Liberal Media Ignores Alex Trebek Saying Prayer Helped Him Recover from Cancer

When “Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek shocked the world last week by announcing that his stage-four pancreatic cancer was in “near-remission,” he told People magazine that his miraculous recovery was undoubtedly due in part to the prayers of millions of his fans, something even his doctors seemed to agree with.

Media watchdog site Newsbusters notes that both “NBC Nightly News” and “CBS Evening News” edited the parts about prayer out of their televised reports last week while ABC’s “World News Tonight” included them.

Here is how ABC reported Trebek’s remarkable recovery:

Trebek telling People magazine: “The doctors said that they hadn’t seen this kind of positive result in their memory. Some of the tumors have already shrunk by more than 50 percent.” He adds, “it’s kind of mind-boggling. I’ve already gone from where I was to this. The doctors are so excited, just beside themselves with joy.”

And Trebek again thanked the millions who have sent good wishes. “I told the doctors, this has to be more than just chemo. I’ve had a couple million people out there who expressed their good thoughts, their positive energy and their prayers. The doctors said it could very well be an important part of this.”

But at NBC, Trebek’s quotes were edited to eliminate any mention of prayer, simply showing Trebek saying, “I’ve got a couple million people out there who have expressed good thoughts… I told the doctors this has to be more than just the chemo.”

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At CBS News, fill-in anchor Margaret Brennan had a brief report on Trebek’s turnaround, calling it  “mindboggling”:

There was some encouraging news today from Alex Trebek. The host of Jeopardy! says his doctors tell him that his stage-four pancreatic cancer is in, quote, “near remission.” In an interview with People magazine, Trebek calls the prognosis “mind-boggling” but says he has several more rounds of chemotherapy to go before he’s declared to be in full remission.

Notice there is no mention of prayer that was so prominent in the ABC News report.

Alex Trebek will likely get through a terrible disease that has about a 3 percent survival rate and specifically credited his fans’ prayers as a major reason why.

Why would many mainstream media outlets leave that part out? Isn’t it their job to simply report the news?

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