After another week of contentious impeachment hearings on Capitol Hill, people happily pounced on a very different drama that unfolded Thursday and Friday on social media.
It began when Nick Vasos, a morning anchor a the Fox 4 news station in Kansas City, sent an email saying that he was feeling sick and needed to take the day off. While Vasos had intended to send the message to his bosses, he accidentally sent it to thousands of his co-workers at Nexstar corporation, which owns nearly 200 TV stations across the country. It swirled into one of those situations where everyone responds and, within hours, hashtags such as #PrayersforNick and #NickStrong were trending on social media.
Vasos himself confirmed that he was, in fact, expected to survive. He had a sense of humor about it all, retweeting many of his well-wishers.
He also retweeted a post from his manager, who said that he never actually received his employee’s email, so it’s a good thing Vasos’s request went viral.
I am one of @NickVasos’ managers. Grateful to report he and I have communicated and he is going to pull through. You guys are a scream! 😝Funny enough, WE didn’t get that email at @fox4kc. #nexstarnation #prayersfornick #justlikeferris #emailmigration— Jana Calkins (@Jayhawk96) November 22, 2019
Vasos’s other co-workers, quite hilariously, made a mock memorial to him at his desk.
There were jokes that Vasos had pulled a Ferris Bueller.
The internet, in general, was delighted, and people took that as a good sign.
Hey @NickVasos..the 2nd graders from @MPAcademy1809 in South Carolina heard you were “under the weather” and have a little message for you! @WCBD #PrayersForNick #NexstarNation #NickStrong #nexstarcares pic.twitter.com/utIpm3a3k0— Rob Fowler (@RobStormTeam2) November 22, 2019
Although, not everyone was amused.
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