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CBS This Morning viewers are outraged after veteran reporter Anthony Mason, 65, was replaced by ex-NFL player Nate Burleson, 39, because he's a "better fit" with Gayle King, 66.
CBS announced the personnel change on Wednesday, saying Burleson will join King and the anchor team in September.
Mason, joined CBS News in 1986 and previously hosted CBS Evening News.
He will move to a cultural correspondent role, covering music, arts and entertainment, DailyMail.com reports.
CBS made the switch to bring in younger viewers as the hosts, King and Mason, near retirement age.
A CBS source told DailyMail.com on Thursday that hiring Burleson full-time gives them a "real chance" to compete in the ratings race.
"Anthony is a nice man and an excellent journalist, he just isn't the right fit for the morning. By pairing Nate with Gayle we have a real chance."
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Burleson, who retired from the NFL in 2014, was previously a guest host on the CBS morning show.
He spent his post-NFL career as a sports broadcaster and a host on Extra TV.
Viewers were livid at the change. Some even accused CBS of "racism."
One Twitter user wrote: "Switching to a new morning news program since CBS
is letting Anthony Mason go... Bad decision for CBS."
Another viewer tweeted: "Sorry CBS. No Anthony Mason, no David Gray. Y’all have a good one!"
While a third viewer wrote: "Nate Burleson is going to take Anthony Mason's place on CBS This Morning? I think that's a great choice."
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The man who claimed George Floyd and former police officer Derek Chauvin "bumped heads" at a nightclub now says he mixed up Floyd with someone else.
David Pinney, who claimed he worked "closely" with Floyd and Derek Chauvin -- and previously told CBS News the two men "bumped heads" -- changed his story Wednesday.
Pinney told CBS News he worked at the same nightclub in south Minneapolis with Floyd for 5 months in late 2015 and early 2016.
He described tension between the two men -- and he said he often stepped in to break up fights between them.
He initially described a close bond with Floyd. "It's a difference when you work side by side with somebody. Like, I see him like a brother...."
"I knew George on a work basis," he said. "We were pretty close. When it came to our security positions, he was in charge and I worked directly below him as a security adviser."
He said Chauvin was "extremely aggressive within the club."
"…..he always showed aggression to, you know, George. So George, to keep it professional, George had me intervene and – interface with him instead of himself, just to be – just to get away from the conflict and keep it professional."
Pinney told CBS News he and Floyd were "very close" and he viewed him as a brother.
On Wednesday, Pinney told CBS News in an email he had confused Floyd with someone else: "There has been a mix up between George and another fellow co-worker," he wrote.
"I apologize for not doing my due diligence and placing you in a very uncomfortable situation," Pinney told CBS4's Jeff Pegues.
A lawyer representing the Floyd family called for Chauvin to be charged with first-degree murder because he believes Chauvin knew who Floyd was and what happened on May 25 was personal.
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CBS News has admitted using footage from a hospital in Italy that shows a hospital ward overflowing with patients during the coronavirus pandemic.
The news comes after New York residents uploaded video to social media that shows hospitals in New York City are not "war zones" overwhelmed with coronavirus patients as the news media reported.
CBS' This Morning used footage of a packed hospital ward in Italy last Wednesday after claiming the coronavirus epicenter was "found right here" in New York.
The same footage was aired by Sky News -- which correctly identified it as a hospital in Italy.
The American news media has been criticized for overhyping the coronavirus to panic viewers and cause chaos to increase TV ratings.
"This is unacceptable," wrote one outraged Twitter user. Another user tweeted: "it's completely irresponsible for @CBSNews to use footage from an Italian Hospital when talking about the outbreak in New York City."
A CBS News spokesperson attribute the fake news to an "editing mistake."
"We took immediate steps to remove it from all platforms and shows."
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CBS News issued a sincere apology on Monday night for mixing up photos of the late Congressman Elijah Cummings and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who announced he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
The mixup occurred on Monday's broadcast of CBS Evening News. A photograph of Cummings was mistakenly identified as Lewis. Cummings died of natural causes on Oct. 17, at age 68.
"Tonight on the 6:30 p.m. ET broadcast of the CBS Evening News, one photograph was misidentified as Congressman John Lewis. We have replaced the photo in all broadcasts and platforms. We deeply regret the error," CBS tweeted.
News of Lewis' cancer diagnosis prompted reactions from celebrities and lawmakers on social media.
Lewis, 79, said he will continue to serve in the House of Representatives while undergoing chemotherapy treatment for his cancer.
The civil rights leader once marched alongside Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to fight for the freedom of Black people to vote in U.S. elections.
But on Sunday, Lewis announced he is in the biggest fight of his life.
"I have been in some kind of fight - for freedom, equality, basic human rights - for nearly my entire life," he said.
"I have never faced a fight quite like the one I have now."
Lewis added: "I have a fighting chance."
Pancreatic cancer is one of the few cancers that can go undetected until it is too far advanced to treat.
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