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Larson, Manning Wuestion Legitimacy of White House Press Corps

Larson says that journalists who cave into the Biden Administration’s demands are setting themselves up for future restrictions.

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Portland Oregon radio host Lars Larson did not hold back when criticizing Biden administration press secretary Jen Psaki for breaking the sacrosanct rule of journalism by asking media members to submit questions in writing, on Thursday’s edition of The Lars Larson Show on KXL.

“When I became a journalist 46 years ago, one of the first rules you learn is that legitimate journalists never submit questions beforehand,” Larson said. “It’s not written down anywhere, but it is understood. You can give them a general topic, like taxes you would like to talk about, but never specific questions. To ask legitimate journalists to do it is just offensive to me. If you give questions beforehand, it gives the person you are interviewing editorial control over your work. They may answer some questions but not others. It limits your reporting.”

Larson’s guest Rick Manning, who is the president of American’s for Limited Government agrees.

“The White House Press Corps is rolling over on this because they want access to the White House,” Manning said. “Every journalist is looking for a scoop and to get a scoop you need access. One of the main terms of access is to give us (the White House) your questions early so we don’t look stupid. They have basically said if you are not going to play by our rules, you are not getting your questions answered.”

Larson says that journalists who cave into the Biden Administration’s demands are setting themselves up for future restrictions.

“It’s like making your first payment to an extortionist,” Larson said. “You may think you are only paying them one time, but once you make that first payment, they know they’ve got you on the hook forever… You have just sold your soul.”

Manning claims the reason most of the press agreed to these restrictions stem from their dislike of former President Donald Trump.

“The media raised selling Democratic talking points to an art form,” he said. “No matter how many facts they were presented with, they called them all lies because it did not fit the narrative they were trying to sell. Honestly, 90 percent of the people (in the White House Press Corps) are not real journalists. They are political activists and they sold out long ago.”

Larson implies that the very future of American democracy is at stake if this policy remains in place.

“Our Founding Fathers said that the Republic needs an informed electorate to survive,” Larson said. “Now we have a press corps that just goes along with the President’s program. They are not informing, nor are they holding him accountable to do his job and uphold the Constitution.” 

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Ben Shapiro: Donald Trump Endorsing People Doesn’t Carry a Lot of Power

During his show on Wednesday, Shapiro said Trump may hold power over the Republican party but when it comes to local political races, there are other factors at play.

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Syndicated radio host and author Ben Shapiro suggested that an endorsement from former President Donald Trump is not the golden ticket it’s portrayed to be.

During his show on Wednesday, Shapiro said Trump may hold power over the Republican party but when it comes to local political races, there are other factors at play.

“So, there’s a difference between Donald Trump endorsing a person, which I don’t think has a lot of power. And Donald Trump is destroying people,” Shapiro said via Mediate.

“He (Trump) actually talked about how Brian Kemp was terrible and horrible and no good and very bad. And Brian Kemp won because he had earned the loyalty of the Republican voting base in Georgia, despite Trump’s anger at Brian Kemp.”

Shapiro concluded that “Trump does not have the sort of stranglehold the media thinks he has on the Republican Party.” 

Recently, Pennsylvania Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz is one Trump-endorsed candidate that has backed away from the former president.

An Axios analysis of Oz’s social media and campaign website uncovered that the Republican candidate is no longer lauding his Trump endorsement ahead of the midterm elections this fall.

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Longtime WIBC News Anchor Retires After Nearly 30 Years

Stan Lehr is calling it quits with his final day coming July 1.

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Longtime WIBC-FM news anchor Stan Lehr is calling it quits after nearly 30 years behind the microphone. The Indianapolis Star reports that Lehr’s last day will be July 1. 

WIBC is owned by Emmis Communications who last week announced a move to sell its Indianapolis radio properties to Maryland-based Radio One. Lehr’s retirement reportedly had nothing to do with the news of the impending sale. 

“This will bring to an end a long chapter in the station’s history,” WIBC News Director Chris Davis wrote in his email. “His reputation as a stickler has been widely-known in the industry for decades.” 

Davis described Lehr as a “stickler” who never wanted recognition for his work. 

“Instead, he made it clear to all who work or have worked with him that strong writing, accuracy, and excellence in delivery are the best ways to serve the listeners,” added Davis. 

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WWL, FEMA Unveiling New Emergency Broadcast Studio

The news conference will occur at 9 a.m. CT, leading to official remarks, Q&A, a tour of the facility, and a live demonstration at the WWL PEP station emergency studio. 

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FEMA and Audacy’s WWL-AM/FM will present the unveiling of an all-hazards upgrade to the “Primary Entry Point” facility on June 28th. 

The news conference will occur at 9 a.m. CT, leading to official remarks, Q&A, a tour of the facility, and a live demonstration at the WWL PEP station emergency studio. 

Some of the speakers at the event will include Erik Hooks, Deputy Administrator, FEMA, and Kevin Cassidy, Senior Vice-President, Market Manager, Audacy-WWL. 

“The modernization to the emergency studio increases WWL’s resiliency to continue broadcasting under all conditions, including natural disasters and acts of terrorism,” the statement said which Barrett News Media obtained. “This facility is one of 77 across the country that serve as a National Public Warning System Primary Entry Point (PEP) station, participating with FEMA to provide emergency alert and warning information to the public before, during and after incidents and disasters.”

“WWL is the 15th radio station in the country to work with FEMA to complete the all-hazards upgrade, which includes increased sheltering capabilities, expanded broadcast capacity, and sustainable power generation for all types of hazardous events.”

Anyone attending the event will arrive at check-in 15 minutes before the press conference starts.

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