The surge in Covid-19 cases in the United States has begun affecting the news media world, and the “Today” show anchor Hoda Kotb is the latest to test positive for the virus.
During Thursday’s show, co-anchor Craig Melvin confirmed the news regarding his colleague.
“She tested positive for COVID, but Hoda tells us that she’s doing just fine, and we look forward to having her back very, very soon,” Melvin said in the show’s third hour.
Kotb also went on Twitter to confirm her positive diagnosis while thanking those for their well wishes.
“Today” reported that Kotb is vaccinated and has received a booster shot. The anchor is isolating at home, and there’s no date yet as to when she’s expected to return.
Sheinelle Jones also provided some comments regarding Kotb, with the co-anchor calling the long-time host “a rockstar.” Meanwhile, Jenna Bush Hager also conveyed that she had been communicating with her Today show co-host via text and that her symptoms are “pretty mild.”
“Like so many others, she tested positive for COVID,” Bush Hager said. “She’s doing totally fine, and she’ll be back here pretty soon.”
Chris Stirewalt Joins NewsNation as its Political Editor
Stirewalt will deliver what NewsNation calls “balanced and accurate political analysis” throughout the election season.
NewsNation will be welcoming a familiar face to their network as Fox News’ former political editor Chris Stirewalt joins the company as its political editor.
In his new position, Stirewalt will deliver what NewsNation calls “balanced and accurate political analysis” throughout the election season.
“Chris Stirewalt’s analytical abilities are the best in the business, and his insights during election season will prove to be an invaluable resource for viewers,” NewsNation’s Michael Corn, president of news, said, per TV Newser.
Stirewalt comes aboard NewsNation during a time when the network is strengthening its political operations.
The company has inked a broadcast partnership agreement with the digital news site Decision Desk HQ to deliver election data and exclusive polling results for the 2022 midterm primaries and general election.
“With honest reporting and data analysis, along with up-to-the-minute results from Decision Desk HQ, we are building upon our mission at NewsNation to become the leader in election night coverage you can trust,” Corn said.
Jeanine Pirro Wants a “Hardening Perimeter” for Each School
Pirro voiced support for “hardening the perimeter” of each school in the country and stationing security guards at them.
The latest mass shooting occurred at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, where a gunman killed 18 students and three adults. Much like in the Sandy Hook and Parkland shootings, many are voicing their opinions about how the country can avoid these incidents.
During a segment on “The Five,” co-host Jeanine Pirro voiced support for “hardening the perimeter” of each school in the country and stationing security guards at them.
“I mean, these children are–they’re babies,” Pirro said, per Mediaite. “They really are babies.”
Pirro suggested that many retired law enforcement officers would be willing to contribute their time to supply security at schools across the United States.
“I think that you’ve got a lot of people now – retired cops, retired sheriffs – who’d be more than happy to protect kids. I think right now – and I don’t want to get into the politics of it – but we’ve got to make sure that people understand, especially the schools and the teachers, that we need this,” Pirro said.
“It is a crazy world today. It’s very different than it was five years ago. But we need to do something about it I think this is one of the only ways to actually protect the school and the children.”
Bill Melugin Details What He Saw at Robb Elementary School
Melugin left his regular assignment covering the crisis at the Southern Border to cover a mass school shooting
Fox News reporter Bill Melugin left his regular assignment covering the crisis at the Southern Border to cover a mass school shooting that left at least 21 people dead in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday.
Melugin spent hours appearing on the network’s primetime lineup reporting from the scene. The correspondent addressed rumors that the shooting at the school began as a border patrol chase.
“We’re not hearing anything about a chase, there were rumors flying around that this was a sort of border patrol chase, I have not heard anything of the sort, I have not confirmed any of that information and have no reason to believe any of those rumors are credible at this moment,” he said.
Melugin described what he saw at Robb Elementary School and the scene inside the school.
” We went in, there is a room full of parents, a private room where they are waiting on information for their loved ones, some are walking the hallways, some are crying, hugging, emotional, some have been given horrible news,” Melugin said. “There is a room full of parents necessary there waiting on information.”