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Todd Starnes: Don Lemon Lost Primetime Gig Because No One Watches

Starnes believes CNN is moving Lemon to mornings because he’s failing to produce ratings on his nightly show.

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Syndicated radio host and author Todd Starnes believes CNN is moving Don Lemon to mornings because he’s failing to produce ratings on his nightly show. 

During his “ToddCast” podcast Friday, Starnes sounded off about the left-wing pundit’s move to CNN’s new morning show.

“Some bad news for little Donnie Lemon,” said Starnes. “Lemon lost his nighttime gig because nobody was watching.”

Last week, Lemon addressed critics who believe that his new job is a demotion. 

“I was presented with an opportunity that I can’t pass up on this network,” Lemon said. “And we have a new boss who is a morning show impresario, and he wants a morning show that will kick off the editorial direction of the network every single day.”

Lemon added that he was honored to be asked to co-host the show which will include Poppy Harlow and Kaitlin Collins.

“Don Lemon is one of the girls now on the morning show there at CNN,” added Starnes “

Lemon said any speculation that management is making this move amid poor ratings is simply “fodder for Twitter.”

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Michael Knowles: Media Matters Tried to Get Me Fired 228 Times

“Daily Wire and Westwood One host Michael Knowles addressed the Media Matters layoffs during his program on Thursday.”

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Media Matters laid off more than a dozen staffers on Thursday. The layoffs come following a lawsuit months ago from X owner and businessman Elon Musk. In addition, digital media outlets continue to struggle with a declining advertising market amid reduced online traffic.

Media Matters president Angelo Carusone said in a statement, “We’re confronting a legal assault on multiple fronts. Given how rapidly the media landscape is shifting, we need to be extremely intentional about how we allocate resources in order to stay effective. Nobody does what Media Matters does. So, we’re taking this action now to ensure that we are sustainable, sturdy and successful for whatever lies ahead.”

Daily Wire and Westwood One host Michael Knowles responded to the news during his show on Thursday. Knowles said the news was a little personal for him. He claimed Media Matters tried getting him fired 228 times. Knowles based that number off of the number of articles under his section on the Media Matters website.

Knowles read a tweet from Ari Drennen, which confirmed the company had parted ways with staffers. Drennen’s tweet ended by saying “it should worry you that any billionaire could do this to any outlet at any time for any reason. It’s a sad day for free speech.” That last line drew a witty response from Knowles.

“Media Matters is a billionaire funded company that exists strictly to get people fired for saying things that the billionaire liberals don’t like,” said Knowles. “The irony is very great.”

Knowles acknowledged that he doesn’t like seeing people lose their jobs. However, he mentioned that many at the outlet have strange views of the world, and they’ll now have to figure out their next steps.

“The Media Matters people will be alright’, added Knowles. “Right now, they’re all wrong, so I hope they all end up alright. I hope that they decide to turn their attentions, their lives, and their labor toward more edifying pursuits than trying to get me fired, two hundred and twenty eight times, none yet successful.”

Among those leaving the company include Katherine Abughazaleh, Ethan Colier, Alex Paterson, Alex Novell, and Carl Evans.

Media Matters formed in 2004 under activist David Brock.

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Former KLIN Hosts Jack Riggins and Dan Parsons Involved in Defamation Lawsuit

“Riggins’ 16-page complaint accused Parsons of attacking his personal and professional character through a series of tweets on X.”

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The heated battle between conservative talk radio hosts Jack Riggins and Dan Parsons continued in court yesterday. The controversy started when Parsons replaced Riggins on KLIN in 2023. Parsons then made several defamatory statements about Riggins on X, which led to Riggins filing a lawsuit against Parsons.

Riggins’ 16-page complaint accuses Parsons of attacking his personal and professional character through a series of tweets on X. Parsons hosted “The Dan Parsons Show,” which promoted “truth over tribalism” in contrast to Riggins’ hyper-conservative program, for 10 months until his abrupt termination in March.

In response to his firing, Parsons took to social media to detail the end of his contract. He mentioned that he replaced Riggins, who was allegedly fired after an anonymous woman accused a state lawmaker of sexual assault while live on air. However, Riggins denies these claims. He insists that he fulfilled his contractual obligation with the station before leaving.

Riggins’ lawsuit addressed three other posts by Parsons claiming that Riggins was fired from KLIN. An opportunity to say goodbye to listeners before leaving the station was one of the issues in question. He claims Parsons defamed him over it and placed him in a false light.

Broadcast House GM Ami Graham, said neither Riggins nor Parsons were radio station employees. They were contracted hosts to KLIN, and have since completed their agreements with the station.

Parsons responded to the lawsuit by stating that he is seeking legal counsel and will address it soon. Meanwhile, KLIN has replaced Parsons’ show with “Drive Time Nebraska” hosted by Doug Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald previously worked as a fill-in host at the station.

The legal battle between public figures may prove difficult for Riggins to win. He must prove that Parsons acted with “actual malice” in making defamatory statements. This means he will have to show that Parsons knew the information was false when he made it public.

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Vince Coglianese: With Credibility Dwindling, Why Haven’t News Outlets Changed Their Strategies?

“They’re just like the band on the Titanic. They’re just gonna keep playing the same song as the ship goes down.“

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With news consumers continuing to lose faith in news outlets, WMAL host Vince Coglianese wonders why there hasn’t been a shift in strategy from some of the organizations that have seen dwindling audiences in recent years.

While discussing the coverage surrounding the trial of former President Donald Trump with NewsBusters Managing Editor Curtis Houck, the guest told Coglianese that NBC Nightly News has had the story as the lead 16 times. When The Vince Coglianese Show host heard that figure, he questioned why news organizations haven’t recognized the loss of credibility from their viewers.

“They’re just like the band on the Titanic. They’re just gonna keep playing the same song as the ship goes down. Why not change strategy? If I was running a news operation — if I was one of the broadcast networks, and I was watching my audience dwindle, and I was thinking of what can I do to change pace here and succeed as a business — I would think maybe start telling the truth would be a good way to do it,” said Coglianese. “Because then people would be like, ‘I have faith in that product,’ and my audience would grow. Maybe that’s an old fashioned notion.”

The criticism from Coglianese about the lack of changes from news media organizations coincides with recent reports that CNN’s primetime ratings have dropped to 30-year lows in the coveted Persons 25-54 demographic. CNN, like many other news outlets, has spent extensive time covering the court proceedings of the former President.

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