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NPR’s Eric Deggans Voices Concerns Over CNN’s Direction

NPR’s Eric Deggans shared concerns about CNN’s more apolitical direction following the cancellation of “Reliable Sources” and the exit of Brian Stelter.

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CNN’s “Reliable Sources” aired its final episode on Sunday. As the show addressed the elephant in the room, NPR’s Eric Deggans shared concerns about CNN’s more apolitical direction.

Deggans stated to host Brian Stelter that he thinks the issue with the media’s perception right now is the lens through which it looks at today’s politics and the lack of accountability for politicians who violate the law or use damaging verbiage.

“The problem is that people put a political lens on top of something that is about preserving democracy and about holding politicians accountable,” Deggans said. “When you have one politician who’s denouncing the press as the enemy of the people. When you have one politician who insists that he won an election that he did not win.

“When you have one politician who’s blaming immigrants unfairly for America’s ills, you have to have a journalism apparatus that is free to call out those excesses, without fear of being accused of being unfair. And I think that’s the problem.”

The exit of Stelter and the cancellation of the 30-year-old “Reliable Sources” has some, like Deggans, worried about Licht’s urge to move away from opinion-based news shows and establish a more “neutral” voice.

“I hope that what we’re not going to see CNN do is institute some sort of false equivalence, where the extremism of one party is balanced with the regular dysfunction of another party,” Deggans said.

“We need to be free to call out when someone breaks the law, when someone breaks norms, when someone introduces prejudice and stereotypes into the public debate.”

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Nick Kayal: Joy Reid ‘Queen of Picking Low-Hanging Fruit’

“Don’t be a jerk, don’t go into someone else’s house and ransack their property, and loot and steal. Of course, that’s the opening of the door — the green light — for MSNBC to cry racism and that’s exactly what Joy Reid did.”

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During the debut of Kayal and Company on 1210 WPHT in Philadelphia Monday morning, new host Nick Kayal blasted MSNBC host Joy Reid for her weekend comments comparing Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) to prominent segregationists of the 1960s.

During a press conference, DeSantis told reporters Florida residents shouldn’t even think about looting the vacant homes of those evacuated during Hurricane Ian. Reid took to Twitter to point out the racial history of the “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” mindset.

“Don’t be a jerk, don’t go into someone else’s house and ransack their property, and loot and steal. Of course, that’s the opening of the door — the green light — for MSNBC to cry racism and that’s exactly what Joy Reid did. The MSNBC host said Ron DeSantis’ warning to looters in Ian’s aftermath is like a racist threat from segregationist era. Joy Reid is on her show and they’re discussing all the pertinent issues we’re fascinated by. Global warming, climate change, and then of course Hurricane Ian. And then, of course, they’ve got to play the clip of Ron DeSantis and she goes to Twitter — Joy Reid’s personal Twitter page — to bash DeSantis for warning potential criminals against looting the evacuated homes of Hurricane Ian survivors in Florida.”

Kayal then read a portion of a news story describing Reid’s actions in response to the comments made by DeSantis.

“Obviously, Ron DeSantis, clearly a racist,” Kayal said sarcastically. “Clearly going back to the ’60s. Of course, it’s low-hanging fruit. And Joy Reid — the queen of picking low-hanging fruit — immediately goes to her played out, tired card.”

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Gary McNamara Doesn’t Plan On Leaving Radio After 33 Years

“Red Eye Radio” co-host Gary McNamara has been in talk radio for more than three decades and he said he doesn’t see it ending anytime soon.

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“Red Eye Radio” co-host Gary McNamara has been in talk radio for more than three decades and he said he doesn’t see it ending anytime soon. 

McNamara discussed his lengthy career Friday while recounting many suggestions that he’s been given.

“As today I finish my 33rd year in talk radio and Monday I start my 34th year, I’ve never felt pressure in this job and never, ever will,” McNamara said.  

McNamara stated that he began his career in 1989. He said society was different and so were some of the topics that were discussed on the radio. 

“The left would actually discuss the issues but now it’s all about justifying obvious lies on all the major issues,” he said. “I still can remember one of the first pieces of advice that I ever got.” 

He said somebody on the radio told him that he had to stay away from talking about race. 

“Don’t talk about race, it will get you in trouble,” he said. “I thought to myself, I’ll talk about whatever I want. At that time, I didn’t really want to be doing talk radio but once I embraced it was OK.” 

McNamara said he never ran away from talking about anything, including race. 

“In fact, the topics that they say are taboo, like race, are one of the favorite topics that Eric [Harley] and I love talking about. All these taboo topics that they say we shouldn’t be talking about are the ones that we like so much.” 

“I love this job, I love being able to do this,” he added. 

“Red Eye Radio” is a nationally syndicated program which airs overnight daily on more than 250 radio stations across the U.S.

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Megyn Kelly: Don Lemon Will ‘Always Do Something Stupid’

“When there’s a national tragedy, when there’s not, it really doesn’t matter. He was trying to cover [the hurricane] as it was moving in; people are dying, and he’s got a Hurricane Center official on with him.”

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Ben Shapiro appeared on The Megyn Kelly Show Thursday and the two discussed media coverage of Hurricane Ian. Don Lemon has long been the focus of criticism from Kelly, and that continued with Shapiro.

“You can take it to the bank [CNN anchor] Don Lemon is going to do something stupid,” Kelly said to Shapiro. “When there’s a national tragedy, when there’s not, it really doesn’t matter. He was trying to cover [the hurricane] as it was moving in; people are dying, and he’s got a Hurricane Center official on with him. This guy had to slap Lemon down.”

“I love when the big fans of science spend their time trying to rebut actual climate scientists by saying ‘when I was a kid, I remember,” Shapiro said. “Yeah, and when you were a kid all adults look like they were eight feet tall. So there’s that. Also, the data is in and fairly clear that there’s actually been a slight decrease in the number of major hurricanes making landfall in the United States over the course of the last century, and maybe a slight decrease in the intensity.”

“What is truly amazing this is the media will now paint anybody who does not attribute this to climate change –the intensity of this hurricane or any hurricane at all – they will then attempt to say that you’re a climate denier. But every climatologist will do just what that NOAA official said. They will refuse to identify any data point with climate change,” Shapiro continued.

CNN’s Don Lemon interviewed Jamie Rohme on Tuesday night, acting director of the NOAA National Hurricane Center.

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