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FL Governor Ron DeSantis Spars With CNN Reporter

Rosa Flores asked the governor multiple times if she could finish her question and that is when the verbal confrontation really began.

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Florida governor Ron DeSantis became combative with a CNN reporter who asked about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout at area hospitals. The incident happened during a press conference on Monday and involved Rosa Flores.

Flores started by asking why phone lines were jammed and websites were crashing. The Republican governor told Flores there is “a lot of demand” for the vaccine.

Flores asked the governor multiple times if she could finish her question and that is when the verbal confrontation really began.

“So are you going to give a speech, or are you going to ask a question,” the governor said. “You are going to ask how many questions? You got three. They [other reporters] only got one question, why do you get three?”

DeSantis took exception to Flores asking why elderly patients were still waiting to get vaccinated. He explained to Flores that the state government does not have any control of how hospitals rolled the vaccine out. He said it would be a “disaster” if the state got involved.

“You’re the governor, that’s why I’m asking you,” said Flores. DeSantis further explained that the local hospitals are more competent to deliver critical services.

Florida has received more than 1.1 million vaccine doses from the federal government, but only about 264,000 residents have thus far received the jab, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccine tracker.

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Nicolle Wallace Returns to MSNBC’s Deadline: White House

“It is so very, very, very good to be back with you. I have missed everyone.”

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After spending time away from her MSNBC program for maternity leave, Deadline: White House anchor Nicolle Wallace returned to the anchor desk Monday.

“Well hello there everybody. It’s 4 o’clock in New York. I’ve missed saying that. It is so very, very, very good to be back with you. I have missed everyone,” Wallace said to begin Monday’s show.

Wallace and her husband welcomed a daughter via surrogate in November. In her place, Alicia Menendez anchored the program.

The former George W. Bush administration official began hosting the show in 2017. The program was expanded to two hours in 2020, and is one of the network’s highest-rated offerings.

On Friday, Wallace revealed she would make her return Monday, adding that she will start a new feature during her show entitled “American Autocracy”, which “is something the whole country should be grappling with, because that is certainly the head of the Republican party is running on this time,” she told Menendez.

Deadline: White House airs weekdays at 4:00 PM ET on MSNBC.

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Brian Kilmeade: Bob Costas ‘Shallow’ For Comments About Trump and His Supporters

“I think it’s so, so shallow of him to think that you can have your feelings and put down 74 million people along the way.”

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Bob Costas had quite the takedown of the election prospects of former President Donald Trump during a cable news interview. Fox News host Brian Kilmeade didn’t take kindly to the remarks.

“He is by far the most disgraceful figure in modern presidential history. He’s only become more disgraceful since 2016 and since 2020. He is a bubbling cauldron of loathsome traits,” Costas told Michael Smerconish on CNN this weekend. “You have to be in the throes of some sort of toxic delusion and a toxic cult to believe that Donald Trump has ever been in any sense emotionally, psychologically, intellectually or ethically fit to be president.”

“I know Bob Costas. I know how bright he is. He’s the best. When by the time he was 34, is the best sportscaster in the country doing all the biggest events ever. I know that’s exactly how he feels,” Kilmeade said when asked for his opinion by Harris Faulkner.

“But I think it’s so, so shallow of him to think that you can have your feelings and put down 74 million people along the way. If people who are supporting, especially him, coming from a place where people support their teams and their players and their boxers and their athletes and people are loyal, there are people loyal to him for reasons they should be respected for and analyzed.”

Faulkner argued that Democrats expect their voting base to be respected, but won’t return that same respect to the other side of the political aisle.

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Chris Cuomo: My Beef With CNN is With Executives, Not Talent

“No one tells me what to say. No one controls me. Never will.”

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NewsNation host Chris Cuomo has never been shy about his high-profile exit from CNN. After departing the network, he sued for wrongful termination in a case that’s still ongoing. But he wants to clarify his problems with the network aren’t with the folks on the air.

In a post to X, Cuomo responded to a user suggesting that if he kept “talking all this common sense” about the practice of hiring minorities in a push for diversity, equity, and inclusion, “CNN will never let you come back”. In his response, Cuomo said his issue has never been with the on-air talent, but rather the network’s executives.

“Look, you won’t hear me bash CNN. Many great people who do the job for right reasons. My beef is with my boss and his boss and why they say publicly they fired me. and sure people I thought were friends went bad on me…but that is not unusual, especially with talent in the media maelstrom,” Cuomo wrote. “I do what I have always done. Far from perfect but never a patsy. No one tells me what to say. No one controls me. Never will.”

Cuomo departed CNN amid revelations he helped his brother — former Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) — navigate accusations of sexual misconduct while he was governor. In response to his ouster, Chris Cuomo sued CNN for $125 million, claiming his “journalistic integrity” was damaged by the network’s decision to fire him.

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