KXL Falsely Accused of Rumor Suggesting Antifa-BLM Were Shooting at Firefighters
“KXL News Director Jim Ferretti said KXL News never reported firefighters battling Oregon’s wildfires being shot at.”
Misinformation has reared its ugly head yet again. This time in Portland, Oregon.
According to Politifact, KXL Radio was accused by a Facebook poster of reporting that firefighters were being shot at by suspected Antifa and BLM members. The Facebook post was shared thousands of times before being flagged by the social media company in an attempt to reduce the spread of fake news.
KXL’s news director Jim Ferretti initially asked the user to delete the post, stating “At no time did KXL News report what is stated above.” The station’s popular talk show host Lars Larson did discuss Black Lives Matter and Antifa on the air, mentioning that people believe a lot of what they read on the internet about activists intentionally setting fires. He also asked the audience to vote on a Twitter poll to determine if they believed in a tie between northwest wildfire arson and BLM/Antifa groups.
“At this point I don’t have the evidence to say yes to that one,” Larson commented. He added “I know that disappoints a lot of you, but I believe in an evidence-based show. But you can answer the poll anyway you like.”
Politifact checked into the story and spoke further with Ferretti about the situation. He told the site “I was made aware of the Facebook post on Saturday. I immediately responded from my personal Facebook account that the post is 100% false. At no time has KXL News reported that firefighters battling Oregon’s wildfires have been shot at by anyone.”
Cumulus Denies Allegations Made in Lawsuit From Bob Boccia
The former morning host is seeking damages of at least $75,000 after he claims his contract was breached.
Early last month, former News Talk 98.9 The Roar of Memphis morning host Bob Boccia — known as “Sideshow Bob” — sued Cumulus Media claiming he was discriminated against after refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine. The company has now denied any wrongdoing.
Boccia claimed that due to suffering from Crohn’s Disease and his status as a “devout Catholic” should have given him both a medical and religious exemption. However, Cumulus claims the host never sought an exemption from its vaccine, and alleges it never agreed that he wouldn’t be required to take the shot.
The company says it provided Boccia with reasonable accommodation, but it could not give an exemption to him without altering the safety of other employees. It went on to say that Boccia, who was ultimately fired for refusing the vaccine, was let go “for legitimate business reasons based on safety requirements which are job-related and consistent with business necessity”.
The former morning host is seeking damages of at least $75,000 after he claims his contract was breached. Cumulus argues that because Boccia has received income from other avenues since his departure, he has simply failed to seek employment as part of a ploy to garner sympathy for the suit.
Megyn Kelly: Jeff Zucker Ruined CNN, Chris Licht Is Just Struggling to Fix It
“None of it works. It’s a recipe for disaster, and the ratings are showing it.”
The profile of CNN CEO Chris Licht from The Atlantic continues to reverberate around the news media world, but SiriusXM host Megyn Kelly questions why Licht is the one taking all of the blame for CNN’s struggles.
During The Megyn Kelly Show Tuesday, the former Fox News host said she believes former CNN head Jeff Zucker is responsible for where the network currently finds itself, and took issue with comments he made to The New York Times.
“Jeff Zucker is…clearly trying to say ‘Chris Licht sucks and that all the CNNers are calling me saying how bad he is’. But Jeff Zucker is the one who ruined CNN,” Kelly said. “Chris Licht isn’t the one who ruined it, he’s just the one that’s struggling to fix it again.”
She then argued that while Licht isn’t responsible for the recent downturn in CNN’s ratings, the mission he has been put on by Warner Bros. Discovery head David Zaslav to return the network to its strictly news-gathering roots is a difficult one because Americans haven’t forgotten the shift CNN took during the Trump presidency.
“What Chris Licht is trying to do is take a bunch of avowed leftists, and make them fair and balanced reporters now, and stop them from being themselves,” Kelly argued. “He’s trying to undo the programming that Jeff Zucker let loose before realizing that all he had left was a bunch of wannabe MSNBC anchors and now those horses have left the barn.
“And now Chris Licht is trying to shove those horses back in the barn and fool the American people that they never left the barn and that they’re totally fair and balanced and you should trust them because now they’re going to say the right things. None of it works. It’s a recipe for disaster, and the ratings are showing it.”
Chris Plante: Laughable for Chuck Todd to Say There Was Never Propaganda On Meet The Press
“There’s no propaganda from him, Meet The Press, or NBC News. They don’t stand for that stuff. He’s just another old Democrat.”
As Chuck Todd prepares to depart Meet The Press later this year, it seems unlikely WMAL host Chris Plante is sad to see him go.
During The Chris Plante Show, the host brought up several reasons why Todd — in his view — is misguided for stating that he, the show, and NBC News will never allow propaganda from either side to air on the program or network.
Plante described several cases that he believed showcased how that statement wasn’t true, alluding to the Steele Dossier as just one example. He then wondered aloud about the choice of Kristen Welker to be the one to succeed Todd.
“He’ll be replaced by a woman of color. Is she on the LGBTQ spectrum as well? Because if she’s not, why not?” questioned Plante. “Chunk (sic) actually says there’s no propaganda from him, Meet The Press, or NBC News. They don’t stand for that stuff.
“He’s just another old Democrat,” Plante continued. “He was a campaign guy for a Minnesota senator who was the most liberal member of the Senate at the time. Now his wife is a Democrat party apparatchik, who has her own company because her husband was the host of Meet The Press.”