Ben Shapiro Details Podcast Movement Backlash
“I’m absolutely terrifying. I am scary. I am threatening. And I’m Darth Vader.”
Ben Shapiro recapped the reaction to his presence at Podcast Movement, a podcast conference held in Dallas last week. The conference later apologized for Shapiro’s presence at the event, which created a stir in conservative media circles.
On his podcast Friday, Shapiro, who tops the political podcast charts and has one of the largest podcasts available, detailed why his outlet purchased a booth with the conference.
“Our podcast network at The Daily Wire is the sixth biggest podcast platform on planet Earth and so when we decided we were going to take a booth at a conference that, frankly, I had never heard called Podcast Movement this was sort of a sign that we were just going to be part of a ‘community of nations’ so to speak. That we were part of the podcasting community. We were reaching out to advertisers, reaching out to other podcasting networks trying to find maybe new employees. Its just like every other professional conference.”
Shapiro said his business partner, Jeremy Boreing, asked him to fly to Dallas — where Podcast Movement happened to be — for a retirement party for a friend. Shapiro then went to the event, made an appearance at The Daily Wire‘s booth, and took a walk around the expo center. His “presence” was enough for the conference to issue an apology to it’s attendees, which Shapiro mocked.
“According to the left, I’m one of the most intimidating people on planet Earth. I’m absolutely terrifying. I am scary. I am threatening. And I’m Darth Vader. If I just walk into a room, you don’t know if I’m going to force choke you, you don’t know if I’m going to strike you down with my light saber, you just don’t know. I am a dangerous human being according to the left. You can see it on the video.”
“I literally walked around the floor, shook some hands, and walked out. That’s it,” Shapiro said.
He later explained Podcast Movement’s apology came from a transgender attendee with 150 followers tweeting the conference saying Shapiro made them feel unwelcome at the event.
PodcastOne Announces Pay-Per-View Event with Adam Carolla & Friends
“The evening broadcast live from the Belly-Up Tavern near San Diego, CA, will commence at 9:30 pm ET/6:30 pm PT.”
PodcastOne has announced its upcoming Pay-Per-View event for June 4, 2023. According to a news release, The event, “Adam Carolla & Friends,” will feature renowned comedian and PodcastOne host Adam Carolla.
The evening broadcast live from the Belly-Up Tavern near San Diego, CA, will commence at 9:30 pm ET/6:30 pm PT. Carolla will be joined by fellow comedians Brad Williams, Kimbles Hume, and other special guests for a 90-minute show of Carolla’s trademark topical and edgy comedy.
“I am delighted that LiveOne and PodcastOne have created this new PPV opportunity for Adam Carolla Podcast fans to enjoy an evening of comedy with me, Kimbles Hume and the great Brad Williams live from one of the best live performance venues in the country at Belly Up in Solana Beach, California!” said Carolla.
In 2020, Adam Carolla achieved a significant milestone by collaborating with LiveOne and PodcastOne for a live-streamed event that garnered an impressive 1.1 million views. The record-breaking event was recorded at The Houston Improv in May of that same year. Since 2009, The Adam Carolla Podcast has entertained millions of listeners and has become the world’s most downloaded podcast daily.
With episodes released five days a week and featuring uncensored content, Carolla engages in in-depth interviews with a wide range of guests, including Jimmy Kimmel, Jay Leno, Nicolas Cage, Alec Baldwin, and Matt Damon, providing listeners with an unparalleled front-row seat to his passionate rants.
You can find “The Adam Carolla Show” and PodcastOne’s extensive lineup of shows on various platforms, including PodcastOne itself, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and other podcast platforms. Among PodcastOne’s diverse range of programming are acclaimed performances such as the Webby Award-winning “Baby Mamas No Drama,” “Coffee Convos,” “I’ve Had It,” “The Jordan Harbinger Show,” “Off the Vine with Kaitlyn Bristowe,” “When Reality Hits with Jax and Brittany,” the Webby Award-nominated “LadyGang,” as well as A&E’s “Cold Case Files” and “I Survived.” These podcasts can be accessed and enjoyed wherever podcasts are available for listening.
You can now purchase tickets for the Pay-Per-View event, which includes access to rewatch the event, by visiting liveone.com/carollalive.
