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Salem Media Vice President Details Difficulties With Associated Press

“This is absurd. It’s gone on forever with the AP, and they just don’t like it when someone calls them out.”

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Salem Media Group Vice President of News and Talk Programming Tom Tradup joined The Mike Gallagher Show Monday to detail recent dealings the broadcast company has had with the Associated Press, and its perceived biases against conservatives.

Tradup noted difficulties Salem has had with the news organization began last year with the Virginia gubernatorial election. He said “they have a bias that is unbelievable. Last year when Glenn Youngkin was running against Terry McAuliffe for Governor of Virginia, Mike, hot race, everybody in the country was interested in it, and (the) AP covered it like crazy. Until there was suddenly a surge for Glenn Youngkin and it looked like he might actually win this thing.

“When we reached out to them to confirm that they would be covering election night at both headquarters, I got a note from them saying ‘Well, we’re planning on having cameras at candidate election night party barring any unforeseen emergency news event’. Which is kind of like if you’re Channel 2 in Biloxi, Mississippi, ‘Yeah, we’ll cover the Governor being in town unless there’s a fire down the street’.”

After saying the AP was unhappy with a column he wrote for TownHall.com about the inherent biases inside the news gathering organization, he brought up a more recent example.

“We wanted to know if they were going to feed us audio from President Trump last Wednesday speaking as the keynoter at the Hispanic Leadership Conference in Miami. They’re always calling him Mr. Big Lie and Mr. Border Wall, implying that Hispanics don’t like him. Well here he is addressing the Hispanic Leadership Conference, and all of the sudden the AP hemmed and hawed ‘We might, we might not’ and I said I need some answer. It ping-ponged back and forth to umpteen people in New York and Washington and our AP representative in Chicago and at the end of the day, no, they decided not to cover it.

“They sent me this — I just have to read this little portion of it — bizarre explanation they wouldn’t be covering it because of ‘AP Standards. As with all stories AP covers, our editorial discusses and evaluates to ensure they are held to AP standards. For Trump, this is important because we want to be sure we are putting out factual information. After the 2020 election especially, Trump has been known for spreading falsehoods about the US election results, which we want to be careful with’. So, in other words, they don’t want to cover Donald Trump speaking at the Hispanic Leadership Conference because he might spread falsehoods in AP’s world.

“I said to them ‘Ok, what happens if he announces he’s running for President again. Does that mean you’re just not going to cover his campaign?’ This is absurd. It’s gone on forever with the AP, and they just don’t like it when someone calls them out. In fact, our representative for AP — I feel bad for the guy because he gets trapped between me and the bigwigs in New York, he has to convey my dissatisfaction as a client to them — he’s basically saying ‘Hey look, we’re trying our best, but we can’t always do what you want’, but that’s not the point.”

Tradup did admit Salem Media Group needed the Associated Press, saying “we can’t be everywhere at once”.

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Howard Stern Reveals MSNBC Go-To Source for News

Stern told “Morning Joe” in an extensive interview that MSNBC is the network for him regarding cable news consumption.

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SiriusXM radio host Howard Stern told “Morning Joe’s” Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist in an extensive interview that MSNBC is the network for him regarding cable news consumption. 

Stern stated that he’s a major fan of “Morning Joe” and went the extra mile to say that he and co-host Joe Scarborough share the same political idealogy.

“I watch you guys every morning,” Stern said (h/t Mediaite). “I really enjoy the show. Oddly, I agree politically with almost everything Joe says. I don’t think there’s much difference there.”

The radio host thanked MSNBC for providing him with what he loves: 24/7 news. Additionally, Stern offered a shoutout to network host Symone Sanders and stated he’s no fan of Dateline repeats.

“By the way, I want to give a shoutout to MSNBC,” Stern added. “Thank God you don’t play the old Datelines anymore on the weekends. I like news. I watch this channel exclusively for news. I tune out on the weekend. 

“It’s like all news stuff. I’m watching old Datelines. I like when you guys are onI like news 24/7, and now I find I’m getting it. I get Symone on the weekend. Big fan of hers. Symone coming on strong. What can I tell you? I know the whole lineup.”

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Trespassing Charges Against John DePetro Dismissed

DePetro have been dismissed as he faced a trespassing charge related to an incident over the summer during a Monday court hearing.

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Charges against John DePetro have been dismissed as the radio host faced a trespassing charge related to an incident over the summer during a Monday court hearing.

DePetro was arrested in mid-August outside a home on Staples Avenue in Warwick.

Police searched the house several months earlier as part of an investigation into the disappearance of Charlotte Lester, who has been missing for six months.

“I respect our justice system and respect law enforcement, specifically the Warwick PD,” DePetro said on Twitter. “The search for Charlotte Lester continues as I resume efforts searching for answers into her disappearance and holding Mark Perkins accountable for his actions against myself and Ladybug.”

The man who lives there, Mark Perkins, was also arrested the following day after he allegedly charged at DePetro with a lawnmower while DePetro was live-streaming. 

Unlike DePetro, who had his charges dismissed, Perkins still faces an assault charge, according to court records.

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Oklahoma’s The Eagle 96.9 Rebrands as Freedom 96.9

KZLS started simulcasting on KQOB at the beginning of this year after the 96.9 signal was leased to Citadel and Cumulus Media for nineteen years. 

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Champlin Broadcasting Conservative Talk The Eagle 96.9 KQOB Enid/Oklahoma City and 1640 KZLS Enid will look a little different for its listeners as the station has rebranded.

Rather than calling itself The Eagle 96.9, the radio station will now be known as Freedom 96.9 (h/t Radio Insight). KZLS started simulcasting on KQOB at the beginning of this year after the 96.9 signal was leased to Citadel and Cumulus Media for nineteen years. 

The station features a syndicated lineup, including Hugh Hewitt, Brian Kilmeade, Dan Bongino, Mike Gallagher, Joe Pags, and Bill O’Reilly. Furthermore, with the rebrand possibly comes a new addition.

Freedom 96.9 is teasing the addition of Dana Loesch to the lineup as well to enhance the rebrand further as the station begins a new chapter as it provides news/talk to the residents. 

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