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MSNBC’s Katy Tur under fire for tweeting and deleting: ‘Kim Jong Un is brain dead’

MSNBC’s Katy Tur apologized after tweeting that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is “brain dead” following a surgery.

CNN announced on Monday that Kim recently had a surgery and had suffered complications as a result.

What are the details?

To her 724,000+ Twitter followers, Tur wrote, “North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is brain dead, according to two US officials. He recently had cardiac surgery and slipped into a coma, according to one US current and one former US official. @NBCNews confirms and adds to CNN scoop.”

Following apparent questions — and swift backlash — over the tweet, Tur deleted the tweet.

“I’ve deleted that last tweet out of an abundance of caution,” she admitted. “Waiting on more info. Apologies.”

At the time of this writing, Tur has not tweeted further on the alleged status of Kim Jong Un.

The North Korean leader has reportedly not been seen in public since April 11.

You can read more about Monday’s late-breaking story here and here.

What else?

On Monday night, CNN’s Jim Sciutto said, “I’m told by a U.S. official with direct knowledge that the U.S. is monitoring intelligence that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is in grave danger following a surgery.

“Now we should note that Kim, he recently missed the celebration of his grandfather Kim Il Sung’s birthday on April 15,” he added. “This raised speculation about his wellbeing, about his health.”

The Los Angeles Times later announced, “The Daily NK, a Seoul-based website that gathers information from informants inside the isolated nation, reported Tuesday that Kim underwent ‘a cardiovascular surgical procedure’ and was now mostly recovered.” The Times noted, however, that it was it was “impossible to immediately verify the report, which the Daily NK said was based on one person inside North Korea.”

On Tuesday, national security adviser Robert O’Brien appeared on Fox News and promised that the U.S. is “keeping a close eye” on the reports.

“We’re monitoring these reports very closely,” O’Brien said. “As you know, North Korea is a very closed society.”

Kim Jong-Un in ‘grave danger’ after heart surgery: Report

(H/T: Mediaite)

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Actor Daniel Dae Kim believes malaria drug touted by Trump was the ‘secret weapon’ that helped him recover from COVID-19

Actor Daniel Dae Kim said he believed that the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine was the “secret weapon” that aided his recovery from COVID-19.

The “Lost” and “Hawaii 5-0” star posted an update about his experience fighting the coronavirus on his Instagram Sunday, in which he called the drug “crucial” to leaving him “practically back to normal” only days after initially contracting the infectious disease.

“Here’s what I consider to be the secret weapon: hydroxychloroquine,” Kim said. “This is a common anti-malarial drug that has been used with great success in [South] Korea in their fight against the coronavirus.

“And yes, this is the drug that the president mentioned the other day,” he added.

“It is also the drug that Dr. Anthony Fauci [the director of the National Institutes of Allergies and Infectious Diseases] cautioned us about,” Kim was sure to note. “He said that evidence that the drug is promising is anecdotal — and that is correct. It means it wasn’t studied and is only based on personal accounts.

“Well, add my name to those personal accounts, because I am feeling better,” he said.

Kim was careful to note that he is not a doctor nor a lawyer, but that he was simply sharing his experience with the disease and what he found to be helpful.

The actor said that hydroxychloroquine was just one part of a drug cocktail, or combination of drugs, that his doctor prescribed for him. The cocktail also included the antiviral Tamiflu, the antibiotic azithromycin, commonly known as a Z-pak, and a glycopyrrolate inhaler.

President Trump confirmed during a news conference last week that the Food and Drug Administration was fast-tracking hydroxychloroquine for testing in order to determine its efficacy against COVID-19. Three separate medical studies recently found the drug to be potentially effective treatment for the coronavirus, and perhaps even successful in preventing infections.

Trump has been very optimistic about the potential of the drug, to the distress of some in the mainstream media.