From Covid-19 impacting the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing to more problems at CNN, this week’s news changed rapidly.
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2022 WINTER OLYMPICS IMPACTED BY COVID
The 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing are set to commence this week despite rising concerns about an outbreak of Covid-19 cases. Eleven Olympic athletes have already tested positive, as organizers for the global sporting event continue to downplay fears and promote the effectiveness of their “closed-loop” system.
According to AP News, all athletes will be tested daily. They are also required to stay in their hotels or sporting venues and are cordoned off from the city. Many athletes, such as Belgian skeleton racer Kim Meylemans, garnered support on Instagram for criticism of the strict isolation rules, which were not made explicitly clear and threaten their chances to compete.
JOE MANCHIN SAID BUILD BACK BETTER IS DEAD
Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, a thorn in the side of Joe Biden’s social and environmental agenda, declared that the President’s Build Back Better bill was “dead.” The West Virginia Democrat previously said that he would be open to talking about passing certain measures of the bill, but his new position appeared to stymie progress entirely.
Though the bill was able to pass in the House, it received unflinching opposition in the Senate from Republicans and key Democrats needed to push for a tie-breaking vote from VP Kamala Harris. Sen. Manchin was adamant that the bill was too expensive and could add to rising inflation. Many Democrats believe, however, that measures in the bill such as lowering drug costs and increasing paid family leave are important for struggling Americans.
NYPD FUNERALS STOKED TENSIONS WITH POLICE
Officers Wilbert Mora and Jason Rivera, killed after responding to a distress call in New York City last month, were mourned at two funerals held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Thousands of NYPD officers attended to pay their respects as streets were closed for a procession downtown.
The two cops were killed mere days after Mayor Eric Adams took office, as his administration tries to curb a rising homicide rate and tensions with police. Critics stated that while thousands of cops arrived to pay respects to the fallen officers, the same respect has not been given to those who were unjustly killed by police brutality. President Joe Biden met with Mayor Adams to discuss his plans for gun reform and policing New York City.
CNN PRESIDENT JEFF ZUCKER RESIGNED
Jeff Zucker, worldwide president at CNN, abruptly resigned on Wednesday after revealing that he had an undisclosed romantic relationship with another senior executive. CNN’s executive chief marketing officer Allison Gollust stated that the relationship was entirely consensual and that she would remain at the company.
Zucker’s sudden departure came at an inopportune time for the news network as AT&T/WarnerMedia got ready for an upcoming merger with Discovery Inc. Zucker, whose contract was up at the end of 2021, previously stated that he would help the company through the merger, as well as the launch of CNN+, which are both expected to occur this spring.
WHOOPI GOLDBERG SUSPENDED FROM ‘THE VIEW’
Actress Whoopi Goldberg was suspended from The View for two weeks after she made comments on air about the Holocaust that offended many of the daytime talk show’s viewers. While discussing Maus, a celebrated graphic novel about the Holocaust, which was banned by a Tennessee school district, she stated that the Holocaust was “not about race.”
Later apologizing, Whoopi spoke with ADL head Jonathan Greenblatt on the following episode and retracted her statement. Greenblatt stressed the importance of remembering the history of the Holocaust so that such a tragic event would never happen again.
SPOTIFY LOST MORE ARTISTS AFTER JOE ROGAN CONTROVERSY
After Neil Young criticized Spotify for promoting Joe Rogan despite his spreading Covid-19 misinformation, many other creatives have joined the singer in removing their content from the streaming platform. As of Friday, Spotify has lost Joni Mitchell, Brene Brown, Graham Nash, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Bad Feminist author Roxanne Gay.
“I’m just a person who sits down and talks to people and has conversations with them,” Joe Rogan said in response to the controversy. Spotify also stated that it would seek to add a content advisory feature that labeled any podcast discussing Covid-19.
TOM BRADY RETIRED FROM THE NFL
Tom Brady, thought by some to be the greatest quarterback in the history of football, announced his retirement from the NFL this week after 22 seasons. The 44-year-old played for the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, winning seven Super Bowls over the course of his career.
Brady also held records for five Super Bowl MVP’s, most touchdown passes (624), and most passing yards (84,250). He stated that the physical toll of the game became too much for him at his age and that he planned to spend more time with his family. Ben Roethlisberger, another of football’s greatest quarterbacks, also announced his retirement from the Pittsburgh Steelers last week after 18 seasons.
RIHANNA DEBUTED HER BABY BUMP
Rihanna confirmed her pregnancy while out in New York City this week with the baby’s father, rapper A$AP Rocky. The 33-year-old fashion mogul and R&B singer stunned fans with her baby bump reveal, protruding proudly out of her pink jacket.
The gorgeous couple can’t wait to become first-time parents together. Wishing Rihanna and A$AP Rocky all the best!