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Neil Cavuto Returns to Fox News After Bout With COVID Pneumonia

The Fox News Business anchor stated he had been battling Covid pneumonia, which put him in intensive care.

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For the first time since January 10, Neil Cavuto returned to his “Cavuto Coast to Coast” on Fox Business Network. On his first day back, Cavuto addressed the elephant in the room, his absence.

The Fox News Business anchor stated he had been battling Covid pneumonia, which put him in intensive care. Over the past month, the company was quiet regarding Cavuto’s absence. 

I did get Covid again…but a far, far more serious strand…what doctors call Covid pneumonia,” Cavuto told his viewers on Monday. “It landed me in intensive care for quite a while, and it really was touch-and-go.”

Cavuto then went on to state that the vaccine didn’t cause his stay in the ICU, reminding people that his previous battle with cancer and living with Multiple Sclerosis were causes for his absence. 

“No, the vaccine didn’t cause that. That grassy knoll theory has come up a lot. My very compromised immune system did,” Cavuto said.

“Because I’ve had cancer and right now I have Multiple Sclerosis, I’m among the vulnerable three percenters or so of the population that cannot sustain the full benefits of a vaccine. In other words, it simply doesn’t last.”

Cavuto went on to add that he had not been vaccinated; there’s a good chance that the anchor might not be alive right now. 

“But let me be clear, doctors say had I not been vaccinated at all; I wouldn’t be here. It provided some defense, but that is still better than no defense. Maybe not great comfort for some of you. And frankly, not great comfort for me either!” Cavuto said.

“This was scary. How scary? I’m talking, ‘Ponderosa suddenly out of the prime rib in the middle of the buffet line scary!’ That’s how scary.”

Finally, Cavuto thanked Fox News for “honoring my wishes, out of respect for my privacy” by not disclosing why he had not been working for over a month on his show.

“I wasn’t really hiding anything. I just felt I wasn’t the story,” Cavuto said. “The stories on this show were and are the story. It’s about you; it’s not about me. Just like this show. My opinions don’t matter. You matter. The news matters.”

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NBC News Correspondent Harry Smith to Depart for Faculty Role at Central College

“I’ve had just this unbelievable array of phenomenal experiences since coming to NBC, and so I’m really full of nothing but gratitude.”

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After 12 years, NBC News correspondent Harry Smith will depart the network.

Smith reported for NBC Nightly News, Today, and other properties for NBC during his tenure with the network.

After departing the network, Smith will join the faculty at Central College in Pella, Iowa, his alma mater.

“We are absolutely ecstatic to announce (Harry Smith) ‘73 will be returning to Central College as an executive in residence Fall 2024! We can’t wait for our students to learn and benefit from his heart for others and extensive experience at (NBC News),” the college wrote on social media.

As he departed the network, he was celebrated by Today, with a montage of some of his best work with the outlet.

“I have nothing but gratitude,” Harry said. “Every time I would always come on this show, I was always welcomed so generously. I’ve had just this unbelievable array of phenomenal experiences since coming to NBC, and so I’m really full of nothing but gratitude. Every time I’ve come on, everyone would drop their phones, pay attention to the story and then respond.”

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Joe Scarborough: I Was a Conservative When Women at Fox News ‘Were Still Playing With Their Barbies’

“I’ve got a 95% (American Conservative Union) rating. I’m more conservative than any of them.”

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MSNBC Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough spent time in Congress as a Republican. Despite his current position on a liberal cable news network, he argues he’s still a conservative and has been one since before his detractors on Fox News knew what the word means.

On Thursday morning, Scarborough called the Fox News hosts criticizing him for his role in the removal of former RNC chair Ronna McDaniel from NBC News “little idiots,” adding that he’s not a “left-winger.”

 “First of all, I’ve got a 95% (American Conservative Union) rating. I’m more conservative than any of them. I was part of Congress, and a big part of the reason if anybody was around, they’ll tell you that we balanced the budget for four years in a row for the first time, and the only time in 100 years,” the former Republican Congressman said.

He continued by adding that Liz Cheney, who also has a similar rating from the conservative think-tank was chastised for her failure to support former President Donald Trump.

While speaking with George Conway, Scarborough took a shot at the females from Fox News — without naming names — who have been critical of him in recent days.

“George, you and I were conservatives — and are conservatives — but we were conservatives when some of these women on Fox News who call us liberals were still playing with their Barbies,” Scarborough said confidently.

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NBC News Chair Cesar Conde: I Made Decision to Sever Ties With Ronna McDaniel

“I want to personally apologize to our team members who felt we let them down. While this was a collective recommendation by some members of our leadership team, I approved it and take full responsibility for it.”

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On Tuesday, NBC News ended its relationship with former RNC chair Ronna McDaniel after just five days due to intense internal backlash over the hire. The network’s News chairman, Cesar Conde, is taking responsibility.

In a memo sent to employees Tuesday, Conde says he approved McDaniel’s hiring, and ultimately made the decision to remove her from the outlet’s list of contributors.

“After listening to the legitimate concerns of many of you, I have decided that Ronna McDaniel will not be an NBC News contributor. No organization, particularly a newsroom, can succeed unless it is cohesive and aligned. Over the last few days, it has become clear that this appointment undermines that goal,” Conde wrote. “I want to personally apologize to our team members who felt we let them down. While this was a collective recommendation by some members of our leadership team, I approved it and take full responsibility for it.”

McDaniel — who has also been dropped by the CAA talent agency — has reportedly been seeking legal representation to explore potential breach of contract litigation with the network.

NBC News announced the hiring of the former Republican leader on Friday, which led to scrutiny from staffers angered by McDaniel’s previous comments about the press and her role in attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

However, in her first paid appearance for the network, she told Meet the Press‘ Kristen Welker that Donald Trump did not win the election in 2020, and that the process was not rigged against him. It was the first time she publicly admitted those sentiments. She inferred that she felt a duty to back the former President’s claims as RNC chair, and will have more freedom as a political analyst at NBC News.

“Now, I get to be a little bit more myself,” she told Welker, before being lambasted by former moderator Chuck Todd for her lack of credibility.

After the appearance, several MSNBC hosts — including Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Nicolle Wallace, Rachel Maddow, and Lawrence O’Donnell — shared their extreme displeasure with the hiring, which ultimately led Cesar Conde to reverse course.

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