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Tucker Carlson Skeptical of COVID-19 Vaccine

Carlson said he felt the rollout of the vaccine to high-level government officials and front line medical personnel was “too slick.”

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Talk show host Tucker Carlson does not trust the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Carlson called the effort “false” and “too slick” during his show on Wednesday.

“This stuff is great,” Carlson said. “A lot of famous people say so. Just the other day, the guy who played Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings series got the vaccine. As on any media tour, the paparazzi were there for the dramatic moment when they stuck the needle in his arm.”

Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence received the coronavirus vaccine during a White House event aimed at convincing skeptical Americans that the vaccines are safe. Pence’s wife, Karen, and Surgeon General Jerome Adams also got the vaccine on Friday.

“So how are the rest of us supposed to respond to a marketing campaign like this?” Carlson said. “Nervously, if you are strongly supportive of vaccines, and we are. Even if you recognize how many lives have been saved because of vaccines, and we do. It all seems a bit much, it feels false because it is, it’s too slick.”

He called out philanthropist Melinda Gates for a CNN interview in which she said it was important to target misinformation.

The Food and Drug Administration said shipments of Moderna’s vaccine will begin this weekend if the FDA grants emergency use authorization.

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Rounding up Network Coverage of the Events at the U.S. Capitol

Networks also went to their contributors, who were shocked and in disbelief of the events transpiring.

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Wednesday was supposed to be a day when news networks in the United States provided coverage over the Electoral Tally. In the end, they shifted reporting as they began chronicling the siege by a pro-Trump mob.

Once the riots ensued, networks transitioned into the breaking news format usually reserved for foreign wars, natural disasters, or terrorist attacks. When they went to their correspondents on the ground, shaky cameras and shocked correspondents is what they witness.

Networks also went to their contributors, who were shocked and in disbelief of the events transpiring.

“This is the most significant breach of an American government institution since the War of 1812,” said Chad Pergram, the veteran congressional reporter on Fox News. “The mob upended American democracy today.”

Despite the news media outlets having people and footage from the ground floor along with commentary from contributors, the most shocking feeds they aired were from C-SPAN’s static cameras.

From this footage, the networks showed their audiences Vice President Mike Pence was abruptly ushered off the Senate floor by security forces and legislators reached for gas masks. Some law enforcement officials were also on camera where they had guns drawn towards rioters storming the Capitol. “This is the most significant breach of an American government institution since the War of 1812,” said Chad Pergram, the veteran congressional reporter on Fox News. “The mob upended American democracy today.”

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Tucker Carlson Tries to Make Sense of What Happened at the Capitol

Carlson said anyone that is trying to understand the significance of what is going on right now, should watch the video of the woman shot to death inside of the U.S. Capitol.

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson promised his viewers major ramifications resulting from the violence that occurred at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

Carlson said that the “people taking power” would take advantage of the Capitol siege by stripping away basic freedoms. “Your right to speak without being censored, your right to make a living, and your right to defend yourself,” he warned. “These are the most basic and ancient freedoms we have.”

Carlson said anyone that is trying to understand the significance of what is going on right now, should watch the video of the woman shot to death inside of the U.S. Capitol.

“In the footage, which we are not going to show you [because of the graphic nature of it] , the scene around her is chaotic. Suddenly, with no warning, there is gunfire, the woman has been hit by a bullet. The camera closes in on the woman’s face, she is staring straight ahead unblinking, in her eyes you can tell that she knows she is about to die.”

The circumstances surrounding the shooting remain unclear. What is clear, according to Carlson, is that an angry mob storming the Capital and the subsequent shooting death of an unidentified woman is beyond tragic.

“Imagine getting the call and learning that it was your daughter,” Carlson said. “The last time you spoke to her she was heading to a political rally, and now she’s dead, seriously imagine that.” 

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Chuck Todd and Republican Sen. Ron Johnson Debate the Election Results on Meet The Press

Johnson is one of a dozen Republican senators who plan to challenge the Electoral College certification on Wednesday. “We are not acting to thwart the democratic process — we are acting to protect it,” Johnson said.

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Meet The Press host Chuck Todd went toe-to-toe with Sen. Ron Johnson Sunday over GOP lawmakers’ efforts to challenge certification of Electoral College votes.

“You made an allegation there was widespread fraud, you have failed to offer specific evidence of that widespread fraud, but you’re demanding an investigation on the grounds that there are allegations of widespread fraud. So essentially, you are the arsonist here. President Trump is the arsonist here,” Todd said to Johnson.

Johnson is one of a dozen Republican senators who plan to challenge the Electoral College certification on Wednesday.  “We are not acting to thwart the democratic process — we are acting to protect it,” Johnson said.

Todd claimed the president and his Republican allies are alleging voter fraud even as the courts have dismissed scores of lawsuits filed by Trump’s legal team. Todd told Johnson that he and his colleagues “don’t get to make these allegations that haven’t been proven true.”

The contentious nationally televised interview came to an end when he thanked Johnson for appearing because “only two of your colleagues had the guts to say yes this weekend about this conspiracy theory that you’re working on.”

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