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Dave Rubin: Twitter Spaces Glitches ‘Not A Big Deal’ During DeSantis Announcement
“Could they have done more so that it would’ve been a little smoother? Obviously. Are they trying something that’s a cutting-edge technology and there’s gonna be some bugs? Yeah.”
On the latest episode of his podcast, The Rubin Report, Dave Rubin weighed in on Ron DeSantis’ Twitter announcement, sharing his behind-the-scenes perspective.
Rubin has been an avid and early DeSantis supporter, advocating for his COVID policies and relocating to Florida during the pandemic. Rubin began the show by making it clear he does not take any money from the DeSantis campaign, he said, “I have never been nor would ever take a dime from the campaign, I will be very clear about that right now.”
Rubin went on to address his perspective on DeSantis’ decision to launch his presidential campaign on Twitter and the technical difficulties that started it off on a bumpy road.
“Now, I do want to address the Twitter Spaces thing because I was at Twitter, I was actually right outside Twitter as the space was going on listening on my earbuds and then I was upstairs at Twitter right after with Elon and a David Sacks in the group.
“There were some technical difficulties up top. It took them about 20 minutes. There were so many people flooding the system.”
Rubin advocated for DeSantis and minimized the issue in reference to the new ground he is attempting to break.
“Could they have done more so that it would’ve been a little smoother? Obviously. Are they trying something that’s a cutting-edge technology and there’s gonna be some bugs? Yeah. I don’t think it turned out to be a big deal.”
He then described the all-facts, no-show approach DeSantis is appearing to take, in contrast to Trump, “I think that’s what we’re getting from DeSantis right now. It’s like a serious person, like here’s what I’ve done, and what I will do, and here’s why I’m going to do it.”
Rubin also addressed the widespread speculation surrounding questions being screened for DeSantis prior to being asked in the Twitter Space, “I talked to Sacks after, and he 100% did not screen the questions. I was actually in there there’s a way that you can sort of signal that you wanna ask a question.”
Maddy Troy serves as a writer and editor for Barrett News Media, with a specific focus on media business, advertising, and podcasting. You can find her on Twitter @Troy_Maddy.
Nick Kayal: There’s A Battle Brewing Between Fox News and MSNBC
“I’d love to be in one of those meetings where they say ‘Ok, how do we balance — we wanna make more money, but I’d love to have 2.7 million viewers and not 1.6 (million).”
Fox News has been subject to a ratings dip after it unceremoniously fired Tucker Carlson late last month. 1210 WPHT morning host Nick Kayal noted there’s a fight brewing between the network and MSNBC.
“This is interesting with Fox News. Now, it’s still early, so I’m not going to say ‘Oh my God, Fox News is dead. Bury ’em, they’re gone, forget about ’em’, but MSNBC is beating Fox in last week’s ratings,” the Kayal & Company host said Friday. “They’re beating them in many different demos and dayparts. And not just at night. Morning Joe beat FOX & Friends by almost 100,000 viewers…Sean Hannity gets crushed by Rachel Maddow, and Laurence O’Donnell is beating Laura Ingraham.
“So, if I’m Fox, and I’m looking at my primetime ratings right now, Hannity is losing to MSNBC, Ingraham is losing to MSNBC, I’m beating MSNBC with a bunch of rotating fill-in dudes, and gals. The only thing I feel good about is Jesse Watters at 7:00 PM ET, is doubling up Joy Reid. I feel good about 8:00 PM ET. I have no consistency in that spot, and it’s still beating MSNBC in that 8 o’clock spot.
“And we gave you that story about how a lot advertisers coming back to Fox in that 8 o’clock spot, because Tucker Carlson wasn’t deemed to be advertiser-friendly ’cause he had the most stones to say stuff that others won’t say and go into topics others won’t go into.”
Kayal then noted that the network could be pulled in two directions due to an increased revenue but a decrease in total audience.
“It’s interesting because if you think about the balance, you’re making more money, but you’re not getting as many eyeballs. I’d love to be in one of those meetings where they say ‘Ok, how do we balance — we wanna make more money, but I’d love to have 2.7 million viewers and not 1.6 (million). Very interesting dynamic. MSNBC has picked up in some other spots, not named the Tucker Carlson spot. I don’t know if that has sustainability or lasting power. But it seems there’s a little bit of a battle between Fox and MSNBC.”