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Abrams to Step Down from KYW Newsradio

Abrams career stops included WHUM, WIP and WPEN before KYW.

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Longtime Philadelphia anchor, editor, and reporter Mark Abrams announced his retirement from KYW Newsradio Thursday. The multi-talented Abrams worked as journalist for several different companies in both the print and radio industries.  

Abrams’ career spanned 24 years. He came to KYW from WHUM in Reading, Pennsylvania. He also anchored at WPEN and WIP.  He served as reporter, columnist and desk editor for the Reading Eagle and Reading Times newspapers.

He covered the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Catholic community extensively for KYW, including the papal visit in Philadelphia in 2015. He covered the selections of two different popes, live from the Vatican, both in 2005 and 2013.

“Mark Abrams has long been a versatile part of the KYW Newsradio family,” said midday news anchor Michelle Durham. “I wish you the best of luck in retirement. Your family’s always been your priority, and I’m so thrilled that you will have an opportunity to spend more time with them.”

Morning drive sports reporter Dave Uram: “I think a perfect way to describe your role on KYW for nearly 24 years is versatile. Reporter, anchor, editor — you did it all, and you did it with professionalism, enthusiasm and leadership.”

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Ben Shapiro on Tucker Carlson: He Thinks If You Don’t Believe Him, You’re Part of the Conspiracy

“The only man of courage in this routine is apparently this truth-seeker Tucker, who apparently only asks questions but doesn’t actually examine the evidence on these particular issues.”

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Tucker Carlson was a guest on the most recent episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, with the discussion sometimes bordering on absurdity. Talk about aliens, 9/11 conspiracies, and more permeated the conversation. Ben Shapiro has now taken aim at Carlson for his viewpoints.

On Monday’s episode of The Ben Shapiro Show, The Daily Wire co-founder argued Carlson isn’t the thought leader he believes himself to be after he claimed the United States was “evil” for dropping atomic bombs on Japan at the conclusion of World War II. He added that anyone who would defend the use of nuclear weapons is, by association, evil as well.

“This particular interview included a lot of conspiratorial thinking,” Shapiro noted.

“When Tucker talks, there’s a grain of truth to what Tucker says … but there’s a difference between healthy skepticism, the demand for evidence — that’s what skepticism is. Being a critical thinker is just a demand for evidence. That is not the same thing as ‘just asking questions.’ … ‘Just asking questions’ doesn’t make you a critical thinker,” Shapiro said during his criticism of the former Fox News host.

Ben Shapiro argued that Carlson’s recent conspiratorial turn makes him “the only person you can trust” when hearing the topic of discussion for the first time.

“According to Tucker, you have to believe Tucker, and if you don’t, it’s probably because you’re part of the conspiracy or cover-up. Because you’re ‘owned.’ Because you’ve become the ‘establishment’, because you’re weak, and you can be ‘taken over’ by nefarious forces. The only man of courage in this routine is apparently this truth-seeker Tucker, who apparently only asks questions but doesn’t actually examine the evidence on these particular issues. Because why do you need to know things when you can just ask questions?”

The Daily Wire co-founder concluded by stating that there once was a person who would “set fire” to such a narrative being presented in mainstream media. He argued that that person’s name is Tucker Carlson.

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Bill to Defund NPR Introduced By NY Rep. Claudia Tenney

“It’s past time the American people stop footing the bill for NPR, and the partisan, left-wing activists that control it.”

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After the uproar over a perceived liberal bias inside the editorial teams at NPR was brought to light by an op-ed from Uri Berliner, Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) has introduced a bill to eliminate funding for the network.

On Friday, Tenney introduced the Defund NPR Act of 2024, which aims to remove all federal funding for the organization after now-former Business Editor Uri Berliner called into question the leadership of the organization and what he labeled an “overwhelming partisan bias” against conservatives.

In a statement, Rep. Tenney claimed that it’s no longer feasible to fund the news outlet.

“American taxpayers should not be forced to fund NPR, which has become a partisan propaganda machine,” Tenney said. “My legislation, the Defund NPR Act of 2024, ensures no federal funding is used to perpetuate the media bias that has taken over NPR. As a former newspaper owner and publisher, I understand the importance of non-partisan, balanced media coverage, and have seen first-hand the left-wing bias in our news media.

“These disturbing reports out of NPR confirm what many have known for a long time: NPR is using American taxpayer dollars to manipulate the news and lie to the American people on behalf of a political agenda. It’s past time the American people stop footing the bill for NPR, and the partisan, left-wing activists that control it.”

Tenney joins a list of Republicans who have formerly attempted to defund the outlet, including Rep. Bob Good (R-VA) and Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), according to Inside Radio.

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Jennifer Horn to Team With Katie Gorka for New Salem Podcast Network Show

“We can’t wait to share inspiring stories and talk through and laugh about the issues facing all of us in all aspects of life.”

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AM 870 The Answer and AM 590 The Answer host Jennifer Horn is set to partner with Katie Gorka for a new podcast for Salem Podcast Network.

Happy Women launches today, with the first episode from Horn and Gorka, a former national security advisor and author, releasing today.

“I am so excited to partner with Katie Gorka and the Salem Podcast Network on Happy Women,” Horn said. “Katie’s drive, curiosity, and engagement inspires me every day. We can’t wait to share inspiring stories and talk through and laugh about the issues facing all of us in all aspects of life.”

“As we work hard to save America, we know women will be at the forefront. I can’t wait to hear this podcast with two strong women who have great chemistry and rapport together,” added Salem Senior Vice President of Spoken Word Phil Boyce. “Jen and Katie will make a difference and build their audience with intelligent and entertaining talk.”

The show will drop two episodes per week.

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