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CNBC correspondent advocates wearing three masks, citing researchers



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After Dr. Anthony Fauci came out and said Monday morning that it’s “common sense” that wearing two masks “likely would be more effective” than just a single one, CNBC’s Contessa Brewer, citing researchers, claimed that people should wear three masks.

While appearing on CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith” Monday evening, Brewer suggested that people should wear three masks to help protect themselves from those who aren’t wearing masks properly or at all.

“The experts keep telling us that wearing masks is really about protecting others from ourselves in the event that we are contagious, but you know if other people aren’t wearing their masks or they’re wearing them improperly, we need to protect ourselves,” said Brewer.

“So experts say you can double up with a tight weave fabric mask for added protection,” she said while putting on two masks, then going on to cite researchers from Virginia Tech who said that three masks is more effective than two.

“Now, Virginia Tech researchers found that doubling up these cloth masks increases the efficiency from 50% to 75%,” Brewer continued. “A three-layer mask could block up to 90% of the particles.”

At the end of the segment, after Brewer emphasized that one’s mask needs to fit on properly to work, host Shepard Smith added that people should also get rid of facial hair due to it possibly getting in the way of properly wearing a face mask.

In an article published last week, CBS4 Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida told Summit News that “three masks may be going too far since that could interfere with the ability to breathe,” while saying that two masks is “something you may want to consider” doing.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Rupert Murdoch Steps Down as Chairman of Fox Corporation and News Corp



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Rupert Murdoch, the 92-year-old media tycoon, announced his decision to step down from his roles as Chairman of Fox Corporation and Executive Chairman of News Corp on Thursday. The transition is set to take effect in November, with his son, Lachlan Murdoch, assuming the position of sole chairman for both media conglomerates.

According to reports from Fox News, Murdoch addressed his colleagues in a letter, where he explained that his decision was prompted by a desire to embrace new roles while recognizing the capable leadership of his son, Lachlan. He stated, “For my entire professional life, I have been engaged daily with news and ideas, and that will not change. But the time is right for me to take on different roles, knowing that we have truly talented teams and a passionate, principled leader in Lachlan who will become sole Chairman of both companies.”

Despite the transition, Rupert Murdoch made it clear that he would remain actively involved in the “contest of ideas,” highlighting the intensifying battle over freedom of speech and freedom of thought. He criticized elites and the media for prioritizing narratives over the pursuit of truth.

“In my new role, I can guarantee you that I will be involved every day in the contest of ideas,” he wrote.

Lachlan Murdoch issued a statement, congratulating his father for his remarkable 70-year career and acknowledging his enduring impact on the companies he founded. He expressed gratitude for Rupert Murdoch’s vision, pioneering spirit, and steadfast determination, assuring that he would continue to provide valuable counsel in his role as Chairman Emeritus.

Rupert Murdoch’s media empire includes FOX News Channel, which has been a dominant force in 24-hour news coverage since its launch in 1996. Under his leadership, it became one of the world’s most influential news sources. Additionally, Murdoch served as the CEO of 21st Century Fox from 1979 until 2015 and as its Chairman from 1991 to 2015.

Murdoch’s career began in 1954 when he assumed control of News Limited, a public corporation in Australia previously led by his father. He expanded his media holdings internationally, acquiring major UK publications like News of the World and The Sun in 1969, as well as U.S. newspapers including the New York Post and The Village Voice.

His impact extended to television with the launch of the FOX Broadcasting company in 1986 and the subsequent establishment of FOX Sports. In 2019, Fox Corporation emerged as a standalone, publicly traded entity following the separation of 21st Century Fox, redefining the U.S. media landscape.

Rupert Murdoch’s contributions to the media industry have earned him numerous accolades, including the Companion of the Order of Australia (A.C.) and induction into the Television Academy Hall of Fame. Alongside his family, he has supported various charitable organizations across the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Asia, and Israel.

The transition of leadership marks a significant moment in the media world, as Rupert Murdoch’s enduring legacy continues to influence the future of media and journalism.

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