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Nicole Saphier: Quit Using Colin Powell’s Death to Doubt COVID Vaccine

Former United States Secretary of State Colin Powell died from complications from Covid-19

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Former United States Secretary of State Colin Powell died from complications from Covid-19, and some are using his death to raise questions about the effectiveness of COVID vaccines.

However, Fox News medical contributor Dr. Nicole Saphier isn’t letting that happen and calling out those using Powell’s death to discredit the vaccine, including those on her network. Saphier appeared on “America Reports,”  doing her best to stop the wildfire following Powell’s death. 

“While you can see people all over social media trying to use this anecdotal report of Secretary Powell dying from a COVID breakthrough, why don’t we just stick with what we do know, and we’ll leave it with that?” Saphier said. 

“We have an 84-year-old man who suffered from Parkinson’s disease, had been previously treated for prostate cancer, and was also undergoing treatments for multiple myeloma, as Jennifer mentioned. That is a cancer of the blood.”

Saphier further expressed her frustration regarding those using Powell’s death to spread vaccine hesitancy. 

“It’s very upsetting to see that people taking Colin Powell’s death [and] a using it as ‘the vaccine didn’t work.’ This is a very specific situation and to use someone’s death to try and make a point that really doesn’t carry a lot of weight to it is very frustrating,” Spahier said. 

On Monday, Fox News anchor John Roberts deleted a tweet about Powell and vaccines hours earlier before hosting the segment with Saphier. 

I deleted my tweet about the tragic death of Colin Powell because many people interpreted it as anti-vax. It was not. I was excited to get vaccinated, hoping it would help speed a return to ‘normal life’. I also did a PSA on Fox encouraging vaccination for those able,” Roberts tweeted

“As we all know, the FDA is now recommending boosters for certain people, and I personally know a number of people who have had breakthrough infections – some of them, quite troubling. Yes, Powell had myeloma, but I was still stunned to hear of his passing from COVID.”

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Anchor, Reporter Liz Collin Leaves WCCO TV

Collin spent 14 years at the television station. 

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A long-time face at WCCO TV is leaving as anchor and reporter Liz Collin has departed after spending 14 years at the television station. 

“I want to thank you all for the support you have shown me in my home state of Minnesota,” Collin wrote in a social media post. “Thank you for trusting me to tell your stories. Thank you to the talented team who helped make that possible.”

Following the murder of George Floyd in Minnesota, Collin did find herself in the headlines as she’s married to former Minneapolis Police Federation President Bob Kroll, who came under public scrutiny after Floyd’s death.

Also, that summer, protesters gathered outside of WCCO’s studio in downtown Minneapolis. In 2019, Collin stated she did not think her marriage had a conflict of interest, adding that she hadn’t reported on the police in the last two years. 

A WCCO spokesperson said the station isn’t planning on commenting on personnel matters. Collin’s post did not disclose what’s next for her career, but she wrote, “The truth makes me tick. I’ll get back to telling that soon.”

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CBS News Announces CBS News Miami Streaming Channel

CBS News Miami features anchored programming and coverage of live breaking news events in the region, produced by WFOR-TV.

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CBS News and Stations announced the launch of the CBS News Miami streaming channel. CBS News Miami features anchored programming and coverage of live breaking news events in the region, produced by WFOR-TV.

CBS News Miami joins the CBS News Streaming Network. CBS News Streaming is available on over 30 platforms across mobile, desktop, connected TVs for free, CBSNews.com and Paramount+. CBS News Miami is also accessible via CBSMiami.com.

“This is a historic and exciting day for everyone here at CBS Miami as the innovation and hard work of our team has paid off with the successful launch of our local streaming news channel,” Darryll Green, Vice President and General Manager, CBS Miami, said. 

“The addition of CBS News Miami to the CBS News Streaming Network makes our award-winning local news content available to a much wider audience, locally and nationally, on a 24/7 basis.”

CBS News Miami joins other local markets with their streaming channel, such as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, etc. In addition, the company will launch CBS News Detroit later this year, making it 14 streaming channels in the top markets in the country. 

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Brian Williams Turns Down Nightly News Position at CBS

CBS News president and co-head Neeraj Khemlani attempted to recruit Williams for the network’s flagship evening news program.

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Former MSNBC host Brian Williams walked away from the network last year, ending a 30-year run at NBC News. Now a free agent, CNN reports that Williams doesn’t want to anchor the “Evening News.”

Recently, CBS News president and co-head Neeraj Khemlani attempted to recruit Williams for the network’s flagship evening news program. Furthermore, Khemlani tried at least twice; however, it was to no avail.

“Williams, the people I spoke to said, simply isn’t interested in the evening news job — which says a lot about not only Williams’ turn-of-fortune,” CNN’s Oliver Darcy wrote

“But also the diminishing allure of anchoring a nightly broadcast news program once considered to be one of the most prestigious positions in journalism.”

The report doesn’t detail what type of position Williams wants this new chapter to be, but don’t expect it to be a return to the nightly news. In his final years at NBC, he hosted the popular “11th Hour” program on MSNBC during the Trump era, has largely rehabilitated his image.

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