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Conservative News/Talk Is Pushing One Message Ahead of Midterms

The New York Times reports that around conservative radio shows, they’re declaring that the fix is in and that the Democratic Party intends to cheat. 

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The midterm elections are still months away; however, The New York Times reports that around conservative radio shows, they’re declaring that the fix is in and that the Democratic Party intends to cheat. 

Carol Ross, host of “The Ross Report,” asked how Democrats could win a presidential election again following a turbulent few years in power. “They’re going to have to cheat again,” she said. “You know that. There will be rampant cheating.”

Also, another station sharing similar points that Democrats will rig the elections this year is South Carolina’s Charlie James, a host on 106.3 WORD, read from a blog post arguing that “the Democrats are going to lose a majority during the midterm elections unless they’re able to cheat in a massive wide-scale way.”

The newspaper spotlights how the loudest and most constant booster of these unfounded election fraud claims has been talk radio. Furthermore, the Times says that mentions of “Democrats cheating” and matching ideas were expanded more than 5,000 times on syndicated radio shows and local broadcasts this year. 

“Liberals or even most moderates never listen to it; they don’t pay attention to it, they don’t see it, they don’t hear it,” said Lewis A. Friedland, a professor who studies radio at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “So you don’t know it exists; you don’t know how widespread and how powerful it really is.”

Some radio networks cracked down on election fraud claims after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, so it will be interesting to see if there’s any fallout following this year’s elections. 

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Tony Robinson Joining Urban One

Robinson operates Robinson Public Affairs, which he founded in January 2015.

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Urban One has added to their corporate team. All Access reports Tony Robinson has been appointed Vice President of Corporate Communications.

Urban One’s Chief Administration Officer Karen Wishart says the addition will help them grow. “Tony’s long history of working with executive leadership to provide strategic messaging and comprehensive communications strategy for corporate clients and public officials will help us better tell our story to a wider variety of audiences.”

Robinson operates Robinson Public Affairs, which he founded in January 2015. His experience includes several years working in Washington, D.C. in the Office of DC Administrator and the DC Department of General Services.  He’ll report directly to Wishart.

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Mike Gallagher: Media ‘Looked The Other Way’ In North Dakota Political Murder

“The police report was very specific over what the guy said. But now we suddenly don’t want to believe what the suspect himself said?”

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The murder of a politically conservative North Dakota teenager continues to be a talking point for conservative pundits, and radio host Mike Gallagher said the mainstream media has turned their attention away from the story.

“Jesse Watters did a great monologue yesterday pointing out the media looking the other way, and yes, the mainstream media has looked the other way and haven’t made a big deal over the man who was charged and released after running over an 18-year-old that the man driving the car called a Republican extremist,” Gallagher said.

He then added the phrase has been used to label conservatives and is now being used to draw harm on them.

“Does that sound familiar? The phrase Republican extremist? Because we’ve been hearing that phrase a lot lately. An awful lot. Coming from the President on down,” Gallagher said.

“And there I am, I’m watching TV yesterday and there’s my friend and colleague Hugh Hewitt, and he’s like ‘It was DUI, I don’t know that it was an attack’. Mark Davis in Dallas (said) ‘Let’s let the fact emerge and we wanna make sure we give the guy the benefit of the doubt’. Are you kidding? The police report was very specific over what the guy said. But now we suddenly don’t want to believe what the suspect himself said? Because we don’t wanna offend people in accusing somebody of a political crime? A political attack. Why would a Republican, why would a conservative, why would anybody be nervous about expecting accountability for a man who said he committed a political crime?”

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NPR Senior Vice President Nancy Barnes Leaving Network

According to Folkenflik’s report, Barnes and NPR Senior Vice President for Programming and Audience Development Anya Grundmann “often disagreed on which podcasts or innovations to pursue”.

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NPR Senior Vice President and Editorial Director Nancy Barnes is departing the network.

NPR’s David Folkenflik wrote a detailed article for the network’s website, sharing that Barnes revealed her departure on Friday. It appears Barnes took issue with the creation of a Chief Content Officer position that would be above her in the hierarchy of the organization.

“As many of you have noted to me and others, there is increasingly overlap between the News and Programming divisions,” Barnes wrote in a memo to the staff. “Now is the right time for me to pursue some other opportunities.”

According to Folkenflik’s report, Barnes and NPR Senior Vice President for Programming and Audience Development Anya Grundmann “often disagreed on which podcasts or innovations to pursue”.

Calling her exit bittersweet, Barnes said she will remain on the job until at least late November.

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