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Strategist: TikTok Will be Key in Combatting Misinformation

Scott Kleinberg joined WGN Radio 720’s morning show with Bob Sirott to discuss the issue on Tuesday.

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A digital strategist claims that the social media app TikTok will help lead the way to fight misinformation on social media. 

Scott Kleinberg is a nationally syndicated columnist and the former social media editor at the Chicago Tribune. He joined WGN Radio 720’s morning show with Bob Sirott to discuss the issue on Tuesday. 

“Last year Tik Tok started the hashtag #LearnOnTikTok and it was a way to help users learn using their short form video content,” Kleinberg said. “Now as an extension of that campaign they’ve launched this hashtag called #FactCheckYourFeed which it says is designed to equip the Tik Tok community with skills that are needed to critically engage with content, navigate the platform safely and guard themselves against potential harm” 

Kleinberg said that TikTok users tend to trend younger than other social media platforms, but the misinformation campaign is targeted at all age groups, especially those older users that may be searching for information on COVID-19 vaccines. 

Kleinberg said TikTok’s original goal was to teach younger users about news literacy, but the campaign morphed into other initiatives. 

“Right now, what I am seeing is plenty of COVID-19 content and all of the COVID content has a link to other information to a very well done frequently asked questions page talking all about vaccines.” 

Bob Sirott’s acclaimed broadcasting career has spanned nearly five decades and has included stints at WMAQ, WBBM-FM, WLS, WGN and various television stations. 

Sirott can be heard on WGN Radio 720, weekdays from 5-9 am.

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Dan Mandis: Not Giving Real Opinions In ‘The Real World’

“Unless I know that I’m around trusted friends that I know both agree with me and disagree with me, I’m not giving any opinion whatsoever.”

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A recent study found more and more Americans are hesitant to share their true opinions to others for fear of being “cancelled”, calling it “self-silencing” and SuperTalk 99.7 WTN’s Dan Mandis said he’s also in that camp.

After mentioning he no longer “engages the crazies” after an undisclosed event, the Nashville’s Morning News host continued by saying “As a talk show host, obviously, I talk and give opinions for a living. But when I’m out in the real world? Unless I know that I’m around trusted friends that I know both agree with me and disagree with me, I’m not giving any opinion whatsoever. Because I don’t need the hassle. I don’t need the debate because I don’t want to to debate. And I understand why people feel like they just don’t wanna deal with people out there who are disagreeable.

Mandis added the extreme polarization of the nation’s political climate leads to a atmosphere where disagreement is no longer acceptable.

“Because when we disagree these days, for some, there is no such thing as a simple disagreement on what’s going on. It’s more of a ‘We’re going to destroy you’. In a lot of work places, you couldn’t even talk about Donald Trump. You couldn’t talk about the election. Because your co-workers would turn you in to human resources if they felt threatened or triggered. It doesn’t really surprise me that people are nervous or hesitant to give their real opinions.”

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WWJ Anchor Roberta Jasina Departs

Unfortunately, Jasina revealed her husband was diagnosed with cancer, the day after she was let go from Audacy. “It has been quite a week,” the former anchor said.

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In another cut from Audacy, WWJ morning news anchor Roberta Jasina has departed the company.

Jasina had been at all-news WWJ in Detroit for 34 years. In a message posted to Facebook, Jasina said “I have to say my heart was broken. I loved WWJ. I had the best job in the world. I loved going into work every day and trying to serve the listeners to the best of my ability.” She also thanked listeners for their kindness in hearing the news, while also thanking listeners who sent her hate mail, because it made her re-examine how she was operating.

Unfortunately, Jasina, 68, revealed her husband was diagnosed with cancer, the day after she was let go from Audacy. “It has been quite a week,” the former anchor said.

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Charlie Kirk Takes Umbrage With ABC News Minneapolis Teacher Union Headline

“Now that is the nice way to describe it. That is the puff piece. This is ABC News.”

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The Minneapolis Teacher Union has reportedly struck a deal with the city’s school system to prioritize race in deciding which educators are laid off first, which caught the ire of conservative talk host Charlie Kirk Thursday.

Kirk not all railed against the policy, but also the media’s reaction to it, citing an ABC News headline as an example.

“The media, they lose their minds when I say the following — but every single person in the audience, you need to listen carefully when I say this, because if you so happen to have white kids or grand kids, the are entering a country where the policies and the rules very well could be rigged against them — Minneapolis Public Schools defends policy to retain educators of color when determining layoffs,” said The Charlie Kirk Show host. “Now that is the nice way to describe it. That is the puff piece. This is ABC News. So I’m starting with the nicest possible wording. How they try to brand it. What is this, really? How about this one: Minneapolis Teacher Union plan will fire white teachers ahead of people of color.”

He later noted he would get blowback from his stance.

“The media doesn’t like when I say this but how on earth is this story right here not a deliberate ant-white campaign? Is that too much to say? If you have white kids or white grand kids, you better get into action here. This would be wrong if it was anti-black or anti-Hispanic.”

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