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CNN anchor reveals multiple sclerosis diagnosis

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CNN's Inside Politics anchor John King revealed on Tuesday that he has multiple sclerosis and is "immunocompromised" before thanking members of the public who took the COVID-19 vaccine.

“I’m going to share a secret I have never spoken before. I am immunocompromised,” King said. “I have multiple sclerosis. So I am grateful you are all vaccinated."

The revelation of King's previously undisclosed diagnosis stemmed from discussion over the late former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who died Monday due to complications from COVID-19 combined with multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer that made him vulnerable to the respiratory illness.

"I am grateful my employer says all of these amazing people who work on the floor, who came in here in the last 18 months when we are doing this, are vaccinated now that we have vaccines," King said. "I worry about bringing it home to my 10-year-old son who can’t get a vaccine. I don’t like the government telling me what to do. I don’t like my boss telling me what to do. In this case, it’s important.”


Following the 84-year-old Powell's death, a number of right-wing media figures raised questions about the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine without noting the former secretary of state's other health issues.

In a now-deleted tweet, Fox News anchor John Roberts questioned the vaccine's effectiveness on Monday.

"The fact that Colin Powell died from a breakthrough COVID infection raises new concerns about how effective vaccines are long-term," Roberts wrote.


Fox News host Tucker Carlson also opened his Monday show with the news of Powell's death, saying members of the public have been "lied to" about the effectiveness of vaccines. Later in the show, Carlson said he “left out that Powell was suffering from a number of different health problems."


King's Tuesday segment included a chyron directing attention toward right-wing media claims about the vaccine, which read: "RIGHT-WING MEDIA USE COLIN POWELL's DEATH TO QUESTION VACCINES WHEN UNVACCINATED FACE 11X HIGHER RISK OF DYING FROM COVID."

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