‘You have been warned’
Journalists at one news agency have become embroiled in piercing controversy over reports of a company-imposed vaccine mandate and claims by its White House correspondent the COVID shot contains a satanic marker allowing people to be tracked.
On Friday, Newsmax anchor Steve Cortes indicated he would defy the COVID-vaccine mandate his own company purportedly issued the previous day.
“I will not comply w/ any organization’s attempt to enforce Biden’s capricious & unscientific Medical Apartheid mandate. I will not be forced into the injection, nor will I disclose my vaccination status,” Cortes tweeted late Friday.
“No one should be pressured to choose between medical privacy & their job.”
The news outlet is reportedly ordering all workers to be fully vaccinated by Jan. 4, 2022, or face a weekly COVID test.
“To ensure that we are in compliance, we require that all vaccinated employees submit a copy of their vaccination card,” the email stated.
Thursday night on the air, Cortes blasted mandates as an example of “dictatorial rule” under President Joe Biden.
Cortes said: “There is zero, and I mean zero, moral or ethical obligation for anyone to be compelled to get vaccinated,” adding mandates are “insane workplace discrimination.”
On Sunday, Newsmax denied it’s forcing employees to get the COVID shot.
“Newsmax has no vaccine mandate nor do we require it for employment,” it wrote in an editorial in which it called the rule “a dangerous overreach of federal power and opposed by Newsmax.”
It says the company “informed our staff of the upcoming federal rule. At the same time, we have notified staff we will create an easy opt-out for any employee who does not want to be vaccinated.”
“Under the rule, any employee who is not vaccinated will be tested for COVID on a weekly basis,” the editorial explained, noting, “Newsmax is going beyond the OSHA rule to provide free weekly testing on its company premises.”
Earlier in the week, Newsmax yanked its own White House correspondent Emerald Robinson off the air, at least temporarily, after she tweeted a warning to Christians about a substance in the Moderna COVID vaccine that she believes can be used to track people.
Robinson posted: “Dear Christians: the vaccines contain a bioluminescent marker called LUCIFERASE so that you can be tracked. Read the last book of the New Testament to see how this ends.”