Larry Elder: I’m Going to Be Able to Break the Stranglehold
Kurtz asked Elder about some of the things that he’s covered on the radio in the past being “fair game” for the press to attack him during his campaign.
Nationally syndicated radio host and California gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder appeared on Fox News’ Media Buzz Sunday.
The show hosted by Howard Kurtz focuses on how the media frames and portrays the biggest stories in the country.
Elder is the leading candidate in the recall election targeting Gov. Gavin Newsom. Kurtz asked Elder about some of the things that he’s covered on the radio in the past being “fair game” for the press to attack him during his campaign.
Kurtz reminded Elder that he called global warming “a crock.” Elder insisted he never referred to it in those terms.
“Howard, I’ve been campaigning now for five weeks. I’ve been a politician now for five weeks. No one has asked me about any of those things,” said Elder.
Elder said the media is “doing whatever they can to bring me down.”
“They’re afraid that I’m going to be able to break the stranglehold that they’ve had over Blacks and browns for years. All I am is common sense.”
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Jennifer Jones Lee Leaving KFI For Results Radio in Redding
“After 30 years learning and working with amazing radio journalists and top newsrooms, the opportunity to shift into music with a challenging new position is more than I could’ve imagined.”
Jennifer Jones Lee has a new gig. She is leaving Los Angeles and headed to Redding, CA. Lee will take over as Operations Manager for Results Radio.
Lee has been a familiar voice in a number of California markets. Currently, she is at KFI hosting Wake Up Call and serving as Bill Handel’s producer in morning drive.
Redding is Lee’s hometown. She got her start at KEWB.
Joining Results Radio will take Jennifer Jones Lee away from the news business. The company has a sports talk station in Redding, but no news talk station.
“I am thrilled to get back to my roots in Redding and can’t thank Results Radio enough for this opportunity,” she said. “After 30 years learning and working with amazing radio journalists and top newsrooms, the opportunity to shift into music with a challenging new position is more than I could’ve imagined. Can’t wait to begin this new chapter in my career!”
Details of her start in Redding have not yet been made public.
“We’re fortunate to bring in Jennifer who is strongly driven, proactive, and possesses tremendous leadership skills,” Dave Shakes, Results Radio’s Senior VP, said. “She will lead our talented local team in evolving forward and keep our brands top-of-mind and necessary in the lives of our audiences.”
Keith Olbermann: Clinton/Lewinsky Coverage Made Me Look For MSNBC Exit
“I tried to quit the show. The ratings went up. I gave a speech insulting the network for covering the story 24/7. The ratings went up.”
Media stories and analysis has become a regular point of focus for Keith Olbermann on his Countdown podcast. On his latest episode, Olbermann took listeners down memory lane to explain how he wound up talking politics on television and how he first decided that he couldn’t do it anymore.
While he had joined NBC months earlier, it was Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky that changed the trajectory of his role there. Olbermann explained that he had been doing some work for both the fledgling news network, hosting a general interest show, and working on NBC’s coverage of Major League Baseball.
Coverage of Clinton and Lewinsky became the bulk of his show every night, drawing tremendous ratings success. MSNBC made Olbermann the anchor of its coverage of the 1998 State of the Union Address. He hosted a pre-speech show and a show that followed NBC’s analysis. During that “postgame show,” Olbermann says an NBC News executive delivered big news to him.
“The speech did in 0.8. Brokaw and Russert on the wrap up did an 0.6. Since 11:00, you’ve been doing a 1.7,” Olbermann says he was told. “You have had three times the audience of Tom Brokaw, three times the audience of the old man himself. This isn’t just people crossing over from NBC to watch more. This is people watching the speech, turning off the old man, then turning back at 11 to watch you.”
He also found out that the AP had used a joke he told on that postgame show in its official recap of the State of the Union Address. All of the success being tied to a presidential sex scandal made Olbermann uneasy.
“I had this sudden horrible feeling that the usually slow to decide American viewing public had instantly concluded that for some reason, elusive even to me, they really like to hear me talk about the whereabouts of the president’s penis.”
Olbermann says it was not long after that that NBC News executives came to him with the idea of creating a nightly show all about the scandal. In order to entice him to give up a planned vacation and commit to the show, Olbermann says he was offered the chance to anchor NBC Nightly News on multiple occasions.
The show eventually launched. It was a ratings success for MSNBC, something Olbermann says he did his best to reverse.
“For months. I mocked the story. The ratings went up,” he said. “I tried to quit the show. The ratings went up. I gave a speech insulting the network for covering the story 24/7. The ratings went up. Fox Sports approached me and offered me five times what NBC was paying me to go out to LA to do their sportscast. LA., which was kind of near Hawaii, nowhere near the Clinton-Lewinsky story. And the ratings went up.”
The network’s dedication to the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal is what eventually drove Olbermann back to sports. It was seeing an NBC News promo for Jane Pauley’s interview with another woman accusing the former president of an extramarital affair that had him call his agent to learn more about FOX Sports’s offer.
Tony Katz: Criticism of Kayleigh McEnany ‘A Pathetic Move From Trump’
“Kayleigh McEnany was his press secretary. Kayleigh McEnany was on CNN defending him back in the day.”
FOX News has had its share of struggles with conservative pundits this year. Plenty of voices that used to only praise the network turned on it following the firing of Tucker Carlson. On Wednesday morning though, Tony Katz, a prominent conservative voice in Indiana, was defending one of FOX’s high profile talents.
Donald Trump took to Truth Social on Tuesday night to complain that FOX’s Kayleigh McEnany deliberately shared poll numbers that made his lead over Florida Governor Ron DeSantis amongst Republicans look smaller than it actually is.
“Kayleigh McEnany was his press secretary. Kayleigh McEnany was on CNN defending him back in the day,” Katz said Wednesday on WIBC in Indianapolis. “This post is stupid.”
Although he has been a supporter of the former president in the past, Katz said that Trump’s attack on a former staffer that was charged with defending him and his policy is proof that he has no loyalty to anyone but himself.
McEnany served as the White House Press Secretary for the final year of Donald Trump’s term in office. She left the post following the inauguration of Joe Biden in January of 2021. She has been on FOX News since March of that year.
“This is a pathetic move from Trump. Unnecessary,” Katz said. “This is the lashing out of an angry old man who can’t seem to find his pudding cup. And that’s not the way I want to think of him and that’s not the message he wants to move forward! If he wants to get elected, this is ridiculous. I hate the unforced error. I hate it. But he’s so good at it. He can’t figure out how not to do it.”