‘I’m going to share a secret’: CNN’s John King reveals multiple sclerosis diagnosis

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s recent death has prompted one cable news anchor to publicly reveal his own previously undisclosed health issues while encouraging Americans to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

CNN’s John King announced on Tuesday that he is “immunocompromised” and at an elevated risk from the virus because of multiple sclerosis. 

“All of these amazing people”

As reported by the Washington Examiner, King’s announcement came during a panel discussion on his program Inside Politics.

He began by asserting that some “right-wing media” figures had questioned the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines in light of Powell’s death from the virus despite being fully inoculated.

Of course, the 84-year-old Powell had other health concerns, including multiple myeloma, that compromised his immune system. It was this factor that prompted King to open up about his own diagnosis.

“I’m going to share a secret I have never spoken here before,” he said. “I am immunocompromised. I have multiple sclerosis.”

Addressing members of the on-air panel, he said that he was “grateful you are all vaccinated,” going on to express appreciation for CNN for declaring that “all of these amazing people who work on the floor, who came in here in the last 18 months when we are doing this, are vaccinated now that we have vaccines.”

“In this case, it’s important”

On a more personal note, King said that he is concerned about bringing the virus home to his son, who is not yet old enough to receive a vaccine.

“I don’t like the government telling me what to do,” he acknowledged. “I don’t like my boss telling me what to do. In this case, it’s important.”

King is not the only high-profile cable news personality to provide a health-related update this week. Fox News Channel anchor Neil Cavuto, who also has multiple sclerosis, revealed that he tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement on Tuesday, Cavuto shared his belief that the vaccine spared him from serious illness or even death, adding: “While I’m somewhat stunned by this news, doctors tell me I’m lucky as well. Had I not been vaccinated, and with all my medical issues, this would be a far more dire situation.”

Not only was he diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1997, but he was treated for cancer in the 1980s and underwent open-heart surgery in 2016, all of which undoubtedly compromised his immune system and left him more susceptible to the virus.

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