Republican Senator Ron Johnson from Wisconsin was a guest on The Joe Pags Show Thursday evening and host Joe Pagliarulo gave him the platform to attack the mainstream media on two separate fronts. The interview appeared on the new video platform Rumble, due to YouTube’s recent policy guidelines on blocking some videos that contain a conservative viewpoint on topics like the corona virus and election fraud.
First, Johnson, who is the Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, criticized a New York Times article and editorial that said he was “touting unproven and dubious claims about the corona virus” and called Johnson “The Snake-oil Salesman of the Senate”. Secondly, he claims that the media had a bigger impact on the 2020 election than Russia in 2016.
“The fact that we have ignored early treatment of the virus with hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin (a deworming medication used to treat livestock and other animals), has cost hundreds of thousands of lives… They are miracle drugs. And the New York Times calls the brilliant doctors who support the use of these drugs and myself snake-oil salesman? Ridiculous. The doctor who wrote the OP-ED has never even treated one COVID patient. The doctors who testified at the hearing have treated thousands.”
Johnson adds that the reason the media keeps downplaying the effectiveness of both drugs is because they are inexpensive and readily available.
“Drug companies are not focusing on the benefits of these drugs because they don’t make money off of them,” Johnson said. “Instead, they are pouring all kinds of money and research into more expensive drugs just so they can make more money.”
Pagliarulo also claims that the media is covering up the effectiveness of what he calls a breakthrough treatment.
“The media is sitting on this because it’s just a twenty dollar drug,” Pagliarulo said. “I wrote something about how effective hydroxychloroquine is on Twitter and I got banned for three weeks.”
The pair then switched gears and began to criticize the media for covering up details concerning Hunter Biden and the role that the cover up played in the outcome of the 2020 election.
“I said on this program back in October that there was an investigation into Hunter Biden and now Big Media just finds this out yesterday after the election,” Pagliarulo said.
“Right. It’s only coming out now that the election is past,” Johnson agreed. “According to a McLaughlin poll 13 percent of Biden voters say they would not have voted for him if they had known about Hunter Biden. The media covered it up until after the election because President Trump would have won going away. I think it is fair to say that the American media interfered with this election far more than Russia did in 2016. That’s where the election fraud is in this country, from the media.”
Johnson made similar claims to Sean Hannity earlier in the week on Fox News. However, according to a Newsweek article, it is unclear to which poll Johnson is referring. and it questions the validity of McLaughlin due to its association with conservative media outlet Newsmax
Sean Hannity: I’m Honest About My Agenda When So Many in Media Aren’t
“You can be honest about your agenda. Just be honest. People will respect you more.”
There are often charges from one side of the political aisle to the other about media bias. Sean Hannity believes you can avoid those criticisms if you’re honest about your intentions.
On The Sean Hannity Show Wednesday, the nationally syndicated host argued that while he’s often accused of being just a talking head, he’s a journalist.
“Yes, we practice journalism. And yes, I’m a member of the press, and yes, we do investigative reporting. Yes, we give opinion, but we’re honest about it, unlike the other liars, frauds in the mob and the media,” said Hannity. “We give opinion. They do, but they never admit it or acknowledge it, and claim ‘I’m a journalist.’
“No, you’re not. You’re a left-wing political hack with an agenda. But you can be honest about your agenda. Just be honest. People will respect you more.”
Hannity’s comments came after he reported that Jim Biden, the brother of President Joe Biden, was being deposed before the House Oversight Committee and the House Judiciary Committee as part of an investigation into alleged bribes the President, his son, and brother, received from various foreign and domestic entities.
Bill Handel: Everyone Got Into Our Business Differently
“My way was different. (John) Kobylt’s way, Tim Conway’s was different. It’s just different.”
In the talk radio space, there are many different origin stories. Some hosts are former politicians, some are former lawyers, and some came to the format after previously working in other genres. KFI AM-640 morning host Bill Handel shared that’s what makes the format great.
“I get up at three o’clock in the morning. I always get up and go read,” said Handel. “I’m reading a biography of Stanley Kubrick. Oh, really interesting, interesting guy, how he got into movies,” said Handel. “It’s always everybody has a different way of getting into movies.
“Everybody has a different way of getting this job. And that is a talk show host. It’s just all different ways of doing it. My way was different,” said Handel. “(John) Kobylt’s way, Tim Conway’s was different. It’s just different.”
Bill Handel — who was born in Brazil before immigrating to the United States when he was five years old — practiced law before ultimately landing a radio show. He now hosts mornings at KFI along with a nationally syndicated weekend show, Handel on the Law.
Bill O’Reilly: I’m Still Working Because I Need a Place to Vent
Bill O’Reilly has had an accomplished media career spanning multiple decades. So it would be natural to question why the 74-year-old is still working. He shared there’s one simple reason for that.
During a discussion with 77 WABC morning host Sid Rosenberg, Bill O’Reilly admitted he puts in too much effort for a man his age.
“I’m working way too hard for an old guy. why am I doing this? It’s really a neurosis. I am neurotic. There’s no doubt,” he joked.
When Rosenberg posited that O’Reilly is “too smart” to sit back and enjoy retirement, the former cable news host argued his career continuing is actually more about continuing to have an avenue to share his opinions.
“I get so annoyed and sometimes even angry at the unfairness of our country, that I’ve got to have a place to vent. That’s why I work. I’m comfortable. I’ve worked hard my whole life. I can do what I want to do. I could go over to Switzerland and yodel. I could just go to Tahiti and do the little fire dance.
“But it gets me so angry, and when I see people like me, from Levittown, from Brooklyn, from the Bronx, wherever, working their butt off to try to improve their state in life and give their family a nice life. And every time they turn around, they’re getting it right between the eyes by the corrupt incompetent people who are running our country.”