When the beloved “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek revealed that he had stage 4 pancreatic cancer a few months ago, it was heartbreaking news. Death from the disease seemed imminent.
But then doctors recently gave the 78-year-old some of the most incredible news of his life: His cancer was declared to be in “near remission.”
The news certainly shocked his doctors, too, according to People magazine.
“It’s kind of mind-boggling,” Trebek said. “The doctors said they hadn’t seen this kind of positive result in their memory…some of the tumors have already shrunk by more than 50 percent.”
After being very down in the dumps following his initial diagnosis, those tears were replaced with “tears of joy, not tears of depression.” Aside from his chemotherapy treatments, he credited the countless people praying for his health to improve.
He told People, “I’ve got a couple million people out there who have expressed their good thoughts, their positive energy directed towards me and their prayers. I told the doctors, this has to be more than just the chemo, and they agreed it could very well be an important part of this.”
It wasn’t just a passing comment, because Trebek added: “I’ve got a lot of love out there headed in my direction and a lot of prayer, and I will never ever minimize the value of that.”
But the Media Research Center noted something very eyebrow-raising about CBS News’ and NBC News’ coverage of the interview with Trebek.
They omitted the part about prayer.
CBS simply said Trebek called his recovery “mind-boggling.” But NBC went beyond just not mentioning his praise for prayer. They edited it right out of his quote.
In a report on the “Jeopardy!” hosts incredible news, NBC News journalist Joe Fryer quoted Trebek saying, “I’ve got a couple million people out there who have expressed good thoughts… I told the doctors this has to be more than just the chemo.”
“For Trebek, that support is part of the answer,” Fryer added, completely leaving out that part of Trebek’s quote where he followed up by saying that people “expressed their good thoughts” with “their positive energy directed towards me and their prayers.”
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While Trebek is not public about his religious beliefs, making them virtually unknown, he is a major supporter of World Vision Canada, a Christian global aid organization.