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Chicago Public Media Explores Option to Merge WBEZ-FM & Sun-Times

Media reporter Roger Feder said that while nothing has been finalized the two sides feel strongly that a deal would enhance the two newsrooms.

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The board of Chicago Public Media voted last week to explore the possibility of combining its local NPR affiliate, WBEZ-FM 91.5, and the struggling Chicago Sun-Times. 

Media reporter Roger Feder said that while nothing has been finalized the two sides feel strongly that a deal would enhance the two newsrooms.

“This opportunity arrives at an urgent time for local journalism, as newsrooms across the country and in our own region are being diminished,” Matt Moog, CEO of Chicago Public Media, said in the release.

It’s unclear how the finished product would look from a staffing standpoint because both sides are unionized. 

“The primary goal of every Sun-Times investor has been to strengthen and secure the future of the paper,” said Jorge Ramirez, Sun-Times board chair.

In March 2019, a new ownership group took over and took control of the Sun-Times from the previous union ownership. The group, Sun-Times Investment Holdings LLC, is backed by prominent Chicago investors Michael Sacks and Rocky Wirtz. 

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Wayne Allyn Root Announces New Daily Video Show

“I hold nothing back. I just give my opinions and tell raw truth. I don’t sugar coat it or worry about who I offend. Truth is truth.”

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Wayne Allyn Root, host of the The Wayne Allyn Root Show, is launching a new daily video show.

Root, who’s talk show is distributed by USA Radio, will begin the video program on MyPillow founder Mike Lindell’s TV platform. His debut is tentatively slated for August 15th.

“Why is my brand exploding?”, Root said in a statement. “The American people have woken up. They want real news and raw truth. I hold nothing back. I just give my opinions and tell raw truth. I don’t sugar coat it or worry about who I offend. Truth is truth. That’s the only way we’re going to save the greatest nation in world history, ever blessed by God. With truth, action, and courage.”

Root’s video program will air at 7:00 PM. The former Newsmax host and Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee also said a different video show, along with a new podcast, would be made available soon.

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Dana Loesch Recounts Tenure as The View Co-Host

Loesch said during the episode, they were playing a video of her shooting a gun when Walters made a snide remark to her.

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Conservative talker Dana Loesch reflected on her on-time co-hosting “The View” during a segment on her nationally syndicated show Tuesday. 

“I remember the first time I guest hosted the show, Barbara Walters was there, and she hated me,” said Loesch. “It was back when Jenny McCarthy was still with them, and McCarthy was just wonderfully sweet.”

Loesch said during the episode, they were playing a video of her shooting a gun when Walters made a snide remark to her.

“Walters asked me if I enjoyed shooting,” Loesch said, inferring her tone was disingenuous. “I just kind of looked at her and gestured toward the screen and said I guess.”

Loesch accused Walters of “marginalizing” her and claimed the entire experience was “weird.”

“It didn’t really work out. But they’re not like that anymore,” Loesch said. “I think they have some new producers; the show is not like it was.”

Loesch added that “The View” was originally created to bring all sorts of different viewpoints together.

“Now the only acceptable Republican is one who is really not,” she added.

Loesch referenced Florida Gov. Ron Desantis who recently opted not to appear on the show citing past negative comments made by some of its hosts. 

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Dan Bongino: How Many Times Has Ayman al-Zawahiri Died?

Bongino called into question the timing and accuracy of reports stating that al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed.

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Radio host Dan Bongino called into question the timing and accuracy of media reports stating that Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed in a drone strike. 

Bongino cited several media outlets in the past two years that have reported al-Zawahiri as being dead. 

“I do find it odd that Zawahiri has been killed a couple of times,” Bongino said, crediting People’s Pundit who first reported these developments. “It’s really weird, Zawahiri’s death has been announced quite a few times.” 

On Tuesday, Bongino referenced two stories specifically dated about a year apart from each other. The first story was published by Brookings  nearly two years ago that said that al-Zawahiri appeared to be dead. 

“Four days and a year after that one, ArabNews reported that al-Zawahiri died in Afghanistan,” Bongino said. “This guy has been killed a lot, is he going to run into Little Gage from Pet Sematary?” 

 Bongino said there’s no reason to doubt that anybody is lying at this point, but he said the timing of the announcement is curious to him as President Joe Biden’s approval numbers continue to sink. 

“We will see in the coming days, I hope that we can get some DNA evidence that he (al-Zawahiri) is indeed dead,” added Bongino.

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