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Elder Blames Media for Caller’s Racially-Charged Outburst

The nearly one minute call was left on the program’s voice mail so Elder invited the unidentified caller to call back into the program and discuss the issues that he had raised.

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Conservative radio hosts are often lightning rods for criticism, but callers rarely unleash criticism directly at the host themselves. Larry Elder, the African-American host of The Larry Elder Show, endured such harsh criticism from a caller on Tuesday night as he was called a “Mother F*cking Racist”, an “Uncle Tom” and many other racially charged expletives.

The nearly one minute call was left on the program’s voice mail so Elder invited the unidentified caller to call back into the program and discuss the issues that he had raised. Interestingly, Elder did not blame the caller for his outburst, but instead the media.

“The media has pushed this idea of systemic racism for ratings and they have convinced this gentleman and others that I am the enemy,” Elder said. “It’s ingenious if you think about it. It’s a classic sting operation. They (the media) have convinced their mark that they haven’t been stung and if they do realize it, they blame someone else.”

Elder adds that anger toward conservatives comes from people blindly following the media.

“People like this gentleman are like lemmings,” Elder said. “They will follow the media right off of a cliff and then pull the lever for the Democrats 95 percent of the time, even though they have policies that are directly harmful to their best interests. They should be mad at those policies, not me.”

Elder also implies that fostering anger toward conservatives is part of a Democratic plan to keep people from focusing on failed policies.

“Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have to be laughing over this,” Elder said. “They know it’s all B.S. and yet they have painted me as the bad guy, because I say things like the majority of Black and Brown parents in the inner city want school choice for their children. That goes against their agenda, so they paint me as a racist and now this gentleman calls in talking about my lips, among other things. Just because I support (former) President Trump, who had the best economy ever for Black People and supports school choice, that does not make me a racist.”

Elder closes the segment by addressing his caller directly.

“’Sir, there is not some invisible force holding people back from realizing their potential,” he said. “I have more faith in you than you do in me. You can accomplish anything you want. If you want to be angry at something, focus on the policies. In Baltimore, a city with a Democratic majority, in 13 schools, zero percent of the students can do math at grade level. Be mad at that. Get angry over the fact that 70 percent of the homicides in Baltimore are Black on Black violence. Don’t be used and manipulated by the media, sir. They are treating you like a moron. They are laughing at you. How is calling me and attacking me helping? They are treating you like a schoolboy and honestly, you should be ashamed of yourself for letting it happen.”

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Longtime LA Host Tom Leykis Retiring From Talk Show

“I wanted to go out on my terms when I wanted. So I did.”

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Longtime Los Angeles talk radio host Tom Leykis is stepping away from his internet-based show, calling it a career.

The former KFI AM-640 host also spent time in L.A. on then KMPC 710 and also on the hot talk formatted KLSX during his long tenure in the City of Angels.

After departing KLSX in 2009, Leykis didn’t begin his podcast until 2012 but continued hosting his internet show until earlier this year. On May 15th, he decided that was it.

“A long time ago, I realized I did not want to be like some of the hosts I heard in the past — begging for callers, stretching for topics,” Leykis told the LA Daily News. “I wanted to go out on my terms when I wanted. So I did.”

The 67-year-old has not hosted a show since that date and told the Daily News he is content with his decision to ride off into the sunset.

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Longtime WLS-AM 890 Weekend Host Paul Brian Dies

“He was a legend in the industry, and he helped a lot of other people along the way, including myself.”

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Longtime WLS-AM 890 weekend host Paul Brian has died at the age of 73.

For more than 20 years, Brian hosted the automotive-focused Drive Chicago program on the Cumulus-owned news/talk outlet.

Brian died last week, according to a story from the Chicago Sun-Times.

In addition to his work at WLS, he also previously hosted a variety of programs at WGN Radio in Chicago. In recent years, he hosted a car-centric show on YouTube.

“One of his favorite lines was: ‘Always entertaining and sometimes actually informative,’” his YouTube co-host Lauren Fix told the Sun-Times. “He was a legend in the industry, and he helped a lot of other people along the way, including myself.”

Brian’s daughter joked that he had everyone’s phone number, stating he had 9,000 contacts in his cell phone at the time of his passing.

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Michael Smerconish: Presidential Debate Will Be ‘Financial Windfall’ for CNN

“Remember, this is not a Commission on Presidential Debates. The Commission on Presidential Debates was sort of cast aside…”

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CNN is set to buck decades of precedent and air two commercial breaks during its upcoming Presidential debate. Michael Smerconish believes there’s a perfectly fine reason for that decision.

During his SiriusXM show Monday, Smerconish asked his audience about the microphone for one candidate being muted while the other candidate was speaking for CNN’s debate, before bringing up several other new changes for the debates.

In his recap, he shared his belief that the marriage was a win for the Trump campaign, the Biden campaign, and CNN.

“Remember, this is not a Commission on Presidential Debates. The Commission on Presidential Debates was sort of cast aside when the candidates got together first with CNN — then with ABC — and said we’re gonna go our own way, in large part I think, because they wanted to preclude Robert F Kennedy Jr. from having any access to that debate stage,” said Smerconish.

“There will be two commercial breaks. Unlike the Commission on Presidential Debates, CNN will have corporate sponsors. During the course, two breaks, of the 90-minute event, which will provide a financial windfall I am sure, for CNN.”

Smerconish polled his audience on whether or not they liked the idea of muting microphones during the debate. Nearly 74% of the almost 25,000 who responded said they were in favor of the new measure.

In addition to his program on SiriusXM, Michael Smerconish also hosts a weekend show on CNN.

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