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“Last Week Tonight” Pokes Holes in COVID Vaccine Conspiracies

Host John Oliver used his main story segment to call attention to the facts about the vaccines.

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The COVID-19 vaccine has become accessible to Americans. The next step in the process is to convince those who are hesitant to receive the vaccine that it’s a safe procedure, which means debunking myths.

Over the weekend, John Oliver dove into dispelling myths during his main story on “Last Week Tonight.”

One of the first myths that Oliver debunks is over the vaccine being rushed, and as a result, those who receive the vaccine are guinea pigs for an untested vaccine. The HBO host stated that researchers are working on vaccines combating other coronaviruses for years, which means they had a “significant head start” when COVID-19 hit.

Oliver adds that “Operation Warp Speed” doesn’t mean that there was a rush to put out the vaccine. This name is due to cutting the bureaucratic red tape that could have possibly delayed the availability of a vaccine.

Another myth that Oliver debunked on the segment is the side effects. Some Americans don’t want to receive the vaccine because of the after-effects that could come with it. Oliver did recognize that side effects do occur; however, he did add that extreme cases like anaphylaxis are rare.

“The key thing to remember is that no side effect of the vaccine is worse than the alternative: COVID, a disease that has killed over 500,000 people in the U.S. alone while, once again, to date, the vaccine has been proven to kill exactly zero,” Oliver said.

“It is more than natural to have questions, but there are reassuring answers out there, and anyone throwing out questions without acknowledging that probably has another agenda entirely.”

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NBC News’ Joe Fryer Receives NLGJA’s Journalist of the Year

The award is presented by The Association of LGBTQ Journalists

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NBC News Now morning anchor Joe Fryer has received a significant honor as he was named NLGJA’s Journalist of the Year. 

The award is presented by The Association of LGBTQ Journalists, which honors “an LGBTQ journalist whose exceptional abilities, integrity, and distinctive work brought honor to the profession within the past year.”

“Humbled & honored to be named “Journalist of the Year” by the NLGJA — an organization that’s so important to the LGBTQ community. I share the award w/ my many colleagues at NBC NewsNow, TODAY show, & NBCNews who’ve helped me tell these stories,” Fryer tweeted

Fryer joined NBC News in 2013 as a West Coast correspondent, following a stint as a special projects reporter for Seattle NBC affiliate KING. The NBC News anchor wasn’t the only network newser to win an NLGJA award. 

CBS News correspondent Jamie Yuccas and the 48 Hours team won the Excellence in Network Television Award for the 48 Hours story The Life and Death of Nikki Kuhnhausen.

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News Media Reacts to Supreme Court Overturning Roe v. Wade

There was no shortage of news media reaction when the official overturning of Roe v. Wade came down, some celebrating it while others shared concern.

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In a decision many already knew was coming following the leaked draft, the Supreme Court, in a 6-3 ruling, overturned Roe v. Wade, which is the landmark enactment that established the constitutional right to abortion.

Since 1973, women have been permitted abortions during the first two trimesters of pregnancy in the United States; however, now the decision on this matter will return to the states, with a good portion expected to outlaw or severely restrict abortion.

There was no shortage of news media reaction when the official ruling came down, some celebrating it while others shared concern for what’s to come a post-Roe v. Wade United States.

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Fox News Reveals Slate of Independence Day Weekend Programming

The network said in a release that over the course of the holiday weekend, segments will air in major U.S. cities including Boston, Washington, D.C., New York City, and Los Angeles.

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Fox News will kick off Independence Day weekend with its “Proud American” series beginning Friday, July 1. The network said in a release that over the course of the holiday weekend, segments will air in major U.S. cities including Boston, Washington, D.C., New York City, and Los Angeles.

“FOX & Friends Weekend” will broadcast from the United States Military Academy at West Point on Saturday, July 2nd and Sunday, July 3rd from 6-10 AM/ET. The show will highlight West Point’s iconic Independence Day celebrations, including patriotic music from the West Point band, as well as interviews with cadets.

FNC will broadcast a primetime special called “A West Point Independence Day Celebration” hosted by Army Veteran Hegseth, Rachel Campos-Duffy, and Will Cain. Military Veteran and FOX News contributor Johnny Joey Jones will also join the special coverage, interviewing Medal of Honor recipients, West Point personnel and families in the crowd.

On July 4, the network will air a live two-hour primetime special entitled, “FOX News Presents: An Independence Day Celebration.” The program will air from 8-10 PM/ET and will feature “Cross Country’s” Lawrence Jones, Johnny Joey Jones, “FOX & Friends FIRST’s” Carley Shimkus and “Outnumbered” co-host Kayleigh McEnany.

Fox News will air the iconic fireworks display from Washington D.C. FOX Nation will also carry 4th of July content featuring host Abby Hornacek from Boston Harborfest, where the city is marking the 246th Independence Day celebration.

FOX News Audio will also present special coverage of the holiday, featuring original programs to be offered across its syndicated stations and digital audio platforms. 

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