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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.”

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?

John Hanson

is a professional writer and editor with over 15 years of experience in conservative media and Republican politics. He has been a special guest on Fox News, Sirius XM, appeared as the guest of various popular personalities, and has had a lifelong interest in right-leaning politics.

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  • Hey dr.bengay --- It's better for people to think you're stupid, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt!

    Research proves otherwise. And maybe you're just ignorant of the fact that even the pharmaceutical companies are now investing heavily in cannabis research because of the proven benefits. This is NOT about recreational use.

    Cannabis was also mentioned in scripture, called Kannah bosm in Hebew, it is the anointing oil Jesus used to treat people.

    Prior to the 30s when it was prohibited by the government, cannabis was used in nearly every medicinal product. Back then most of these modern day diseases were very rare!

  • Hey dr.bengay --- It's better for people to think you're stupid, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt!

    Research proves otherwise. And maybe you're just ignorant of the fact that even the pharmaceutical companies are now investing heavily in cannabis research because of the proven benefits. This is NOT about recreational use.

    Cannabis was also mentioned in scripture, called Kannah bosm in Hebew, it is the anointing oil Jesus used to treat people.

    Prior to the 30s when it was prohibited by the government, cannabis was used in nearly every medicinal product. Back then most of these modern day diseases were very rare!

  • Just remember what I said, when in a few years his cancer returns and is even worse -- unless of course he changes his type of treatment away from synthetic chemicals. I've taken nothing away from his "success", but I hate to see that success be very short lived!

  • Just remember what I said, when in a few years his cancer returns and is even worse -- unless of course he changes his type of treatment away from synthetic chemicals. I've taken nothing away from his "success", but I hate to see that success be very short lived!

  • The guy says some nice things to his fans about their concern for him and they cut it from the stories. That's just weird. When I was waiting for my kidney transplant for damn near ten years I got lots of "I will pray for you" from people. While I don't believe in their gods , or any others for that matter, I never chastised them for what I saw as wasting time and doing less than nothing. I accepted their offer with kindness and a thanks. It's just basic politeness. Are the major news media so terrified of religion that they would go to the trouble of cutting his quote? That says a lot about their obsessive hard left views.

  • I'm sure that a lot of primitive folk remedies do have some effect and can be useful medical treatments. People over long periods of trial and error and of observation learned certain things.Like a certain plant would relieve a burn, or that the opium poppy soothed pain etc.However, this just isn't limited to the Bible and many cultures had writing about medical treatments.
    We still take an oath to Apollo the physician 'I swear by Apollo Physician, by Asclepius, by Hygieia, by Panacea, and by all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will carry out, according to my ability and judgment, this oath and this indenture etc etc etc

  • I'm sure that a lot of primitive folk remedies do have some effect and can be useful medical treatments. People over long periods of trial and error and of observation learned certain things.Like a certain plant would relieve a burn, or that the opium poppy soothed pain etc.However, this just isn't limited to the Bible and many cultures had writing about medical treatments.
    We still take an oath to Apollo the physician 'I swear by Apollo Physician, by Asclepius, by Hygieia, by Panacea, and by all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will carry out, according to my ability and judgment, this oath and this indenture etc etc etc

  • Although I don't personally believe that prayer had anything to do with his recovery, I do believe that the media intentionally omitted it.

  • Although I don't personally believe that prayer had anything to do with his recovery, I do believe that the media intentionally omitted it.

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