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Jim Acosta: Tucker Carlson Show Needs COVID Disinformation Label

Acosta’s rant comes on the heels of Carlson reporting about a fully vaccinated nurse in the UK who contracted the coronavirus and was placed on a respirator for 28 days. 

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CNN’s Jim Acosta took aim at Fox News star Tucker Carlson for broadcasting what he deemed was misleading information about COVID-19.

On Sunday, Acosta said the Surgeon General should issue a warning to Carlson’s viewers. “Tucker Carlson’s show should come with a warning about COVID disinformation.”

Acosta’s rant comes on the heels of Carlson reporting about a fully vaccinated nurse in the UK who contracted the coronavirus and was placed on a respirator for 28 days. 

According to the New York Post, Monica Almeida, 37, a fully vaccinated nurse in the UK, spent 28 days in a coma after contracting the virus and was just 72 hours from having her ventilator turned off when she was saved by a “large dose of Viagra,”

“I suppose some people will justify those prescriptions with just about anything,” Acosta said. “Here’s a challenge to Tucker Carlson. Tell the American people if you have been double vaccinated and boosted.” 

Acosta was joined by CNN medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner

“That show has propagated myth and fallacy, and the phrase that you’ve sometimes used on this show, which I won’t use, which starts with bull, repeatedly,” said Reiner, referring to Acosta’s past comments calling Carlson’s program a “bullsh*t factory.”

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Kathy Griffin: CNN Fired Me After Asking for Raise

The incident occurred ten days ahead of the show. Griffin was asking for more than the $80,000 that she was contracted for. 

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Comedian and TV personality Kathy Griffin recently revealed that CNN president Jeff Zucker fired her after she asked for a raise just ahead of the network’s 2016 New Year’s Eve show. 

According to the New York Times, the incident occurred ten days ahead of the show. Griffin was asking for more than the $80,000 that she was contracted for. 

“He started yelling at me, and he literally said something like, ‘Who do you think you are calling here demanding a raise?’ And then something came over me. And I just lost it. I just started screaming,” Griffin recalled. 

Griffin said Zucker eventually rehired her following a 20 percent cut in her pay.

“It sounds like she is acknowledging that, insofar as Kathy Griffin acknowledges she has ever done anything wrong,” Zucker told the New York Times.

Griffin reportedly said that she would “feel a lot more comfortable showing up if I got paid what I deserve,” a statement that Zucker allegedly took as a threat to quit the show.

In response to Griffin’s statement, Zucker “got very offended,” and the conversation devolved into a shouting match.

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Fox News Taps Lawrence Jones, Brian Kilmeade for Weekend Shows

Kilmeade’s show will air at 8 PM/ET, and Lawrence Jones’ new program, called “Lawrence Jones Cross Country,” will start at 10 PM/ET.

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Fox News is launching two new weekend programs hosted by Lawrence Jones and Brian Kilmeade. The changes announced Thursday by CEO Suzanne Scott mark the completion of several modifications to their programming, which began when Jesse Watters was named as the network’s new weeknight host last week. 

The new programs begin on Jan 29 and will affect the start time for Dan Bongino’s show called “Unfiltered,” which will now air at 9 PM/ET. Kilmeade’s show will air at 8 PM/ET, and Lawrence Jones’ new program, called “Lawrence Jones Cross Country,” will start at 10 PM/ET.

The move means that Jones will become the youngest Black solo host of a program in cable news.

“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunities that Suzanne has provided me over the last four years, encouraging me to travel the country and seek out the stories of everyday Americans, many of whom have been overlooked by the rest of the media,” Jones said in a release.

Suzanne Scott called Jones an “impact player” at the network, adding Fox News was thrilled to add his talents to the weekend lineup.

“Whether reporting from the border or diners across America to hosting primetime specials, his perspective has added depth to our programming while resonating with the audience,” added Scott.

Kilmeade will remain a co-host of FNC’s FOX & Friends while also hosting the three-hour daily Brian Kilmeade Show on FOX News Audio.

“I am truly honored that Suzanne has given me another incredible opportunity at FOX News Media,” said Kilmeade. “My ultimate goal is to create a program that will always seek solutions rather than sow division.”

Kilmeade joined Fox News as a sports reporter in 1997. His nationally syndicated radio program is heard on 250  radio affiliates nationwide.

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Robert Costa Joins CBS News as Election, Campaign Reporter

Costa arrives from The Washington Post, where he’s been since 2014, reporting on the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. 

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This year is a midterm election year, and CBS News is beefing up its team to provide coverage as the network announced Robert Costa is coming on board as the new chief election & campaign correspondent. 

Costa arrives from The Washington Post, where he’s been since 2014, reporting on the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. 

In his new position, Costa will help deliver coverage of the 2022 midterm elections, the 2024 presidential election, and the evolving state of American democracy.

“Bob Costa is one of the best political reporters of his generation,” Neeraj Khemlani, president and co-head of CBS News and Stations, said. 

“From Peril and print to television and streaming, Costa’s fearless political reporting and unrivaled access to key decision-makers consistently stand out, bringing clarity and deep insight to readers and viewers everywhere. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome him to the CBS News team.”

Costa’s first day with CBS News will be on Feb. 13, where he’ll work out of the network’s Washington bureau and report for CBS News’ broadcast, streaming, and digital platforms.

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