California gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder’s campaign released a statement after a Los Angeles radio host used a soundbite more than two decades old to try and illustrate his disdain for the Black community.
Elder, a conservative Republican, is vying to become the state’s first Black governor.
Last week, Barrett News Media reported that KBLA host Dominique DiPrima raised questions about Elder’s character by bringing up a comedy skit performed by Elder at Igby’s on Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles around the time of the OJ Simpson murder trial.
“DiPrima clearly failed to grasp that Elder’s skit was making fun of the covert racism of the pompous F. Lee Bailey,” Elder’s campaign told Barrett Media. “In knee-jerk rhetoric that is far too common today, she resorts to accusing Elder of promoting hate simply because his views have long been contrary to her own.”
DiPrima openly admitted that she had an unpleasant interaction with Elder during one of her shows in the 1990s. She said that encounter arose from, “the vitriol, the racism that I heard on talk radio in the city.”
“Bailey’s theatrical and controversial cross-examination caught national attention and was subsequently included prominently in the television series, The People vs. OJ Simpson,” the campaign said. “Elder’s comedy skit sought to show that F. Lee Bailey, a white man, was in fact a closet racist and that he enjoyed being able to freely use racial slurs against black people without repercussions.”
Elder’s camp said that he will continue to focus on “crime, homelessness, the rising cost of living, and the absence of fathers from the home—all problems that afflict black America.”
Ryan Hedrick works for WIBC in Indianapolis as a Morning News Anchor/Digital Content Producer. Prior to moving to Indy, he served as Assistant Program Director and Co-Host of the Morning News Express at WFMD. His career also includes stints at News Talk 103.7 FM in Chambersburg, PA, Sirius XM in Washington D.C., WBEN in Buffalo, NY, and WIBW-AM in Topeka KS where he earned the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) award for Major Market enterprise reporting in 2016. To connect with Ryan, find him on Twitter @SureToCover.
Mark Levin: Joe Scarborough Is A ‘Chameleon’ That Fails At Everything He Does
“He’s one of these disaffected Republicans who failed in Congress.”
Mark Levin slammed Joe Scarborough after the MSNBC host issued a doomsday reality should former president Donald Trump get re-elected in 2024.
Scarborough analyzed Trump’s vengeful motivators and drew a comparison between his politics and fascism.
Furthermore, he wound up taking the conversation up a notch by saying the media cannot treat Trump like a typical political candidate because “[Trump] is running to end American democracy as we know it.”
Nonetheless, Levin went after the Morning Joe host during his Tuesday appearance on Sid & Friends in the Morning, labeling him a failure.
“Scarborough is what he’s always been,” Levin told host Sid Rosenberg. “He’s a chameleon. He’s one of these disaffected Republicans who failed in Congress, failed on radio, failed on Fox, and then he winds up on this MSNBC, which has an audience of basically sonograms and airport radar. That’s pretty much where he is.”
Rosenberg laughed out loud as Levin made his comments.
“Comcast should have pulled his ticket a long time ago,” Levin concluded.
Fox News Audio to Debut New Podcast Hosted by Benjamin Hall
Searching for Heroes with Benjamin Hall will debut on Monday, December 4th.
Fox News Audio is set to release a new podcast series hosted by Benjamin Hall early next month.
Searching for Heroes with Benjamin Hall will debut on Monday, December 4th. According to the network, the podcast “will highlight inspiring stories of community and compassion, while providing a voice to America’s unsung heroes.” After the initial debut, episodes will be released every Sunday at 3 PM ET.
Hall was injured in March 2022 while covering the war in Ukraine. The car Hall was riding in was struck by a projectile, killing colleagues Pierre Zakrzewski and Oleksandra Kuvshynova.
The first episode of the new podcast will feature a retrospective about the attack, the injuries he sustained while covering the war, and the efforts it took to return to work after suffering the injuries.
Benjamin Hall recently returned to Ukraine for the first time since the attack. He interviewed President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during his stay, which aired on November 21st.
News Media Well Represented on Apple’s Most Popular Podcasts Rankings
Both radio and digital news media companies fared well in the Top Free Channels category.
Apple Podcasts has released its rankings for the most popular podcasts in several categories, with news media being well represented in the lists.
In the top overall podcasts of 2023, The Daily from The New York Times was listed as the second most popular podcast. Dateline NBC finished in third. An episode from The Daily — “The Fight Over Phonics” — was the third most shared podcast episode of the year.
Rachel Maddow Presents: Ultra was the seventh most shared podcast of the year, according to Apple.
Both radio and digital news media companies fared well in the Top Free Channels category. iHeartPodcasts took the top spot, with The New York Times finishing third. ABC News was seventh, followed by The Daily Wire in eighth, and Cumulus Podcast Network taking 10th.
Apple Podcasts plans to release its Show of the Year on Tuesday, December 5th.