CNN's Jake Tapper Praises Fox News' Neil Cavuto After Vaccine Death Threats

CNN's Jake Tapper praised his rival Neil Cavuto for his pro-vaccine messages and hit out at those who sent death threats to the Fox News host.

On Friday, Tapper gave a shout-out to Cavuto who has been open about his health issues and his vocal advocacy for people to get vaccinated.

The CNN lead anchor said: "Neil is a survivor. He has multiple sclerosis, he has had open-heart surgery, he beat stage four cancer and he's now fighting COVID.

Tapper continued: "Neil recently talked about the importance of vaccines on air, precisely to protect people like him who have compromised immune systems.

"Sadly, many in the audience watching have been lied to about vaccines by others. Neil has received death threats for his simple, logical, science-based call for vaccinations.

"Neil Cavuto is a gentleman. Neil Cavuto does not deserve that. Stay strong Neil, we wish you health and a long, long life."

Cavuto has used his Fox News slot to plead with viewers to get vaccinated against COVID, including a frank statement earlier this week.

On Tuesday, Cavuto said: "Had I not been vaccinated, and with all my medical issues, this would be a far more dire situation."

He implored viewers to put aside their political differences and get jabbed against the vaccine.

Cavuto said on Fox News' MediaBuzz: "I can't stress this enough. It's not about left or right, not who's conservative or liberal. Last time I checked, everyone, regardless of political persuasion, is coming down with this.

"Take the political speaking points and toss them! For now, I'm begging you, toss them! And think of what's good not only for yourself but those around you."

He continued: "I don't look at things through a political spectrum, down to all of my shows, I don't have time for that.

"Life's too short to be an ass. Life is way too short to be ignorant of the promise of something that is helping people worldwide. Stop the deaths. Stop the suffering. Please get vaccinated. Please."

But, Cavuto was met with a mixed reception with audience members and personalities who have been critical of the vaccine or mandates connected to getting jabbed.

Newsweek has contacted Fox News and CNN for comment.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who are immunocompromised are more likely to become severely ill from COVID.

It warned that people with weakened immune systems may not be fully protected from the disease, even if they are vaccinated, and should take precautions recommended for the unvaccinated.

This includes wearing a well-fitted mask, keeping six feet away from others, avoiding crowds, washing your hands often, monitoring your health as well as cleaning and disinfecting surfaces.

Tapper praised his TV rival Cavuto
Jake Tapper (left) praised his TV rival Neil Cavuto (right) for his outspoken advocacy for people to get vaccinated against COVID. Getty