled off the internet for giving Donald Trump an account.”

“So, you have to wonder now, where are the defenders of democracy? People were yelling last week about democracy is dying. If there are not calling for Trump to be re-platformed, you will know for certain they’re not defenders of democracy. They’re totalitarians,” he added. 

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Chris Licht: Media Coverage, Analysis Doesn’t Belong on Linear Television

Many questions remain regarding CNN boss Chris Licht to the abrupt cancellation of “Reliable Sources” and the subsequent exit of host Brian Stelter.

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Many questions remain regarding CNN’s unceremonious cancellation of “Reliable Sources” and the subsequent exit of host Brian Stelter. The network under CEO Chris Licht has undergone several changes and there’s more to come.

Recently, Licht sat down with journalist Kara Swisher on her podcast to discuss a bevy of topics related to the network, a network that Licht has promised to steer in an entirely different direction than his predecessor Jeff Zucker.  

Licht touched on Stelter’s departure, citing the need for CNN to take a different approach when it comes to covering what’s happening in the media. “Reliable Sources” focused on the analysis of and commentary from the American news media. 

“I want to do media coverage in a different way,” Licht told Swisher. “I think you can see Sarah Fisher who we just brought over as a contributor, who still works for Axios, and my vision for media coverage is that it doesn’t really have a place on linear television.” 

Stelter came to CNN after working as a media reporter for The New York Times. Stelter had agreed to host a daily episode of Reliable Sources on CNN+, but the streaming platform was disbanded shortly thereafter.

Licht said he prefers that CNN do media analysis and commentary on its digital platform which reportedly reaches 180 million unique users. 

“When it makes sense to be on television, we put Oliver Darcey on or we put Sarah [Fisher] on,” he added. 

Stelter reportedly had three years left on his contract when he was let go by CNN. Swisher reported during the conversation that Stelter had told friends that he felt like a sacrificial lamb. Swisher asked Licht why he didn’t offer Stelter a position elsewhere in the company. 

“I don’t really want to get into specifics on that,” Licht stated. “It’s not fair to Brian.”  

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