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Mornings on the Mall: Media May Drive The Next Few Days of Events

“Mary Walter and Vince Coglianese discussed how perception and the media could drive events in the coming days in both the Washington D.C. area and nationally.”

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WMAL’s Mornings on the Mall co-hosts Mary Walter and Vince Coglianese discussed how perception and the media could drive events in the coming days in both the Washington D.C. area and nationally. Joining them was The Washington Examiner’s Chief Political Correspondent Byron York.

“I can tell you what my sources inside the White House would like President Trump to do during his last  nine days in office,” York said, “They want him to travel around and highlight his accomplishments as President. We know he is going to go to Texas to talk about his successes on immigration, but beyond that, we don’t know what he is going to do.”

Even if President Trump does engage in a whirlwind tour highlighting his accomplishments, York says media focus will likely be elsewhere.

“Everybody is going to be focused on the possible impeachment,” York said.  “If it happens, it would have to be the fastest impeachment in history. The new Senate does not get sworn in until January 19th and Joe Biden’s inauguration is on the 20th. Is it worth it to remove him with 24 hours left?”

York also brings up the issue of a post-presidential impeachment though the legality of that action has not been decided. Coglianese then asked York if all Democrats support impeachment.

“That’s an interesting question,” York said. “On the one hand, you have some Democrats who have wanted Trump out of office since day one. Then there are some who want the (media) focus to be on the Joe Biden agenda and his first 100 days in office.”

Walter asked if Congress would consider a censure of President Trump.

 “They could also censure the President,” York said. “It’s perfectly reasonable and I think it would have support from both Democrats and Republicans, but some don’t think it goes far enough.”

The interview with York ends with him addressing the issue of alleged censorship of conservative opinions on social media sites and limiting access to others, like Parler.

“The Democrats are accusing President Trump of dividing the country, but isn’t “Big Tech” doing the same thing? Coglianese asks. “I mean, almost 75 million people voted for Trump.”

“This is another tough situation for the Democrats,” York said. “Yes, they see it as a good thing because it washes away anything associated with Donald Trump. But privately, they are worried that if they support this (censorship) that one day it could turn around on them. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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WFLI Changes Format to News/Talk

WFLI airs on 1070 AM, 96.1 FM, and 100.3 FM, which are licensed to Lookout Mountain, GA; Hickson, TN; and Chattanooga, TN.

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WFLI, labeled as “The Big One”, will remain on the air in Chattanooga, but now with a new format.

After previously airing a classic hits format, the Tri-State Broadcasting station has flipped to a news/talk format.

After airing a simulcast of WTVC-TV’s morning show until 7:00 AM, the station will broadcast The Rick & Bubba Show until Noon. It will then add The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show from 12:00-3:00 PM, The Sean Hannity Show from 3:00-6:00 PM, and commentary from Bill O’Reilly from 6:00-7:00 PM.

The station, which is the flagship station for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs, will continue to hold a sports presence, airing the nationally syndicated OutKick Hot Mic with Jonathan Hutton and Chad Withrow on a delayed basis from 8:00-11:00 PM. The Press Box Radio Show featuring Brad Law, Mike Mote, J.D. Byars, and Mike Grace will also air on a delayed basis from 11:00 PM-1:00 AM.

WFLI airs on 1070 AM, 96.1 FM, and 100.3 FM, which are licensed to Lookout Mountain, GA; Hickson, TN; and Chattanooga, TN.

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