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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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Minnesota Public Radio Cancels Award-Winning Podcast

APM Reports investigative podcast “In the Dark” cancellation might come as a surprise, considering it received several accolades, including a pair of Peabody Awards, and was even profiled on “60 Minutes” last year.

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Minnesota Public Radio has decided to cancel a series whose three-year investigation and 20 podcast episodes assisted in overturning a conviction of a Mississippi man on death row. 

APM Reports investigative podcast “In the Dark” cancellation might come as a surprise, considering it received several accolades, including a pair of Peabody Awards, and was even profiled on “60 Minutes” last year.

“As a trusted public media service, Minnesota Public Radio is committed to providing high-quality journalism, programming, and experiences for our audiences and communities,” MPR said in a statement, per Inside Radio

“In keeping with this commitment, advancement of our strategic priorities, and our responsibility as financial stewards of MPR’s resources, we have made a difficult decision regarding the future of APM Reports. We are dissolving APM Reports as a separate business unit and incorporating select programming elements into MPR News. Unfortunately, this change means that colleagues, who’ve invested their energy, skills, and passion with us, will be leaving our organization.” 

The radio station informed the APM Reports team of the decision on Thursday, and it’s uncertain how many of the 18-staffers will face layoffs. The decision to pull the plug on the podcast comes two months after Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media converged into a lone entity under CEO Jean Taylor.

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WTOP Receives Three Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

WTOP advances to the national round of the competition, competing against regional winners from across the country.

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WTOP is one of the marquee news-talk stations in the United States and was recently honored with three Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards this week by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). 

For the New Series category, WTOP saw their National Security correspondent JJ Green’s COVID Conspiracy series was recognized for its coverage of a secret ploy by Russia to distribute lies and disinformation regarding COVID-19 and vaccines. 

“The journalists in our newsroom are dedicated, passionate individuals who want to make a difference in their communities,” Julia Ziegler, WTOP’s Director of News and Programming said in a press release obtained by Barrett News Media. “We are so honored to be recognized with three regional Edward R. Murrow awards.”

Meanwhile, in the Digital category, WTOP.com received a regional award for coverage of news events throughout 2021, including coronavirus, cicadas, and the scandal at D.C.’s crime lab. 

Finally, WTOP also received an honor in the Newscast category for coverage of the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol. As a result, the radio station advances to the national round of the competition, competing against regional winners from across the country.

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WSIU Airing Korean War Documentary for Memorial Day

The documentary will air on Sunday, May 29 at 2 pm and on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30 at 9 pm.

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It’s Memorial Day weekend, and WSIU is marking the occasion with a documentary centered around the Korean War. The radio station announced that “Shrapnel Down: My Korean War Story” will be broadcast on the WSIU stations.

The documentary will air on Sunday, May 29 at 2 pm and on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30 at 9 pm. The film plans to feature never-before-seen war footage caught by Iowa native and veteran Bill Rector during his tour of duty during the Korean War. 

“There are so many impactful stories WSIU proudly shares, and those of our brave U.S. veterans certainly deserve special attention,” film producer/director Mark St. George said. 

“In Shrapnel Down, I hope viewers will discover a personal story that lurks behind the great veil of war; of the humanity that was ever-present beyond the shots fired. Shrapnel Down is a documentary about war – true – but told through the camera lens of one extraordinary sailor who shares his story, documenting his experiences of war, friendship, and loss.”

Rector used an 8mm camera to document his war experiences, capturing this never-before-seen footage. In addition, the film contains an in-depth interview with Rector where he recounts vital moments such as the battles during the Blockade of Wonsan, the most prolonged battle in modern naval history, and the Court of Neptune ritual.

“The film is a time capsule that we are opening with viewers for the very first time,” St. George said. “The documentary features original, 8mm war footage that has, until now, been locked away. Shrapnel Down breaks the seal on this time capsule, and we’re happy to share it with viewers.”

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