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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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Ben Shapiro: Daily Wire Forced to Paywall Portions with Dan Bongino Convo Due to YouTube Censorship Fears

The message did not accompany the podcast version of the discussion on Apple Podcasts.

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Ben Shapiro welcomed Dan Bongino to his Sunday Special episode of his Daily Wire program. While the conversation has more than 185,000 views on YouTube, the entire conversation isn’t on the platform.

“Unfortunately, we’ve had to edit out some important information because big tech won’t let us say that sort of thing,” Shapiro said as he introduced the conversation on YouTube. He then urged viewers to subscribe to DailyWire+ to ensure they received the entire conversation as intended.

The message did not accompany the podcast version of the discussion on Apple Podcasts.

Daily Wire has not been shy about its issues with YouTube in recent months. After announcing it planned to depart the platform to put its video projects exclusively on X, it reversed course and stayed on the Google-owned site. However, former host Candace Owens was suspended by the platform in September of last year. CEO Jeremy Boreing revealed last year that YouTube had lobbied 200 content violations on its hosts surrounding topics like the 2020 election and the COVID-19 vaccine.

Bongino had his own issues with YouTube in the past. Those problems led him to move his live video to Rumble, where he is now one of the platform’s largest shareholders.

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Longtime Los Angeles Talk Radio Host Tom Leykis Retiring

“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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